Thursday, 13 November 2014

I'm always on for a bit of Hed Kandi


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Photography Practice

My photography is a bit rusty so I went out this morning and tried to get my eye in!.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sounds from Home

When I was a kid, growing up in the 1960s New Zealand, we used to spend many summers at the beach lying in the sun. These were the sounds, captured in this recording, and its so relaxing to hear them again. They magically transport me back to that time, the innocence of youth. I hope you find them relaxing too. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

RIP Robin Williams

So sad to hear of the passing of Robin Williams. Even as a child, to the world seemed overly serious. Then along came Robin and began to poke fun and test the limits of conventional thinking. What a breath of fresh air that was. I recall going through very difficult times with my Father when "Dead Poets Society" came out. Whilst it wasnt necessarily an answer to my then problems, it did at least teach me to value and to some degree, cherish, rebellion. Nothing like a good counter-flow to upset convention. Thank you dear Robin for a lifetime of laughs and smiles. I just have to hear your name and I smile. That is enough. Long may that reaction last. Thank you again. Travel well.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Fruit and Nut



Saturday, 2 August 2014

Crystal Radio Kid

I loved wire as a kid. We had lots of copper wire in the garage. One of my first experiences with wire was to make myself a crystal radio. I was amazed that it worked and used to lie in bed when I was supposed to be sleeping listening to 2ZB of Radio Windy. Tut, tut. Naughty boy. But the radio had opened my mind to what might be possible. I had normal copper wire of varying thicknesses, lots of plastic insulated wire which I liked to strip at the ends and solder. But it was the shear versatility of the wire. There are so many things one can do with wire and a bit of imagination.



I remember at the time I made my first solar hot water panel. I was amazed at how much energy is available say for example on a roof. I'd spent quite a bit of time on the roof perfecting my hand glider. And I thought to myself, there's so much energy up here why do we waste it everyday? So I cast around the garage in my mind, and saw that we had all we need to make a solar hot water panel. So I got the 4x2, sawed into length, found a steel plate I could glue the tubing to, same black paint, and a clear cover to pt over the whole thing to potentially trap the hot air and give it a real boost. Got it all rigged up and was amazed at the steaming hot water that poured forth. In fact it was too good, and after a while fell apart due to excessive heat. Sad, but encouraging. Since that time I've always had an interest in alternative energy, and would propagate said if the opportunity ever arose.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Be Happy

Just a short post as time is a bit limited before getting to work. However today's reflection is this: I'm an habitual worrier and am always worrying about the future. Then of course there are today's worries. Just getting through today's obstacle course. But I've realised there is no point to the process of worry, its an unmitigated waste of energy. The only thing I can conclude is this. "Be happy, and be helpful today".

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Encourage Thyself


As a kid I was desperate for my Parents to encourage me to do something. Anything. So when I said I was going to do something, there would no outward sign that they approved, let alone encouraged. This was very confusing for me. I couldn't understand why they were never behind me. I never "felt" them behind me. This had a big impact of my life and how I approach things. Without encouragement I find it hard to move. The encouragement has to be from significant others, not just anyone. I think as an adult, I've over compensated by becoming very encouraging of anyone who wants to have a go at something. 


Rain developing. Not very encouraging. And there it is again. Encouraging. 

I notice again with myself I'll express interest in a project, then I''ll go into a hibernation waiting for things to improve, whilst what I'm really doing is waiting for significant others to approve and encourage me to go forth. I really must keep this in mind for the various projects I'm working on. I need to encourage myself to proceed and not wait for others.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Visibly Lost

I really couldn't understand school, and it seemed to be leading nowhere. Its funny because so many of my school mates seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and were striving with every breath to be the best student in the school, or get the highest marks, or make the biggest impression. I never understood what they were doing, and still don't to this day. Who were they impressing? I don't know. 

It was almost like they had foreknowledge of the system and they were committed to working it and getting the most out of as they could. I always remember the "Sweepers" Family (Three brothers) and how they were all determined to be dux of the school no matter what. And the three brothers all did it. They were all dux. They all seemed so confident and self assured they they would do it. It was to them a fore gone conclusion. How did I get mixed up with such brilliance? I don't know. I remember "Dave" having his visible-man patient, and how he’d take him apart and identify all the organs inside him. How weird. He was determined to be a surgeon. And he did it of course. And his two older brothers were equally brilliant. Chemistry and Engineering if I recall correctly. Where as me, I had no idea what I wanted to do, apart from fly airplanes.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Spaceship Earth

I like the Bucky Fuller's notion of looking at Earth as a spaceship.
 Its becoming more apparent these days. With many forms of communication, its easy to hear what others think and dialogue with them. The spaceship is indeed small and connected. There are some players, primarily Politicians who like to fuck things up depending on their personal agendas. Communities, us, have lots of great ideas, and then the Politicians come along and strangle the life out of the good idea. 

