Friday, 29 August 2014


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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

RIP Robin Williams

So sad to hear of the passing of Robin Williams. Even as a child, to the world seemed overly serious. Then along came Robin and began to poke fun and test the limits of conventional thinking. What a breath of fresh air that was. I recall going through very difficult times with my Father when "Dead Poets Society" came out. Whilst it wasnt necessarily an answer to my then problems, it did at least teach me to value and to some degree, cherish, rebellion. Nothing like a good counter-flow to upset convention. Thank you dear Robin for a lifetime of laughs and smiles. I just have to hear your name and I smile. That is enough. Long may that reaction last. Thank you again. Travel well.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Fruit and Nut

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Crystal Radio Kid

I loved wire as a kid. We had lots of copper wire in the garage. One of my first experiences with wire was to make myself a crystal radio. I was amazed that it worked and used to lie in bed when I was supposed to be sleeping listening to 2ZB of Radio Windy. Tut, tut. Naughty boy. But the radio had opened my mind to what might be possible. I had normal copper wire of varying thicknesses, lots of plastic insulated wire which I liked to strip at the ends and solder. But it was the shear versatility of the wire. There are so many things one can do with wire and a bit of imagination.

I remember at the time I made my first solar hot water panel. I was amazed at how much energy is available say for example on a roof. I'd spent quite a bit of time on the roof perfecting my hand glider. And I thought to myself, there's so much energy up here why do we waste it everyday? So I cast around the garage in my mind, and saw that we had all we need to make a solar hot water panel. So I got the 4x2, sawed into length, found a steel plate I could glue the tubing to, same black paint, and a clear cover to pt over the whole thing to potentially trap the hot air and give it a real boost. Got it all rigged up and was amazed at the steaming hot water that poured forth. In fact it was too good, and after a while fell apart due to excessive heat. Sad, but encouraging. Since that time I've always had an interest in alternative energy, and would propagate said if the opportunity ever arose.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Be Happy

Just a short post as time is a bit limited before getting to work. However today's reflection is this: I'm an habitual worrier and am always worrying about the future. Then of course there are today's worries. Just getting through today's obstacle course. But I've realised there is no point to the process of worry, its an unmitigated waste of energy. The only thing I can conclude is this. "Be happy, and be helpful today".