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!

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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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?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

HA HA well Let there be light indeed. I love light in relation to photography. Here is a shot I grabbed at the Darwin Festival 2013 in August. These ladies serenely moved to music in a shallow lake whilst various patterned light forms danced on their dresses and parasols. The whole thing did not do much for me. it was a bit “ho hum!!” but was worth a photo due the oddity factor more than anything else.

Light and Sound Darwin Festival

Light and Sound Darwin Festival