Sunday, July 09, 2017

More video from visit to Kangaroo island

This , hopefully, is the clip of Robin with the Wedgetail Eagle ..
and no; we are not young anymore ... well, in mind, perhaps ..

(um, that was interesting - lost my 'internet connection' .. forgot to "pay" the $50.00 fee.
Not to worry, have 'recharged' ... and, hopefully, will be online until the Gigabytes diminish again ....)

Do they like me ...? In Indonesia

Thursday, July 06, 2017

For whatever it is worth
Meh ...
(an Australian investigation into the messy politics and interesting connections between the hidden financial deals of American politicians and the  Hierarchy of Indonesian policies).

I could, perhaps, label this post The ugly American ....

buuuut there are those who applaud him ... ...???

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Raptor domain (2)

OK .. here's (hopefully) the full clip ..
(un-edited Reality TV?? .. and yep ... that bird was there for the tourist "photo Ops"... meh).

 or try this link (gah, haven't done this for a while).

Am, obviously, not the camera-person.
And the bird does what it chooses.

And the Wedgie was also there for tourist "photo Ops"
However, the whole experience; and education about raptors, and their value within the ecology -
was priceless.

Also ... if anyone is interested in something different from the usual commercial crap on TV....
here's another video from my experiences ..

Monday, June 26, 2017

Raptor Domain

Um, Ok, did mention that i would write a more detailed account of my visit to Kangaroo island, South Australia .... buuuut ... inconsistent snippets escape into internet technology.
Herewith two images that have managed to capture from the video of our visit to Raptor Domain.

Will unashamedly promote the enterprise. One of the most exciting and educational aspects of our visit.
Click images to 'embiggen' - not my invention - try Holties house. (if he and it remains alive).

So, yep, this image is a snapshot from the video clip of me with a kestrel ... but the video clip is quite funny, as Robin (travelling companion) had to ask me to turn around; my back was toward the camera. "eh?" asks me. She had to ask twice! AM NOT DEAF
(well, self delusion, perhaps)

This is a snapshot from the video of Robin with a fully fledged, adult Wedge Tailed eagle on her hand (glove).
(am, of course, now regretting that i didn't decide to come up with the extra $10 to have this pic, with me, in my files).

 The video clips add more details, and am working to edit it all together - but resources are small ... and my concentration levels are short. The project to edit it all into a coherent and interesting (amateur - really need to go back for more 'cutaways' )  documentary is time consuming - but it's mostly for Robin; and may well end up on Vimeo at some point in the future.

However ... if  this post gets enough encouragement? - will redouble efforts to complete it sooner.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

O, you should read this

Do i know her
Have i met her ... no.

Do i love the way she uses words ... yes.

melaleuca - what's not to hate

Introduced weeds. Have recently watched an American produced Program - :"Dirty JOBS". **
I love it. one of the few "Septic Tank"  TV shit that i can cope with.

Melaleuca .. oops, as well as  the Californian eucalyptus, it seems that Australian invasive species is not only in Hollywood .... heh.

Um, at this point am only aware of the Free to air TV program "Dirty Jobs", on Australian Broadcasting Network ... funded by the Australian taxpayer as a  "Public Service".

However, also found it, fund it, on Googles 'Youtube'  - so who funds it - who stumps up the money to fund and make these sorts of programes??
NOT Google - PIGGYBACK on other efforts and funding????

Youtube pays zero  on 'publicly supplied video'. Oh yes, after Google purchased the 'startup' idea of 'youtube'  for a few million and turned it into a multiBillion "advertising" industry ...
It still remains some sort of TITLE click bait.

"THE WORST AIRCRAFT CRASH IN HISTORY!!" attracts more 'clicks' and "views" - than 'aircraft expert crash  investigators try to discover why'.

Or - Headlines - "TERRORIST DRIVES INTO SHOPPING CENTRE" .... until one discovers that some elderly daft bloke mistook the accelerator from the brake and broke the window of a hairdressing shop ...

and never let a "commercial" TV station 'reporter' stand too far away from the 'disaster' image which has the 'advertisers' image  somewhere in the background.

