Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Whats triggered all this? Well it all started with a quote that was sent to me; "You're out in the world and your skin is getting thinner by the day, and it's almost like travelling wears your defences down because your soul is usually f****** miles behind you. So it gets to a point where you just need music. At that point, instead of reaching for a guitar, you reach for the music that you know heals you."
Glen Hansard, who made this quote, was talking about music's healing quality's and how it affects his life, when another quote was made; "Unfortunately, poor Mr. Hansard only has part of the picture.
The reason I love playing music so much is that the organic, God created gift of music is a sacrificial work or service of worship from my body, and have my heart speaking to God, and him speaking back, is healing for my soul.
Mind, body and soul, all involved in one task, all giving and yet all receiving. Worship via music, the ultimate therapy."
This man, Ben Brunskill, who made the second quote was talking about an even higher form of music which, at its best, is the strongest and most powerful form of musical healing, worship.
This, I find, rings true in my life. You don't have to be a musician, just put on a worship CD and\or just sing it out, God won't mind if its out of tune. Try it.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Guy Fawkes, to me, is one of the best times of the year, right up there with Christmas and Easter. You have a great big bonfire, toast marshmallows, sing songs and best of all, set off fireworks. But with all the scrutiny going on it seems that people would have them banned. Why? Because apparently nobody is properly capable of setting off fire works without killing a young boy, several old ladies, burning down two houses, blowing up a petrol station, setting fire to a national park and killing the odd cat. (I would give you correct statistics but New Zealand stats are almost impossible to find) So every one wants them banned. The other reason is that young, usual drunk, Punks go around popping the odd modified firework in peoples letterboxes, setting fire to cats and generally making to much noise. So all the elderly in New Zealand (which is half the population) call the Police and Fire service and generally waste people's time, which then gets blamed on the fireworks users. Which by the way is the people using them incorrectly. Therefore young punks and old people are to blame for half the talk about banning fireworks. Who is to blame for the other half? The paranoia's. I'm talking about the people who don't do anything in case of injury, the parents who won't let their kids ride bikes without shin pads, knee pads, elbow pads, steel cap shoes, helmets, and the odd AK47. It is people like this who hear about someone getting burned one (or every) year and then completely freak out and wrap their children in fire proof clothes, and give them a low power water "blower" (not gun) and then write to the news paper about how dangerous fireworks are and how they should be banned. I've been shot by a firework myself, i didn't set on fire and be rushed to hospital, I barely noticed, then turned around and shot the guy who shot me. So I say before you ban fire works, ban more dangerous things, I'm talking about bungy jumping, smoking cigarettes and driving cars, ban these things and I'll will be happy to let you ban fireworks.
I think some people have heard the saying "living is the leading cause of death" and decided to stop living in order not to die.
Happy Guy Fawkes everyone.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Great men and woman are without wax,
Those who mean what they say,
and say what they mean,
Bill Clinton was covered in wax,
he used it to cover his tracks,
and to hide all his cracks,
The Spanish sculptors whose skills were weak,
Used the wax, and tried to seek,
A gullible one to fall a prey,
To their very wicked ways,
The Bible talks on this law,
"Now therefore fear the LORD,
and serve him 'Without Wax'"
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well there is a new idea, eat your dog. Robert and Brenda Vale have written a book in which they claim that an average sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving around in a SUV. So clearly it's people like me with a medium sized Labrador-Staffy that is destroying the planet. Not those who have giant bonfires every night, not the people driving Dodges, its the dog owners. So maybe the government should come with some sort of family plan, like if you have a large dog like a Great Dane, which are taller than my mother, you are only allowed a Moped. Or if you have a medium sized dog like a Staffy you can drive a small car, or if you have a small dog like a Poodle you can drive a station wagon, or if you have no dog you can drive a SUV.
