ricolaRicola Original flavour are delicious Swiss sweets – no not the sugar free ones or the other flavours – Original.

But you can do some really wrong things with them!

How about smashing one up and dissolving it in best pure malt scotch whisky and making a Scotch Alp cocktail?

How about melting a couple into a bowl of porridge?

Add one to a cup of Earl Grey Tea.


I am not paid or incentivized by Ricola or anyone else to write this, I just like the product.

What is a dimension?

Reader warning: You are highly unlikely to understand this article unless you have read all my preceding physics articles.

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What is a dimension?

A dimension is a direction that a probability wave can extend along.

It is defined by it’s angular relationship to other dimensions (or tangential relationship if any closed-loop is present) and its closedness.

One dimension is a line. If closed it is a loop, large or small. Two and you have a surface, if closed it is a sphere or  a torus.

Hmm, so how does a dimension curve, unless there is another “direction” “above” it, into which it curves in order to loop? What should we call these extra dimensions? There is something to develop.

The wave-crest model of the (“The” – singular) electron is (in previous articles) explained as the amplitude of probability poking above a plane of significance which is the level at which we perceive the electron, and this gives rise to the perceived physical boundary in space that we define as the fuzzy location of this particle. You may remember this is how the particle/wave duality of the electron is resolved – if you read that in one of my earlier articles. The electron is fuzzy because the probability of it (actually its “edge”) being there varies with time (time is another necessary dimension for our perception/ experience/ viability but let’s not go there for now), but perhaps also fuzzy because the level at which significance/perception intersects the wave, truncating off a neat little package of electron, just maybe goes up and down.

We can “remove” some of these “dimensions” from our working memory scratchpad – the ones that don’t have to be “real” “plains” can just be trigger values – but for the sake of elegance and simplicity if might be better to stick with them in our scratchpad, even if it makes mentally juggling the interfaces between so many dimensions difficult. Just keep hold of the idea that these are quite possibly all simply notional directions in which probability waves can extend. This accords best with the understanding that everything is simply a thought spoken by God and held there by His existence.

Service update Mac

So I took the offending i-mac back to John Lewis, and after three hours of negotiating like Henry Kissinger, they did me an upgrade to a nicer 27inch bigger 5k new i-mac. This was finally an acceptable solution. It’s only a bit of a shame it was quite such hard work to get there. Morals of the story? – Great service is more a slogan than a reality even in places where once it was true ( a small sign of the times); Stuff on earth gets corrupted by moth and rust, the Bible tells you so, so expect it; It is often true (Grace aside) that you don’t ask you don’t get, so ask God and ask the people, and keep on asking, persistence works well with patience.

Service problems


Swiss watches “run like clockwork.” Sadly some other things do not. My I-Mac’s motherboard died. That is a large part of why you haven’t heard from me for a while, and I am typing this on a dinky little Lenovo Windows 8 rig. I could have “upgraded” it to Windows 10 for free but actually for a 10-inch touchscreen notebook, 8 is nicer, with a true metro slider interface and let’s face it, a whole lot less baked in spyware.

Normally I am a fan of John Lewis, but at the moment I am somewhat less so. I took in the I-Mac and 4 weeks later I collected it. The repaired unit lasted 8 minutes before it went into a freeze reboot loop. So I took it back. Three weeks later I have it with apparently a new wireless card.. This time I tested it 20 minutes in their shop and so I took it home. Where it has lasted 20 minutes before going into freeze reboot loop. I notice they also misaligned the screen fit, left some sort of glue gunk on the bottom edge, and put a small flaw/chip/scratch on the inside of the screen. Happy bunny I am not.

Anyways, here’s some better stuff I have been indulging in – there world does not entirely stop when one’s I-Mac dies.

My Sony cell phone was very good and lasted many years. I used it as a camera and pod-player, but only really in the house and not as a phone. It finally died so I went for an I-pod  Touch. To enjoy it without disturbing my wife I chose a pair of Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7 headphones. They don’t feature noise cancelling but they do have very nice large over-ear pads and are of course wireless. The Beoplay IOS app is rubbish but you don’t need it, and the headphones are great. I purchased the headphones at the Colchester, UK branch of B&O – great service, props to them. Practically such frankly expensive headphones deserve a nice stand to keep them stored safely so it’s not wholly indulgent. I couldn’t resist wedging a Baltimore Orioles baseball in it. My few and oft neglected followers will know I am a long-time supporter of that faraway team.


It was my birthday this week, so I received a lovely Harris Tweed flat cap as a present from my wife, and I treated myself to a watch that I have had my eye on for quite a long while – a Mondaine “Swiss Railways” watch.



Games and races

As it is the Rio Olympics at the moment, I thought that games and races might be a pleasent topic to explore. So let’s do a quest game that is a race!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
  Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)

Oft times people only remember the part “seek and ye shall find.” However what Matthew says is so important, it is in essence repeated in the very next sentence. Experienced bible readers will know that if something is important it is repeated, either in the same book, or elsewhere in the bible. “Seek and ye shall find” is initially given in a context – that of asking, being given, seeking, finding, knocking, and opening. Lest you be tempted to take any of these six elements out of context, Matthew repeats all six elements in the same order in the very next passage. I think it therefore safe to say that all six are essential to the concept Matthew is trying to convey and in that order.