The internet is a good idea. For many years Politicians weren't the slightest bit interested in the net, but as the bright minds on the internet have forged on with organic growth and development, they, all of a sudden, see an opportunity for self promotion and control. And along they come with their clumsy notions and ideas, and begin to project onto the internet their agenda for it. Never mind the discordance. And then they try to control it, without acknowledging the natural growth direction and speed of the internet, and wham, the collision takes place.
The internet is only one example. 


Another one playing itself out is renewable energy. Its so obvious now that a focused Government could render its population energy self sufficient within a reasonable number of years, but what do they do? The exact opposite. In our case they redouble their commitment to fossil fuels and fuck all happens. Apart from fouling the atmosphere for everyone. I have a deep dislike for Politicians and now realise they cant be trusted. Period. 

I never trust a man in a suit. Apart from Bucky, of course.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Confuse the Birds

1970s iPhone
As a kid I used to make tape recordings. Once we made a play, and I recorded that. 
I used to go to Stock Cars, and record that. I used to record the bird life around our home, and then play it back to the birds, turn the volume up just to confuse them. Much fun. 
That sounds like me.
This was all back in the 1970s. Dad’s school had bought their first cassette player, and he used to bring it home at weekends for me to play with. Oh what joy. Id spend the whole weekend recording pretty much everything. What fun. I think I only had one cassette, and Id use it over and over. I know Dad used to keep things like that, I wonder if he kept any of those tapes. It would be priceless to listen to them now. I guess we will never know. I still look on cassettes with fondness now. It was a fun time and I still enjoy recording anything to this day. If only I had some of those old recordings. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Diary Entry from June 2014

Earlier in the week Rik Mayall died. Its affected a lot of people. Many people my age grew up with Rik on the world stage, strutting his stuff. It was magnificent, and a triumph of what seemed like meager protest in the wake of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism

But it was magnificent none the less. I used to love Rik's out-there humour and always looked forward to the Young Ones coming on. His passing has touched a lot of people. Apparently he had a quad bike accident on his farm in Devon, and according to Friends was never the same again. Rest in peace dear Friend.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Free Travel

I used to pay my fare every day when I was training to be a Quantity Surveyor. I'd buy a 10 trip ticket for the week. I cant remember how much it cost, but it was a convenient way to pay for the weeks travel. 

I don't miss those days. My day started with getting up early. I was still living at home. Id have some porridge for breakfast. Then shower, and out the door. Id walk for about 30 minutes to get to Wallaceville Station. Then jump on the old, cold, smelly train for the 1 hour ride to Wellington. In those days you could still smoke on the train. Every second carriage was a smoker, and every second wasn't. So it was bit of a crap shoot, but Id always aim for the non smoking carriages. Get to Wellington, and rush to the Porirua line for the Train to Porirua. Get to Porurua, and then walk 20 minutes to Elsdon at Wormald Brothers. Jesus, I was committed. The whole travelling day was about 4 hours. Which was a lot in the late 1970s in New Zealand. 


Soon enough I had enough money to buy a car, and the whole journey take about 20 minutes from Upper Hutt. 4 hours versus 20 minutes. Crazy. 

I can recall the guard on the train wasn't very observant, and occasionally I'd give him my ticket for clipping, and he’d clip a day I'd already used. Bonus, a free days travel. I thought I'd push the limit on this a bit. I'd hold my old tickets, and then keep offering them to the guard over and over. And you know what, he’d keep clipping them and handing them back. No questions asked. I scored many days free travel that way. What fun. I guess that's the price for doing a boring job. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Squeeze when required.
I reckon we should have a referendum about Politicians. Stay or go. Dump the lot I say. Surely we can do better that the morons currently in charge. I recall years ago some whip formulating a way to solve all the worlds problems. Put all the politicians on a space ship and send them to the Moon. I wonder how they'd get on. Then we as a community, go ahead and get the things done that needed doing. I wonder how long it would take the Polinauts before they started fighting? 

Something I've noticed since the downing of MH17. From an Australian perspective, our Politicians are limited to fairly predictable “statements of outrage” and so on. They don't do anything. Just tell us in their wooden language how we should all be feeling. Bloody hopeless. Send the bastards to the moon. Let them fight it out there. The savings to us, the tax payers would be immediate and substantial.  

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Warming "Comfort Food"

Today its very cold and the fog doesn't look like clearing any time soon, if at all today. A quick glance in the fridge and I noticed two good sized butternut pumpkin halves, and I've been putting off using them to make Pumpkin Soup. Given the mid-winter conditions outside, time to park my laziness and get this soup made. I made it with onion, bacon, and curry powder so should be nutritious and tasty. The first cup of soup sits before me now as I blog awaiting a verdict.

