Wednesday, December 27, 2006

MIT Open Courseware

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a wide array of free lecture materials on a wide variety of university materials. This open project has been in operation for several years now and I would just like to add it here to promote its use.

About MIT - OpenCourseWare


MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , MIT, and generous support of the Ab Initio software company.

MIT OCW's goals are to:

  • Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
  • Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept.

MIT OCW would not be possible without the support and generosity of the MIT faculty who choose to share their research, pedagogy, and knowledge to benefit others. We expect MIT OCW to reach a steady - though never static - state by 2008. Between now and then, we will publish the materials from virtually all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses.

We will be continually evaluating the Access, Use, and Impact of MIT OCW. With 1,400 courses published as of May 1, 2006, we are still in a learning stage of this MIT initiative and we will benefit enormously from your feedback, as we strive to make MIT OCW as rich and useful as possible for our users.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Anson Jones is born!

New addition to the family here, Anson Jones, err, I mean Anson Baker is born. So cute!!
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

If you never read another book, you have to read this amazing piece of intellectual reasoning. Only read it if you are an atheist, or enjoy listening to a well researched theory, because as this book points out, and what most genuinely intellectual people know, there is unlikely to be a god. Very few writers have his eloquence of writing, this work is truly a joy to read. Here is the link to it at Amazon.

For a taster listen to the author's book reading, and QnA session, at Lynchburg. Click Here.

To see what reasoned argument is up against, watch this Christian training video, teaching god-believers how to deal with atheists. The reasoned arguments in this video are illogical, inaccurate and hilarious. However it does indicate that there is little point in trying to have a discussion with a "believer" as their minds are likely to be closed to free thought. Click Here

Finally for an additional comedy moment, here is an amusing review of the book from another closed-mind believer. Check out the English accent impression. Click Here

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Here is another amusing picture from my graphic design artist sister, Brynecca Jones. Here I am depicted training on some Monkey bars in the desert. This is a recreation of how I was inspired by Karate Kid 1 and attempted to do some atheltic training and the local park. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

National Richard Month


National Richard month came to pass in November. This historic time of achievement, is celebrated with the wearing of the ceremonial toupe. Fortunately this year I was bestowed this great honor, and here you can see me sporting this fantastic accessory at the local shopping mall. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Earl, Daphne and The Motets

Earl, Daphne et al out on Halloween in Fancy Dress.


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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Gene And Audrey does Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Gene and Audrey do Tamcun by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Amusing video of us and flat. Great Spanish Guitar.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Caption Competition




Please supply comments to the caption competition below. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Season Pass Purchased.

Winter is on its way and the resorts open in a month!!! Season pass purchased to Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek. All for the price of $399. Snowboarding in a month!!!!

Breckenridge - http://breckenridge.snow.com/winterhome.asp

Keystone - http://keystone.snow.com/

Arapahoe Basin - http://www.arapahoebasin.com/

Vail - http://vail.snow.com/winter/

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Ingredients which should not be in the top 5 items in your food contents.

Things to avoid
1. Sugar
2. Enriched Flour (Flour with all the good things taken out) - look for Wholewheat flour instead.
3. CornSyrup - main ingredient in Coke.
4. No Hydronated Fat, Trans Fat, Or Saturated fat


Things to eat
1. Garlic - Salad dresssing (oil, garlic and lemon)
2. Tomotoes with olive oil
3. Olive oil (Dark bottle and in fridge), Use Grapeseed oil for food, don't damage oil with food.
4. Spinach (better than carrots for eyes). Saute' with oil and garlic.
5. Almond (don't roast)
6. Pomme Grannit - Great antioxidant as a drink

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Chocostix

My favourite commercial at the moment. Especially after I intially thought it started with "Its confident chocolate", but is actually, "Its covered in chocolate".

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard's Great-Grandson against Scientology

Interesting speech here from Ron Hobbard's grandson against the unusual Scientology cult. Given from Clearwater (Scientology headquarters) in Florida.

Jamie Kennedy is a slam poet who also is the great-grandson of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In 2000, Jamie Kennedy traveled to Clearwater, Florida to host a benefit concert for a group which was helping people who were defrauded or abused by Scientology.

Jamie's grandfather was L. Ron Hubbard Jr. who worked alongside his dad during the formative years of Scientology. Hubbard Jr. later testified in court against his dad.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Tuesday the 29th August we flew from Denver, Colorado to Las Vegas Nevada. The trip started off well with the air-hostess becoming very interested in what Mark and I were to get up to on out trip. Even mentioning us on the intercom as we landed as "the two rugby players from Eng-er-land" and giving us each a complimentary bottle of whisky. The only problem being that the hostess was a man. After that the only was was up, which only took about 10 minutes after which we picked up the Red Ford Mustang Convertible.



Pulling out of the rental car parking lot we had a short drive to Luxor, the pyramid type hotel and the bottom of the strip. We walked quite far that evening exploring the strip and well Las Vegas is a bit of a sensory overload and you could really do with a local to show you all the "best" places to go. After a long walk we got changed and headed out to Hooters for some food, followed by partying until 4am at the Hard Rock Cafe. Highlight of the evening was listending to Cory Harts "I wear my sunglasses at night" and actually having our sunglasses with us to wear.









