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From the “things that make me furious” department

An oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, already the size of New Orleans and growing fast. This on the same day that the rig’s owners, BP, are patting themselves on the back for doubling their profit margins over the last year and another major oil company announces a 50% leap in profits over the last quarter, while the rest of the world languishes in recession, markets plunge in response to the Greek economic crisis, and Goldman Sachs try to retrospectively justify shafting everyone but themselves, up to and including the government trying to prosecute them for such.

I bet you sleep real easy at night, you grasping shitheads.

An open letter to Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas

Dear Mr Bentley;

Thank you so much for your email informing me that, as of the end of September, my utilities prices will be increasing by the tune of 42% for gas and 21% for electricity. Your considerate action in passing me this information has already given me a warm glow that will doubtless keep me cozy through the coming winter months, and it is on behalf of the elderly I would like to express particular gratitude, for they will surely benefit even more than myself.

I look forward to the follow-up email at the end of the present financial year which will inform me that your salary and bonuses have been decreased by a similar percentage; a mean value of the two should be about 30%, I would estimate. Please be forewarned that should I not receive such an email, or should I hear that, once again, your company has posted record profits for the year, you should look forward to a gift from me in the post in the form of a large packet of fresh Caribbean sea urchins. To derive full enjoyment from these, be sure to grasp the packet in both hands and squeeze as hard as possible.

Yours sincerely

Paul Graham Raven

A tour of a nanofactory

Here’s another first at VCTB – the first time I’ve bothered reposting something I saw on YouTube.

Being an incorrigible science fiction reader, and leaning toward the harder end of the spectrum, I’ve heard plenty about nanofactories (or ‘replicators’, or ‘fabbers’ as they are sometimes called). But to actually see a visualisation of how one would work was pretty inspirational. Continue reading A tour of a nanofactory