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  1. 5 points
    I finally got my bike's electrical problems sorted out - sort of. It took nearly a month to get a new electronic regulator from Holland to Sweden, then five days to get it from Sweden. After a lot of checking and double checking, I've got the systems all wired up. I did have a problem with the warning light not going out, but a lot of checking wiring and putting in insulation now has the warning light glowing dimly. That's progress. I'll just have to get the generator output checked. One quick project that I finished on Monday was a vibrating parts tumbler cleaner. I made it from a 12V computer power supply fan, some scrap wood and stuff. I only had to buy four small springs and a cake tin. I am using fine Bonsai gravel as the cleaning medium. This is what it looked like when the prototype was almost finished. I've since fitted an ON/OFF switch and replaced those yellow things (lengths of hot glue stick) with lengths of bamboo garden stake to shorten the open space in the springs and to make things rigid. It hums along unobtrusively as the gravel and dirty parts flow up the outsides then down to the post in the middle. I thres some rusty nuts an bolts in for about 15 minutes and you could see that they were being cleaned up. I was going to use some silicone sealant to seal around the screws that hold the tin to the wood, but since I have another similar fan, and plenty of scrap MDF, I might just buy four more springs and a plastic bowl and make a "sub-sonic" cleaner with liquid cleaning medium. Some time ago, my grandson grew out of his 6V powered car, so I stripped it down and kept the battery and the motor/gearbox. I figured that all I needed to do was mount the motor/gearbox on a board whose joint with a base board was cut at an angle of 20 to 30 degrees to provide a slope. Then whatever container I can find will be supported at the other end by a bolt turing in bushed hole. The good thing about the motor/gearbox is that the connection to the wheels was a simple cogged insert that fitted into the output sprocket of the gearbox. This means that I can simply screw the lid of the medium container and slide it in and out of the output sprocket when necessary. However, the other day a big fat guy with long white beard, and a penchant for red clothes with white trim, engaged me to make a super hero's helmet for my Grandson for Christmas. So this is what I am spending this week making. What I am enjoying is that making the helmet is employing all my modelling, woodworking and model painting skills. If it turns out OK, I might make another super hero's helmet for my son. Both the boys are crazy for these things.
  2. 3 points
    THE ART OF POLITICS A Russian Jew was finally allowed to emigrate to Israel. At the Moscow airport, customs found a Lenin statue in his baggage and asked, "What is this?" The man replied, "What is this? Wrong question comrade. You should have asked: Who is he? This is Comrade Lenin. He laid the foundations of socialism and created the future and prosperity of the Russian people. I am taking it with me as a memory of our dear hero." The Russian customs officer let him go without further inspection. At Tel Aviv airport, the Israeli customs officer also asked our friend, "What is this?" He replied, "What is this? Wrong question, Sir. You should be asking, 'Who is this?' This is Lenin, the bastard who caused me, a Jew, to leave Russia. I take this statue with me so I can curse him every day." The Israeli customs officer said, "I apologize, Sir, you are cleared to go" Settling into his new house, he put the statue on a table. To celebrate his immigration, he invited his friends and relatives to dinner. One of his friends asked, "Who is this?" He replied, "My dear friend, 'Who is this' is a wrong question. You should have asked, What is this? This is ten kilograms of solid gold that I managed to bring with me without paying any customs duty and tax." MORAL: Politics is when you can tell the same thing in different ways to fool a different audience, to allow you to look good in every way.
  3. 3 points
    A builder has a little business going erecting timber framed gazebos. He earned a good reputation and jobs started to come rolling in, samping him. He decided to put on some workers, and took up a Government offer under NewStart to get money to employ a young person. He eventually narrowed the selection to two Millenials and decided to give them a trial. For the first part of their first week he had them doing the gopher work as he built a gazebo in site. All the while he was explaining to the young fellow what he was doing. Come Friday morning he told the young fellows that he was going into the bank to get their pay. He said that he thought they had picked up on what he was doing pretty well, so they could carry on while he was away. About a half hour late one of the young fellows saw the other bent over a box of nails, picking them out one at a time, looking at it and throwing it away. "What are you doing?" "I want to nail down the decking, but the heads on all these nails are on the wrong end." " Go find another box of nails. We'll use those ones to nail up the roof battens."