"Commercial" TV reporter standing in front of serious multilevel  apartment fire ...

Waffle, waffle ... Cut to
Advertisement for Fire Insurance ..... ????

Crap. Serious emotional manipulation.

** British version of Mike Rowe

bamboo - what's not to love

Um, simply throwing in an idea. Yep, have looked at this remarkable, multi-purpose, fast growing grass.
No, won't give any links - research it yourself.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

revisiting personal history

Last month, had the chance to experience ten days on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
If ya wanna find out where it is - try yer favorite search engine .. heh.
Originally arrived on the Island at around age 5;  1950 - after my mother re-married to a 'Soldier settler' who took the opportunity and advantage of the offer of the gummint of the day to 'develop' farms on the Island.

Lived, learned, loved there until about 1962.

Have, now, many anecdotes, memories; of what is was like then - and images of how it is now ...
but that will have to wait until i have organised them all into some sort of coherent narrative with images.  Don't hold yer breath.

After 60 or so years - has it changed much?  Yes, and no.
One of the Island philosophies IS 'preservation'. Quite a lot of the land space is devoted to National Parks and "conservation habitat' (no rabbits, foxes, or bees - apart from the pure strain of Ligurian bees that exist on the island).

(They don't like dogs, either, had to put Abbey into kennels for the entire time .. meh).

Aaaah ..... memories.

Though if anyone wants to ask specific questions ... they will be answered.
(and no - wasn't suckled by a sealion ...).

Monday, May 01, 2017

energy effiency??


Pinched from the internet; Australian Geographic? Open cut coal mine, Hunter valley, NSW

There is, at the moment, an Advertisement? On Australian TV extolling, and promoting the 'virtues' of coal mining - but part of that advertisement is a Japanese looking bloke in white coat and hard hat – telling the viewer that they are very proud that their coal fired electricity generators achieve 40% efficiency …. which sort of made me think a bit. Where has the other 60% gone?

So; does that include, or exclude, the expenditure of energy digging it out of the ground (not counting the 'energy' of the personnel involved, and their 'carbon footprint'). The cost of building and constructing the steel machines involved, and fuel used?

(Australia does not build or construct  any 'mining' machinery - all imported).

Then we have to consider the cost of the “transport” machinery. Railways, trucks, Port loading machines – all made of steel, mostly. Then the expenditure of energy building steel shipping – plus their diesel fuel to take it offshore – only to arrive at an 'unloading' facility and its steel structures.
Then, unless there is some sort of 'efficient' method of unloading the coal directly into the “electricity” generator … we have to factor in either further rail or road transport.

From my point of view, might be wrong, but that all adds up to a NEGATIVE percentage efficiency.

Now, I live about 3klm from a “wind farm”. (no negative health effects, so far). There are sheep grazing quite happily beneath and around the towers. The farmer is 'leasing' the land to the 'developer' of this array of electricity generation. Am sure that if he chose to grow wheat or barley there, most of the acreage is usable - If, at some point in the future, the towers rust away – the farmer, and/or his/her family RETAIN the AGRICULTURAL use of this land. Have only lived here for 18 months or so – but have yet to witness ALL of the turbines not-active.

While yes, building and constructing wind turbines involve the expenditure of energy – once they are up and running … energy output is, basically … free.

Unlike an open cut coal mine that destroys agriculture for many future children to come.
Coal dust is strewn along every rail corridor transporting it. The expenditure of negative energy is continuous.

However, there is a philosophical/political/social problem. Mining coal provides thousands of 'jobs' and a 'revenue' conundrum for, perhaps, short term political calculations.

As far as am aware there are two Wind Farm “managers” (plus or minus 'families') living on site; and yep, there may be a few 'technicians' on-call – a far cry from the thousands of employees involved in coal mining.

View from shoreline
electricity from a paddock