Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't park there!

I finally got my revenge on all those bastards who park or leave their cars in the parking bays/areas we have paid for and cordened off for filming purposes.

It is the bain of my life when I have paid for a road closed, or 10 parking bays to find that some bastard the night before has dumped their car and buggered off for the day.

Today, down by the docks in the beautiful Trinity Buoy Wharf; the site manager had a toy (which I wish I had in my kit! lol) which solved the problem of the car parked in our area. He just fork-lift trucked it out of the way.

Take that errant parker! When I say don't park there, then DON'T PARK THERE! lol

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Got Crabs?

The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and are found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans .. They eat coconuts for a living! How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts! They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground. Coconut crab meat has been considered a local delicacy.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I'll save you, Mr President!

Maybe its the kid in me, but I get a small kick everytime I put my covert earpiece on my walkie-talky in. I feel like I'm a member of the American Secret Service.

Only problem is, after many years of loud clubs, I think I'm a bit deaf. And when I've got the covert in I can hardly hear a bloody thing! I have to cup my hand around my good ear and say something like "Speak up, Sonny!". Not a good look lol

And god help if I get an urgent phonecall to the other ear! My brain certainly can't handle too many (most likely) urgent or important phonecalls in different ears at the same time. My brains shuts down and I usually go Errrrrrrrrrr!

Still, looks good though lol

Fireball on Jupiter

A huge fireball has been spotted on Jupiter in yet another collision from space caught on camera and video by amateur astronomers.

The new Jupiter crash occurred on June 3 at 20:31 UT (4:31 p.m. Eastern Time) and was spotted by skywatcher Anthony Wesley in Australia and fellow amateur astronomer Christopher Go in the Philippines.

Wesley's photos show the Jupiter fireball blazing in the atmosphere of the gas giant planet. So far, no visible scar in the clouds has been reported from the event.

Wesley described the event as a "large fireball" on his website, where he posted the photos taken from Broken Hill, Australia.

This new impact on Jupiter comes less than a year after a spectacular crash on July 19, 2009, when what scientist now think was an asteroid about 1,600 feet (500 meters) wide slammed into the planet. That collision created a massive bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean. [Gallery: Jupiter gets smacked.]

It was Wesley, too, who first spotted the July 2009 collision. His observations kicked off an international observation campaign to study the impact site.

Astronomers initially suspected a comet in last year's impact, but announced this week that a rogue asteroid was the most likely culprit.

And Jupiter has been smacked before.

In 1994, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke into more than 20 pieces and pelted Jupiter repeatedly. At the time, astronomers estimated such impacts could occur on Jupiter every 50 to 250 years. So they were surprised by the July 2009 impact.

Sydney Opera house gone to the dogs

The glittering sails of the Sydney Opera House went to the dogs on Saturday as hundreds of pugs, poodles and pooches converged on the iconic landmark for a world-first concert for canines.

The 20-minute concert kicked off with a mellow set featuring whale calls and soothing white noise, before moving through a rhythm and beat section to a discordant crescendo almost drowned out by hundreds of barks and howls.

"We've got some singing dogs down here in the mosh pit!" joked Anderson, who led the four-piece band with a variety of instruments including a whistle, violin and synthesiser.

Almost 1,000 dog-lovers packed onto the Opera House steps and forecourt to treat their pets to the free outdoor event, part of the Vivid LIVE arts festival curated by Anderson and rock legend partner Lou Reed.

Anderson and her band used the high-frequency sounds to appeal to the dogs' super-sensitive ears, eliciting excited leaping from some creatures and a cacophony of yelps and yowls.

A sea of ears pricked up and tails wagged uncertainly when a burst of whale song rang out from the speakers, the sense of which Anderson said she thought the dogs could decode.

"I know that a lot of animals' calls are about distance and location so I think they might pick up some of that," she said.

They yelped, yowled and circled one another excitedly during the beat section, as Anderson encouraged owners to scratch their pets behind the ears and dance along.

She credited the exuberant canines for the dazzling sunshine that bathed Sydney for the morning's festivities -- the first reprieve in almost three weeks from torrential rain.

"I think the dogs brought on this weather. They don't want to sit freezing in the rain, they want to have a little sun on their fur," she laughed.

"It was good dog vibes."

There were plenty of water bowls and dog waste bags on hand in case of overenthused pooches needing a drink or toilet break, and Opera House staff circulated with spare leashes in case of a rogue escape.

Anderson said she laid some human-friendly strings and horns over the high-frequency sounds so that the dogs' owners also had something to enjoy.

"We brought the octaves down into our hearing range so we could all have the experience," she said.

One sheepdog nipped enthusiastically at the heels of a nervous poodle and there were a few robust exchanges of barking, but Anderson praised the doggy decorum overall, describing the event as the "highlight of my life".

"The dogs were really wonderful audience members, they were grooving, a lot of them were singing and dancing, they were uninhibited," she said after the recital.

"And you know what? There were no dog fights. We were very relieved about that, everyone was very well behaved."