  4. 3 points
    Just completed my 75th Airliner profile for the Aircraft showcase. That makes 570 profiles all up. (Plus O.M.E's 3 profiles.) While I have tried to intersperse other categories, I have concentrated on airliners because I had a file full of photos on the hard disk to use up. Now I can look at other categories again. Lockdown is now over for me. Victoria is officially COVID FREE!!. 28 consecutive days with no new cases, no deaths, and no known active cases. We just have to keep an eye on anyone coming in from overseas. Quarantine will (should) be a lot stricter this time around. Most restrictions have been lifted, we just have to maintain our vigilance and care - wash hands regularly, social distance, wear a mask in enclosed spaces, and get tested if you show any symptoms. Restaurants, hotels, clubs, cinemas, gym's etc can open, albeit with social distancing restrictions. AND, we were advised this afternoon that the Men's Shed will re-open next week, again with some conditions (yet to be advised). YIPPEEEE!
  5. 3 points
    I asked my sister after my old girlfriend left me for a fat insurance clerk. I said " do you have any good looking girlfriends?" and I married the one with the best bum. So far its worked out ok....
  6. 3 points
    I suggest that you make a To-Do list with the most important jobs at the top: 1. Add the water heater to the combustion stove 2. Do the house extensions. 3. Service the Jab 4. Make beer. If you complete 1 & 2, the SWMBO will be happy and let you get on with what you want to do. The Christmas School holidays are coming up so set the grandkids to: 5. Clearing timber 6. Mending fences 7. Assembling the wind generator. 8. Make beer (Tell them drinking beer is a way to prevent dysentery) Then you can get the kind and grandkids to 9. Start building thermalling models to get practical experience about airframes 10. Start maintaining the Lancair. They'll inherit the Jab, so they'll have to know how to maintain it, too. 11. Make beer. (You need something to sip on while you plan how to make a moonshine still)
  7. 3 points
    A schoolteacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, an ancient wooden device called a “slide-rule” and a calculator. At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of maths instruction. “Al-Gebra is a problem for us,” the Attorney General said. “Al-Gebra has terrorized many young people for years. They derive solutions by means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values”. “They use secret code names like ‘X’ and ‘Y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns,’ but we’ve determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.” As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.'” When asked to comment on the arrest, President Trump said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of maths instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.” White House aides told reporters they "could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President!"
  8. 3 points
    Depending on how long you or your missus expect to live, I would look carefully at the effects of climate change and choose to live away from it. And be aware that sea-levels are due to rise so don't buy too low. Already there are places suffering from these things and the effects are only just starting. Already it is silly to retire in Darwin unless you can afford lots of air-conditioning. And there are suburbs of Adelaide which can flood with sea-water right now.
  9. 2 points
    Delve deeper into colonial history and you find White fellas- from all parts of Europe- behaving quite badly. We could argue till the cows come home about which European nationality committed the worst atrocities. It's become politically correct to overlook the often horrendous barbarism of other races when they occupied new lands.
  10. 2 points
    High interest rates under Keating brought on a bout of everlasting National amnesia. Highest housing interest rates were under the Fraser government with Howard as Treasurer in April 1982 (21.4%). The Hawke government's highest was 19% in December 1985, and the Keating government's was 7.9% in December 1994. It's a good example of how personal dislike for a particular politician (Paul Keating) can cloud one's concept of the truth. The narrative has grown to fit the disliking of him.
  11. 2 points
    Well it's pretty certain that as you get old(er) you don't turn them ON.. Nev
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    O.M.E. That joke is older than I am. It used to be Irish builders labourers.
  14. 2 points
    No OK, Eden is too far south for Jerry. And is not a great flying location
  15. 2 points
    Lucky sod. You must have got the good one.
  16. 2 points
    Why should the vacuum in space be any different to tbe vacuum in the Whitehouse?
  17. 2 points
    In space ..... no one can hear ... your politics.
