August 23, 2008
This Ferrari was knitted by 22 year old art student Lauren Porter from London England. It took her 10 Months to complete. Better her than me, I don’t know if I would have the patience to have spent that much time, unless of course you coud stick a motor in it and take off down the street.
July 22, 2008
Archeology has always intrigued me. About 4,500 years ago in present day Pakistan, the Harappan civilization (3,000–1,500 BCE) built what’s thought to be a remarkably advanced, extensive city built on a grid system, of some 30,000 people, totally unheard of before the Roman Empire 2,500 years later.
In this ancient planned city, homes had their own wells, drains and toilets, complete with an underground sewer system comprising of earthenware pipes, a first it seems on our planet. They also had developed an advanced method of casting intricate Bronze statues.
July 20, 2008
Video: Google Video
HaHaHaHaHa… Good to see, I’ve never considered hunting a sport, think about it, you use a high powered rifle with a scope to kill some poor creature and call it ‘sport’?… if you did the same thing to another human, it would be murder.
OK, I know that there are circumstances where you have to cull certain animals for various reasons. In Australia for instance, feral pigs, cats, dogs, dear, buffalo, goats and camels can cause enormous damage to our delicate Aussie bush and our farms, and I’m all for shooting programs, either to bring down their numbers or even to wipe them out, to protect that delicate bush.
We also have situations where the Kangaroos end up in plague proportions; largely because we have changed the balance, and we have to kull them. Now don’t get me wrong here, I have no problem with this culling, in fact I’m some what pissed off when a bunch of bleeding harts try to stop these culls… sort of a save Skippy thing.
I’m also pissed off when these same people, protest at Kangaroos being ‘farmed’… because “You can’t eat our national symbol.” Well yes you can, the Aboriginals have for some 60,000 years or more. It’s also one of the healthiest meats having very low cholesterol and having the advantage that they do less harm to the bush than Beef… we should be farming them.
But killing for pleasure, no I’m sorry but I’m not happy with that. By the way, did you know that another reason given for the Kangaroo and the Emu being on our crest is because they can’t take a step backwards… an Australian trait all but gone in the last 30 years. Hears another fact. In every conflict that Aussie military personnel were involved in, it was our boys who were the first to win battles amongst the allies.
July 17, 2008
My musical tastes are for the most part Rock, but this piece of bluegrass, performed by Earl Scruggs and friends, obviously talented and very experienced musicians, I really like… hope you do too.
Now whilst on the topic of music I like, I have to say I hate Country and Western! They can take there sorry stories of lost love, their dog dying, being out on the prairie, being God fearing and they can also take their huge hats and belt buckles and stuff it.
Boy do I hate Country and Western, and the inane conservatism sooo much that in my last few operations to repair some injuries, just prior to being put under, I told the anesthetist. “I hate Country and Western.” Taken aback and possibly not sure what he’d heard, he said “Beg your pardon? I told him, “Just in case, my last words will be, I hate Country and Western.” He then burst out laughing and told me he was a musician and he understood.
June 25, 2008
Video: Ted Talks via YouTube
Siegfried Woldhek by deductive reasoning and through his experience as an artist, paints us a portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci… personally I preferred the discredited theory, that the Mona Lisa was a self portrait of Da Vinci in drag, because it would have been quite a funny personal joke for Da Vinci.
June 10, 2008
No need to panic folks, this ain’t going to be a flag waving exercise… well maybe I’ll do a little bit.
Initially I Stumbled upon the French National Anthem La Marseillaise. True to the spirit of the French, I find it a moving and beautiful national anthem. For me the French personify style, class, fine food and I guess Amor… they are lovers not fighters.
In general they are good people, they stayed out of Iraq and they are very socially minded. However, recently and inexplicably, they voted in Nicolas Sarkozy… duuh! But then, we did vote in John Winston Howard and the Americans voted in George W Bush, and look where that got us both. Just out of curiosity, do the Americans still call their French Fries Patriot Fries? 🙂
Casablanca – French National Anthem
Since the Germans get a mention in the above clip, I’ll declare there is some German blood flowing in my veins. The Germans are good people, they are great organizers and engineers, they build great cars and roads, however they are not noted for their cuisine… and they can’t win wars. 🙂
Aussies on the other hand, are up for helping the underdogs, we are very inventive, still have a sense of fairness, despite the fact that John Winston Howard did his best to kill off most of our good traits. We still for the most part are disrespectful of authority and pretentiousness, we are great organizers and engineers, we’re fans of the ironic, we’re good mates but really dangerous enemies, in WWI, WWII & Vietnam, Aussies, largely due to our self-reliant nature, were the first amongst the allies to win battles, and in fact in sooo many other areas we excel in proportion to our GDP and population… not unlike like our sheep loving cousins across ‘The Ditch’, the Kiwis (New Zealanders). 🙂
In those aforementioned wars the Aussie National Anthem of choice was Waltzing Matilda.
Sorry about Rolf Harris… like Rupert Murdoch he’s an expat, but the clip explains our alternative National Anthem.