So clearly the solution to the people who like to drive big motorbikes and SUV's is that they can can eat their dog, or maybe turn it into pet food or fuel for your car. Maybe there is some nice dishes you can make with dog, like Sweet and Sour Poodle, Roast Chihuahua, Bulldog and Mash or Meat Staffy Burgers. And then you can go for a drive in your Dodge.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
|2006 Best Resale Value*||2006 Worst Resale Value* |
|BMW 5 Series||Chrysler Sebring Sedan|
|Chevrolet Corvette||Ford Freestar|
|Honda Accord Hybrid||Mercury Monterey|
|Infiniti G35 Coupe||Kia Optima|
|Infiniti M45||Jaguar X-Type|
|Lexus GX 470||Kia Rio Sedan|
|MINI Cooper||Ford Ranger Long Bed|
|Porsche Cayenne||Chevrolet Uplander|
|Toyota Prius||Pontiac Montana|
|Volvo XC90||Chrysler Town and Country|
Car depreciation is often due to people's perception, if the type of car used to be unreliable the buyers perception will be that it is an unreliable car, even if it isn't, and unreliable car's depreciate faster. Other contributing factors can be colors or accessories. A bright purple car probably won't sell so easily, as a black one will. And of course some cars will just always be sort after eg. Mini Cooper, Porsche Cayenne, BMW, Corvettes and such other cars. They just won't depreciate like standard cars.
So that's it boys and girls hope you learned something, see you next time.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Lord of the Rings School Report
Fellowship of the Ring PG
1. Middle earth is a fairly large continent that consists of
many different worlds colliding. From the hideous Orcs to the
beautiful Elves, the powerful Wizards to the peace loving Hobbits, all
trying to find their place within.
In a world controlled by magic rings, nothing is certain and with One
Ring to rule them all, only one thing is certain. War.
2. Bilbo Baggins
A. Appearance; A Hobbit, a little round in the middle like most
hobbits, short once again like the tradition of his race, no more than
three feet tall (The largest Hobbit was Bull-Rorer a member of the
Took family he was said to be well over four feet tall and could ride
a small human horse). He was a Wizened old hobbit.
B. Personality; A bit cheeky, and brought adventure to the shire and
was considered a little bit mad. Long years with the One Ring caused
it to grow on him and took a grip on his heart, but gave him long
life; he lived to be 113 years old.
C. Role in the Film; Role model to young Frodo, (Who was 40 years
old). Found and past the Ring on to Frodo triggering the whole
adventure. He gave Frodo two important items, his Mithreal coat and
his old sword Sting. He was writing
a book about his own adventures.
3. Special Effects
Shooting in different scale; In this technique they shoot a scene and
then using computer graphics change the scale of the character to
ratio, e.g. Hobbits and Dwarf’s are small while Orc’s and Men (All
played by humans) were large. So there was heaps of that going on.
4. Sound Effects
Voice emphasis; they use voice emphasis to make a characters voice
more powerful, often made deeper and slower, this was especially used
to indicate magic or immense power.
One scene it was used was when a powerful elf was offered the ring of
power; at first her voice was normal but as the desire to take the
ring increased so the ring increased it’s hold on her giving her a
power craze, at this point what she was saying was screaming out loud,
deep and slightly slurred, giving an amazing effect of power.
In this scene were Bilbo is making a speech he is expected to tell a
secret when he put’s the ring on and disappears and returns to his
house invisible. All the time it is building up to the point where he
disappears with slow suspenseful music.
Music can add emotion, suspense and emphasis.
6. Camera Techniques
In the scene when Gandalf came across the ring lying on Bilbo’s floor
they had the camera pointing up at him so it appeared that the ring
was watching him.
Monday, July 27, 2009
We all know about how our good friend Henry had six wives, but did you know that after his first wife, Cathrine of Aragon, died, that same year he married and beheaded Anne Boleyn, then married Jane Seymour. Man he must have been bored.
He loved music. He owned 10 trombones, 14 trumpets, 5 bagpipes, 76 recorders and 78 flutes. He is also attributed the writing of Greensleeves.
He was an expert archer, he could hit the bulls eye over and over again at a distance of 220 meters.