  18. 2 points
    The more the number of cylinders the smoother the engine. For brevity, let's call a combustion event a "bang" A single cylinder 4-stroke goes "bang" every second revolution of the crankshaft. (720 degrees) A cylinder in a twin goes bang once per revolution. (360 degrees) A cylinder in a 4-cylinder - two bangs per revolution. (180 degrees) A cylinder in a 6-cylinder - three bangs (120 degrees) A cylinder in an 8 cylinder - four bangs (90 degrees) A cylinder in a 12 cylinder - 6 bangs (60 degrees) The smoothness of an engine depends initially on how often there is a combustion event creating a pressure impulse on the piston.The faster it operates, the more frequent are the pressure impulses. Those impulses cause vibrations and the more vibrations per minute, the closer the peaks come together and we can't sense the gaps in between so well. So the engine feels smoother.
  19. 2 points
    In Search of Medicine, 1884 by Vladimir Makovsky (Russian 1846-1920)....Russian peasants....life was cruel and hard....
  20. 2 points
    Jerry - The suburbs of Perth extend about 70 kms up the coast North of Perth, with Yanchep and Two Rocks being the most Northerly. From those suburbs, further North, you rapidly run out of "civilisation", and you're into low native vegetation, more wind, and into small fishing/tourist villages, such as Lancelin, Leeman, Cervantes, Greenhead and Jurien Bay. Jurien Bay is around 200kms N of Perth and is turning into a bit of a sizeable "retirement village", simply due to cheap land, a coastal lifestyle, and people with limited finances being unable to buy into the more established regions around Perth. Dongara (Dong-gra) is a nice spot on the Irwin River and is reasonably close to a large regional town in the form of Geraldton. Geraldton has some serious crime levels caused by a substantial number of local black-skinned inhabitants, and I wouldn't recommend it. It always pays to look at the availability of aged care and medical facilities in any region in W.A. that you might plan to move into. Many of these smaller towns and villages have very limited medical facilities and medical help, and you then need to travel considerable distance to Perth suburbs or larger regional towns, to acquire the medical assistance needed. A wealthy associate in his mid-70's is living in Hopetoun, and has farmland there, after a lifetime of farming, earthmoving contracting, and then selling rural real estate. He likes Hopetoun, but when his wife had a fall and broke her wrist recently, he said to me, "It's not until you get to our age and have a medical event, that it makes you realise that a local nursing post that is only staffed part-time by one local nurse, isn't enough, when you're really in need of some substantial medical assistance and care". They had to travel to Esperance, some 180 kms away, to reach a doctor and get his wifes broken wrist attended to, by a full professional. The bloke below has a great website showcasing nearly anything worth seeing in W.A. He's been to virtually every country town and hamlet, and photographed anything worth photographing, and worth writing a story about! http://www.wanowandthen.com/
  21. 2 points
    OME that might have been the same winter I rode my Ducati home from the Alpine Rally thru that area, at about the same time of night. The fog condensed onto my fairing, screen and helmet until the ice was too thick to open my visor. Must have been mad.
