Sunday, December 17, 2017

No real reason ..

Hello ... was merely pottering around the Internet looking for something else

Then found this ... erk ... had almost forgotten.
On the other hand, might want to inform my long term readers that was requested by teh
"Roads and Traffic Authority" to present my self to the nearest Medical Clinic for a 'check up'.
Apparently those who are authorised to hold a mere "motor vehicle"Divers license (weight dependent) do not have to turn up at a medical clinic after age 70. OOer.

 However ... it seems that "motorcycle " licences require me to turn up at the Doc's.
Have to say that passed with flying colours .. 'normal' blood pressure .. 'blood sugar' at 5 ..
'Eyesight' ... ah; while i "passed" the medical test for drivers who do not need 'eyesight assistance'- (glasses) for driving - or riding a motorcycle - on South Australia roads ..

Did find that the bottom two lines of 'eyesight test letters' were a grey blur.
Erk.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Sexual eploits from 55 years ago

Erk, At this point am paranoid.
Thankfully am not rich, Famous .. or politician.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BIG ART ... !!..?

BIG ART!

Um, yer, will admit to becoming somewhat cynical about Australia; it's ideas and inventions – our Federal (mediaeval?)politicians seem to have reverted to some era circa the attitudes of the 1930's …Or the diktats of Rome circa Copernicus).

However … have recently been watching a TV series on our SBS (Special Broadcasting Service)
 (um, you might have to negotiate the way from this link - but try to start at BIG ART - program 1 ...
this; at Brisbane airport, is one of their completed projects - but it does "ripple" in the breeze.)

SBS TV is partly funded by the Feds, partly by 'limited' commercial “advertisements”.
Have no idea if there is any way to view it/the series “online” as yet – but certainly gave me a massive boost in my intrinsic belief, faith; in the ingenuity us ding-bat Aussies.

The program “BIG ART” is the story, in detail, with Aussie voices, of how an Australian company; founded some 20 or so years ago – is now an International powerhouse … converting an idea, (perhaps originally sketched on an A4 piece of paper) – into an Engineering 'colossus' – which appear in 'public spaces'; fit in, even if the “public space” is immense – in many places on this planet.

The company name is URBANARTPROJECTS. Will try to find a link to their website, but only watching these 'documentaries' can possibly give you any idea of the scope and complexity; the detail, of how these projects are completed and erected; and, believe me – the final astonishing, astounding, large scale 'sculptures' - are not a 'mirage' – or CGI … meh.

At this point, will also reflect on some of the Australian 'inventions' and 'innovations' that seem to have vanished from 'world wide' memory (mainly because Aussies, in the past, have had the “she'll be right, mate” attitude, and weren't quite aware that there are rapacious Industrialist out there in the wider world. “sharing” was one of our founding ethics ….so we sort of forgot (or couldn't be bothered) with petty things like “patents”.

The “stump jump plough”; the “Ridley Stripper” (the innovation in grain harvesting, and founding engineering idea behind the 'modern' grain Harvesters seen all over the world – we ( O, OK, New Zealand) might even lay some claim to the 'first heavier than air machine that flew for more than 1000 yards under its own power). However, from some deep research; it was actually some German bloke – but the Wright Bros had better clout with the “Newspaper Spin Doctors” at that time.

The 'Kangaroo crane”; the one that climbs up very High Rise buildings; then dismantles itself on the way down – OH yes, the Americans will claim that one … pity that the patent was bought for a pittance – and the Americans manufacture then sell them back to us at obscene profit.

There are probably others that we've either 'given away' – or sold cheaply …or 'lost' ...
O, almost forgot - “sliver cell solar panels”. Far superior and more efficient to what you can buy now … however ... so far there seem to be some online quibbles ... be patient.
(and do not quote me on this) some Chinese researcher working on the project and development of this technology at the Melbourne Institute of Technology … allegedly sort of found it necessary to return to China, and is now a multi billionaire in the manufacture of Solar panels …

[all links to background info depend on my 'internet' connection. Sometimes it works; even sometimes faster that a snail on Valium. If this page turns up on Womby's drivel; am doing well].

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ancient aviation history

Sheesh, here's me, once upon a time a while ago spending vast amount of time researching the details of the demise of B24 bomber A72-80 .. setting up a 'website' under, apparently, dubious  -"web Hosts"  . have found it 'hacked' by someone with an 'Islamic' flag. Replaced with someone with a "japanese' ISP. ....


However - oddly enough - have recently discovered that someone in Australia has 'preserved' my website - intact. My thanks.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Beersheba (Be'er Shiva)

Yer, i know - long time ago.
Myths and legends .. meh.




http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-01/battle-of-beersheba-remembered-100-years-on/9105972

Friday, November 03, 2017

AM not dead yet

Meh.
(though have, obviously, exceeded the Biblical limits of "three score and ten" ).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

updates

In case everyone only reads the 'latest' post - this pic ..




.. belongs to this post ... meh.

thinking in 5 dimentions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSuiwDvdrYg

Meh.

We, mostly think in one, perhaps two dimensions. Left, right, up, down.
Locked, as we are, to the 'traditional" dimensions of this planet ...
How far can you see?
Where, exactly - is your horizon?

reality check

Today the weather was beautiful. Clear blue skies, temperature 23C, slight breeze.
Took my 3.5 mtre (11 ft) dinghy out to sea.

The sea surface was almost glassy , could see into the subsurface. Watched the whiting circle underneath. Apparently not hungry. they nibbled, but did not swallow the baits and hooks that presented to them.
Watched a 2 ft long Yellowfin Queenfish circle beneath my boat for 3 hours. Had no interest in the baits offered. (smart fish?)

Pottered over to a Trimaran that looked as if it had "live-aboards".
Very long chats about travels, boating, fishing - Westernport Bay, - taking an 8 ton ; 32ft, ocean going ketch from Lakes Entrance  into Sydney Harbour - up to Maryborough Q; and pottering around the 'Great Sandy Straits" and pumping 'yabbies' at low tide off the iconic "Fraser Island"
 These are images that will never forget.
.

One of my best days in 18 months.

Perhaps one of the things that i miss here.

The "Travellers" ...

But have no 'selfie' images to prove anything ...erk.