February 27th, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Speaking on behalf of God is either brave or stupid.
I know I’m generalizing, but when you see images like the ones above, you can’t help but get the feeling all Christians are filled with hate and disgust for so many things.
Well, something many of you may or may not know, I too call myself a Christian. Though I assume I’m a bit of an abnormality: I love science, am “pro choice”, pro gay-marriage, a staunch proponent of research and discovery, and I truly detest my fellow Christians forcing their views onto others. (As for my political views, well, I’m all over the place and I’ve found out that’s actually pretty darn healthy.)
Many of the Christians I know personally are great people, but it just takes 5 minutes on the Internet to uncover the nutters. These so-called “Christians” are so full of hate it blows me away. I mean, so much pure, unbridled hate, it’s almost cataclysmic.
I don’t know where they find this hate. If memory serves me correctly, the bible (especially the new testament) espouses the virtues of loving one another. So when I see people protesting abortion or gay marriage I can’t connect with them in any way. I don’t see them as Christians; I see them as whatever the opposite may be.
Do I think abortions are great fun and everyone should get one? No, of course not. No one enjoys having one. But to stop a child growing up in miserable poverty or being abused & neglected by drug-addict parents, I’d rather be terminated as a bunch of cells than live a life of misery – and very likely – crime.
As for the often-heard line about populating the earth, this isn’t Victorian England; we no longer need to “Go forth and multiply”. With 7.3 billion hungry humans on earth, it’s perfectly safe to say Mission Accomplished: God’s will has been more than done.
Now we’re at a different time in our species’ evolution: a time to use the intelligence He gave us to stop ourselves from destroying this spinning ball lost in the corner of the Milky Way.
I made this, and it’s applicable to many situations. Feel free to copy it.
As for gay marriage – my marriage is not threatened by the thought of gays entering wedlock, so why would I care? If you’re against gay marriage because it “devalues” marriage, then you need to start protesting the Kardashians, not gays.
Additionally, if your marriage is somehow threatened by two people of the same gender getting married, then something is seriously wrong with your marriage – and your insecurities. In which case, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your life and/or seek counselling.
In short, live and let live.
I encourage you to think about the following motto: ”If it makes you and others feel good and it’s not hurting anyone, then do it and enjoy it”. I’m confident that’s what Jesus would do.
If I’m wrong, then we’ll have lost nothing by being nice to each other. If I’m right however, hell is going to be full of people who didn’t expect to be there…
February 23rd, 2014 at 7:40 am
A compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle explodes.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles pose serious safety hazards towards public safety.
No, I’m not being paid by the anti-hydrogen lobby (is there one?), I’m simply voicing my concerns at compressing and storing such a volatile fuel at such an intense pressure, then placing it in the hands of everyday drivers.
In short, Honda’s FCX Clarity (and other hydrogen fuel-cell cars) require hydrogen to be compressed to five thousand PSI, whereas the upcoming Hyundai Tucson-ix35 FCEV, and the upcoming Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) will be using hydrogen compressed at ten thousand PSI.
Ten thousand pounds of pressure per square inch… Let that sink in for a moment.
Allow me to put it into perspective: each of your vehicle’s tires are inflated to around 35 PSI with boring old air. Yet, if one of your tires burst near you, you would likely be seriously injured, or even killed.
Now, let’s quadruple that pressure and add a flammable gas: your barbecue’s propane cylinder, which is compressed to a whopping 128 PSI. If that exploded it could obliterate your house (and everyone in it).
Next step up the ladder: compressed natural gas (CNG). The moving image at the top of the page shows a CNG vehicle exploding into flame with approximately 3000 PSI in its tank (although probably less than half that, as it had been venting for some time before exploding).
Despite this very real risk to public safety, Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai all believe that it’s a sound & logical idea to put a tank of hydrogen gas under your vehicle and compress it to 10,153 psi. That’s 700 bar, or 70 mega-pascals.
To put that into perspective once more, the Titanic is currently sitting 12,500 feet (3.8 kilometres) under the Atlantic ocean, where the pressure on the sea floor is a staggering 5,500 PSI. The research vessel strong enough to visit the infamous shipwreck has a window 7 inches thick to handle that pressure.