  22. 2 points
    I can't comment on any Eastern States towns or areas mentioned, because I've never lived there. But I can offer some advice on Esperance. The first thing you need to understand about W.A. is the real meaning of the word "isolated". Being isolated is a two-edged sword. One is, you don't have the crowding of the Eastern States - and this means you can have your choice of oceanside land without much fear of it being overpriced - unless you want to reside in the older oceanside suburbs of Perth. The second point about being isolated, is costs are higher. Food and the necessities of life are more expensive - not hugely so - but a noticeable difference to the Eastern States cities. Distances are greater and fuel costs are higher, accordingly. Esperance is more isolated than any other W.A. regional city - apart from perhaps Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which is bigger than Esperance (32,000 pop., as against 12,000 pop.). There's nothing of any consequence within 700kms of Esperance - in any direction - except Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which is 400kms away. Esperance is basically an agricultural industry town with a modest-sized port with a reasonable amount of export activity in the form of minerals and grains. There's a small local fishing industry and some tourism activities. Esperance is basically an "outdoor camping, 4WD-ing, and recreational fishing" town. There's no major cultural activities, because the place is just too small to support anything culturally-based. Esperance has stunning beaches and magnificent scenery. The fishing is exceptional, whether you fish from jetties, off rocks, or from a boat. The fish varieties are huge, and the taste of them, outstanding. But the water is cold, and even in mid-Summer, it's still cold. So swimming is not as enjoyable as it is in warmer areas. It's really about 5 deg too cold for comfort. Then there's the shark problem. Esperance is not alone in this problem, but the sharks are on the increase, and shark attacks are becoming more prevalent in recent years. Boating is a major recreational activity here, and the islands of the Recherche Archipelago are magnificent. But you can't stay on any of the islands, they are all Nature Reserves, and deadly snakes abound on most of them. Then there's the wind. Windiness is common in W.A., due to the largely flattish terrain. Perth is supposed to be the 3rd windiest capital in the world - but Esperance beats Perth for wind, hands down. The wind blows nearly all the time in Esperance, and it gets very windy a lot of the time. In Winter, strong Southerly winds will bring icy Antarctic air to Esperance, and give a wind-chill factor that make you think you're in the Northern Hebrides. If you get a strong Northerly or Nor-Easterly wind in Summer, it will bring heat down from Central Australia, and you will get 40 deg days. But it only takes a wind shift to the West or South and the temperature will drop 20 deg in a couple of hours. The major advantage of most of W.A. is that the prevailing winds from the West or South are as clean as you can get. They come 6000-8000 kms with no interference or pollution added. The flying in Esperance is good, and the small band of aviators there are welcoming. But there's not a lot of places within 2-3 hrs flying time, that are highly worthy of visiting. Perth is 360 air miles away. The coastline East of Esperance, and through to the Gt Australian Bight is stunning from the air. But there's only one major East-West highway, and a few roadhouses out there. Not much choice if you want lodgings. I'd suggest a better choice would be Busselton, or somewhere in the region near to Busselton. The S.W. of W.A. is a highly scenic, attractive and fairly-well populated region. Busselton has a new airport and recreational flying has a modest following in the S.W. of W.A. The fishing and beaches around Busselton are nearly as good as Esperance - and you don't have the isolation that Esperance suffers from. Perth is just 2-1/2 hrs away, and Albany, another major regional city is just 3-1/2 hrs away, through some very scenic heavy native trees and farmlands. The housing costs in the Busselton region are not over-the-top, but they are higher than Esperance.
  23. 2 points
    Seems to be still the case, although now they've got the rise of China as reason as well. These days the U.S. spends around ten times what Russia does on defence. Even at the height of the Soviet days there was a huge disparity. But having said that, the Soviets were and the Russians still are a formidable enemy. In the Soviet days, the Americans feared their technological ability and their capacity for production. The Soviets knew they could never out spend or out gun the U.S. in traditional warfare, so they had to develop a military doctrine to deal with the threat. Developing highly mobile forces and maximizing bang for buck has carried over into the military of the Russian Federation. They can do more with less money then the Americans can. Most of their conventional forces are designed to hit and run to inflict maximum damage, rather than sustain a large one on one front. I think a big part of their non nuclear lethality is based around their huge fleet of transport aircraft. No one can move as much gear as quickly and cheaply as the Russians. They're developing some good gear as well. One new one is a re-design of the Pantsir missile system. They've fitted it to tracked vehicles which are air dropped out the back of Ilyushin 76's with the two man crew inside. Once they hit the ground, they're operational within 5 minutes to provide air defence for airborne troops with surface to air missiles and 30mm auto tracking cannon. The Russians would probably never win against the U.S. in the long run, but the amount of blood and treasure to be lost fighting them acts as a good deterrent. Between them and China as perceived threats, the military industrial complex should be assured of a quid for quite a while yet.
  24. 2 points
    At Tocumwal, you don't get the sea-breeze up through the Kilmore gap, which effects Benalla. It is a great gliding town. Be aware that the wonderful old ww2 hangars are nearing the end of their lives. I have no idea what will happen if the politically-correct lot look at those asbestos-cement clad hangars which have doors so tall I think they were for Liberators. They are difficult to open these days. A good mate of mine flies from there. He has a Lancair and an ASH 25.
