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Drawings

Picked up the old pencil and paper again lately and taken back to traditional art as a break from the digital designs I do on a daily basis.

A couple of pics below of the latest Ironman & Hulk sketches

Ironman
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Mai joined in a drew a title for this one too

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The Hulk (unfinished)

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History of the UK’s first Modified Car club.. and me

Before Facebook. Before Youtube. Before any other online modified car club. There was Streetrace.co.uk

11 years ago I was playing around with web development for just a bit of fun.. (now a full time job) something for us to show the world what we were doing to our cars and the laugh we were having along the way.

Back in 1999 the internet was only a luxury for less than half the UK population, we were using dial up modems to access it on Pentium computers with 32gig of memory. My phone was a Phillips Savvy.. a tiny screen with polyphonic ringtones and a sticky out areal, and if you turned the phone off when sending a text or directly after a call you could get free credit! Technology was being born.

Websites were all pixelated, framed table based static nasty looking sites, most of which hosted free on sites like geocities. When submitting a URL to yahoo you had to choose what category your site fell in and they had a manual team of people who would approve the URL.

I made a random website called chinknet after my nickname..  this then was later changed into bluefiesta.com named after my first car, a blue fiesta that I worked the entire 6 weeks of my college holidays just to buy a front bumper for (still used by mc rally in their advertising for the bumper today)

In 2001 bluefiesta.com was hosting images of me and a local bunch of mates messing around in our cars, images from car shows we were going to as well as just general info about how we were modifying them. The site had a guestbook that was quickly getting filled up, with more and more taking to this new ‘internet’ it was one of the only places for local cruising information around.

The site was then expanded through my then partner in web crime ‘Wez’ who started the site blackescort.com about his car the black escort (I think the site now has another meaning) we linked the 2 sites and were getting a large number of hits locally from people just checking out what we were doing, and looking for images of their cars from cruises.

We then got planning to expand the sites into a single entity for all modified car enthusiasts, cruisers and modifiers alike to come to one place. We sat down to work out the areas of the site such as general chat, performance, ice, newbie’s (a structure which was then copied by car clubs that came after us.. and then by those that came after them.. and is still apparent across a large number of forums today)

As part of my University course I then transformed the website into Streetrace.co.uk. A brand name chosen not to be about racing on the streets, more just as a brand name (back then cruise-myarea.co.uk wasn’t even thought of yet) . To start with we used a free Yabb forum software which was buggy, as forum software was a relatively new thing still. We input the structure we had planned into the forum and it grew to over 300 members within months (back then before facebook and smartphones.. this was a lot!) We then decided to sell sponsorship advertising on the site and used the money along with our own to buy a better less buggy forum software, the best available. The site was re-skinned and custom developed to form the base of Streetrace.co.uk as it is known today.

After that in 2003 facebook and myspace came into development, but were still not even heard of! So Streetrace.co.uk was the only place for the UK to come and read about everything car modified related, including show images from all the old shows like Weston wheels, modifying guides, games and more. The only other forums out at the time were all cruise based ones, and a number of which we became friendly with including the then 2 biggest Midlands Cruise sites Kroozmidz and cruisemidlands. More and more cruise based forums were popping up using free or cheap forum software. But non had the whole package like Streetrace including full show coverage, membership, cruises, meets and more. Non yet.

By late 2003 Maxpower had made us their best car club and we were invited to Max Live and their after party hosting the likes of Jordan and ‘Jamie Shaw’ (before he was made z-list famous by UK Pimp my Ride).

