January 14, 2009
Video: YouTube via The Wizard’s Blog
The History of the Internet is an animated video made using Picol Icons (blog.picol.org). The video outlines the inventions and steps taken since 1957 to now and how they helped to shape the internet that we have now in 2009.
Website: The Wizard’s Blog
July 24, 2008
Well I guess India’s colorful cotton, particularly with the Paisley design, made a lot of hippies happy… yes I admit it, I had Paisley shirts, and as much as it embarrasses me… I wore flared pants too, but it gets much worse still, I had flared cords. My only relief comes from the fact that Flares are making a come back… and just to get back a little more esteem, I’ll tell Gen Y don’t do it! Knowing they’ll take no notice of me.
Gandhi supported the Indian cotton industry, in fact from memory such as it is (injury related), I believe he used that support to start his peaceful revolution against the British Empire, or to be more correct, the British Royal families East India Company business interests, which included Opium.
As far as the cotton industry is concerned, personally I find it offensive that foreign (American I believe) owned companies are growing cotton and Rice in Australia, and are I believe largely responsible for polluting what is arguably Australia’s most important river… the upside I guess is that their water uses is sooo excessive, that luckily the once Mighty Murry has almost run dry, saving us from being poisoned by the chemicals and pesticides used in the production of the cotton and rice crops. For those amongst you that don’t get Irony (most Americans) that was not just sarcasm but ironic sarcasm.
The cure of course is that we should swap Cotton for Hemp, which is a stronger and I believe better cloth, can be used to make high quality paper (no more cutting down trees for paper), insulation and building materials etc. and it will grow almost anywhere, requires less water, no chemicals, it actually improves the soil, and the seeds are a far better food source than Rice.
But they (the Americans) wont like that, it’s apparently OK to sell cigarettes which kill millions, but not Hemp (Pot) that has never in recorded history killed a single person… again for those that don’t get Irony, that’s yet another example. And what has all that to do with India… bugger all, I just thought I’d get it off my chest.
July 14, 2008
Well in the realm of taking things literally… I’m going to have to revisit terms such as ‘impossible’, ‘beyond any possible doubt, all pyramids were designed to project a powerful beam of energy’…, ‘no longer speculation’, ‘it can now be proven beyond all reasonable doubt’.
No doubt the pyramids are magnificent structures, as to whether or not they were constructed with the help of aliens, I’d say… probably not. Perhaps it’s more likely that we underestimate the capabilities of our ancestors.
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.
April 10, 2008
# 458 BC: Aeschylus, greek playwright, was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone. The tortoise survived.
# 270 BC: Philitas of Cos, poet and critic and reportedly wasted away and died of insomnia while brooding about the Liar paradox.
# 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs.
A little side note on Philosophers, I once heard someone say about Philosophers that he thought they would wear white lab coats (as do real scientists) if they though they could get away with it… well I thought it was funny.
# 336: Arius, the heretical priest who precipitated the Council of Nicea, passed wind and evacuated his internal organs.
# 1016: Edmund II of England died by having a sword thrust in his anus by the soldiers of King Canute while using a primitive latrine.
Side note. I wonder how long the assassin waited for to give Edmund a pain in the ass.
# 1410 Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing.
Side note. Sounds suspiciously like an over dose cyanide with a side dish of magic mushrooms.
# 1753: Professor Georg Wilhelm Richmann, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was struck and killed by a globe of ball lightning while observing a storm.
# 1899: Félix Faure, french president, died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.
Well it would have saved the US and us all the BS about Bill & Monica.
# 1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.
# 1978: Janet Parker, a British medical photographer, died of smallpox in 1978, ten months after the disease was eradicated in the wild, when a researcher at the laboratory Parker worked at accidentally released some virus into the air of the building. She is believed to be the last smallpox fatality in history.
# 1979: Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known man to be killed by a robot.
# 1981: A 25-year-old Dutch woman studying in Paris, Renée Hartevelt, was killed, raped, and eaten by a classmate, Issei Sagawa, when he invited her to dinner for a literary conversation. The killer was declared unfit to stand trial and extradited back to Japan, where he was released from custody within fifteen months.
# 1984: Jim Fixx, who wrote “The Complete Book of Running” and lectured about how running and a healthy diet would promote longevity, dropped dead from a heart attack while running. An autopsy revealed he had 3 massively blocked heart arteries.
# 1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was “unbreakable.”
# 2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
March 25, 2008
Photo: Creative Commons
“Statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in London, England. In addition to his fame for establishing the first English colony in the New World, Raleigh was also a respected writer and poet. Originally a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh was later beheaded for treason in 1618.”
But my idea for this post came from ‘Today In Alternate History‘.
“In 1584, history’s most infamous drug dealer Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to exploit the deadly tobacco narcotic in Virginia. Approximately 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced globally each year by the tobacco industry, smoked by over 1.1 billion people, which is more than one-sixth of the world’s total population. In the year 2000, global smoking deaths reached 5 million making Raleigh the greatest mass murderer in history.”
I guess karma caught up with Walter… in advance.
Happy birthday tobacco companies… your time will come, though I’m still mystified as to how your executives got away with manifest barefaced lies uttered under Oath to The Grand Jury back in 1994… surely there aren’t two Laws, one for the rich and one for the poor, the colored and the ‘Pot heads’ who’s vice, unlike Tobacco, has NEVER been directly responsible, probably in what 10 or 20 thousand years, for a single death. mmm
March 10, 2008
Many of you would have heard of the icanhascheezburger.com website. The funny cat pictures with even funnier captions. This video shows the true history behind the Laugh out Loud Cats. The video makes use of a little theatrical license, but I have heard this story before and it appears to be true.
Website: LOL Cats on BoingBoing and LOL cats
February 14, 2008
Photo: Kurt Wenner
Photo: Kurt Wenner
Pavement Art’s come a long way in recent times, as in deed has Artistic Graffiti. Pavement art has had a very long world wide history dating back to ancient times. The earliest known European cave paintings date to 32,000 years ago, with the Australian Aboriginal paintings going back some 60,000 years… they had no pavements then but caves or rock over hangs served the same purpose for the Artists expressing ceremony or just for the pleasure of displaying their Art.
Website: Kurt Wenner
December 9, 2007