  25. 2 points
    I always liked Moruya. Very much the same as Merimbula, but easier access to Canberra and Sydney. Plus there's a good airport.
  26. 2 points
    Jerry, I don't know when you last visited the Sunshine Coast but you are about twenty years too late to move there unless you are looking for a city environment. ABS estimates of near future population numbers from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast including Brisbane are scary. I forget the exact figure, but it's close to the population of Melbourne in the next few years. The biggest problem is rampant subdivision with hardly any new roadworks causing traffic gridlock. In reality, the biggest problem is too many people in a small space. The worst areas are the big centres of Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa. The smaller towns are suffering as well. Coolum Beach for example is not so nice any more. The traffic jams there sometimes spill out onto the motorway and parking spaces are hotly sought after. Even the formerly nice little hinterland towns are getting non stop sub divisions packing in thousands more with the resulting traffic jams. Living here, you can notice a significant change from one 3 month period to the next. In 10 years time, the only way to enjoy living here would be to stay home and get Woolies to deliver your food. I can't see how they will ever catch up with the road network. A lot of long term locals are leaving and recently, even some southern migrants to the area are starting to think they made the wrong decision. A point that escapes a lot of people is how it will be in 5 or 10 years time. For people that want a city with a nearby beach that you can't get a car park at, it would be ok. I live on a formerly quiet hinterland side road in a rural area. When I first owned the place, there would be a car drive past about every twenty minutes, now there's one every few seconds. To get out my driveway, I often have to wait for five or six cars to go past and that's in the country. All due to rural residential sub divisions popping up like mushrooms.
  27. 2 points
    I retired to Central Qld, just South of Galdstone. The reason being that I came here years ago and didn't want to come here, then I stayed for further jobs and joined local groups. I still reckon I didn't want to come here, but it gets hard to leave friends and quiet country living. For me I would not want to live South of here as it is too cold in winter and I would not really want to be further north into the cyclone affected areas which are even more humid in summer. South and inland can be brutally hot in summer and cold in winter with the added attraction of flies, which we don't get here. I used to reckon Bowen was the place, but it has been taken over by people living in Victorian style houses. The roaor of air conditioners must be horrendous. The Sunshine Coast of Qld was named that to try to convince tourists it would be sunny. It worked in a way, the tourists think it is sunny, but really it rains a lot. Something I don't get enough of. Really it all depends on what you want but anywhere will be wonderful for you if you look at the traffic. In the time it would take you to get to Bath I reckon I could get nearly to Brisbane. As far as the cities go they are all alike, full of people who speak a different language and the women wear head scarves or worse. Maybe not true for WA.
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  30. 2 points
    I don't remember reading that anywhere in Luke 2:49 - 52.............
  31. 2 points
    You're going to have to get control of the rapacious global corporations and reign in their greed and outrageous salaries and renumeration, and monstrous, tax-dodge-driven perks, before you can have any chance of changing the current order of things. The tax system needs a major overhaul, to make a level playing field between wage employees and companies - that can currently get huge tax breaks and incentives that are not available to the average worker. Negative gearing needs to be abolished to stop over-investment in property and housing, that has driven an unsustainable rise in property values over the last 25 years. All family homes need to be taxed, above a certain level of value - say $400,000-$500,000. The current tax laws see wealthy people on high incomes, pouring millions into additions and improvements to their "home", that they can then sell, and make huge tax-free, capital gains on. Then they can move into another "family home" and do the same thing. What a rort. You ought to see the amount of "family homes" in my suburb that have been turned into 7 and 8 bedroom, 2 storey places, that still only hold 3 or 4 people. They start off buying an old 3 bedroom home for maybe $600,000 - then add a second story, 4 more bedrooms, a home theatre, a pool, and what not - then sell it for $1.3M and pocket a huge capital gain, totally tax-free. I've lived in the exact same old 3 bed home for 30 years and hopefully I'll be here another 20 yrs - and there's only the two of us, anyway. It's probably gone up 6 times the amount of the purchase price since 1990, but that figure is academic anyway - it's our modest home, and we never intended it for to be a huge tax-free, capital gains win. Maybe we need a "bedroom tax". Add 3 or 4 bedrooms to your house, get taxed accordingly. The whole tax system is simply unfair, and it's little wonder there's so much "cash" work done.