A couple of years on the site was ever expanding with new galleries, online garage, membership packs with keyrings, attending all shows. At this time more clubs similar to Streetrace were popping up, and amongst all this we were getting a large number of offers from people who wanted to become admin or owners! Some of which we turned down who then went on to create other well known car clubs today , and  then some even seen us as rivals (although it’s nice to know we inspired). As sole owner of the club I then decided to sit down and select 4 main admin who were best for the job, then sold shares so were we then all part owner of the club. This is a tradition that has continued until today with shares changing hands but never any more than 5 owners allowed. Leading up to todays current owners Tony, Wez, Stu and myself (although not now managed and ran by us)

We carried on hitting all the biggest and best car shows including hot import nights London with Tim westwood in 2005, we had countless magazine features, press coverage,  parties & even a music single.  We Teamed up with DJ Cutloose who became our music icon at shows.. again the first club to even have its own DJ! Along the way we unknowingly influenced a large number of other modified car clubs that sprang up with the same idea.. some spawning directly from members of Streetrace.. and even some spawning from those! Plus others popping up all around the UK in general. We went from being the only generic modified car club being at shows in 2002 (amongst vw clubs, mondeo clubs, seat clubs etc) to being one of thousands of generic modified car clubs and cruise sites by 2006.

Being the first however we were then the biggest, hitting a peak at USC Show 2007 & USC show 2008 in which we were given a concrete pitch, took the truck dance stage and DJ’s and told by the organised of we got any bigger we would need to pay for a trade area as we had more attention than the dance stage!

Not only was this a peak for Streetrace.co.uk, it was a peak for the Modified car Scene in general. After this the shows started to die down with less attendance. We celebrated our ten year anniversary in style hiring out a bar on broad street Birmingham with all staff arriving in a pimped out fire engine and attendance from max power and Fastcar.. the very people who were inviting us to their parties when it all began.

Over the time we also did a number of large scale evens like running yearly nurburgring trips, a meet at the ace cafe, as well as being the first club to team up with police in promoting safer driving by taking racing to the track instead of on the roads. As well as raising money for road safety charities in a joint effort with police that even made the papers. On top of a personal thank you from Inspector Matt Derrick “It has been a pleasure to work with you and thank you for your efforts in bringing the Police and Car Cruising fraternity closer together. I am confident that in years to come there are many people who will benefit greatly from our and particularly your work and effort in the relationship and hopefully many people who otherwise might not have been with us will never realise that you saved their lives. Strong stuff I know but those are the kind of consequences we are dealing with.”

A year on the modified car scene was still in a reluctant decline, the police started an all out campaign against modifiers. With a few idiots doing burnouts etc thus tarring the rest of us with the same brush…  as the scene grew the car enthusiast quickly became a public enemy. Also with the increase in clubs the magazines were continuously being brown nosed by certain clubs as this was the only way they could get noticed, to their own destruction. The rise of the internet set to be killing print media also brought down car magazines sales. Back in 1999 only available to a few the internet seamlessly overnight became part of everyday life accessible by the majority of the UK population with the increase in smart phones and home computing. Back then to see images of a show or cruise you had to buy the magazine (or look on streetrace.co.uk of course) now the images are on facebook and most forums before even getting home.

In Mid 2010 Streetrace.co.uk was awarded the most honorary of Max Powers awards.. ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Scene’. Shortly after this I personally left the scene due to my time being taken up by business, family and something a bit more global. With admin being passed hands to a great bunch of guys (previously Staff on there) who now continue to ruin the site as strong as ever.

Then in late 2010 due to a number of the aforementioned factors and ever decreasing sales MaxPower Magazine was unfortunately dropped by its publisher. The very magazine that influenced us in starting up back in the day. All a fitting end within months of Streetrace receiving its award and me leaving the scene.

The Club continues today now ran by an enthusiastic bunch of individuals with as much love for the scene as we all had back in 1999. The Club also continues to grow and outlive a number of other clubs that still come and go within the lifespan of Streetrace.

The End of MAX POWER Magazine.

Streetrace wins outstanding contribution to the scene awardI received an official email today at 3:28 pm that Max Power magazine was no more.

Suspended by its publisher Bauer media this sees the end of a much loved yet ever changing era for all modified car enthusiasts.

Working  in the scene at VIBE audio and being involved for over ten years this came as a shock, but not an unexpected one. In fact it is what I predicted 8 months ago (almost to the day) in my blog post ‘Fall of the Magazine’ . The ‘unnamed’ magazine mentioned in the article bares no second guessing.

