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.


Monday, October 16, 2017

from the archives

Um; was. actually, looking up something else - but one link led to another ... and found this ..
(from another blog of mine - apparently 'in hibernation' but seems to remain accessible ... meh.)
Tis also linked to a 'youTube' video .. but not sure whether the links remain intact in this 'copy 'n' paste'.

Ah, ye good olde dayes - when i had finance and access to the 'latest' most powerful 'laptop' computers (meh). At present, probably, the latest 'iPhone' or 'iPad' has more 'computing power' than my present 6 year old MSI laptop.
It is still struggling to compile and edit the 1080i HD video of the trip to Kangaroo Island ... but never fear, will make it work, somehow.

An alternative FACTS .. version of "reality TV".

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Barra Fishing Trip. Ord River, North-western Australia.

(PS. This post is still under construction .. heh. Am finding that embedding a video screen in the post is a little more complicated than first thought. Might have to separate video screen from blog. Or just put a link to it. Dunno yet. )

Well now. Have completed a six minute version of the day's fishing at Macka's Barra camp on the Ord River and uploaded it to Revver.
The other post and 4 minute remix on YouTube is here.

There are several video hosting sites, and a review of ten of them can be found here.

I chose Revver as they put a “clickable” Ad at the end. This is all very “experimental” at the moment, and am still discovering the trials and tribulations.

I feel that the camera work is only so-so, but had only recently purchased the Sony TRV355E, and had much trouble with wind-noise in the in-built microphone. Would really have liked to have spent several days there. It's difficult trying to film an “expedition” while taking part in it; so missed quite a few good photo ops of some of the action. Will have to keep the clips fairly short, as this one took nearly an hour and a half to 'upload' on to Revver, and even with Broadband, takes some time to “buffer down” before you can view it.

THE TRIP.

Had gone up to Kununurra in May 2004 for another event and, due to some cock-ups with arrangements, found that I had a spare day. Well, it seemed silly to travel all the way up to the Kimberley Region in North-western Australia and not have a crack at the mighty Barramundi.


Scientific Name: Lates calcarifer

Barramundi are protoandrous hermaphrodites: they start life as males, reaching maturity at around 3 to 4 years of age and later change gender and become females, usually at around age 5. Small fish are almost exclusively male with the percentage of females increasing with overall length.

Distribution
Distribution map of Barramundi

L.calcarifer has a very extensive range in tropical and semi-tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific. Its distribution extends from the Persian Gulf to southern China and southwards to the northern Australia. Within Australia its range extends from the Mary and Maroochy River systems in south-east Queensland northwards around the entire northern coast to Shark Bay in Western Australia.


I was very fortunate to get on this particular trip, as it was pretty much a last minute decision.
So, with the Barra dream of every Australian worth his salt in mind, went to the Tourist Office on the Monday and made enquiries. They gave me several brochures, but no advice.

Umm, think I, then made tracks for the nearest Pub. Y' know how it goes .. "G'day, who's the best Barra guide in town? Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit..". After about six conversations, many beers and much differing advice - counted up the votes, and found that Macka's Barra Camp came out 4:2.

Macka's Barra Camp has become an institution when it comes to big barra in the Kimberley. In fact, one of Macka's specialties is catching the extra big, meter plus Barramundi. Even experienced Barramundi anglers can go a lifetime without cracking the magic meter long mark, yet at Macca's many such anglers have achieved this goal in one trip.

One of the strengths of Macka and his team of guides is that they ensure no effort is spared to see that you have a most exciting days fishing.

Macka picks you up at Kununurra, and soon after you are fishing aboard his 6 meter long craft which is specially designed for barra fishing, and includes all first class tackle and associated gear.

As the name suggests, Maccas Barra Camp it is not only day trips, you can stay overnight and extend your trip for several days or more.

For more information call 08 9169 1759 or check out his website
Macka's Barra camp

O.K... rang the number, found that there was one spot available the next day (Tuesday), and booked a spot on a day trip.
So, was duly picked up from Kununurra backpackers at 6.00am by Macka in a rather battered Toyota Troupie containing three other 'hopefuls'.

It is always a risk, taking a trip into the 'unknown'. They could have been hoons from the 90's, buuut, found myself in company with three similar age nutcases. Merv; life of the party, always with a comment, quip, quote or joke. Brian; quiet, reserved. Michael, likewise.

The bitumen disappeared about halfway into the hour and a half trip, through a gate, then bumped and tossed our way to the "camp".

One of the interesting things about some buildings in the 'Top end' is their relative impermanence. There are two seasons .. the "wet", and the "dry". The "dry" lasts for about nine months, and the "wet" IS. While cyclones are not all that frequent, they happen, so the general attitude is "why build anything permanent, when most likely will have to build it again next year".
So, we arrived at the camp, and were introduced to Andy, 'guide:boat driver:cook:mechanic:expert in pretty well everything.'
(there are always 'dream' jobs, somewhere.. and as Cher says, ".. if I could turn back time”.)
A fast zoom down the Ord river until Andy decided that it was 'bait time', pulled up at a quiet spot about halfway between the camp and the River mouth, and set off with his cast net.
Barra will take anything, but generally prefer live bait. These are called 'popeye' mullet.
Another fast zoom down toward the estuary, where Andy decided on a 'likely' spot. We moored, were instructed in the intricacies of 'bait casting' with this particular reel. (I had been used to a Penn 500, and these, while similar, seemed tinsy and tricksy).

After several trial casts resulting in over-runs, patiently sorted out by Andy, we settled down to anticipation.

Ten minutes later, there was a quiet pull on my line, and watched it travel out into the centre of the stream. Huh?? think I. Then the penny dropped, I flipped on the drag and hauled back on the rod.
Barra are fighting fish. It breached, thrashed its head from side to side, determined to rid itself of this annoyance. It dived, swam toward the boat and away, breached again. At all times one must keep tension on the line; at all times, anticipate .. let it run .. pull it back.
Unfortunately the person who picked up the camera to record this event left it on “full zoom” so there isn't a lot to see of the tussle except a lot of out-of-focus muddy water. Have tried to edit in some of the more recognisable images while keeping the relevant sound track.

After twenty minutes, it was close enough to have a net underneath, and lifted onboard.
It was a mighty tussle, and at the end of it I was shaking like a leaf in an autumn wind. This fish was 1.1 metres in length, and a female, so was required to return it to the water.

It was, in retrospect, an anti climax. I landed it at about 9am, and then caught another smaller Barra some 20 minutes later. You will see in the video that Brian “hooked” another fish, but Barra have a habit of “throwing” hooks, and he lost it. Try as he might, Andy could not find another fish. Mine were only two fish landed that day. From 9am until dusk we searched, tried several spots. Proving once again that wild fish are .. well .. wild. there are no guarantees in nature.

I think I was lucky (though prefer to think of it a superior skill heh heh). The other three were probably envious as well, but didn't let on.

Since the expense of getting up that way was considerable, I don't think that I'll be doing a "repeat" any time soon... but it's nice to have this photo on the wall.