KXF 250 Problems

Weeeeelll, I have not posted for a while as I have been busy with my photography. Over Easter weekend I rebuilt a KXF 250 and had a problem that puzzled me. Check this out, I posted the story on this forum

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1131675-kxf-250-2011-loud-knocking-slapping-after-new-crank-and-piston/

 

Yee Haa fixed!

Yee Haa fixed!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

O.K. I took a whole series of photos whilst being driven somewhere in Darwin City. I basically hung my camera out of the window on long exposure and waved it crazily around. The result, as can be seen here, is a dreamy cacophony of neon and street light colour.

I think the images are quite dreamlike, I am not sure if you have similar dreams or maybe I am mad, but sometimes I find myself in such dream world mind-scapes. Sometimes I float around, happily travelling from some memorable place to another, other-times it can seem nightmarish or threatening, something to flee from in desperation. I hope these art works evoke some imaginative thoughts, maybe tonight these moods may swoon you into a sleep mode rapid eye experience that will awaken you breathless. 

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Weekly Writing Challenge:Foreshadow

The news was rife with warning, plan your shelter, stock supplies, be prepared to live without the power we have learnt to rely on. The huge cyclone/typhoon, whatever you like to call it, is on a path wreaking havoc in our direction. The tension builds, what will become of us, our home , our land? The warnings are escalated, and some mild panic ensues as supermarket shelves are denuded of basics like canned food, batteries and packets of crisps, even the Scots-man’s burger outlet is fast selling out food! The eerie wind builds slowly but steadily, the low grey blanket of swift moving cloud sprinkles a spatter of rain. Streets empty, workers head for shelter, a certain air of doom foreshadows the event. The wind relentlessly increases intensity, the power goes out, and as darkness arrives the fear grows in time with the rushing sounds. Those rushing sounds are all there is to concentrate on, no TV, no Facebook! The horrors of this event are spasmodically scattered throughout the community, stories are told of incredible luck, of incredible heartache and loss, The news tellers prosper, infrastructure is harmed, some folk……..(Pause)….carry on!

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This storm disaster foreshadows a cleansing that brings newness, the folk who came to live here of late, those who know not the suffering, who know not the excitement of the opposites that can flourish from this calamity have mostly left. They will not witness the cleansing, the fixing spirit, the bloom that the floods create. From this tangled mess a desire to stand up and be counted, a desire to, “live it for real”, is strengthened in those that stay, those that endured the hardships, the anguish and the perils that foreshadow such a great resolve and a strong pioneering spirit. A spirit which becomes a vibrant trait of the true locals, the knowing, who will see ordinary once again creep into the fabric of this place, the cycle of junk and falsity regrown, only to be cleansed again, some time when?. Our world grows ever smaller and these isolated events will one day be true of this entire planet, our turmoil foreshadows a great time to come and will reward the hangers on and the lucky few.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightime

Here Is my weekly photo challenge entry. This is the Northern Territory Government House illuminated at night. The coat of arms above the main doorway is a Stainless Steel Sculpture which I worked on the fabrication of and installed in the doorway. The commissioned artist was Geoff Todd. 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/nighttime/_Y9A6756_Parliament Night Shot 3

TEMCC Club Championships Round 2 Part 3

Ha ha I didn’t realise I took so many, one of this batch is a fantastic shot which I will post full resolution later. All these shots were captured with a Canon 5DMkIII with a Tamaron 70-200 2.8 Lens. Usually I shoot Moto Cross with the camera set on shutter priority using 125th to 200th of a second shutter speed, that way I get some motion blur of wheels spinning. Although some blur of the rider is often visible, I like this slight blurring compared to a sharp motionless image that a faster shutter speed will produce. I like to also use a circular polarising filter. which cuts the goggle reflection down to make the eyes visible.

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TEMCC Club Championships Round 2 Part 1

Here are some of the shots I captured on Sunday (More to follow). These are not full resolution as I downsized the files for faster uploading. There are a few “action Blur” shots which I have kept as I like the arty look of them. I enjoy the action photography that this sport provides. Each shot records a vision that only occurs for that split second. I do not offer photo’s for sale but I am happy to provide a full resolution image file if you ask and provide a memory stick or SD card. Oh did I mention I like beer! You cam message me on Face Book

 

 

I have actually recently acquired a large format printer so when set up, I may offer prints but I would need to recoup cost of inks and paper. Anyway Enjoy!! _Y9A6791 _Y9A6795 _Y9A6796 _Y9A6799 _Y9A6800 _Y9A6801 _Y9A6804 _Y9A6805 _Y9A6806 _Y9A6807 _Y9A6809 _Y9A6810 _Y9A6811 _Y9A6812 _Y9A6815 _Y9A6816 _Y9A6817 _Y9A6818 _Y9A6820 _Y9A6821 _Y9A6824 _Y9A6825 _Y9A6827 _Y9A6828 _Y9A6830 _Y9A6831 _Y9A6832 _Y9A6834 _Y9A6835 _Y9A6836 _Y9A6837 _Y9A6838 _Y9A6839 _Y9A6840 _Y9A6841 _Y9A6842 _Y9A6843 _Y9A6844 _Y9A6849 _Y9A6855 _Y9A6856 _Y9A6857 _Y9A6859 _Y9A6860 _Y9A6861 _Y9A6862 _Y9A6863 _Y9A6864 _Y9A6865 _Y9A6866 _Y9A6867 _Y9A6868 _Y9A6870

 

 

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence: must be broken!