Most car enthusiasts like myself  have grown up alongside Max Power since it first hit the shelves in 1994. I personally have fond memories of bright yellow Max Power stickers on my wardrobe door and always the mag I’d buy at the airport when heading on holiday. All up until my driving days in 1998 and then further influencing my creation of the UK’s first (and now biggest) modified car club. A club that ran for over ten years spawning many other car clubs that followed, and still ran today handed down by myself to the next generation of motoring enthusiasts. Since the clubs creation it too has grown alongside the magazine, with countless features from winning ‘best car club’ back in 2003 up until this very year where max power awarded the club ‘most outstanding contribution to the scene’.

The reason of its demise could be put on many things, personally I think its a mix of what I predicted in my aforementioned blog article, on top of the mags recent fascination with ‘candy floss rich kids’ cars, that the majority of motoring enthusiasts dont care (for apart from the small division of ‘clicks’) mixed with the crack down on motoring from the police and government, increase of fuel and road tax prices and the ability for the public to post news instantly on the net, often before the magazines have even got wind. There is no doubt times are changing.

The question now is what does this hold for its competitors, as without competition it can either mean great gain, or great loss. The closest competitor FAST CAR have recently been more switched on with what the public want (rather than the small clicks) on top of having a higher reading percentage.. but im sure changes and discussions will be taking place as we speak. I am a good friend with their team through my job (who im sure are reading this now after remarking on my last blog 8 months ago lol.. hey guys) as I was with the Max Power team too.

The official announcement was signed off with the following

‘It is our intention to keep the Max Power brand alive in the future with a series of “one shots” and special issues and some possible exciting new adventures.  Keep your eyes peeled for future new projects and we will endeavour to keep you updated with all the latest news from the Max Power brand.’

So who’s to say its not the end of the end, and going from the last meeting we had with the guys I can see a more mobile / net based media coming from it. Although it will never be the same.

So here’s to all those past and present who have grown up with the timeless magazine as I have, the print may not be on paper.. but it’s legend will certainly live on.

Theory of Fraternization – Where electrons really go.

I am currently seeking a physics mathematician to help me out with this. If you think you can help… contact me david@inlife.co.uk

Introduction
Let me just start off by saying, I’m not a full time professional physicist. Although I do follow and practice theoretical physics in my own time. I do follow scientific papers and at the immodest risk of comparing myself to Einstein in his early years, I have the ideas.. just not capable of working out the math to back it up! (Due to dyscalculia) So I am hunting a mathematician to work on this with me.

Prologue

I will start by covering the raw basics which will aid as a prologue to the final point. We know electrons move in a wave pattern, jumping in and out of what we perceive as reality within their dedicated ‘orbits’ via a ‘quantum leap’. We don’t know where they go when they disappear, only that they reappear again thus creating the ‘wave like’ pattern. Proven in the double slit experiment. The key point to hold in mind here is (as ever is the interesting point of the double slit experiment) that when observed rather than behaving in a wave pattern they go back to behaving regular, how we would expect. The simple act of observing changes how the electrons behave. As we know things don’t just tend to disappear to nowhere, energy cannot be destroyed and everything must go somewhere, hence why so far this effect has supported the theory of multiple universes and other such theory’s. Also causing some physicists to suggest we create our own reality. So apparently nothing ‘exists’ until we look at it thus then when we turn away it turns back into wave of possibilities. My theory I believe is both elegant and simple

The Theory of fraternization

When the electrons disappear they do not leap to an alternate reality, or simply ‘disappear’, nor do they travel to any form of parallel universe (in fact I set about to disprove multiple universes entirely). The electrons simply quantum leap to another life forms reality. A life form being a specific individual, plant, animal or any living energy. The reality from one’s life has then a direct effect an an-others reality, thus an electron moves between all ‘individuals’ realities respectively.

We have all heard of the butterfly effect when our realities react with each other thus it has an on-going chain of reactions. Measuring every step of something like the butterfly effect in practical physics would be a laborious and almost infinite task in itself, however it can be explained by this theory. Bare with me. For example a guys wife leaves him in the morning, he’s in a bad mood at work at the bank and doesn’t offer a loan to someone, their life is changed as a consequence and so on and so on. But could this effect take place behind the scenes? For example… unknowingly step on an ant and its reality is suddenly changed and so is every other ants life that it would have met that day. Thus having a knock on effect to the whole colony, be it an important effect or not. Meanwhile you are blissfully unaware, how could that be measured? What changes this reality between one life force and another?