The pretentious amongst us, you know politicians and the social elite, hate the idea of Waltzing Matilda being our National Anthem, they say a National Anthem about stealing etc. is unbecoming… most Rijidij Aussies would see the irony in that.
POST CONTINUES Read more
June 8, 2008
Video: The Real News
Wall St. is sensitive about people pointing the finger at them, for capitalizing on things like food shortages and the price of petrol… what the truth upsets them?
Here’s a bad idea for the majority of people. Create a system where most of the money made, is made not by people who produce, but by those who don’t produce anything.
Financial services my call themselves ‘products’, but in reality they are not, and the proof is when things get tough, the financial services people buy gold, art and real estate, because in reality, the stock exchange is a house of cards… it’s a really good way of losing, not just your superannuation, but everything, your job and your home as well, without you doing a thing wrong, other than being naive and trusting.
The only people who always win, are the big banks who created the system.
June 7, 2008
Man I can’t sing, play a musical instrument, draw or paint… and I’m dyslectic. So I’m green with envy when ever I see any sort of good artist at work. If your wondering what are my skills, I’m brilliant at my sports and in anything requiring organizational skills, lateral or abstract thinking. But I love music and I’m tone deaf and have no musical skills whatsoever.
June 7, 2008
How cool is the Didgeridoo music… turn up the volume!
The Australian Aborigines are, like so many ‘primitive’ races, a truly remarkable people and I’m ashamed to say, Australia in general, have treated them appallingly. This race of people have been in Australia for over 60,000 years, which means they have experienced probably two Ice ages at least, and managed to thrive in areas that most white men, would be lucky to see out a couple of days without their technology.
Their ability to survive on this continent is a credit to their ingenuity, though those ignorant of what that means may mistakingly judge them by their lack of worldly goods, or the fact that they never developed animal husbandry. Well, taking the issue of animal husbandry first… just what were they going to practice on, there were no cattle of any description, no sheep, goats, pigs or rabbits, till white man arrived, and no primitive fence was ever going to contain Kangaroos nor Emus.
Regarding farming, our continent is very old so the soils weren’t brilliant, the rain fall over the vast majority of Australia is minimal, so farming even now is difficult, and would be still so without irrigation over most of Australia. Yet they not only survived they developed a rich culture with an oral history going back tens of thousands of years, an art form which is part of that history, in that it describes their history and records where food and water can be gotten.
Now if you would like to learn more and see the sorts of country they survive in check out the Warakurna Community, pull back on the map and have a look around… think about how long you would survive in this type of country.
June 5, 2008
So many unanswered questions pertaining to ancient articles, which seem to contradict out understanding of our history. To assume that someone ‘out there’ was responsible, though it can not necessarily be ruled out, seems to not give credit to the mind nor ability of ancient ‘man’.
Humans, unless you take the obviously ridiculous view that we and the planet earth, came into being apparently at 9am the 26th October 4004 BC. On the other hand, if you aren’t deluded by dogma and blind faith, you may realize that we ‘humans’ have been in our present form for possibly more than a hundred thousand years.
Now considering the amazing progress ‘man’ has made in the last 10,000 years (just after the last Ice Age), it would not surprise me that ‘man’, in the say 100,000 years prior to the last Ice Age, may have been a lot more capable than we believe.
The fact that there is no real concrete evidence, does not necessarily mean, that civilizations prior to the last Ice Age did not exist. Hey, 3 to 4 kilometers of Northern hemisphere glaciation, during the last ice ages, would not leave much in the way of evidence in those areas… if you want to see what glaciation is capable of, check out the Norwegian fjords, which on occasion tower 1,500 meters plus (5,000′) above see level and to similar depths below the current sea level!
Note also that with such huge amounts of glacial ice, the sea level must have been also much lower. So whatever evidence that may have existed could have been under 122 meters (400′) of oceans for tens of thousands of years, since ‘humans’ tend to cluster around coastal and river basins.
Other possible catastrophes for early civilizations, may have been due to the impact of large asteroids and comets on our little pale blu dot, events which may have been responsible, not only for the extinction of the Dinosaurs, but may, in fact probably was, responsible for ‘The Flood of Noah’.
There are so many events which may have destroyed evidence of previous civilizations; or in fact current civilizations, events such as catastrophic volcanic events or asteroidal impacts, which over the millennia have been numerous… hey it’s not just man trying to wipe out man. OK so there’s plenty of opportunities, to mask the origin of inexplicable ancient articles or artifacts.
Then there’s the remarkable fact that the Chinese Admiral Zheng He, almost 1,000 years ago, who’s enormous ships were up to 146 meters (600′) long and could carry as many as 2,000 people, traveled extensively around the world and mapped his journeys meticulously… a fact which was not know until quite recently.
So from the fact that the technology used by Admiral Zheng He, was not beyond humans say 10,000 or more years ago, and making the allowance that you don’t need huge ships to navigate the oceans; a fact proved by the Vikings, it’s quite possible that the all important and transportable maps, could have been created, passed on and copied for thousands of years… a fact that may explain, the ever more incredible ancient Antarctic maps, showing land masses covered by kilometers of ice and supposedly unknown till the 50’s.