Ready, steady, go.
Time for some bacon.
Hubble, bubble...


Only one thing to do now.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Relax in Nature

So youve had a hard day and its time to unwind. This video playlist, "Relax in Nature" will give you some time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Winter is my favourite time of year

I really enjoy winter. I like putting layers on to keep warm. But that is just me. With a bit of time on my hands today, I decided I needed to see some snow. And believe it or not, carrots. Snow and carrots, not a combination I was expecting. And yet there they were. So here is short vlog of my journey.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sorrento Australia Back Beach




I recently spent some time relaxing in this area, that is, Sorrento, Australia. I particularly love winter beaches, a great time to have the place to myself and enjoy the raw beauty of the beach. When I wasn't dining with friends, I headed down the beach, camera and tripod in hand to make this series of "still" videos. Hope you feel the peace like I did. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

RIP Rik Mayall

Growing up in the Eighties, Rik Mayall burst forth from nowhere and shared his comic genius. He was a man for his time, and of his time. The world hated Margaret Thatcher, and the youth needed a response to Thatcher-ism. And here it was, in one convenient package. They were brilliant times for comedy, and this astonishing, brash and out-there comedy was just what we needed. You will be missed Rik. Thank goodness for the video legacy you have left. RIP.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Congratulations Daniel Ricciardo

Two nights ago I stayed up for the qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Nothing remarkable, and the usual suspects showed up in the usual places. Apart from Daniel. He qualified 6th after complaining about his scrappy efforts.

Come race day (4am in Australia) and everyone clears out as usual. Then the 2 Mecerdes strike the same problem at the same time, and the race comes alive. It was great to see all the calculators come out as the teams calculated how quickly they could catch the Mercedes Team cars and pass them for position. Everyone dug including Daniel, and with just two laps to go he passed The Force India entry. A supreme effort from our Dan. Then with unusual ease he flew past Nico Rosberg into 1st position and the race was his. A tangle between Massa and Hulkenberg ensured he won his first Grand Prix under caution. But, who cares. He did it and the trademark smile showed up in the usual location. Thanks Dan for giving us a thrilling Grand Prix. Formula 1 can be awfully tedious, and then occasionally can entertain like no other media. More please.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Selfies are Fun

It was my Friends birthday last Friday. He's a proper Friend, not just an online friend. So we hung out on Saturday and enjoyed a sumptuous meal together, and told lots of stories of yore, had many laughs and silently admired each other. Our abilities to survive and still smile and share the love. He's a great bloke and his zest for life keeps me young. I hope he has many more birthdays, and many more laughs together.

I really enjoy The Popes selfies. Its so refreshing to have a genuine world leader who less interested in his own self-importance and more interested in the well being of others. So, as we were heading home last night, it occurred that a selfie was in order. I think this photo captures the warmth between me and my dear friend. Happy Days. Happy Days. Happy Days. 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I'm aware that many years ago, Post Traumatic Stress disorder hadn't been isolated as an experience. I certainly didn't sign up for the experience. I didn't see it coming. It would never have occurred to me that I would experience PTSD in the environment that I did. And I would never have guessed the triggers were what they were. And yet unannounced, it all came to pass, and is still unwinding itself today.

I've come to appreciate how long it does take to put PTSD fully behind one. I cant imagine how hard it must be for Soldiers to return from a combat zone, and begin to assimilate to normal life. Looking back the best thing has been a stable and loving home environment. It hasn't been easy on those around me, and I wouldn't blame them if they opted out.

So what do you do. Looking back to happier times, I was always known as the one who smiles and laughs. My how things change. How to get the laughter back. How to get the easy smile to return and parked on my face. Its still there, but mired in adult responsibility, the happy disposition finds it hard to peer out. More laughter required.

What makes me laugh? Laughter makes me laugh. I love laughter. More laughs, less serious stuff. Its the only way out. Lighten up. Take it easy. Laugh at myself.

This video is going to get bit of a thrashing.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Three Day Weekends

I love my three day weekends. From the age of 14 till recently I've worked full time and frankly couldn't imagine anything but work, work,work. My circumstances voluntarily took a turn, turns out for the better, in 2004 when I left full time employment to chase a life long dream. Of course the money stops, and the bills keep coming. However looking back, its been 10 years since that time, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Im so glad I chased (and caught) my dream. But thats a whole other story.

Jump forward to today, and my part time work means all my Mondays are free. Free to roam beautiful places like that above. So this is my life. It may not be ideal, but it is perfect. I wouldn't change it. When working full time I definitely contributed financially to my community. Now I feel I contribute real help.