He liked to play a game called "Paume" a bit like tennis, and he was playing this game while his wife Anne Bolyen was beheaded.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Around 1200 B.C Paris prince of Troy ran off with Menelaus wife Helen, Menelaus got an army together including Odysseus and Achilles. (One man, Cinyras King of Paphos promised to send 50 ships, this he did, but only one of the ships was real, the others were toy models.) These men sailed (Or tried to sail) to Troy, and laid siege to it.
The Greeks, King Menelaus. After ten years.
Achilles killed Hector and then Odysseus had a huge hollow wooden horse built which he and thirty of his best soldier’s climbed inside. The rest of the Greeks sailed away, leaving Sinon behind, giving the appearance of giving up and going home.
Sinon convinced the Trojans that the Greeks were gone and that they should pull the horse inside. Once the horse was inside Troy the Trojan’s threw a party and later on when everyone was either drunk or asleep they jumped out and slaughtered everyone.
Who were the main characters?
Paris, he was the prince of Troy and the most handsome man alive and he was in love with Helen.
Helen, married to Menelaus king of the Greeks, most beautiful woman alive.
Priam, king of Troy, father of Paris.
Odysseus, king of Ithaca, former suitor of Helen, hero in the Greek army, built the wooden horse.
Achilles was the prince of Phthia and Thetis, he was a legendary hero in the Greek army. Killed by Paris
Hector, Troy’s greatest warrior, Paris brother. Killed by Achilles.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Over in America sales on motor-vehicles are way down, including trucks. But one man from Missouri believes he has found the answer, his slogan; God, Guns, Guts and American Pick-Up Trucks. He is now giving away a free AK47 to everyone who buys a truck, any truck.
People have been responding well, they are worried about crime and want to protect themselves
An AK47 is worth about $700 (US$450) it was used by the Soviet Union in the 50's and hundreds of wars since.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We all know tin cans, we all have them in our houses, we use them night and day, Peaches on breakfast, spaghetti for lunch, Canned tomatoes in your dinner. But did you know that they are only a small percentage tin? They are actually steel, coated with a tin plate 1/250 of a inch thick. Tin was used because it isn't toxic and doesn't affect the color of food.
The tin can was invented by a English (Or possibly French, I have conflicting story's) man called Peter Durand (Or Pierre Durand) he based his ideas on the glass bottling technique formed by Nicolas Appert but changed it from breakable glass to strong tin and steel.
Durand took out a patent on his idea in 1810 but then sold it to two English men Bryan Donkin and John Hall, who set up a canning factory and were producing the first canned goods for the British army in 1813.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Girl: Slow down, Im scared.
Guy: No, this is fun.
Girl: No its not.
Please its too scary!
Guy: Then tell me you love me.
Girl: Fine I love you.
Guy: Now give me a BIG hug.
Girl: *hugs him*
Guy: Can you take my helmet off and put it on yourself? Its bugging me.
Girl: Alright, now slow down
Guy: I love you babe
(in the paper the next day):
A motorcycle had crashed into a building because of brake failure. Two people were on it, but only 1 had survived.
The truth was that halfway down the road, the guy realized that his brakes broke, but he didn’t want to let the girl know. Instead, he had her say she loved him and felt her hug one last time, and then he had her wear his helmet so that she would live even though it meant that he would die.
Aww how cute, Romantic guy saves his girls life, Might even bring tears to the eyes . However it's just as cute and as romantic and tearjerking as, Say, Ella Enchanted, The worst fantasy since Disney started.