  32. 1 point
    I reckon Julia was the best pm we ever had... but I gotta tell this story about how I once rang up a brother-in-law and pretended to be John Howard asking for advice.. Well he hung up!
  33. 1 point
    NO white fella's from Europe were good colonialists. They ALL just took the riches by force. The French in North America seem to have done a little better than the rest in dealing with the Indians, but that wouldn't be hard.. You are coming from a low base.. . .Not much good to be seen anywhere. Nev
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  35. 1 point
    The Satnav by Pam Ayers I have a little Satnav, it sits there in my car. A Satnav is a driver's friend it tells you where you are. I have a little Satnav, I've had it all my life. It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife. It gives me full instructions, especially how to drive "It's sixty miles an hour", it says, "You're doing sixty five". It tells me when to stop and start, and when to use the brake And tells me that it's never ever, safe to overtake. It tells me when a light is red, and when it goes to green It seems to know instinctively, just when to intervene. It lists the vehicles just in front, and all those to the rear. And taking this into account, it specifies my gear. I'm sure no other driver, has so helpful a device. For when we leave and lock the car, it still gives its advice. It fills me up with counselling, each journey's pretty fraught. So why don't I exchange it, and get a quieter sort? Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, makes sure that I am fed. It washes all my shirts and things, and keeps me warm in bed! Despite all these advantages, and my tendency to scoff, I only wish that now and then, I could turn the bugger off.
  36. 1 point
    I had a Leyland P76 when I worked with this guy who had an Audi. The Audi guy thought the P76 was better. Another guy bought a Volvo " for the reliability" he said. In fact the P76 was at least twice as reliable as that Volvo.
  37. 1 point
    My last car in Aus was a VS Commodore "executive", which was the base model.. And for its time, it was basic. But tht 3.8V6 was much smoother than the '96 2.8V6 Audi A6 I had in the UK. I miss both cars immensly; reltively simpel and sturdy (I am sure the Falcon equivalent was great, too). The Audi was better built.. The Commodore was a lot more fun to drive, despite the Audi feeling like it had very similar performance, though at higher revs...I owned them at the same time.. I bought the Commodore before I left Aus and bought the Audi in the UK... When I would go back to Aus, I would drive the Commodore. After a week with the family, I would jump in it and head off.. I miss those days... Only thing better would be to have flown to wherever it was I was driving to..
  38. 1 point
    And it's not Friday night, either .....
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  40. 1 point
    Which proves Intelligent Design.
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    I agree with what Onetrack has said above. All recipients of Lend Lease materials benefitted form the US overproduction. But I was referring to the political wins that the USA had. Look at the US bases in the UK, and here in Australia. No doubt that there are similar holdings in a lot of other previous Allied countries. Bases in Germany and Japan are spoils of war.
  43. 1 point
    It should be called Thump Wines.. because when you drink it, it smacks you in the mouth... Anyway, back to the pictures - this made me larrrrf:
  44. 1 point
    Guilianis first court appearance in more than 25 years did not go well. He is only there because most of Trumps other lawyers have wisely withdrawn. As expected he made wild claims and produced no evidence, failed to understand normal points of law and even the word opacity. His case had 2 voters named as co-plaintiffs saying they'd been denied the right to vote and it sought to invalidate the votes of 6.8 million people. Of course there was no answer when the Judge said "How can this possibly be justified". It's a complete sham and a sideshow that is eating up cash provided by Trumps crazed supporters and achieving absolutely nothing. There will probably be a comedy TV series about next year.
