Friday, June 25, 2010

Climate Change causes ALL THESE THINGS

This is a list of all things that Climate Change 'Believers' claim that will or are happening, because of Human Caused Climate Change through a miniscule increase in CO2levels. This increase may or may not be attributed to humans, there is no proof either way. There may be no real increase at all, the very data that the 'Believers' rely on is very sus. ENJOY the Claims and Contradictions.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Sophia Loren

I checked my site counter the other day and the post that gets the most visitors and hits is the one with the photos of Sophia Loren. I thought I would add a couple more photos of her, after all she was one of the most beautiful women in the world.

First a Beautiful Woman and a Beautiful Car what more could you ask for?

The time she met Jayne Mansfield....There was something about Mansfield.

But Sophia is Better.

A couple of good photos.

And a slightly naughty one.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Reading the Classics, Podcasts and Econtalk

I have always liked reading, mainly non fiction. I did go through a phase where I became engrossed in science fiction, I was particularly keen on Robert Heinlein and Phillip Jose Farmer. The only detective stories that really struck a chord with me were the 'Bony' stories by Arthur Upfield. Upfields description of the bush is vivid and real,I can't think of any other writer to capture the feel, smell and colour of the bush. The past few years I have been reading 'Classic' literature, I hate that word 'literature' it's a good word but it brings back memories of school. Anyway these classics are cheap (no royalties or copyright), so I've read Bronte, Gissing, Swift, Eliot, Twain and many others.

But the author who has hooked me is Dickens. When I was younger I couldn't get past the hardcovers and 19th century language. However about 10 years ago I sat down with 'Pickwick Papers' and stuck at it, I am so glad I did. Dickens is funny, poignant, insightful and so many other things. I won't go on, anything I could say about him has already been said so much better than I could.

My main reading is still non fiction. The past few years I have tried to educate myself by reading economics. I started with Adam Smith and have continued reading as many differing 'Economic' points of view as I could. Often after reading a book or essay I will continue to think about the arguments for a long period until I can make sense of what is being put forward. I began this process as an economic illiterate. I didn't have any idea about how people get richer (or poorer) or how the world works, I didn't know that this is what economics is all about. It really is how the world works.

Since that time I have thought about differing economic theories, some of them once had great appeal to me. However they all seemed flawed in that none of them could explain why some things work and some don't. Then I was exposed to the work of F.A. Hayek and the Austrian School. Simply put Hayek says that the world is such a complex place full of information. That information changes moment by moment and that there is no way that a government or organisation can capture that information, much less use the information before the information changes again. I think that's it any way.

I haven't had the time to read much the past 18 months or so. So I have supplemented my reading with a number of podcasts. I listen to quite a few different ones o different subjects, mainly while driving. There are a few economics podcasts around but I feel that the best one is 'Econtalk' by Russ Roberts. Download an episode and give it a go. Roberts has a widely varying range of guests and interests, so read the blurb before downloading the podcast as you may not be interested in the subject of the day. I personally listen to them all, I generally get at least a small insight into something new and how the world works.

For a starter I suggest this episode or this one.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Gt380 Ignition Settings

Things have slowed down on the GT at the moment, I am having trouble sourcing a set of points for the bike, although mine is a 1976 model it seems to have 1st model points on it and they are very hard to find. I may have to change the plate for a later model one.

Brad was asking me about Ignition Settings on a GT380, the manual says the following. A Dial Gauge must be used.

Points Gap: 0.35mm (14/1000in)
Ignition Timing: 3.0mm BTDC
Firing Order 1Left, 2Centre, 3Right