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    NSW, Mid North Coast & in a bit.
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    Most recently (the last 25 years) Computer stuff, Linux OS only the last 6+ as of this writing.

    Beyond that (still holds true though) Life the Universe & Everything...

    Unfortunately all of these interests are just a bit too much for me to keep up with these days; which must of course be the reason why I have forgotten most everything I thought I knew... I must have tried to know about too many things? (I hope.)

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  1. 21st century economics explained: SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour. COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk. FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk. BUREAUCRATISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away. TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income. VENTURE CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by Your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated General offer so that you get all four cows back,with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead. A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows. A QUEBEC CORPORATION See "A French Corporation". AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you donĀ“t know where they are. You decide to have lunch. A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them. A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation. AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them. A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad. AN IRAQI CORPORATION Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. Nobody believes you, so they bomb the crap out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows but at least you are now a Democracy. AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate. A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive. A GREEK CORPORATION You have two cows borrowed from French and German banks. You eat both of them. The banks call to collect their milk, but you cannot deliver so you call the IMF. The IMF loans you two cows. You eat both of them. The banks and the IMF call to collect their cows/milk. You are out getting a haircut.
  2. Some of you may find the output of this add-on interesting, educational, scary: http://lifehacker.co...eb-in-real-time https://addons.mozil...ddon/collusion/ https://github.com/toolness/collusion [edit:] This is worth a read: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/12/02/im-being-followed-how-google-and-104-other-companies-are-tracking-me-on-the-web/253758/
  3. Thanks Jacob, that is more classy than the Stylish style I have been using. The only complaint I have is the intensity of the blue bits. If they were turned down or somehow otherwise reduced in intensity I'd stop my complaining & only be applauding. Don't let my minor bitch take away from the fact that you've done a terrific job!
  4. Some of my friends & I used to scramble over a back cattle fence into Amaroo Park from a track off of Glenhaven Rd -> Blue Gum Rd -> track. Local knowledge & all that... A great shame Amaroo was turned into a housing subdivision it was such a great track; not quite as demanding a Catalina, but certainly plenty hard for the BIG cars, all of which bought about such enjoyable close racing between the classes. I'll always remember watching Gossie turn his blue HO (number 5?) over on its side two corners before the straight. When he got out of the car he looked like he was enjoying himself too...
  5. Good stuff, thanks. It takes me back to the good old days where there was so much more variety in the cars running in the touring car championship. Apart from having the legends facing off against each other.
  6. In an effort to avoid the expense of using sewing machine oil, I've tried both automatic transmission fluid (too heavy) & deisel, to bring the various computer fans back to the quiet life. I found that deisel does a great job (after they have been soaked in it for some hours) & the effect can last for years, which tends to indicate that the deisel oil is doing the right thing. Whether deisel is a good lubricant for slot cars or not I don't know. When I eventually use up the oil that I bought for the slot car job (which won't be soon) I think I might give deisel a try.
  7. If Handbrake will read your source video then you could use it convert the file to a much smaller .mp4 or .mkv format file. Handbrake is free & very good at what it does, I have been using the CLI version on Linux for years: http://handbrake.fr/index.php
  8. So there would be plenty of emails going to the club president?
  9. Thanks for the educational pics of the gizzards gazza.
  10. Can we see some photos of the chassis with the body off?
  11. Do you think the body was designed by a boat builder?
  12. Historically, it would seem that Leonardo da Vinci's only problem was that he perhaps had homosexual/bisexual tendencies? Though it surely is a bit hard to tell for certain from a distance of ~500 years. I expect that even the Roman Catholic church created by the Emperor Constantine I. may forgive Leonardo for that, these days... Especially when just the modern history of that particular church is considered. (I probably shouldn't have said that.)
  13. There is at least one potent denial: http://abcnews.go.co...d=102477&page=1 Time will tell...
  14. Letting go of my Cox magnesium chassis sidewinder. I had a wonderful time with that thing. Apart from that, $3k on the nDigital track setup (complete) & some cars could have been more effectively invested. I really should have made my own routed track. Anyway, that's how it went...
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