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#218777 - 29/06/2008 10:53 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Shayne Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2006
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Loc: Cedar Grove SEQ
when ever i hear the word "bonsai" i think "Banzai" and see a little Japaneses pilot with a rising sun headband drinking Saki...

nice Bonsai that one though..i tried it once...got lazy and just planted it in the ground and watered it...it ain't no bonsai any more..my daughter now plays under that tree when she goes to her grandmothers..
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#218778 - 29/06/2008 12:43 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Ive had the odd bonsai over the years, but somehow i always manage to kill it, either by over or under watering it, they seem to be hard to look after, for me anyway.
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#218779 - 30/06/2008 10:55 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Registered: 30/09/2003
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I bonsaied a tree unintentionally. A spruce tree that my father bought the year I was born......has spent nearly all it's life in this tin or that...in the 70's was dug up and moved between houses and now is here in my garden for the last 25 years but is not much taller than me.....and nearly as gnarly laugh ....doesn't qualify I guess :p

ABCs Radio National last night had a program about the conference I attended last week.
Podcast here.....
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2008/2284314.htm
Won't annoy you with an outline but I think it only sensible for all parents at least to give it a listen.....it voices my sentiments exactly.

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#218780 - 02/07/2008 09:56 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Registered: 30/09/2003
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I had a pleasant surprise in the mail today....cheque for 632 bucks smile

I had a call last week from a woman looking for 'blahblah'. I immediately asked the usual "who wants to know" and after a few to and fros she said she had money for "blahblah"
Then I got really suspicious heheheheeeeee!
...anyway apparently in 1971 I payed one payment on a life policy of $8.55 so as to allow and make legal the rest of the policy that covered my earning in case I was incapacitated in any way (usual crap policy for self-employed)
...anyway, the "life" part of the policy matured this year and they sent me $630 which I'll go and was waste on some toys for myself I think.

Pittance but nice surprise coming out of the blue as it did smile
....the big question is how to cash this cheque without she indoors spotting it. :p

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#218781 - 02/07/2008 14:07 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Shayne Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2006
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Loc: Cedar Grove SEQ
camera lens?..i recon i could get some top stuff around here and Kylie wouldn't know the difference..

i have done the same thing with tools and firearms..in my toolbox there are Sidchromes where supercheap use to dwell and in my rifle safe there is kimbler .22 where Stirling .22 once lived..

pick something she wouldn't notice and has no interest in..
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#218782 - 03/07/2008 09:45 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Here's a really good reason why you should not have your mobile phone living on your person:

http://www.koreus.com/video/telephone-portable-mais-popcorn.html

Cool, huh? But imagine what it's doing to your brain? eek
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#218783 - 03/07/2008 10:07 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Jacob Offline
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Tis a fake! the RF energy from a mobile phone never exceeds 2watts, the range is from 600mw to 2000mw, which is so weak it wouldn't even light a hand-held fluroescent tube from on of those hand held torches.. about the same amount of power that your bedside alarm clock radio pumps out of the speaker when you have the radio turned right up..


Not to mention the problem with resonance (efficiency drops significantly when you're outside the resonant range of good ol' H20).. 2.4Ghz at about 300 watts (150x the power of a mobile phone) and a totally different frequency might stand a chance of popping the corn, though it would take quite a while, I'd guess about 10 minutes.

Some other RF buffs (translucidous et al) might be able to better answer the questions surrounding it...!

Good fake, and it got the world talking!

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#218784 - 03/07/2008 11:47 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Loc: Tamworth
It would have to be a gimmick; I mean those phones were receiving a transmission from a tower, not transmitting, so how could that work?

Yep, certainly a fake.
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#218785 - 03/07/2008 12:49 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 17/09/2001
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Loc: Sydney, NSW
When a phone receives a signal (ie when you call one) it does transmit back that it has acknowledged the tower's request to ring. Hence if you take your battery off when it's ringing the other party ceases to hear the phone ringing and it either diverts or the network tells you the person is unreachable.

But the very fiction is within the output power from the phones.

If we could cook ANYTHING with 2 watts, we certainly wouldnt have 2000w microwaves taking an hour to cook one chicken... or 2 minutes @ 1300watts to heat one cup of water..

Good value clip though! :cheers:

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#218786 - 03/07/2008 13:58 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Shayne Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2006
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Loc: Cedar Grove SEQ
best i stop putting my mobile phone in the beer esky then...hmmmm

on a different note, i sat down for my morning coffee today at my normal spot at colmslie and looked out across the river, to my surprise i saw a small pod of dolphins qutie happily playing about just off the fishermans jetty...i didn't think the brizy river could support any life other then the blind mullet that float about up at luggage point...
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#218787 - 07/07/2008 11:37 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Registered: 17/09/2001
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Loc: Sydney, NSW
Grammar frustrations...

The plane was able to land in Sydney and the airline says none of the 30 passengers was injured.

Maybe 'Not one of the 30 passengers was injured' or 'No passenger was injured'.. but in the plural sense, making reference to 30 people, then using the singular 'was'.. mad

Reminds me of that fat trucker guy from futurama.. 'none ofs thems was injured'

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/07/2295936.htm?section=justin

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#218788 - 08/07/2008 11:28 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Keith Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2001
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Loc: Kings Langley, NSW
Got me scratching my head..if none (no-one)....was injured then the singular is correct as the injuring relates to a single occurrence. But then we say 'No passengers were injured', not 'no passengers was injured' (no passenger was injured). But 'no-one (passenger) was injured'.

Still scratching my head...I think it can be had both ways.

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#218789 - 08/07/2008 21:28 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Jacob Offline
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Loc: Sydney, NSW
Haha now you've got me thinking..

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#218790 - 09/07/2008 08:33 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
bigwilly Offline
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Registered: 25/09/2002
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Loc: Junee - just north of the 'Bid...
Apparently the people in that clip pulled the guts out of a microwave and hid it under the table.

Now that really wouldn't be too good for your health!

:cheers: Will
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#218791 - 09/07/2008 15:05 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Yeah, the word 'cateracts' comes to mind.. :rolleyes:

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#218792 - 09/07/2008 15:42 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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The words infertile also spring to mind as well.
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#218793 - 09/07/2008 15:47 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Shayne Offline
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Registered: 26/01/2006
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Loc: Cedar Grove SEQ
hmmm... sterility and cooked taddies comes to mind also...probably a good thing those fools removed themselves from the gene pool if its true that they used an unshielded element in that manner...do they use their brains to hold their hair up?
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#218794 - 09/07/2008 17:46 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Registered: 18/11/2003
Posts: 2663
Loc: Southern Adelaide
From Websters

NONE
1 : not any
2 : not one : nobody
3 : not any such thing or person
4 : no part : nothing

Therefore:

Not one of the 30 passengers WAS injured
Not any of the 30 passengers WERE injured

I would say either is correct. :doh:

But then do you say EEETHER or EYETHER :doh:
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#218795 - 09/07/2008 21:21 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
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Registered: 28/07/2007
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#218796 - 09/07/2008 22:36 Re: Chit Chat (the off-topic thread)
Tanya Peabody Offline
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Registered: 20/03/2008
Posts: 278
Loc: Noosa. QLD.
All 30 passengers were uninjured. wink

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