What building block forms this reaction of change? This has never been thought of or even considered, let alone measured. This is where I propose the electrons movement comes in. Electrons are the building blocks of change. Every action has a reaction.. electrons are the vehicle of this reaction through time and ‘spooky action from a distance’ thus creating the illusion of time itself, whether it be from across the room or across the planet, something is being affected by what we do, the electrons jump between the cause of the effect to the recipient. Example: A man is sitting on a space station orbiting the earth, whilst back on earth his wife gets hit by a bus. The man doesn’t know it yet but his life HAS changed, the electrons respond to this change, if he’s sensitive he may feel something is wrong. The electrons have already began the domino effect of change throughout all other respective realities.

Theres thousands of unexplained stories of how twins can communicate and know each other’s feelings across rooms and even continents, how people can have an unexplained special bond. The exchange of electrons taking responsibility as the building blocks of reality would explain this, being the mode of transport for not only consequence but feelings.
Now consider the theory of Schrodinger’s cat.. without looking inside the box we don’t know if the cat is dead or alive, but in the cats reality.. he knows. Replace the cat for a human and the argument of who knows what state the contents are in is answered… the poor bloke in the box! His reality is affected whether we know it or not, and that reality has to have a mode of transport. Electrons.

This has enormous consequences in putting us, and life at the forefront of responsibility for creating the reality, but not only that in effecting one an-others. We know electrons do jump somewhere, so lets for a minute imagine that they do jump between our realities of cause and effect, so this would mean that their jump could be limited to the scope of realities that it would effect. A domino effect on a massive scale but refined by its path. For example if I break a window, electrons are not going to jump between my reality and that of an alien life form on another planet somewhere who has no clue of my existence and nor I of his. They can held within the boundaries of their creators reach, although they are expandable and ever growing when they need to be, much like the universe itself. This then moves onto the explanation of an expanding universe and time through our very own cause and effect creation of it.

The simple and what seems obvious explanation is that we are the creators of our own reality but from our actions and reactions as well as the combined reactions of every life form around us, and the mode of transport for these reactions is the jumping and transportation of electrons between each of our individual realities. Making us as humans one singular combined life force. Working together, much like all the bacteria, protein and living cells in our body to make us.. we are doing the same to make the world we live in.

It is also with noting how this can tie in with other recent popular theories such as noetics and the intention experiment. All of which could be explained by this theory. This would also explain why random event generators surge on the brink of something big happening, as if all the humans and life in the world are predicting it? Not predicting it… creating it! How group medication can change a city’s crime rate. Not change… but create! The effects of change from an electron leap would be instant, and I mean instant… the exact same time in two different places, not bound by time itself. So this would also relate to the ‘spooky action at a distance’ principle of an electrons spin.

Another unexplained phenomenon is the fact that time is relative and ergo not real, so how do we live through it and be bound by it day in day out. Again it is created by us, the knock on effect of election leaps and time being the very track along which these ‘vehicles of change’ travel. This may be one of the biggest implications of this theory of all, creating time and relativity itself as the domino’s fall.

The only way I can perceive a practical test would be to devise an experiment somewhat similar to Schrodinger’s cat however where measurements can be taken from the inside. For example in a complete enclosed environment a reaction of X will have an effect on Y. For arguments sake X’s electrons are flagged as ‘red’ and Y’s are flagged as ‘blue’ measuring leading up to the reaction, during and following we check if any red electrons appear in Y and blue in X. Whether this is currently possible I am unsure.

As I said, the idea is solid and I have thought into it’s implications as far as can fathom, I just need some little ‘outside of the box’ thinking, and a lot of faith from a physics based mathematician to work on this with me.

Please contact me if you are interested on working the math into this, or may have enlightenment on ideas or theories i have mentioned that may have already been proven or disproved, anything that may help.

