Archive | December 28, 2014

My Special “Hogmanay 2015” Greeting To YOU.

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For other ‘Hogmanay’ posts:
++++ Search on ‘Hogmanay and ‘auld lang syne’ for MANY other related posts over the years >>>>


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Those of you familiar with this blog will know that this is “Hogmanay Central”.

Another one of my favorite holidays and it has a very special place in my heart because:
1) I am an adopted Scot.

2) I used to, with glee, play the role of ‘Dark First Footer‘, at a Thistle Hotel in Greenock, outside Glasgow, for a number of years before coming to the States.

One of my fondest hopes is to be back in Scotland for Hogmanay one of these days.

Well, I did a lot of Hogmanay & Auld Lang Syne posts last year and the year before. People are finding them through search and thanks to Google. So I am not going to retread that same ground again this year. I will, of course, do a few more Hogmanay posts over the next two days.

I wish YOU a rollickingly good Hogmanay. Enjoy. 


AirAsia QZ8501: Don’t Tell Me That The Transponders Were Turned Off On This Flight Too.

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Just SOME of the Related MH 370 posts:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka – Mar. 15, 2014.
>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell phones …
Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts
 — Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed … — Mar. 11, 2014.

>> 3 month anniversary               >> 4 month anniversary
>> 5 month anniversary               >> 6 month anniversary
>> 7 month anniversary               >> 8 month anniversary

++++ Search on ‘MH370’ and ‘transponders’ for MANY other related posts >>>>


That they are having so much trouble finding AirAsia QZ8501 doesn’t sit well with me.

What happened to the radar transponder trail? Don’t tell me that the transponder on this flight was turned off too. That would stretch incredulity.

Third Malaysian registered commercial airliner to go down in 9 months — two still missing. Strikes me that somebody is being very careless.

Did North Korea have something to do with this? A trial-run for something bigger. Don’t tell me that they have invented a laser zapper beam that can vaporize flights over the Java sea.

I have high hopes that we will find the remains of QZ8501 within the next 12 hours. IF not there will be some explaining to do.


First MH370, Now AirAsia QZ8501: Lets Call It What It is — “The Java Circle” Where Planes Just Disappear.

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by Anura Guruge


Just SOME of the Related MH 370 posts:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka – Mar. 15, 2014.
>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell phones …
Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts
 — Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed … — Mar. 11, 2014.

>> 3 month anniversary               >> 4 month anniversary
>> 5 month anniversary               >> 6 month anniversary
>> 7 month anniversary               >> 8 month anniversary

++++ Search on ‘MH370‘ for MANY other related posts >>>>


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Not right. This is 2012 not 1952. Big passenger planes, with tons of electronics, can’t just disappear! Not right.

Some thoughts:

1. Did the North Koreans hack the navigation, radar and satellite uplinks? This could be the LATEST frontier?

2. Yet again, as with MH370, I suggest having a look at the Maldive Islands.

3. Singapore will NOT be happy to be associated with this.

4. I think we will locate AirAsia QZ8501 way before we do MH370.

Very strange.


‘National Geographic’ Sneaks In Another Topless Tribal Women Picture Into The January 2015 Issue.

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Related posts:
>> NatG back printing
>> topless pictures?


>> 
NH contribution to
>>  the ‘Topless Tour’.

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 Tastefully topless.
>> Going topless in NH.
>> Topless protests of the pope.

++++ For ‘topless’ search ‘topless>>>>
++++ For ‘Nat G’ search ‘geographic >>>>


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From ‘National Geographic’ online. Click to access the original. In the January 2015 printed magazine.


Those of you who are of a certain age will remember that a trademark of NatG of yore used to be its frequent pictures of ‘naked’, at least topless, tribal women.

Then, for reasons that defeat me, they stopped doing so. Then last December, perusing the January 2014 issue, I happened to notice two boobs looking at me — and though I no longer go looking for them, especially in magazines, I have a very good eye for spotting them. I was surprised. NatG is a magazine that we subscribe to and I read, diligently and with pleasure.

I did this post wondering whether NatG was going back to printing naked pictures — albeit now in high-resolution color. I have had 1,062 hits on that posts. So obviously others must also find this issue, viz. NatG and topless, intriguing.

Given that I grew up and came of age in Europe, I have no aversion to topless. I am actually very comfortable with women being topless (though it was not a prevalent custom in Ceylon in my time). I do not get why topless is such a big deal in the U.S. Most beaches in Europe and now Asia are topless. Amazes me when I visit Florida or Hawaii that women manage to keep their tops on. Having spent many Summers on the beaches of Europe, I used to say, quite truthfully: ‘after the first 10,000 they all look the same’.

But, going back to NatG it is interesting that the last topless picture, at least in terms of what I have seen (and I am unlikely to have missed too many), was in the January 2014 issue. This one, above, is in the January 2015 issue. So is this to become a January tradition. Slip in one topless picture in every January issue henceforth?

Happy New Year.


Teischan’s UDI U818A Quadcopter Drone (For Christmas 2014) Has Been An Unqualified Success.

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Related posts:
1. Teischan’s ‘Flutterbye’ for Christmas.
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I got Teischan (8) & Devanee (14) each an identical UDI U818A Quadcopter Drone, from Amazon, for Christmas 2014. After I order their toys and electronics I usually look around for a ‘family’ gift that they both can play together with us. This year with Drones so much in the news, and us having had first hand experience with Shane Sellings’ amazing hexacopter, I decided to look into drones. I guess I lucked out. I was doing my shopping, on Amazon as is my wont, during cyber-shopping week. I must have stumbled across an Amazon special. I saw these drones for $60/each. They are now selling at $99! They were also tagged as the #1 drone in Amazon. How could I resist. I ordered two. I kept them in the big box they came from and on Christmas Day, as the last present they were going to get, I got them to open the box. They were not as excited as I had hoped. I think they were intimidated. They didn’t touch the drones all day Christmas.

On Boxing Day Devanee was still wrapped up in her new Android phone. Teischan was still building her legos, watching ‘Shrek’ on her 4-DVD set and playing with my train set. But in the afternoon she said she wanted to try out the drone. We had to charge the battery. By the time that was done and we were ready it was dark. I being who I am, of course, tried out the drone, to see if the batteries worked INSIDE. Of course I am not supposed to do that. But, Teischan and I then went out, in the dark, albeit with the outside Christmas lights and outside house lights on and gave it a spin. It has 5 LEDs. So you can’t lose it as we discovered when it crashed into the roof. Using the LEDs we still managed to fly it down. That was all in the first 5 minutes.

Devanee looking at her Drone. Teischan got the very same one so that they will not fight about taking turns flying.

To say that I am impressed with it is an understatement. Best $60 I have EVER SPENT, hands down. WOW. Two thumbs & two toes up. It works. It works well and it has, to date, proved to be unexpectedly rugged. Yes, it came with some spare parts and I had already ordered a few more. This is a KEEPER. Yes, I will spend money on it. IF I can’t fix it when it breaks, as its surely will, I will just get the next model up!

We haven’t tried the camera or video yet. Teischan, to her credit, has done 95% of the flying. I have tried it a few times BUT it is hers and she wants it. That is fine. If I want a drone I will just need to go and get one.

We recommend it without hesitation. Love it.

Yes, you will probably get sick of the drone pictures, videos and posts. Sorry. What can I say.


Click the images to access the YouTube videos.
All rather short.

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