Double everything, and you have the standard operating pressure of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
If a 10,000 PSI fuel cell vehicle was to explode, it could theoretically remove half a city block and all the people in it. Even when making the storage system out of incredibly strong carbon fiber, a public catastrophe is only ever a severe crash away. And let’s not forget road debris.
Road debris punctured the floor of this car, narrowly missing the driver & gas tank.
Vehicle crashes, punctured tanks, and building fires pose heightened risks for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Even a well aimed bullet by a crazy nutter with a gun (there are a few of those) would turn a family sedan into an instant landscaping tool.
I won’t turn this into an “electric vehicles versus hydrogen” debate, because there are enough of those on the internet already. Additionally, I don’t want to turn this into a debate about the inefficiencies (meaning high costs) of running & maintaining a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. Nor do I want to turn this into a debate about the lack of hydrogen infrastructure. This is purely about my concern for public safety.
Aside from a few foil-hat-wearing keyboard ninjas, I’ve never met an educated person in real life who, once knowing all the risks, costs, and problems, honestly believes hydrogen is an intelligent replacement for gasoline or diesel in our everyday vehicles. With every layer you peel away from the dream of hydrogen, the nightmare becomes more and more apparent.
On average the USA alone has 17,589 vehicle crashes every day.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a hazard, and in terms of public safety alone, they are not logical. While gasoline is also a dangerous fuel and vehicle fires are so common they no longer make the daily news, gasoline or diesel vehicles do not need to pressurise their fuels to fit them in the tank. When a gas or diesel vehicle explodes, yes it makes a Godawful mess, but it will not take out the entire neighborhood.
I can only assume there is serious money involved in convincing the public to begin investing in hydrogen, because driving 22 lbs of hydrogen gas at 10,000 PSI through a city street is pure lunacy.
I will take no pleasure in saying “I told you so” when the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle explodes, but I can tell you it’s certain to happen eventually if these vehicles are rolled out in high numbers. There will no doubt be panicky recalls and months of press briefings, but for those killed, it will be far too late.
My heart sinks at the very thought.
Folks, please drive safely; and whenever possible, drive electric.
January 12th, 2014 at 2:51 am
Hydrogen fuel cells have always been a gamble. From alarmingly high running high costs to a lack of refilling stations, the fuel has never really had a chance compared to battery electric vehicles. Yet, while others rush ahead with better batteries, some car companies such as Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota are still desperately trying to make fuel cell cars work – and then somehow get people to buy them – in the not too distant future.
So what would happen if we could look into the future? Well, I have the solution. Here’s a screenshot from a news website from the year 2029 – that’s just 15 short years from now. And just look what the future brings…
(Click to view the news story in full fize)
Toyota cancels their fuel cell plans, Tesla is thinking of buying Toyota, a hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity explodes and kills 54 people. Could this be the future we have to look forward to?
Time will tell…
(A warning for idiots: This is satire)
, FCX clarity
, fuel cell
October 27th, 2013 at 8:47 am
Over the years I tend to make and accumulate some random images and sometimes, when the planets align, I think they’re funny/interesting enough for the world to see.
The problem is, I have nowhere to put them so that everyone can find them – so I’ll just chuck them here. Hope some of them make you think and/or smile.
Don’t talk to me before my coffee
Representing myself: I’m a proud kiwi, proudly living in Slovakia
How I look before my morning coffee
Our cat Elwood finally got her commercial pilot’s licence.
Our cat is also a realistic Liberace impersonator
Our cat is also a saint. Saint Elwood I to be precise.
Queen Elwood IV – Her Majesty the Cat
I wasn’t expecting “Milf” to be breakfast conversation
The problem with sticking to left or the right in politics
Lunik IX in eastern Slovakia – Google it…
Me wearing an ushanka, a traditional Russian hat, in the snow.
I wish this book existed! It’s an awesome idea!
Most guys know this unpleasant feeling.
Please extroverts, no more “Selfies” on Facebook. I beg you!
Dolce and Gabbana’s new “Tax evasion” range
Meanwhile in Bratislava: The summer heat!
Computer repair people will know this feeling
I noticed that Einstein’s quotes got much better after the the Internet was invented.
