i’ve spent most of this weekend trying to fix the old embedded YouTube posts, and am happy that I managed a 90% success rate – YouTube regularly pull videos for various reasons – copyright infringement seeming to be the main reason..
Anyway that’s the video clips back as far as the year dot (October 2007) all fixed now and there were a hell of a lot of good ‘uns that I’d totally forgotten about in there so worth taking a look back thru all the archives if you’ve got the time to kill 🙂
For those of you who knows me well you know this is a topic close to my heart :}
It’s many medicinal properties have been recorded in writings going back nearly 5000 years (2737BC) in ancient Chinese scrolls. Its use spread from China to India and then to N Africa and reached Europe at least as early as A.D. To put things in perspective I believe the Americans were the first to ban it’s use medicinally as well as recreationally of course. Why? Misinformation misleading the masses (see Reefer Madness).
So now it’s the Americans are doing their best to rectify their ridiculous overreaction by various states making it legal to have a puff and now Canada as well.
So it’s been around and known about for 5000+ years, it just so happens i have lived within the 70 odd years that it;s been illegal! 🙁 ffs.. The following 3 articles give you all the facts..
45 photos of a weird, strange and very unusual nature all in one place. Loved the one of the guy in the car with his mobile phone attached to his ear with an elastic band :)..that’s actually not such a bad idea..
Pictures of the train crash in Quebec – I’m not sure if anyone was actually hurt in this incident but if they were then apologies – this was not meant as a ‘funny’ post anyway, but people seem to have a fascination with checking out car crashes on roads etc and this leads to more accidents as all the drivers are looking at the crash instead of the road in front of them – I don’t think this applies to railway crashes though..
“The idea of the Beetle had been conceived in 1931, when Ferdinand Porsche and Zundapp developed the Porsche Type 12, or “Auto fur Jedermann” (translated as “Car for Everyone”).”
“…In 1933 Adolf Hitler commissioned Porsche to develop a “Peoples Car” (literally a Volks Wagen), the car was to be able to seat 2 adults and 2 children, with room for their luggage, and be able to cruise at 100km/h (62mph). The term “Volks” had been applied to various Nazi party sponsored consumer products such as the Volksradio…”
“…From 1975 through until 1978, when the Beetle production line was finally closed the car stayed virtually the same, save for a few new colour options which had been introduced on the new Golf model.Production of the Beetle moved to Puebla in Mexico”
“Steve Fossett is known for being one of the greatest adventurers of our time, with numerous achievements and records to his name, all in the field of aviation. He became the first balloonist to travel round the world by himself in a hot air balloon.”
“…The conditions onboard the basket (or gondola as it is referred to in this case) were far from luxurious! The actual gondola itself was no larger than a normal sized closet. Fossett would on average, manage about 4 hours of sleep each day, in broken down segments of 45 minutes naps. It would have been extremely cramped living in such a confined space. On top of all this, the temperature outside the balloon would have been well below zero and Fossett would have had to regularly climb outside the gondola to change fuel or to check on the burners.”
The Hubble telescope has been in orbit above our atmosphere happily snapping pictures for over 25 years now. Remember the blunder post-launch when a lens was not calibrated properly because of the centimetres / inches blunder on its specification plans? And nobody realized of course until it was already launched and in orbit? The heroic astronaut had to fix it on a space walk so saving NASA from total ridicule and a waste of billions of $$$ of American tax payers money?
Well now the images to be found on this page (and others) are fascinating and this site features the best one of every week weekly.
l’ve got the site back up in a couple of days and if you follow this site regularly you’ll know I promised a fine and dandy look and feel of the site. This site has been serving the masses since 2007 (check out all the archives.). I know that recently the content has dwindled over the past year or so, Let’s just put it down to personal problems but now I’ve changed the colour and done a few other things in the background it’s still the same site as it always had been.!
Also the content has been suffering a hit as you will have noticed, but with TopPicks v2 its gonna be back to 25+ a month again and I’ve got more sources. I’ve allowed folks to sign in again but this rime i’m vetting the comments at the moment. It was the spams that killed this site last go round and as you know if you’ve been following for at least a few days TopPicks was all about a bit of random banter on a morning. Something in there for everyone somewhere.
If something starts you on a good surf or just catches your eye then feedback, however brief and I’ve seen all the spam shit and I will be deleted before it’s published
above all any suggestions welcome, as long as you’re not promoting your own product or trying to make money out of this it’s fine. This is a non-profit website with no ads for a reason – cos they’re spoiling the www and the vision that it was back at the take-off, of said www.
I literally provide this site as a service – I don’t even ask for donations but if you’ve got some cash to splash then please punt it over to Amnesty International…
I love you all loyal surfers, give me some ideas and the daily random link will once more be on your interwebs xx
in Norrthern Japan, in the province of Nagano, snow stays up to four months at a stretch. The average winter temperature here is -5 ° C, sometimes dropping to -15 ° C. Living at such extreme temperatures are the Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys. Thankfully for them, hot water springs are close at hand where the monkeys spend most of day to fight the biting cold.”
Well like most people I started smoking and drinking before the legal ages to do that but I also managed to get tattooed in the UK when I was 17, a year before it was legal…luckily the lad knew what he was doing and made a decent job of my Marillion jester 🙂 Later on a few years someone introduced me to Jimmy Wong and he made some improvements for me and then we all went out and got roaring drunk iirc 😀
Seriously though there’s some very interesting facts about tattooing at today’s chosen site and well presented too..
30 colourful pics of Norway in the 60’s. Check out the old VW camper vans – them were the days..not that I was alive then anyway :p well I caught the tail end of the 60’s but couldn’t see out of my pram..
This one dedicated to you Bill, Johanne and family x
Who was it said that salt was bad for you? Our bodies would die without it. There’s lots of benefits and usages to salt, but make sure it’s not the usual shop-bought table salt! That has got not so good things in it..instead try using this stuff – the World’s healthiest salt..it’s mined deep in the Himalayas foothills and is around 250 million years old…
Some very eerie examples of natural weirdness – check out the one of the tree right on the edge of the cliff 🙂 lol – that’s what you call nature’s instinct for survival whether it’s animal or vegetation – or just a stubborn old bugger refusing to die,,,
well it’s taken me 20 hours up all nighter to do this but I think I’ve broken the back of it and we’re back in business – the server is serving again. I’m going to be enabling comments again for a trial period to see how good the anti-spam stuff copes.
Well this blog has been going since 2007 and has gone through 2 server migrations and 2 or 3 Movable Type upgrades and each one caused a problem or 2 in the doings of it. (Mostly user error or typos in crucial places) and that sort of thing. It’s all got too much – I’ve broke my website fatally now so it’s time for a total overhaul, preferably when I’m sober 🙂
This is just to day that in the coming weeks I’m going to be totally revamping the site so it will look different. So I won#’t be updating new posts until the new site is in place – so watch this space…and when it comes back it will be https://baanliam.com – it’s not working properly yet on that URL but will be when it’s sorted.
Also just to mention that back when I confirmed that Google was no longer classifying this site as an attack site and changed the colour of the site from red to green (it was a phishing link in a comment that somebody had posted I found in the end that was causing that status) a lot of people stopped coming here probably thinking it was dangerous and I was doing something underhand myself 🙁
Can I just say that this website is NOT an attack site of any kind and never has been – the new site will be properly administered 🙂
Anyway see you again in a few weeks when I have the time to get it together…
May your orbits never decay! as someone said to me once..