But, There is more in common between these two story's than I first implied, Ella Enchanted is probably more likely to be a true story. You see they are both works of fiction, Me and some friends got into an argument over wither or not this guy was a jerk I talked about letting go of the accelerator, turning a corner but, I was starting to lose, so I came out with the idea that it wasn't even a true story, This at the time I was yet to prove, so the next day I try'ed to search for a newspaper article with evidence of this story, but I could not find anything indercateing truth or fiction. Untill i came across a site called Snopes.com (www.snopes.com) this site gave me some interesting info I quote: The story appears to be a work of fiction in that we have been unable to find any news storys of such an accident... ...Numerous folks who know far more about motorbike than we do have pointed out that most (If not all) Bikes have two breaking which are independent of each other, so it would be hardly likely for both to fail at the same time. Even if they did, a motorbike that has lost it's brakes can be brought to a stop by downshifting or even turning off the engine.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Imhotep was the chancellor for the Pharaoh Dojser ruler of Upper Egypt during the Old Kingdom (The first part of Egyptian History.)
Imhotep is spelt in many different ways, Immuftef, Or as the Greeks called him Imuthes.
He was given credit of the inventing or improving the papyrus scrolls, (Hieroglyphics's are quite hard to read precisely.) He was a brilliant architect and Designed the Dojser pyramid which was a step pyramid(Shown below) As a tomb for his king, Imhoteps own tomb has never been found
Imhotep invented medicine
that was not based on magical properties, Those types are very rear in Egypt,
All his finding were written on the Edwin Smith Papyrus
48 accounts on traumatic injury cases and about his surgery research.
Monday, March 2, 2009
But apparently we are becoming too reliant on our 12 main foods. Things like wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats, potatoes. we are being told to start to grow rare foods like: Breadfruit, Bambara Groundnut, Barbados cherry, Amaranth, Pigeon peas, Cowpea (No not cow pee, a nutty bean like thing) and Tamarind.
Professor Hopper, Director of the royal botanical gardens has been suggesting just that, he thinks that with over 30,000 known edible plants, that it is crazy we only have about a dozen we rely on.
But I find it hard to believe that one day soon we will pick a Breadfruit of our tree and roast and that it will taste like bread. But who knows? Maybe a normal day will be get up, eat a bowl of Amaranth (Some sort of cereal, like wheat) At lunch roast a Breadfruit or two. Then have a nice Barbados cherry muffin made from Pigeon Pea flour and then a nice dinner of Bambara Ground nut.
Yummy! To be honest I think it sounds horrible. And I don't think that it will catch on any time soon. Sorry Professor Hopper.
Source: NZ herald http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10559394
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Sounds strange but apparently all dogs descended from Chinese wolves, they were tamed, trained and breed to do work for their masters. And now we're told to send them back too their wolf roots. Apparently the way to train them is too treat them like a wolf pack and teach the dog that it's at the bottom of the pack or food chain. In wolf packs the leader eats first then the others follow in order of rank. By eating in front of your dog before feeding him he realises that he is lower down the food chain and submits to you. Also you are meant to give a command before doing anything they like E.g cuddling and feeding. the other thing is that when they are disobedient or bad you can expel them the from the pack. Several times our dog has been "outcast" when shes been eating food off the table or refusing to get off chairs.
Now my only fear is that she will decide she wants a spot higher up the food chain and will try to kill us all. But oh well. Anything for science aye.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Although the Chinese government (who probably know their country best.) Say that Zipingpu dam had nothing to do with the massive earthquakes, I believe that it did, so much pressure from all that water had to do something to those tectonic plates.
When Hoover dam was built there were hundreds of earthquakes in the years afterward measuring up to magnitude 5--. there was no seismic history in that area. Another example of a dam causing earthquakes is Vanont Dam, built in 1960, 250 tremors were felt as it slowly filled, later when the reservoir was full, a large tremor knocked a huge slab of rock that slid into the reservoir causing a huge wave that swept over the dam killing 2,600 people. However Zipingpu earthquake has been the biggest dam earthquake ever. I believe that this can put down to it's place so close to fault lines. (Double click picture for a clearer view.) As you can see from the picture the Zipingpu dam is very close to several faults possibly multiplying the effects of the shock.
I wonder is there a way around this? Or will every time a dam is built will there be earthquakes? Maybe they shouldn't be allowed near faults or populated areas?
What ever the weather, I believe that Zipingpu Dam effectively killed 80,000 people.