Got a good idea? Might be better to keep it to yourself. People on Facebook can be nasty.
I wish I didn’t have to make this, but I feel that parenting standards are falling.
Driving in Slovakia is fun! :D
And there we go, all done! I hope none of those images offended you, as my intention was purely to entertain.
If I find any more random amusing images on my hard drive, I’ll chuck them up here.
Feel free to share any of the above images above if you want!
October 12th, 2013 at 1:00 am
A sick and empty city: Let’s hope we’re not too late to save it.
I can tell from the statistics that this website has been read and referenced quite intensely before and during the New Plymouth District Council elections. In fact, I might go so far as to say that I played a reasonable part in bringing about change in New Plymouth’s council.
The elections have just finished this evening, and in short, the mayor Harry Duynhoven has been voted out in a way that could only be considered humiliating.
He received only 7677 votes, and is the first mayor to be booted out after only one term since 1956!
This means we now have a new mayor, none other than Mr Andrew Judd, who some might remember is a “Saver”, not a spender. Thank God for that!
The voice of New Plymouth has obviously spoken, and spoken loudly. But what about the other councillors? Well, I have more good news if you’re a ratepayer in New Plymouth: We have a whole bunch of “Savers” as councillors now, while kicking out a bunch of “Spenders”.
It was the smart thing to do as, let’s face it, it’s not 2007 anymore and the boom-time is well and truly over. The city’s voters have clearly wised up to this, and are feeling the global financial crisis hit them in their pockets.
The new “Saver” councillors are Murray Chong, Len Houwers, Keith Allum and the “Spenders” that have been kicked out are Sherril George, Phil Quinney, and of course Harry Duynhoven.
Some others have made it into the mix, but most importantly, New Plymouth District Council now has a much stronger number of “Savers” at the helm.
This means in the future we can look forward to much more sensible spending, less wastage, and fewer massive multi-million dollar art centres.
It means we can find intelligent ways to bring the city centre back to life (city-wide free parking on Saturdays, anyone?).
Also it means we can start asking local firms to take care of local works instead of contracting Auckland and Wellington firms to come here and do the work for no financial gain. I’m guessing the fancy new multi-million dollar German playground which was authorised this year is still fresh in everyone’s minds.
Not only that, a local firm could have made the famous decorative road sign for much less than $80,000. And what about that $70,000 coloured pole outside the library? And why were the council’s flowers changed again, again this season!? Why not just buy some permanent plants and leave them there?
Yeah, you can see whey they got voted out…
So, congratulations to the new mayor and councillors. Yours is not an easy job, but this time it will be made easier by the fact you have a major advantage compared to the previous bunch of councillors: You know what the majority wants.
I’m happy to have played my part, and I’m delighted to see that this site helped many make the right choice.
, new plymouth
October 6th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
That laptop is so boring even the cat can’t stay awake.
I went crazy recently and made my laptop look like it was made of wood. I didn’t think it was going to work out, but it looks seriously awesome now it’s done. Let me run you through how I did it, and feel free to click on any pictures to view them bigger.
Let’s start with my laptop. It’s a boring Acer… Inspire, or Insight, or Infection or something. It works fine and does what it is designed to do, so I can’t really ask for more than that. The problem is that it just looks so dull.
Start with a roll of fake wood laminate.
Go to your local hardware store. The massive chains should stock some fake wood. It’s actually a plastic film but some of the designs look really real. I chose a similar colour and texture to our existing furniture. I bought two metres of the stuff.
Roll out enough to cover the lid, plus a bit extra.
When you roll out your laminate, don’t forget to leave enough to wrap around to the screen side as well. I didn’t measure it exactly, I just made sure I had more than enough. Before you peel off the laminate’s sticky cover, make sure your computer is really clean. Get out some window cleaner and rub it all over with a clean cloth.
Start with the top first, it’s the most satisfying part.
The fake wood film is quite sticky, but don’t worry if you make a mistake or get an air bubble – you can just peel it back off and reapply it again. I did this a couple of times until I got it right. Pay attention to your webcam – you’ll probably have to cut a hole for it.
Looking good so far!