So, when you need something – perhaps something you have lost, or maybe something you simply need – don’t just say to yourself in a “secular” way “seek and ye shall find” as if like some hopeful mantra this will simply aid your perseverance “acting in your own strength” and so lead to your finding whatever it is you seek. Matthew is telling you to ASK first, then you will be GIVEN something to help you in the seeking (the Holy Spirit) THEN SEEK and you will FIND. Sadly even then most people will stop. Hey-ho I got what I was seeking game over. No! Matthew has reiterated that there are still two elements to do. KNOCK and it shall be OPENED. But surely you have what you sought? How about some gratitude though? Maybe knock on God’s gate just to say thank you? God has all sorts of lovely surprises. If you were ever blessed, perhaps as a child, to have a relative who you would go visit to say thank you for a gift and at that meeting they would then give you something more, then you have already experienced what paying a grateful visit to your creator can be like.

There is a clue to the gift you will receive. Matthew does not say you what you knock on. People think usually in terms of a door, but Matthew only a little further on is letting you in on some further information you need on your quest – yes it IS like an questing adventure game – you do have to strive to achieve the ultimate prize in the race of life (Psalm 19:5, Ecclesiastes 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12:1).

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:14 (KJV)

It is not a door you are knocking on – well think about it – where in a naïf sense would you find God living? – Heaven. Never heard of Heaven’s gate? Think of the walled cities – gates. Jesus being a “good shepherd” and sheep pens with gates to keep them safe. Anyway Matthew has made it easy, he’s told you its a gate, that is narrow (strait) found on a narrow way, he has said where it leads (life – hint: God is the source of all life) and (big hint) that this is something for the seeker (few there be that find it). So its a GATE you need to KNOCK on. THEN it gets OPENED and you get your big surprise extra reward, that you did not expect. And even though you read all this stuff about God, and you read in the bible what heaven is like – you see through a glass darkly, you CANNOT imagine the things God has ready to give you in the eternal life to come. Not things you ask for, you are not capable of asking for what you cannot imagine, so God does not expect you to ask for what happens once the gate has been opened. God operates through a relationship of grace. Go get to know Him, for sure ask for your simple needs but when you are seeking, remember Matthew already gave you the information about WHAT you should REALLY BE SEEKING before you got to the bit about seek and ye shall find:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 7:14 (KJV)

In summary, life is a race, but the swiftest runners are not doing it in their own strength – they get help from God. In Isaiah we have a whole section about gates in the description of the temple, but since Jesus made the new covenant we know the temple is now in us and the gate is the narrow one that Matthew describes, but the bible gives us clues on our quest, which is why we don’t just abandon the teachings God gave us before Jesus came and redeemed us with the new covenant. Close by Isaiah’s information about gates you will find:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

You wanna run the race? Go seek God, see what He wants you to do, do it, and you’ll find Him directing your steps along that race, the shortest most direct route. The real universe is not just the three or four dimensions you can experience easily – there are many more (Paul talks about this and I have blogged about it extensively). We all know the quicker route is the straight one, this road is straight but it goes to other dimensions – heaven. You are SEEKING that ROAD because you are seeking the WAY to Kingdom of Heaven. It is not in a direction YOU can even see, let alone run along, in your own strength. You need to find the WAY. You have been told where to find the way. You need to go meet the WAY and when you do He will show you and help you to run it. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake… Psalm 23 – the clues are everywhere once you start reading the bible. Go knock on His gate – its right there, inside you, in your heart. Your heart beats knock knock knock – a clue. It has a double beat, boom-boom, a clue to the original two tablets of the law, which is now graven on your heart – your conscience. In Psalm 19:8 you can see these words set out literally written there for you right next to each other: “…the heart: the commandment…” just another clue for you there. And you need a strong heart to run a race… not in your earthly strength, but in that God-logic opposite sense – weak made strong in the Saviour’s Love as the hymn goes.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 (KJV)

Remember Psalm 19:5 – a race for a strong man is a joy? Read the rest of that Psalm and you will see the prophecy of the marriage – THE marriage of the Church and Christ. There is a prize worth running for!

Two for two

As regular readers will know both my wife and I are smart car aficionados, although we do not yet own one. That however should soon be changing as I intend to get not one but two smart cars – one for each of us. All being well the first will be bought by Christmas 2016 for my wife, them mine should follow in the Spring of 2017. My wife wants something purple (yes that is basically the specification) and I like the white and grey one they have in our local showroom. Mainly I like the wheels (a bit of a girly way of choosing a car but… I like them). The pearlescent matt moon white also attracted me (OK I am quite a girly bloke when it comes to choosing cars – BHP and boom-box woofers are not my thing). It may seem odd that, given I now have enough budget to have any spec smart car I want, I haven’t gone for the most powerful Brabus, but I like the wheels on the Prime, and I can still add all the packages I want to the inside to get the toys I want. My new job means I will not generally be doing the long drives I had previously, and much of my driving will now be city driving, and I will no longer have hold-all bags full of equipment to cart around, so a two-seater smart car makes sense as well as being something I simply want because I love the design, specs and comfort levels. Provisionally I have opted for the 90 BHP engine with full auto transmission. I have had more than enough of 5-speed stick-shift thank you, I don’t want to be pulling levers and pressing pedals every two seconds in traffic tail-backs and I don’t need a stick-shift for cruising on the open road either. I used to have an automatic some years ago and they are my preference. I only had stick-shift because that was all I could afford, now I plan to have the transmission I prefer – fully auto (with cruise control and reset buttons on the steering wheel of course). The Brabus would give me 109 BHP but I really don’t need that extra power for anything and nor do I desire a Brabus badge just for others to see. The car I intend to have is about giving me the look and features I want, and I just love those chunky Prime wheels. I will be having the DAB radio, sat-nav, LED lights, adjustable seat and adjustable steering wheel of course. The reversing camera is a bit silly maybe but hey its in the package and who knows maybe I will find it useful.

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