Archive for October, 2012

Wednesday 31st October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 31, 2012 by uppyalf

We wanted to dress up as Ghosts for Halloween tonight but OLD FART only had one sheet and he gave away Lily’s pumpkin to YUNG UN and Jordy so we could not carve a lantern.

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Monday 29th October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 29, 2012 by uppyalf

Valley of Dawn

Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of Dawn) is a religious community located in the Federal District of Brazil six kilometres from the satellite city of Planaltina and 50 kilometres from Brasília.

Conceived by the ex-truck driver and medium, Tia Neiva (born Neiva Chaves Zelaya–died 1985), it was installed in its present location in 1969. The Valley occupies an area belonging to the government of the Federal District. There are approximately 500 residents, many of whom, according to the official web site, are abandoned children taken in by Tia Neiva. A juridicial entity, called Lar das Crianças de Matildes, was created to give legality to the community. Around the Valley there is a community of approximately 20,000 people, many of whom work or have connections to the Valley.

Among the residents are the directors who worked with Tia Neiva, some families of mediums, those who take care of the maintenance, and occasional people taken in to cure alcoholism.

The focal point of the community is the Temple of Dawn, built of stone, in the format of an ellipse, with a covered area of about 2,400 square metres. Inside you have the impression you are inside a colored labyrinth with several distinct spaces, each one with its function connected to the spiritual works carried out daily. At the back of the temple there is an enormous statue of Pai Seta Branca, the pre-Columbian spirit who allegedly began to talk to Tia Neiva in 1957. He is always shown as an attractive Indian, young and muscular, wearing a blue tunic, a long headdress and leather sandals. In his hands there is an arrow.

Nearby there is a complex built in the open air, called Solar dos Médiums or Estrela Candente (Shooting Star). It has artificial waterfalls, a lake in the shape of a star, a radius of 79 metres, lakes, staircases of stone, and grass huts. There are several statues of orixas of the Candomblé religion, like Janaína and Iemanjá.

The Valley has a primary school of more than 200 students, under government control, restaurants, an auto repair shop, and a bookshop specializing in religious and spiritualist works.

The doctrine practices a complex syncretism with elements of Christianity, Spiritism, mysticism, Afro-Brazilian religions, belief in flying saucers and ancient Egyptian beliefs.

The Valley of Dawn is composed of types of people: Mediums and Clients. The mediums are basically divided into two basic groups in The Valley of Dawn: Aparás and Doctrinators. Between three and four thousand people visit the Valley every day seeking help for their spiritual or personal problems.

The Mediums wear special robes with bright colours. Most of the mediums are considered the reincarnation of an extraterrestrial giant people, “the Equitumans”, who supposedly landed on the Earth 32,000 years ago, and later returned in successive reincarnations in civilizations like the Hittites, the Jonians, the Dorians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Mayans etc. The Equitumans supposedly established themselves in the region of the Andes and are buried in Lake Titicaca, which was formed by a tear of the Shooting Star. According to the cosmology of the followers of the doctrine, Tia Neiva commanded the spiritual mission of this people on the Earth following the orders of the supreme commander, Pai Seta Branca (Father White Arrow), who seems to be an amalgam of several indigenous figures, Incan and American-Indian. Pai Seta Branca is also known to be the reeincarnation of Francis of Assisi.

“The Nutter has come to Wembley,”

We’re all holograms ruled by reptiles (and the Queen’s fuelled by children’s blood) — claims David Icke

From Martin Phillips at Wembley Arena

“The nutter has come to Wembley,” David Icke yelled triumphantly from the stage.

It was his way of mocking the many critics who had ridiculed him mercilessly after he first dressed in turquoise and announced himself a “Son of the Godhead” more than 20 years ago.

Looking around at the 5,000 fans who packed Wembley Arena at the weekend for his biggest ever show, I had to wonder whether he was not the only oddball.

They had travelled from all over the world to hear the 60-year-old former BBC sports presenter tell them how they — and the rest of us — are merely holograms living in a virtual reality that has been hacked into by alien beings, who control us with the help of a ruling elite of reptilian humanoids.

Perhaps I do Icke a disservice by trying to sum up in a sentence what he took a bum-numbing 11 hours to explain. After all, I am one of the “mainstream bloody journalists” he accuses of helping “The Crazies” who run the planet and control your mind.