The corners in the laptop are the most difficult part. The laminate is slightly flexible, but corners have to be done carefully and slowly. Mine aren’t absolutely perfect when you run your finger over them, but you don’t notice when sitting down because the wood-grain effect has so many natural shapes and lines in it.
This part is easy to do badly, so take your time.
You’ll need to take your time at the keyboard part, as there are lots of lines and holes to cut around. The fake wood is really thin and easy to cut with a sharp knife, which makes it easy to see the shape & lines if you press down on it.
Easy! Just take your time, and have some fun!
The finished product was well worth the €3 for the roll of fake wood, and it took me about an hour to slowly cut the shapes out. I chose not to cover the base as well, as the base has heaps of air vents and I couldn’t be bothered cutting them all out!
Still, combined with a nice wood-grain background, I’ve created a pretty good looking piece of useful art. In fact I reckon it looks so good I don’t know why computer makers don’t offer this design as an optional extra.
October 4th, 2013 at 7:13 am
I could kill for one of these right now.
I’ll come right out and say it: I’m not feeling very good. It turns out I’ve been partaking in too many sweets, alcoholic beverages, and carbohydrates lately and I have an imbalance of yeast (candida) in my guts. I’ll spare you the details but in essence I feel like crap on toast, thanks to an army of bad bacteria going to town in my intestines.
I’ve seen a lot of info on the internet, most of it quite useful, to treat Candida. The first step being to remove all sugars and carbohydrates from your diet, and by that they mean ALL sugars and carbohydrates. I found Lisa Richards’ blog very helpful for information regarding this.
That means no sweets, alcohol, cakes, ice cream (eek!), fruit, milk, grains, potatoes etc – the list goes on and on. In theory it sounds easy; I’ll just stop eating sugars and carbs. In reality however I’ve been experiencing a whirlwind of tiredness, dizzy spells, and headaches. I’ve also had some cravings for ice cream, though not too badly. This is the reality of sugar addiction – in all its forms. I guess I didn’t know I was addicted until my addiction was taken from me.
I’ve decided to take a bunch of advice from the Internet (I mean, what could possibly go wrong?) and stop all sugars & carbs for three days, and I’ve decided to call these the three days of death. Partly because during these three days most of the bad yeast will die off when starved of fuel, but also because it means for three days I feel like I want to die. So, let’s get started!
Kill me. Kill me now.
I stopped eating sugars almost 15 hours ago and today I’ve barely been able to move. I’m exhausted & cranky, resorting to painkillers to stop the headaches. Day one has consisted of me waking up at 2am – despite being exhausted, having mild discomfort in my guts for the entire day, itchy legs, and a crippling lack of motivation. It’s a Friday, and I’ve had to work from home today because I don’t feel up to the drive into the office.
I’d love an ice cream right now but I know that’s just what the yeast need to take over. My body is in withdrawal mode. I wonder if this is what smokers feel like once they quit? At this stage the yeast are beginning to die off and it’s I’ve read that this releases a lot of toxins into my system, so I’m drinking lots of tea and water to help flush it all out.
I never lie in bed during the day, it’s just unheard of for me as I always think of stuff to do. However today I lay down in bed and just rested, doing nothing. I’ve been exhausted, but strangely not exhausted enough to sleep. I wish I could, but I just end up lying there staring at the ceiling. I have moments lying in bed when I suddenly feel completely normal, and then, 5 minutes later I notice the severe lethargy. I have micro-moments of feeling normal, so I get the urge to get up and wham! I get tired and dizzy again.
For lunch I had two boiled eggs, and a bowl of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. It was the least appetising thing I’ve eaten all year but at least it has near-zero sugars & carbs. I’m also about to have another tub of yoghurt to replenish the bad bacteria with good bacteria.
If you have found this page while searching for a candida cure, I’ve got good news and bad news for you: You have to go through this if you want to put your system in order and the first day is hell, but you’ll feel normal again before you know it. Day one should be considered a complete write-off. Clear your schedule, don’t attempt to go out with friends, and don’t give in to your cravings.
Tomorrow will be better, I swear.
