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Title: A tardy start to the New Year
Post by: WebAdmin on January 08, 2010, 12:58:46 PM
Dear All

My overwhelming optimism got the better of me, and between the children being off school for Christmas/New Year and then being off school because of the snow I didn't get on the computer as I hoped.  Belated Christmas and New Year greetings to you all, and by way of compensation, here is a selection of the interesting emails my Dad receives from his friend in New Zealand, and other contributors.  I tried to choose subjects that would appeal judging by the conversations I've seen over the last year :) 

- ? For the safety conscious DIY-doers amongst us.

-  Hong Kong at Dusk  - The instructions said: ?Place your cursor at the top of the photo. You will notice it is 6:10 PM.   Bring the mouse down slowly over the photo without pressing the button on the mouse. Do not right or left click.?  The link is:  - I think I know how they've done this, kind of like an animated gif with sensitive layers, but very smoothly done.  Especially for all our contributors to the computing board.

- ? I don?t think the AA or the RAC will be doing this fan belt change.

-  is for the "good 'nature'd".

-  This 8 minute video is for those sailing enthusiasts who find themselves with a nice beach and not much to do ;)  The email accompanying it said: ?This video shows the winner of "Ukraine?s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about ?75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman?s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman?s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says: 
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me [sic]. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there?s surely no bigger compliment."?

And finally ? something knot-related, well sort of.  I needed a chocolate truffle recipe known to both my Mother and Mother-in-law as consisting solely of ?chocolate and cakecrumbs?.  During my hunt for such a recipe, I came on this video from the Times, showing how to present them in gift-wrapped boxes:

We have visited all these sites, and had no ill-effects to the pc.

I trust life will return to normal now school has reopened, and certainly once I get my car back with its brand new alternator and fan belt.


Title: Re: A tardy start to the New Year
Post by: asemery on January 08, 2010, 02:59:36 PM
Thank you for those links.   Especially for the "Ukraine's got talent" video.  Tony
Title: Re: A tardy start to the New Year
Post by: Sweeney on January 08, 2010, 05:12:35 PM
Thanks from me too - the Ukrainian video is very moving as well as showing someone with a wonderful artistic talent.

Title: Re: A tardy start to the New Year
Post by: WebAdmin on January 09, 2010, 02:24:46 PM
My pleasure :) I did wonder about including a Youtube link for speedstacking, but decided it wasn't really comparable to the Six Knot Challenge, even taking into account the explanation of how the Challenge world record was done.

If you search for it, though, it's still interesting.  The records we saw stood at between 5:36 and 6:39 seconds.  I suspect the cups are Tefloned.

I wonder if Tefloned cord would make a difference to the Six Knot record...  :)