The History of the VW Beetle

https://www.vwheritage.com/beetle-history

“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”

A replica of a 1937 VW V30 Prototype

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Story of the First Successful Round the World Hot-Air Balloon Attempt

https://bit.ly/2EVmwGR

“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.”

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Hubble Space Telescope Picture of the Week

https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw/

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.

This rich and dense smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally-bound collection of stars that orbits the Milky Way. Globular clusters are denser and more spherical than open star clusters like the famous Pleiades. They typically contain hundreds of thousands of stars that are thought to have formed at roughly the same time. Studies have shown that this globular cluster, named NGC 6139, is home to an aging population of stars. Most globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way are estimated to be over 10 billion years old; as a result they contain some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, formed very early in the galaxy’s history. However, their role in galactic evolution is still a matter of study. This cluster is seen roughly in the direction of the centre of the Milky Way, in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This constellation is a goldmine of fascinating astronomical objects. Hubble has set its sights on Scorpius many times to observe objects such as the butterfly-like Bug Nebula, surprising binary star systems, and other dazzling globular clusters.

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I’m back!

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

BaanLiam

 

Japanese Snow Monkeys relaxing in a hot spring

https://app.bitly.com/Beaviy98Itu/bitlinks/1CAq4bK

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.”

 

 

 

A Few Facts About Tattoos

https://klyker.com/facts-about-tattoos/

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..

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Pink Himalayan Salt: Benefits and Uses

https://bit.ly/2HFMGum

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…

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                                                    Pink Himalayan salt

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NEWS: Changes on this site coming soon

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..
Cheers
/liam

Hackers stole a casino’s high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

https://bit.ly/2qAEZzZ

“LONDON – Hackers are increasingly targeting ‘internet of things’
devices to access corporate systems – everything from CCTV cameras to
air-conditioning units.

The “internet of things” refers to devices
that are hooked up to the internet to allow live streams of data to be
monitored. The term covers everything from household appliances to
widgets in power plants and everything in between.”

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so the thermometer is networked presumably so it can data back to ‘base’, nobody at the casino realized the significance of this, and the hackers got onto the network via the fish tank thermometer..

Most Feared Gambling Professionals In The Casino Industry

https://bit.ly/2H28UaD

“LAS VEGAS may be synonymous with Casinos or Gambling over the past few
decades. However, with the introduction of Online Live Casinos, Slots
and Lotteries, the profile of gambling and bookmakers has increased
significantly in recent years. The industry is now much more accessible
to the masses as compared to previously when only the rich and famous
had access to it. On one hand, Online Poker rooms and World tournaments
have become a blessing in disguise for skilled professional gamblers to
try their gambling skills. Whereas on the other,  Mobile apps and
websites have made it easier for the masses to have a flutter from a
wide range of options such as Lottery, Slots, Sports Betting sites as
well as online Casino games such as Poker, Baccarat, Roulette, and
Blackjack. Thus, unlike the High Rollers of the 90’s, more and more
gamblers are making their fortunes outside the walls of the highly
publicized Casinos and away from the prying eyes of the onlookers.”

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Dan Bilzerian