Monday, March 30, 2015

Abel Deandres. Argentina's Modern Day Che Guevara...

More of an apple picker than a revolutionary
but Abel on his 1988 Honda R600 bears more than a passing resemblance to the wonderful charismatic revolutionary Che Guevara, and when he turned up at The Department of Conservation's Uretiti campground the other day he could have been taken for Che's brother at least. Well, I liked to think so.
My new friend Abel from Argentina has some wonderful tales to tell, some similar to those of Che's in The Motorcycle Diaries and when he's finished his epic tour around the world
he'll have a lot more.
The last I saw of him he was heading off to Motueka near Nelson in New Zealand's
South Island to pick apples.
Latcho Drom Abel...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The World's Newest Mobile Phone Operator...

This is one of the newest kids on the telecommunications block and rumour has it that they're using the latest and greatest technology in their never ending quest to provide faster and and more convenient communications
for their customers.
The Horse And Cart Communications Company has done away with the overheads of an office building and wanders the streets with
the latest in mobile phones.
A prospective customer simply waves to them and they stop allowing the customer to climb aboard and use the phone.
A great idea in mobile communications.
It's sure to catch on...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Japanese Styled Tiny House On Wheels...

The Japanese know well how to combine traditional style with simple modern pure minimalist design and have influenced many of the world's leading architects.
Here with this little house on wheels is a fusion of 'western' exterior styling with some of the Japanese philosophies one would see in a traditional Tea House such as Wabi-Sabi and the use of natural materials. We see the use of the wonderful Tatami mats too in this delightful one hundred and thirty four sq foot house.
There's more about living with less here...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Has Anyone Seen Carolina Butcher...

Carolina Butcher aka Carnufex Carolinensis
was last seen a couple of years ago, well two hundred and thirty one million years ago to be precise, somewhere in the US on a Tuesday afternoon during the Triassic Period.
You're sure to remember the Triassic Period.
These computer generated images will probably remind you, if you happen to come across the nine foot tall Carolina coming towards you on her hind legs, of a fear akin to abject terror, so keep your distance and make for the nearest tree.
And good luck...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Zealander Lance Abernethy Uses A 3D Printer To Make The World's Smallest Electric Drill...

Auckland maintenance engineer Lance Abernethy who's been making tiny things since he was a small child drew up the plans using the computer design software package Onshape 3D and the Ultimake Two 3D printer to print out the drill body in two halves which took about twenty five minutes. And then it took another three hours to painstakingly get the wiring perfect. What could be the world's tiniest electric drill 
is powered by a hearing aid battery and
a miniature motor.
For his next trick Lance is hoping to drill
the world's smallest hole...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anywhere's Better Than Here...

There will be many in today's world who'd much sooner be anyplace other than where they are but they won't have the freedom of choice this young traveling man has.
I'm thinking of those seeking political asylum and have ended up in grotesque refugee camps. The casualties of Iraq, Syria, Palestine and other war zones. The survivors of Cyclone Pam. The too many people on death row somewhere, or those incarcerated for crimes they are innocent of. Victims of family violence, political prisoners. Those behind bars for daring to speak their truths. They would give their all to be standing in this man's shoes and be able to go.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Selfie Sticks, Handy Gadgets, Idiot Sticks Or Narcissus Sticks...

Time Magazine called the Selfie Stick
one of the great inventions of 2014 but they had forgotten all about Arnold Hogg of Rugby in England's Warwickshire who in 1926, fashioned what was probably the world's first Selfie Stick by somehow attaching a stick to a camera and made a photo of himself and his wife Helen. Much to the amusement of his family.
Some of us remember when, not so long ago, you were able to ask a complete stranger to make a photo of you without the fear of having your camera stolen.
And who knows maybe make a new friend.
But those days are gone and while there are many moments the stick is indeed a handy stick, we've become so insular this silly stick has taken away the need of human contact...