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Kolanta Update

So I have 10 hours in Kuala Lumpa airport so I thought I’d put some photos online. Above are various shots of Ko Lanta. Including the petrol for sale in rum bottles.

Shot in Hamock was in the Blanco Hostel in Koh Lanta and the shot of me on a laptop was at the Kohub – probably the nicest coworking space I have been too

I left Koh lanta and really enjoyed the relaxed vibe, the great sunsets and good coworking space. I’m now off to Krabi and then Melbourne.

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Arm Wrestling

I’ve always thought of myself as quite good at arm wrestling I have had 4 notable arm wrestling competitions in my life.

In My Office VS Coworker

Its obviously very Importance to establish dominance and respect of your coworkers in a formal work setting. This I achieved in my first professional job through an arm wrestle. I won and everyone was very impressed.

At a Party vs a Physical Trainer

This represents my high point when it came to arm wrestling. I socked it to the meathead. Everyone was very impressed.

Mad Dog

By now I was feeling pretty cocky about my powers of arm wrestling by this point and this combined with a few pints of bitter meant I must have mentioned how great I was at arm wrestling. Which involved being set up with "Maddog". I was only too keen to take my arm wrestling up a level and humiliate this cocky guy and rename him to "fluffy" Unfortunately he was actually really good. I guess you don't get a nickname like "Mad dog for nothing". I lost , badly.

Yesterday in a Thia cocktail bar Vs web dev

After 3 cocktail buckets. This was a long match I thought I was a dead cert. I thought this was the thing I needed to bring back some self respect after losing to Maddog. Unfortunately after about 15 mins I lost. Extra humiliating because this guy was not a personal trainer, power lifter or called mad dog. Just some web developer.

NO MORE LOOSING

This guy dodn’t even seem that big so I determined it must be technique. So I started looking into it and found this video

WATCH THIS SPACE

Tommorow I will be trying the techniques in the video. I then plan to find this guy and be victorious and avenge the loss. I’ll provide an update. When I beat this guy. 

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I’m in Koh lanta

Special thanks to Duncan

Whilst I was in the UK having a beer with Duncan he mentioned he enjoyed my posts so after sprucing up this site I thought I should write one – so here it is.

On the way back from my trip to the UK I decided to stay in Thailand for a bit. I had 1 week in Bangkok (which I found rather hard to get around) and spent the last week in Koh Lanta. Koh lanta is a lovely place that is not that busy (not like Phuket) but very beautiful. Although I have seen a lot because I have spent most of my time working in this coworking space called Kohub

Kohub is my favourite coworking space they have a lovely outdoor area, a waterfall, pol table , fast internet and I can order meals online and the kitchen check my photo on my profile, find me and arrive at my desk with my meal.

They have yoga mats too but haven’t yet used them yet.

Snorkeling

For my first touristy activity I went snorkelling on Sunday out in nearby Islands of Koh Haa, Koh Bida and Ko Rok – $50 well spent. below are some of things I saw. I saw a sea snake slithering along the bottom (below) – watched it for a while but decided not to play with it.

FUN FACT: snorkerled/snorkeling is American English; snorkelled/snorkelling is the spelling in British English.

Next Movements

I’ve been very productive since Koh Lantra – found being somewhere inspiring is good for my productivity. I have knocked over a lot of tasks that I did not enjoy this week. One of those jobs is overhauling this website which I like now.

Still figuring things out but what will help me get more time is keeping costs low whilst improving fitness and having fun at the same time. In this aim I have been looking into making my own breakfast. As I am trying to get in a routine that works and enables a low cost, nutritious low carb start to the day.

 

Cooking in a hotel

One problem I have is a lack of a kitchen. Saw this video which made me chuckle – very ingenious – not sure if I’ll be doing it though!

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Don't Stay in School

The track “Don’t Stay in School” by Boyinaband went viral about 3 weeks ago.

Its worth a listen – even if you don’t like hip hop or androgynous looking men with long hair. He has nailed my feelings on this subject, It is now one of my favourite tunes.

After the deluge of interest in the the track the artist has said in a later video that he has big plans to continue taking this issue foreword. On the video below he is explaining how one school is making changes after the song being viewed by most of the students and staff.

Good work Boyinaband!

 

 

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Mathamagicland

Mickey mouse used to be Smart

The film Mathamagicland from 1959 stars Mickey mouse and is very insightful about the relationship, context and history of mathematics, explaining how maths has been used to identify patterns for  beauty , music and life through history. It is worth a view if you have not seen it before.


As I venture into the world of older cinema I find a trend proven by many examples where the media in the past containing a higher level of intelligence than today. I have written about how the media along with schooling are being used to dumb generations around the world. This can be found on the now defunct website called usethetrivium.com (a previous project of mine). Below is one of the many promotional videos that explains what that project was about.

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Permaculture Update from Aylston

March 2014 Update

Its been all go at the house recently. In September 2013 I planted up the entertainment area in front of the house. Recently I completed a new part of the garden which is uphill from the house. We planted a range of bushes and plants aimed at increasing shade and penetration on the subsoil and adding lushness. Plants include

  • Agapanthus (love em – a friend got about 50 that the neighbour was chucking out)
  • Birds of paradise
  • Pumpkin – organic matter
  • Horseradish & Comfrey to break up the soil and provide organic matter
  • Oak – For shade and mulch
  • Wisteria – to climb the fence and provide a foliage backdrop
  • and a lot of other things I cant remember

The plants were planted in trenches off contour that followed the water lines as they seep from the irrigation pipe on the fence. In the video I give a tour of the new area along with some of my ideas for the new water feature and grape trellis that should cool down the north face of the house.

At Christmas I bought mulch

and this is what I did with it

A fortnight ago I wrote another post on the the estatae here

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New garden beds above the house

I have been doing alot at the Estate recently and I thought readers might appreciate an update
Below is a view of the property – 20 acres in country Victoria of regrowth gum forrest (formally gold mined). Its heavily damaged withlittle top soil and although its a forresst the gums offer very little shade.

The videos below show a quick walkaround of the property showing the 20 fruit trees I planted in September, and the new area I have planted on the inside of the fenceline and the plan I have for a fountain and water feature that I hope will cool down the house when it is hot.

The fruit trees were hit hard but look like they will still survive by the unprecedently hot week we had about a month ago (where the whole week was around 40 degrees).

There is also now a new area of planting that we put in the previous week that I hope will start improving the soil and water retention.

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Taking back government

Governments are out of control

With the bail outs and quantitative easing governments are successfully keeping up the illusion of prosperity at the cost of impoverishing future generations. This will effect all of us in one way or another (that includes Australia).  I have written on this at length in a previous article entitle unfolding economic shift. Whilst spending vast amounts of money many governments are also eroding personal liberties, conducting illegal activities, vote rigging and working in increasing secrecy whilst intruding more and more  onto our own privacy.

The recent evidence brought out by Edward Snowden highlighting the widespread government secret surveillance to people around the world shows how this is becoming routine in some countries. Privacy International recently published the a study that showed how endemic this is becoming (see below).

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