January 2, 2015
This roadway is an awesome construction feat. It would be amazing to experience driving it.
July 30, 2008
It’s altogether too easy to underestimate the capabilities of the Ancients, and perhaps affix credit for the Pyramids etc. to ‘Off worlders’, rather than giving credit to the Ancients ability, in this case to move blocks of stone which we would have problems moving, even with our present day mechanical technology.
The Indian Ayurveda and Yoga, along with the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, which are still practiced thousands of years later, are also too much underestimated. I think it’s worth mentioning here also, that the Egyptians of the Pharaohs time, along with the Ancient Chinese, Greeks, South Americans and who knows how many others, also carried out quite complex surgical operations that, from archaeological evidence, are shown to have been successful.
I have a theory… that the ‘ancients’ were far more observant and thoughtful about what they saw or experienced, largely because of the absence of the mind numbing TV’s ‘Big Brother’ & ‘So you think you can dance’ etc.
June 30, 2008
June 11, 2008
Video: TedTalks via YouTube
The quintessential ‘mad scientist’… with a touch of ADHD? “Once I do something, I want to do something else.” That pretty well sums him up. Man, perpetual motion and enthusiasm, how could you not love this guy? I imagine the kids he teaches would love him too, and therein lies the problem, for a person like Clifford Stoll, someone who would engender enthusiasm for science to his students, it would be a rarity for the bureaucrats and the ‘system’ in general, to allow them too… that’s not only sad, it’s stupid.
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.
June 2, 2008
This is a collection of awesome places around the world as seen from Google Earth. I like the fact that the coordinates are shown so we can go and see for ourselves. As Google’s images improve the pictures will also get easier for us to see.
May 18, 2008
What has happened to these tyres. Apparently they were introduced to the world back in 2005. 3 years later and I have not seen any cars with them. They look like such a good idea and I thought they may have taken off by now.
The accompanying blurb says:-
Radical new tire design by Michelin. The next generation of tires
These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.
The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these tires.
This is what great R&D will do, and just think of the impact on existing technology:
A.) no more air valves…
B.) no more air compressors at gas stations….
C.) no more repair kits…
D.) no more flats…
I was surprised to see the new Michelin tires though on an Audi in a Philadelphia Car show, but I guess the Germans do make the world’s best cars… they just cant win wars. So now I’ve both offended and pleased some Americans & Germans. Oh well, you can please some of the people etc. etc. Take the blue pill not the red one if it’s a problem.
If anybody can has these tyres or knows someone who has used them, we would really appreciate some information about how successful they are in real use day in day out.
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May 1, 2008
In an exciting breakthrough, scientists from HP Labs have built working prototypes of a new electronic circuit component called a ‘Memristor’. The device may lead to instant-on PC’s and analog computers that act in the same way a human brain does.
Until recently the Memristor had only been described using mathematical equations written back in 1971 by engineering student Leon Chua. Although Chua knew this circuit element should exist, he was unable to come up with a physical manifestation of the component.
“Thirty-seven years later, a group of scientists from HP Labs has finally built real working memristors, thus adding a fourth basic circuit element to electrical circuit theory, one that will join the three better-known ones: the capacitor, resistor and the inductor.”
The researchers believe this discovery may be integral in the production of Instant-on PC’s and more energy efficient computers and even computers that act in the same way as the human brain.
See the full story at the website link below.
April 24, 2008
Komputer Tutor Infomercial Part 1
I remember these Komputer Tutor infomercials airing on TV in Australia, I think it was during 1991 that I first saw them. They seemed like they would be just what the average computer user would need to get themselves going in the world of computers.
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