I may also do a disservice to his audience, not all of whom buy into every word. But there were gasps, as if a penny had dropped, when he claimed the Queen and Prince Philip, like the Queen Mother before them, are kept healthy with the blood of young children.

And that the Olympic opening ceremony was a giant Satanic ritual to produce the human energy on which our reptilian masters feed.

Icke has in the past attacked the sheep-like mentality of humans who could do so much more with their lives than follow the crowd and “work, buy, consume, die”.

He’s got a point, I thought, as I joined the slow-moving line of the faithful waiting to get in. Although our reptilian rulers had turned the temperature to Arctic blast, they were wrong if they thought the cold would deter Icke’s fans, some of whom had forked out £60 to see him. As they queued, fellow conspiracy theorists handed out leaflets questioning why the towers really collapsed on 9/11.

Inside, fans could do some pre-show consuming, with Icke T-shirts at £15, books at £20 and CDs at £10. They could also get a can of Red Bull from one of the catering outlets — preferably before they heard Icke brand the drink’s logo a Satanist symbol.

Apparently, the ruling entitiesbroadcast their mind-altering frequencies from Saturn, possibly via the moon — which was put where it is by aliens to act as an amplifier for their signal.

Not everyone was tuned fully into the would-be Messiah. But Icke is a poster-boy for all sorts of people who simply want to question whether all is as it seems. With the day-to-day performance of our leaders, the bankers and the like, you can see why they might wonder.

Twins Virgil and Dante Sparda, 21, from Birmingham, are regulars at Icke’s shows.

“Don’t you want to know about the alternative knowledge that people in higher power have hidden for thousands of years?” said Virgil.

“What about the food technology they are poisoning us with?”

Mark Wareham, 52, from Northampton, was attending his first live Icke show. He said: “He connects the dots so you can see the true picture. You have to take your truth where you can get it. Time has proved he has been right.”

Mark obviously wasn’t talking about Icke’s prediction in 1991 that the world would end in 1997.

New Zealander Robbie Peake, 26, said people should not be put off just because some of Icke’s theories may be “pretty fruity”.

He said: “Someone is controlling us. It runs right to the top.”

As well as the Queen, Barack Obama, Tony Blair and George Bush Snr have all faced astonishing allegations from Icke, who sees it as vindication that none of them has ever taken a blind bit of notice.

As justification for his views, he points confidently to the evidence . . . in Hollywood movies such as The Matrix and Avatar.

“It can make you paranoid. It is quite scary. People have to have something to believe in, I suppose, but I won’t be coming to another of his shows.”

I have to confess that I did not stay to the bitter end. Seven hours was plenty.

He told his audience not to worry — the world is insane, not them.

The Crazies, he said, include politicians, doctors, teachers, scientists and The X Factor. He may be right on that last one.

Sunday 21st October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 21, 2012 by uppyalf

Scientists have built the smallest petrol engine – tiny enough to power a watch.
The mini-motor, which runs for two years on a single squirt of lighter fuel, is set to revolutionise world technology.
It produces 700 times more energy than a conventional battery despite being less than a centimetre long – not even half an inch. It could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months on end – doing away with the need for recharging.
Experts believe it could be phasing out batteries in such items within just six years.

The engine, minute enough to be balanced on a fingertip, has been produced by engineers at the University of Birmingham . Dr Kyle Jiang, lead investigator from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, said: “We are looking at an industrial revolution happening in peoples’ pockets.

“The breakthrough is an enormous step forward. Devices which need re- charging or new batteries are a problem but in six years will be a thing of the past.”

Other applications for the engine could include medical and military uses, such as running heart pacemakers or mini reconnaissance robots. At present, charging an ordinary battery to deliver one unit of energy involves putting 2,000 units into it.

The little engine, because energy is produced locally, is far more effective.
One of the main problems faced by engineers who have tried to produce micro motors in the past has been the levels of heat produced.
The engines got so hot they burned themselves out and could not be re-used. The Birmingham team overcame this by using heat-resistant materials such as ceramic and silicon carbide.

Professor Graham Davies, head of the university’s engineering school, said: “We’ve brought together all the engineering disciplines, both materials, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering.

“What better place to have the second industrial revolution – in nano-technology – than where the first took place, in the heart of the West Midlands.”

Thursday 11th October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 11, 2012 by uppyalf

Nosher asked ALf to explain the below.

Curiosity Rover Identifies Mysterious Bright Object as Plastic

Adam Mann.