I feel I must broadcast this, and by breaking my “silence”, hopefully bestow upon readers a seedling of thought.

In Darwin, at the top end of Australia, a small gathering of folk who felt compelled to act grew momentum and the message was broadcast. These citizens were driven to act against a leader whose policies were clearly flawed. The group thrived and with the help of social media, it was clear that this normally laid back populace were irked. It did not take long before politicians sat up and took notice. I attended rallies held by this group and the people that attended with whom I spoke, like myself, had never felt the need to venture out in protest ever before in their lives. This empowerment led to the rapid demise of office for the offending political member. This group, The NT Citizens for Action changed the history of this small part of the developed world and I think it is possible that this could occur again.
Gathering momentum 29-12-12 The protesters at the Rally NT Citizens for ActionInterview 29-12-12True concern led to the, normally laid back, people of Darwin standing up against a draconian leader.

I recently saw an interview with Dick Smith on TV and I was moved to realise that here is an influential guy who has a message, not just for Australia, but for the world. His realisations and/or logical thoughts mirrored those of my own. His angle, is predominately from an Australian perspective, my thoughts are of a more global nature, but I came to think that if some one else had the same thoughts as myself, then maybe there could be others?

Dick Smith’s answer, when asked why he did not enter politics to give power to his ideas, was along the lines that he thought he was too much of a dictator and not a “politician”, I think he was also possibly alluding to the premise that governmental life breeds a certain minister by it’s very nature. When media are ready to jump on poll ratings at every hiccup, we produce mediocre leaders, scared to make any real changing decisions.

The answer then, must lie with us, we must stop being apathetic, we must get up, armed with what we know and do something!

This is what we know; Human population is growing out of control, the extinction of diversity is unprecedented in human life terms. We despoil this nest we live in! Developed nations thrive on the poverty of the third world, while we can buy a shirt for 15 dollars, why do we care? Imagine though, if we had to pay the real price for this shirt, the price an Australian is accustomed to be paid to sew one together, the real cost of pollution control and creating a truly sustainable cotton growing resource which does not poison the very land it depends upon, the true cost of transporting these goods by air, sea, rail and/or road, the real cost to the environment for creating the power required to chill the shop where we choose to buy this shirt, in order that we can browse in comfort.

Well this will not be too far away, the signs are here, Imagine; a sweat shop in Thailand or India gaining a union movement which supports workers who no longer wish to work 14 hour shifts on machines with no guards.  A factory forced to control the disposal of it’s waste products by “ethical trade” pressures. Is this not the development, the equity, these people dream of? Soon, within the span of our history on this planet up to now, we will pay the true price for this shirt’s impact on the enviro-socio-system, and then the developed world will fall into recession as the inevitable balancing of wealth distribution occurs. And so indeed it should.

Oh, this story has other factors, for instance the ever changing weather patterns. Isn’t it totally incredulous that there are still folk in denial of this phenomenon! I suppose not, but it is incredulous that these proponents of redneckness have large followings!! Anyway, the world is changing fast and I think that today, every human on this planet is experiencing weather events or frequency of weather events never previously seen in their life time. How long before crops cannot grow where they used to anymore? We survive a frail existence with millions of city dwellers totally dependent on our modern mass food production systems.

Dick Smith spoke of Australian Government’s desire to grow it’s population fast, so that there is adequate labour force to help prop up the baby boomers into old age and excess, he mentioned how this would eventually impact on our individual monetary wealth, a wealth we extract from the resources we suck or dig from the earth and sell around the globe. He said, there would obviously be less for everyone. His view seems limited to Australia but it applies globally, there is only a certain amount of resource which we can dig, suck, pollute, erode, and cut down, it is just not sustainable overall. Despite some good effort here and there, we are not responding fast enough.

Take this example; a test tube fills with a particular bacteria which, let’s say, doubles it’s population every minute. The test tube is full after 1 hour! If, after 58 minutes of existence within this tubular world, any one bacteria was asked if there was a space and resource problem heading up in the near future, they would say, ” Hey, we have been around for 58 minutes there is plenty of room, this place is only a quarter full”!

I say, as Dick Smith said, that leaders need to stop denying the real issues facing our children, issues which I believe are  approaching way faster than even we all probably realise.

Lee Point 13-12-29

Lee Point 13-12-29

I think, we need to stop placing such life directing value on wealth and possessions, on ownership, on cooking competitions and televised presumptuous business apprenticeships and on multi-millionaires and our on own deep rooted secret dream to, one day, ourselves become one. We must look at “well-being” the well- being of our Eco-system, for human happiness and quality of spiritual life. We must place emphasis upon empowering the masses to make change, to stand aside from the despotic leaders, the religious en-slavers, the wealth driven deciders and the corrupt “me and now” mentality. Surely there are thinkers out there who realise these things? Dick Smith does, I do.

I don’t know how to start or what to do,I mean what possible solutions can avert the impending upheaval?  However, collectively, surely, surely we have the resources to alter the future of a great deal more than mere local Australian community politics?