January 1, 2015
Awesome footage of Jean-Baptiste Chandelier doing his thing
June 20, 2011
Video: Craig Williams Cisco Flip Video via YouTube
This waterfall is in the rainforest on our property. We love to go here and chill out. It’s only 5 minutes from the highway, but you could be miles from anywhere. It really makes me appreciate nature and all it’s natural beauty.
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 23, 2008
A bit of flour and water, a speaker, some music and the flour comes to life in an alien way.
July 20, 2008
I have little doubt that the increases in cancers, tumors, asthma and a host of other malaise is a result of the chemicals; mostly petroleum based, which are being inflicted upon us.
Regarding fluoridation of our water, it is, along with vaccines; also viewed with suspicions by many, it’s one of the few areas where the government and more particularly big business, have supported their use for ‘our’ benefits.
Below is an extract from Nexus Magazine
“Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual’s power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotizing a certain area of the brain and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. “Both the Germans and the Russians added sodium fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners of war to make them stupid and docile.”
July 10, 2008
It’s probably the Engineer in me that loves this stuff… these machines are awsome.
Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in action in Kuala Lumpur
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June 8, 2008
“Powered by a 400 horsepower small-block V8 (the same standard engine that powered the 2005 Corvette) the Bionic Dolphin can travel either on the surface of the water like a boat or completely submerged like a submarine. While the current models are only single-seaters Rowe has also designed a two-seat prototype that will serve as the production model. The Bionic Dolphin was scheduled to go on sale in early 2006 with a price tag of around $50,000 but looking at the website they still seem to be involved in the very important safety-testing stages.“ – Fast-World
Well as far as the general idea goes it’s great, I want one! As far as a submarine goes, a Dolphin would have to be the ideal shape, but as for using 400 horsepower small-block V8, I’d say that oxygen is going to be a problem, since a motor that size needs considerable amounts.
Personally, a high torque electric motor driving a pump, as they use in jet boats, and making up the weight from the V8 with batteries may be a better idea.
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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.
May 25, 2008
April 21, 2008
What a great shot.
Being human means there is always someone who will love to see you. Your dog is one… or if you don’t have a dog, perhaps someone else’s.
If your really desperate for companionship, almost any cat will treat you as a friend… as long as you feed it and pat it.
Then there’s the occasional bird; though I can’t see why if you lock them up in cages.
Whales & Dolphins too seem to like people, for reasons that are hard to explain, since we kill them and are poisoning their habitat.
There’s about 500 trillion of the planets flies & mosquitoes who are always happy to see you.
A few carnivores such as the big cats, Polar & Grizzly bears would be happy to see you should you venture into their habitat.
Last but not the least, if your lucky enough to come to Australia, but stupid enough to go swimming in certain areas of the Northern Territory or Northern Queensland, our ‘Salties’ (saltwater crocodiles) will be very pleased to see you as well.