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

http://thatssopants.blogspot.com.au/

Do i know her ..no.
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
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7UQqtEGlUI

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.
video

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??

Efficiency??

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What is an Australian citizen?

Yer, i know, has been much in the 'news' recently - mostly relating to a change in the definition of a "457" visa.

Assume that i was NOT born in Australia, from parents that were actually born in Australia (none of whom have"papers" to "prove" that we are "citizens" - yer, well - apart from birth certificates).
Assume that my "Grandparents" have 'birth' certificates  that are difficult to discover (there was no 'internet discovery'  back then).
Does that make an "invalid"  Australian citizen? (yer, i know, two meanings 'invalid' or invalid).
 
Um, and also assuming that am competent in the language "English", have many "work experiences"  - in Australia ... am presuming that i qualify to be able to "work" in Australia, as a 'citizen'.
However, there seemed to be, somewhere around 2007,  some sort of  "use by" date tattooed on my forehead.

Ah, forgive me, am trying to figure out how this Federal Prime Minister and 'cabinet' Ministers define "citizens". (yep. was born in Australia - some time before our current Prime Minister was born).

Cutting a longish essay short - since have written about this before, and, as a traveller around, lived and worked in many places in Australia - find that there are many 'communities' where am considered an "outsider". If i cannot point to my grandparents headstone in the local graveyard - am considered a "tourist" - or, if i hang about in the vicinity for more than 6 years - remain a tolerated "outsider".

So, again cutting a longish essay short - it may take many 'generations', and re generations of children from migrants, and their children, and their children- to eventually construct what will eventually become the "peoples of Australia".

And this, basically, is what the  British English heritage "conservative" peoples are afraid of.

 There is more to Australia than fine China tea cups, imported American media influence,  and imported trees.

And yep, was never 'trained' by my parents into any "ritual belief". The animals on the farm did what they needed to do.



(to be continued)

Perhaps not ... am still trying to understand what, exactly, this local lot of "Conservative" aka 'Liberal/National Coalition' bunch of Federal Roman Imperial church dickhead politicians actually mean by "all citizens have to subscribe to AUSTRALIAN VALUES".
 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?



Monday, April 03, 2017

flying free (updated)


Image by Davoh



Image by Davoh


um, do have pics of a Wedge tail eagle .. be patient , will find them.
In the mean time, while waiting  ...
(o shit, can't find images of me in gliders; with an eagle off the left wing - following me around in a thermal - oops. they have to be somewhere. Ancient "photographs" ... remember them? Some time before 'instant' phone pics"

Or are these 'images' only recorded in my memory?

perhaps. The first image was recorded while, self was standing, in a forest, watching the circular flight of this magnificent creature.

The second image was recorded while driving along a country road, .

This Wedge tail Eagle is looking at me - because he is standing on 'roadkill'.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

O, have been pondering ...

... about the importance of CO2. So, can we ask politicians to take a deep breath ...
then hold it ... hold it ... hold it ........hoooold it .... HOLD IT!!!. dammit!

(yer i know, human lungs, diaphragms.  really only respond to excess CO2, then demand oxygen).



cute critters?

Um, OK, have no photos at this point, the little blighters won't sit still. Forgive me, but have dispatched 35 of them this month to mouse Valhallah.

(correction - last month - but, despite my best efforts to entice them into oblivion, there are still several leaving 'dot points' on my kitchen benches).