Thanks

Quantum biogs

I’ve dedicated a new section of my site to future predictions, sounds a little weird I know.. but if the way I believe things are heading pan out, it may be a nice future reference 😉

So this category of future predictions is really here because of this first post.

The first prediction is that with the advancements of quantum computing, and I mean true quantum computing, or even biological, that it will be possible in the distant future for everything past and present to be precisely mapped, and all appear in the simplest of forms.

Much in the way that google maps now allows us to view over the entire globe and see into peoples back gardens and walk down their street from the other side of the globe. If we had said that to our ancestors a few hundred years ago they would have perceived us as gods.

In the future I believe quantum computing advancements will some day allow us to look back into the past at every single persons life in immaculate detail, especially throughout today’s world and onwards where everything is logged digitally from what we’ve bought at the supermarket, where we’ve been with the gps and every single thing we’ve typed, miss typed and posted on the web even to mapping our exact personalities and feelings with a build up of social interactions and ‘digital psychology’

This will allow people to map us, yes us, and the entire human population precisely. Allowing them to produce a quantum biography on anyone they may of found led an interesting life. No longer will history only remember those who logged their great lives with biased stories, or from what we can build up from ancient scripts and markings. Now every single person throughout time will have an entire bio available through a quick quantum computer search, and were already working on it every day. Every email you send, every text message, every facebook status or tweet!. It’s all building our quantum biography.

This will probably even become a new form of TV or pass time like big brother, delving into the lives a few who have lead a remarkable journey. Or even used in history lessons, making use of mapping everyones biogs together to work on questions like why the recession really happened, or even how we evolve.

Through quantum computing this would be a simple and quick search. Much like google map.

This will be another step forward into what I believe will become a ‘forced’ open and honest world thanks to echoing the web world.

So time will tell, and if someones reading this in my future quantum bio.. hi 🙂 stay positive, and remember where it was wrote first.

Project IRIS (Smart Home) – First stages

Im currently working on a bit of a sideline project I have dubbed as IRIS (inLIFE Reactional Inhabitant System).

IRIS is a Smart Home system built into my house that responds to voice commands, remote commands and other built in macros that can control everything from boiling the kettle at a certain time to dimming the lights to 50% and more. Similar to the smart home ‘SARAH‘ from the popular fiction TV show Eureka.

IRIS will be eventually hidden behind the scenes and pick up voice commands from anywhere in the house, as well as accessibale remotley via the iPAD, iPhone and iPod as remotes also. She can also be accessed via voice command using the iPhone as a wireless remote from the garden.

The video below is a quick guide to the development stages of IRIS so far and beta testing. IRIS is built with a compilation of a number of things including X10 Home Automation Kit, BVC Software, ActiveHomePro Software Dev Kit and Weather aloud. Future enhancements will include the use of Bluetooth detection and recognition.

I will post more video updates as IRIS development progresses. Here is the first sample..

Buddy the Beagle

We had our new puppy last week.. a 10wk old Beagle called Buddy!

It’s his first week of being left alone this week and yesterday he managed to escape his pen so today Iv’e been keeping a close eye on him with buddycam!

Already had to go home at lunch and change his water after I watched him pick up his bowl and throw it everywhere lol.

It’s like big brother but with a higher IQ and more entertaining… Big Buddy!

Video clips at Ustream

Outstanding contribution to the scene award

At a time I have decided to step down my main duties as part of Streetrace.co.uk it has come at apt timing that the club has won the ‘Oustanding contribution to the scene’ award from Maxpower. An extremely prestigious award that we are the only club to receive. For the influence it has had on the modified car scene and follow on clubs that have come from us in the past ten years.

Back in 2003 SR won MaxPower club of the month and when founded in 1999 was the only generic modified car club going. In the past ten years it has won numerous awards as well as taking part in pioneering projects with the police to ensure road safety.

Now Streetrace is to be run and handed down to next generation, a new admin team to continue its success! So heres to another ten years 🙂

Streetrace wins outstanding contribution to the scene award