I feel there is too much emphasis on work, and not enough on nurturing the real us to come out and express our uniqueness. Interestingly the internet is encouraging; encouraging me to reduce the gap between feeling and expression. Happy days.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Saturday Bliss

I love curling up with my eBook readers on Saturday and letting my brain feed on their contents. Its such a special time to consider fresh ideas and new ways of thinking. Its also good to reflect back on the week and to consider: did I do-well this week? My week are so much happier when I've helped someone else with their problems. When I concentrate on my own problems, its just not as satisfying as the former. Thats probably why I relate to the Buddhist notion of the Bodhisattva. It'd the ultimate "no one left behind" intention. Whilst impractical in many ways, its still attracts me as a life orientation. It always accounts for the happiest times in my life. My personal goal, although I don't always achieve it, is to be helpful to at least one person every day. Someones in a bind or are stuck on something, if I can help then I will. Looking back they're always the best days. Happy days.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Unexpected Bushfire in Healesville

This late in the bush fire season we were suprised to find ourselves experiencing a bush fire emergency. Thought that time of the year was behind us. Anyway, I was just about to start my second class for the day when they decided to close the school and send everyone home. Which I think was wise given the way things were unfolding. A couple of hours earlier we'd had a pretty wild thunderstorm and lighting very close by. Seems the bush fire was started by the lightening. Thems the breaks. I went down town late and made this quick video of the smoke over Healesville as it thickened. And now its the weekend. Time for a glass of wine me thinks.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Good Morning from Healesville

As you can see the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees over the last few weeks. Just a few weeks we were having overnight temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. It always takes me some time to adjust to the change. Its easier going this way as I only feel cold. Going into summer I get headaches so I prefer this time of year.

Today in class I'm teaching students how to use contemporary chat systems in social media. Should be fun, and they're a smart group. All going well we will get onto Video chat and Hangout type stuff. This lesson always reminds me how the great majority of people experience isolation as a daily reality, and despite a minority of people using the internet for communications, that for many, learning how to use the internet for whatever reason is a bridge too far. So we will go gently. Happy Days.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Ketogenic Diet

This is such an interesting talk. A bit dense and requires some concentration to get through, but its on the mark in many ways. Years of taking "official" advise has only caused me to gain weight. Finally, although this branch of science would be considered fringe, but its finally becoming more palatable. I guess when, in the face of the obesity-tsunami, its a reasonable conclusion: someone got it wrong. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Introduction to Traditional Eating





This is an interesting video. I came across the Weston A Price web site in my readings recently, and have come to appreciate their grounded approach to an otherwise confusing subject of nutrition, and general health. Its also good to see they have a YouTube channel and am looking forward to watching more of their videos. If I was to take contemporary dietary advise I'd be 300 pounds plus easy, and its only through personal study that I've been able to begin to understand the many downsides of carbohydrate consumption. Probably the most amazing fact I've come across lately is that Carbohydrates are a non-essential food group. Our body does not require them in any form. Quite sobering really. 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Very interesting overview of weight loss


F1 cars sound like a Vacuum Cleaner on Steroids IMHO


Monday, 17 February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Evils of Tap Water

My wife & I don't like tap water. Somethings not right. I'm sure it meets all the public health criteria, I'm sure they've dosed it with all the right chemicals to render themselves immune to litigation. But the water is atrocious to the taste. I've seen enough people get sick under strange circumstances to keep me weary of public tap water. All this is leading to my personal response, which is to travel once a month to the local spring for a months supply or REAL spring water. No marketing here. It really is spring water.

Many years ago I studied and implemented the teachings of Viktor Schauberger. What an amazing man. If anyone understood water, it was Viktor. If you have good intuition, you will find yourself warming to his life giving implosion technology, as I did. I cant say I have good intuition, but I do know when something feels right. I also like that Viktor not only had knowledge, but he actually designed and made machines that provided free energy. He was so much more than modern sciences "Theory and Argument". He made it happen. I would have given anything to be apprenticed to such an amazing person.

Enough insight into Viktors work only heightened my suspicion of tap water, hence my desire to only consume natures finest. I also condition the water at home, in accordance with Viktor's teachings, and my water freely circulates in a terracotta amphora, breathing and spinning its way to health. And when we drink the water, its a delight to behold. Its relaxed and pleasant to the taste. I know the extra effort is worth it.

And today was the day to collect water. It pays to get there early, otherwise you run the risk of getting stuck behind people collecting large amounts of water. The spring itself attracts people from all over Victoria, who like me, make a days outing of the task of collecting real spring water. Its so pleasant up at the spring, that recently I noticed some ashes had been spread just above the spring, I suspect as a last wish of someone like me, who revels in the peace of the spring and its continuous life giving flow.