  45. 1 point
    Pantex is the company designated to dismantle America's nukes. It employs a township of 3000 people. I read the 1996 article below, in 1998, when I first acquired a computer, and got connected to the 'net. It was an eye-opening article, then - and when you consider that nearly another 25 yrs has passed since the article was written, and tens of thousands more nukes have since been dismantled - it really makes you understand why the world should be worried about nuclear weapon proliferation. Repeat the same size operation in Russia, with the attendant Russian problems associated with trying to control nuclear devices via drunks, and poor training and poor command structures - and it makes one realise that the chances of another Russian nuclear accident, accompanied by a massive nuclear blast, are very high. https://sussexfiles.org/alsus01b.htm
  46. 1 point
    This is absolutely brilliant. A 96-year-old woman's note to her bank! Priceless! 😂🤣 The following is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by a 96 year-old woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times. ---------------------------- To whom it may concern, I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his depositing the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly transfer of funds from my modest savings account, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only thirty-one years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has recently become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact Status form which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Please allow me to level the playing field even further. When you call me, you will now have a menu of options on my new voice mail system to choose from. Please press the buttons as follows: Press 1: To make an appointment to see me. Press 2: To query a missing payment. Press 3: To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there. Press 4: To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping. Press 5: To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature. Press 6: To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home. Press 7: To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact. Press 8: To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call. Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee of $50 to cover the setting up of this new arrangement. Please credit my account after each occasion. May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year. Your Humble Client... (Remember: This was written by a 96 year old woman!) Make it a great day…
  47. 1 point
    A bit of a different evening this evening. My son packed up his home office so I can use the computer desk, and I was just getting fired up while waiting for the 6 o'clock news, when everything went black - TV, lights, computers, the lot.My daughter had to buy a few things for tea, and was about to head down to the supermarket.It was pretty windy out, and she was a bit afraid to drive in those conditions, particularly with no street lights etc. She asked if I would drive her. When we turned the corner at the end of our street, the street lights were on in the other street and houses appeared to all have lights. But when we got up to Canterbury Road, there were no shop or street lights. A couple of fences had been blown over. Got to the supermarket and it was in total darkness. We decided to go to Forest Hill Chase, the next shopping centre down the road. Got to Springvale Road, a major intersection, no traffic lights. Could see that the Chase seemed to be in darkness also so turned into Springvale Road....lots of flashing red and blue lights - 3 or 4 fire trucks and a number of police cars. There was a small white car on the other side of the median strip badly damaged, looks like a tree had fallen on it. Drove on to Burwood Highway, with no street lights and shops and service stations in darkness. Turned into Burwood Highway back towards Vermont South. Darkness till we reached Vermont South Shopping Centre where the lights were on and Coles was open. A big Dumpmaster bin in the car park had been blown onto its side. My daughter did what shopping she had to do while I sat in the car, (only one person per family permitted in the store). Got home and started preparing dinner in the dark, peeling the vegies by the light of an LED torch. I was just about to start cooking the meatballs in a skillet on the gas stove when the power came back on, so I was able to use the air fryer. I had been burning a DVD from the recorder hard drive when the power went out, so I'll have to toss that out and start again. Must get around to resetting the electric clocks (alarm, stove, microwave). The wall clocks are battery powered thank goodness.
  48. 1 point
    Is that another way of saying that you've been going up an octave?
  49. 1 point
    Not quite as silly as it sounds, there are coats made for sheep to protect them from severe weather conditions. Sheep are at extreme risk in a cold snap with strong winds with a severe wind-chill factor, right after being shorn. I've seen paddocks littered with dead freshly-shorn sheep, right after a bitterly cold Southerly blast. With a sheep alert warning, you move the freshly-shorn sheep into a sheltered area with dense foliage, so they can get some protection from strong cold winds. I used to get annoyed at farmers who asked me to clear blocks completely in the W.A. wheatbelt, leaving no vegetation for protective cover. Those blokes usually paid for their folly with major losses of sheep, in Winter weather.
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    Great thinking Bruce. The idea of a UBI (universal basic income) would free a large number from the role of "wage slave" and those who have modest wants and tastes could enjoy persuits such as volunteering to re-vegitate and restore degraded environments or whatever in an altruistic ambition.
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