I don’t know what was worse: waking up at 4am with a headache that refused to die, or the drowsiness that followed soon after. Why do people feel the need to ask me all manner of questions in the morning, before I’ve consumed any coffee? I wouldn’t want to talk to me before coffee, so God only knows why anyone else would.
I feel better today though. I’m still not out of the woods but I am starting to imagine a future with normal food and less pain. Yes, you read that correctly in the previous paragraph; I did drink coffee. Some websites suggest completely eliminating coffee from the diet but there was no chance of that. I heard that coffee can raise your blood sugar level after eating (that’s bad) so what I made sure I had no food before or after the coffee for an hour.
Lunch today was an improvement on yesterday. I had the usual broccoli and cauliflower but also had some turkey breast with it. Still can’t eat and carbs/starch such as rice or potatoes, but we’ll get there in time. I think my body is starting to understand life without sugar, now that the majority of the cravings have subsided.
Maybe it’s the Garfield in me, but ever since last night I’ve been really hankering for lasagna. Oh man, that would be so awesome right now. My mouth is watering thinking about it. I know I can’t yet however as it has red meat, pasta, and cheese – all three being serious “no no’s”.
I still have an odd tingling feeling in my gut and I’m still tired, but I’m not as cranky as I was and can actually move about the house and hold a conversation without biting people’s heads off. I’ve even got that feeling that makes me think, “You know, I feel good enough to have just one apple. I’m sure one would be ok”. But I have to stop my brain from trying to lead me astray and reversing my progress.
Energy permitting, I think I’ll even attempt going for a walk this evening to help me sleep through the night.
Tomorrow will be good. I’m confident of this.
Today started at 6am as I couldn’t sleep properly and had a mild headache. Despite those inconveniences I woke up feeling quite normal, and hey, 6am is better and 4am or 2am! After a cup of coffee I was actually feeling pretty good to be honest.
I decided to try a little toasted muesli with my (now) usual pot of unsweetened yoghurt, but just as I was about to tuck into it I noticed the ingredients in the so-called “healthy” muesli. It was LOADED with sugar. I mean, why would you do that? People buy muesli for one reason – it’s healthy and moderately tasty. Adding pictures of bathroom scales and female figures with measuring tapes around them is purely misleading and it really annoys me. In fact, the amount of added sugar in every damned thing in a supermarket riles me.
Anyway, I ate a very small bowl of this sugared muesli with unsweetened yoghurt and one of those healthy bacteria capsules (filled with acidophilus, bifidophilus, keepitoffilus, knockitofffilus, etc) and waited to see what would happen…
Nothing. Nothing at all. No discomfort in my guts, and no gurgling noises from digestion.
Awesome. Not only had I gone 45 hours or so without ANY sugar, I was feeling quite good. For lunch I had more vegetables, and even ate a few small pieces of carrot (one of the sweet vegetables I’m not supposed to go near) without problem. It’s now Sunday night and I can honestly say I’m feeling just as good as I did before all this began – but I’m running on zero sugar!
What’s interesting is how sweet something like a piece of carrot tastes after 3 days of no sugar. I even tried a sip of stevia-sweetened cola (a natural non-sugar related sweetener) and YUCK it was awful! Not the taste, but the sheer sweetness of it was enough to make my mouth fall out. I can’t believe I accepted that taste as normal beforehand. It was far too sweet.
So to summarise, I survived the three days of death, but man, the first two days were horrible. I think I needed it however, and I’m going to promise myself that from here on I enjoy more natural things. Some of the sugar free tastes such as a simple, crisp capsicum, or the curry & yoghurt grilled chicken that I created were so good that I’m ashamed I hadn’t eaten them more beforehand!
Of course I’m going to still enjoy a glass of wine with a meal, and I’m not going to turn into a vegan, but this really has opened my eyes to how much added refined sugar we consume in our daily lives. It’s added to absolutely everything – and it really shouldn’t be.
I hope this story helps you understand what you might go through if you want to knock out some bad bacteria, or maybe you just want to try dumping sugar from your diet to live better. I know one thing is certain: when I feel inclined to pick up a block of chocolate, I’m going to think of the three days of death and put it back down.
Now I’m off to whip up a fresh salad with pumpkin seed oil, croutons, and Parmesan shavings. Yum!