The following day was painful, I haven't been this ill since my 21st birthday party where I had alcohol poisoning. The whole day until 4pm was spent in bed. That eveing we drove to the Hoover Dam on a concrete / civil engineering expedition. Had the dam had 2 engineering qualified doctoral students in its presence before, i doubt it, so there was a first for the dam. There is proabably a statue there now to commerate the experience. A little tired that evenig we retired at midnight as tomorrow we had a longish journey ahead.

August 31st we drive from vegas to LA. The drive into L.A. was amazing, the traffic is so manic. Luckily our hotel was easy to find being on Sunset Boulevard, The Standard. What an amazing place, easily the coolest person that has ever stayed in the hotel. The lobby was decorated with furniture by Ligne Roset and behind the desk was a fish tank / gold fish bowl which occasionally housed a scantily clad lady.



Los Angeles is a strange place, although at first amazingly superficial, it has some good qualities, great nightlife, and daylife, there is plenty to do. Main observations were the fact that I never saw anybody that looked old, they may have been old, but they did not look it. Almost all the girls has plastic surgery of one form of another, and everyone dressed as if they were at, going to, or had just been to an Oscar's party. The weekend hardly differed from the week in terms of the amount of people that were out on a night, and that is part of its charm. If you have lots of money and want to party 24 / 7 then head out to L.A. but make sure you stay somewhere cool.

We sat next to quite a few famous faces. Anjelica Hustan sat next to us in the restaurant in Barney's of New York. The presenter of Fear Factor Joe Rogan sat next to us in the hotel diner. We saw Colin Farell driving about in his beat up Ford Explorer (I think) jeep.

All the photos from the trip can be seen here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Newsflash - John Sofroniou Located

After months of investigation our private detective team in Singapore has located the residence of a Mr John Sofroniou-Kung-Poh. The pictures show the the house, styled in the unmistakeable New-Classical-Sonfroniou-Renaissance stylee. It is good to know that his art has lived on even though his telephone has not. ;-). Only kidding Johnno saw this house in LA and thought of you.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

1964 - The Tribute - Beatles

On saturday we went to a Beatles tribute concert at Red Rocks. This venus is awesome and I hope to see many more bands here. the band was superb, as voted by Rolling Stone as the best Beatle's tribute band. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Conroy-Jones Clan

A family gathering provided an opportunity for this great photograph. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The most beautiful park in the world?

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Shadow Parade


If you like The Doors, The Beatles, Radiohead or Pink Floyd then you will be desperate for this band's music. Shadow Parade have a unique in sound, giving a performance that is real, motivated by the music, not by the profit.

Myspace website: listen to music here

http://www.shadowparade.com/

From the archive: At the top of the Gherkin, London (6th June 2005)

In a new feature entitled "From the archive" Gene reminises about LFN times past. The first picture from this interesting feature is from a meal I had with fellow London friends at the top of the Sir Norman Fostter's Gherkin. Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 23, 2006

Audrey's thoughts

Just asked Audrey what she thought of me, not sure what her response is, probably good though. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Not posted for a while

Well I have been in Denver for about 6 weeks now and the routine of life has settled into a nice pace.  My life loop at the moment involves getting up around 8am, for some reason I find that really easy to do here, going to the local coffee shop (St Marks) to work for a few hours, back to the apartment to work, lunch, afternoon of work interspursed with Jerry Springer and Dr Phil, followed by an evening in or out.  I have rented a piano for 6 months so I can annoy our neighbours with my "excellent" piano playing, currently learning the Brandenburg (I think thats how it is spelt) concerto No 1 and 5.  This fad (Andy) has lasted quite a while, and I have just remembered Andy's fad, the remote control car petrol thing.  The weather here is unreal ever since I got here it has been non stop sun, 100+, the weather is so hot and consistent,

On July 5th, we are going to Mexico for a week, to Puerto Vallartra, on an all inclusive, first beach holiday for, well I can't remember.  Yes I am a poor tortured sole who never gets a holiday.  Late August early september Mark is coming over and we are going on a road trip to LA, via Las Vegas.  Should be fun, hopefully Mark won't forget to bring his LFN ;-).

I am back in the UK from July 26th untl the 21st August.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Coffe Table Finished

Great team effort for this amazing coffee table, complete with felt pads, and shag rug - now what i am sayin.... Posted by Picasa

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The making of a coffee table

Tonight we started to make a coffee table (my idea inspired by Audrey). After purchasing necessary tools from Home Depot (pronounced Home Deepowe) for $63, we now almost have a table worthy of a $300 price tag. We were getting frustrated looking around furniture stores for tables that looked like s**t, with $200 price tags, so why not build your own. Here you can see us sanding down the wood, priming it and painting the first coat.



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May 2006 - Moving to Denver

I have now moved to Denver, Colorado, to try out the mid-west American lifestyle. Everyone kept asking whether I was worried to move here, I wasn't as all is required is a plane ticket and a case full of clothes. Denver is a cosmopolitan town in the middle of the USA. It has some of the best snow conditions on the planet, and a great long lasting summer. It is known as the mile-high state because the state is a mile above sea level. Soon after moving here Audrey and I found an apartment on City Park, see the pic below of our first moving in meal. Our move was sponsored by the Rainer Fruit company.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Evening meal

The evening meal was in a castle hotel on the Loch Lomand shores.



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More Cruising and Highland Games Pictures




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