NASA’s Curiosity rover took time out of its busy scooping and vibrating schedule on Oct. 9 to inspect a mysterious bright object that it spotted in the sand near its wheels the day before. Engineers have identified the bright bit as “shred of plastic material, likely benign.”

“Yeah so last night was crazy. When we spotted the object near the rover, we had to quickly come up with a totally new plan,” tweeted Keri Bean, a meteorologist on the rover team, on Oct. 8.

Curiosity had to take a break in its intended schedule of analyzing the Martian soil in order to make sure that the fallen object was not going to interfere with sampling activities. A close-up photo (below) taken with the probe’s Remote Micro-Imager of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) showed that the object was probably a piece of plastic, though it has still not been definitively identified. Engineers will take more pictures of the rover’s surroundings over the coming days to make sure there are no other potential contaminants. NASA will probably have further news about the object during a press conference on Oct. 11.

Similar loose screws and bits have been shed by previous rovers, including the Mars Phoenix Lander and the Opportunity rover.

ALf can now confirm that this broken down plastic is the lost top off his Tic Tac box. He was at this location on Mars on January 3rd 1643.

He had been on Earth since 1621 and was living in Brill in Buckinghamshire with Mr and Mrs  Percy Atterton.

The English Civil war was getting too close for comfort so ALf took a vacation to see a few of the local planets in the Earths system.

He says he regrets losing the lid of the box and feels responsible for the contamination.

Curiosity has gone more than 1,300 feet since landing on Mars and, for much of the recent drive, scientists have been searching around for a “good sandbox to play in,” said Michael Watkins, the rover’s mission manager during a NASA press conference on Oct. 4.

Now, it seems like they’ve found the right spot. The rover is parked at an area that researchers are calling the Rocknest, where it will stay for several weeks to practice its scooping. Curiosity pushed one of its wheels into the loose sand (pictured below) at this location and spun it about it make sure it’s loose and dry — perfect for sampling.

The rover will use its suite of advanced instruments to analyze the soil, first with its close-up MAHLI camera and X-ray spectrometer APXS. But the big test will come from using the Collection and Handling for Interior Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) instrument.

CHIMRA (pronounced ki-mera) has a small scoop, “basically an oversized tablespoon,” said engineer Daniel Limonadi, who works on Curiosity’s surface sampling and science system, that will pick up “half a baby-aspirin pill” worth of material. Once it has procured a sample, the entire instrument suite will tip up and shake rapidly — at around 8 g — to make sure the sample travels down a long tube and gets to the analysis instruments. Below you can see a video of the scoop operating on Earth before Curiosity launched.

During this first scooping procedure, Curiosity will be using the Martian sand to clean out its interior. Despite being kept in immaculate conditions on Earth, there was no way to avoid a small oily film from building up on the instruments prior to launch. With the Martian sample, the rover will sand blast its interior surfaces and remove this film. “We will rinse and repeat three times to clean everything out,” said Limonadi.

Once everything has been cleaned and purged, Curiosity will use its arm to bring a sample of sand to its body and send it to its lab instruments (a computer-generated video shows this operation below). These include SAM and ChemMin, which will tell scientists all of the secrets of this Martian soil.

Wednesday 10th October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 10, 2012 by uppyalf

Today we met in the woods with Forest Teacher Vix at Compton Verney’s Forest School session.

It was a lot of fun as we had to find worms and weight them and snails and race them.

OLD FART cheated as he found a slug and and empty snail shell and placed the shell on the slugs back because it was moving much faster than the very sleepy snails.

Once they woke up Big Tom raced off and Gardener Gary’s ickle snail who we named Clint Eastwood as he had no name was entered late, under weight and unofficially. Then it went on to win the race.  Big Tom, Sid, Monty, Kevin, Fred, Sonia and the others including the Slug dressed as a snail all went in the wrong direction and were disqualified.

Forest School sessions offers a unique experience to teach all aspects of the curriculum through focused activities that are designed to be structured but not directive, allowing freedom and space for children to explore and experience their environment for themselves.

Each child can be involved in projects and activities that promote overall development and well- being, with each group being encouraged and supported in making their own decisions and informed choices to problem solve and to keep themselves and each other safe and happy.

Saturday 6th October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 6, 2012 by uppyalf

Arty Farty show in Studley with Mo and Clive.

We went with OLD FART who is thinking of joining this arty farty group in Studley.

 

Thursday 4th October 2012

Posted in Stuffed. on October 4, 2012 by uppyalf