Snails

22 Aug

2012 End of year 4172012 End of year 10222012 End of year 10252013 up to August 001A new world in the galaxy of many worlds, it is the world of the snail. Never before have this world have been of any importance to me. Then, one day last year, quite by accident, a fair sized snail crossed my path. Right after a rain shower, a few more popped out from apparently nowhere. This opened a new world to me – the world of the snail.

At the moment there are four species of snails here.  This has not been confirmed as a fact. The largest is four inches/hundred mm. The smallest specie is about a bit over half an inch/twelve mm and spiral in form.

Identification is still a problem. Considering we have well over forty specie of land snail in South Africa.

The most common is the brown garden snail which is one of the specie visiting here.

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To live, to dream, to know the joy of both.

25 Aug
Porcupine and baby

Mother’s pride.

Sungazer.

7 Jun

A family together

 

Lizards are a part of my world.

These lizards belong to a larger group, which in turn, belongs to a … this is how it goes.

I met my first sungazer when I was about ten years old.

It was walking in town, up the road, where it was caught and sold to the witchdoctor.

Giant Girdled Lizard
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Cordylidae
Genus: Cordylus
Species: C. giganteus
Binomial name

The name has now been changed.

 

 

 

 

Is Paris Burning

22 May
the cover of the original soundtrack - my version

the cover of the original soundtrack – my version

j2rr

Ship on ice
Pastel drawing

6 MAY 2012 005

Then life was ahead of me, to be conquered with adventures I have read about.

To see the world, all the places which on a list – like a ‘bucket list’, a list which still stands now, as it did then.

Well, not quite, still, not much less. I never reckoned on life. I thought control would be mine, things would happen.

As my plans were made by me, all about me. Always the ‘me’, my alter-ego, the other part which was never a realist.

The list has grown, it started with the world and all I knew then.

Now it includes more – the world got bigger.

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Another day.

17 May Ink & pencil

Long ago

Ship on ice
Pastel drawing

6 MAY 2012 005

Then life was ahead of me, to be conquered with adventures I have read about.

To see the world, all the places which on a list – like a ‘bucket list’, a list which still stands now, as it did then.

Well, not quite, still, not much less. I never reckoned on life. I thought control would be mine, things would happen.

As my plans were made by me, all about me. Always the ‘me’, my alter-ego, the other part which was never a realist.

The list has grown, it started with the world and all I knew then.

Now it includes more – the world got bigger.

The End of an era. 1768 – 2000 Encyclopedia Britannica Printed set.

10 May

Copy of 1771 front page in the 1971 reprint.

1771 Original front page.

Everything has a beginning, a middle, and then – the end.

As it is the custom, when a new topic rears its head, the research has to be done first.

Everything according to a plan – no ‘fools rush in …’. – it will never do. The reason the world is in the state it is in, has a few of these elements; ‘fools …’.

On Tuesday morning, or was it Monday ? (it may have been Monday, time flies by so quickly) We were chatting away in the chat-room about this and the other, and G mentioned about the correct spelling and use of the word ‘dial’ in the forms of ‘dailling or dailing’. D had a few comments, and as I was not sure whether we were taking American or English, I was not sure myself.

The easiest way to do anything these days is to ask the computer, Google it, or another dictionary website. This done, the answer was not totally clear, it could be either, and further investigation would be required. This version was picked because of the variety of information given in a fairly concise space.

Verb: dial (dialled,dialling, or [US] dialed,dialing)  dI-ul
1.Operate a dial to select a telephone number
“You must take the receiver off the hook before you dial”
 
2.Choose by means of a dial
“dial a telephone number”
Noun: dial  dI-ul
1.The face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
 
2.The control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
 
3.The circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
 
4.A disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called
– telephone dial
Derived forms: dialling, dialed, dials, dialled, dialing
Type of: choose, control, controller, face, indicator, operate, pick out, select, selector, selector switch, take
Part of: dial phone, dial telephone, horologe [archaic], timekeeper, timepiece
Encyclopedia: Dial

Source: WordWeb Online

The discussion went on about all the variations found. On my side, a few of the ‘dictionary/thesaurus’ were paged through.

Thesaurus; a lexicon or treasury of words.
Dictionary; A book containing the words of a language arranged in alphabetical order, with the explanations or definitions of their meanings; a lexicon; wordbook; any work which communicates information on an entire subject or branch of subject, under entries or heads arranged alphabetically.

The Consolidated-Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary
Chicago : 1961

I took the copy of the E/B and found no variation on the word ‘dial’, only a 16 page discussion on ‘dial’ as in ‘sundial’. There was no information on the ‘telephone’ either.
This was most strange, and the date of printing was inspected, it read MDCCLXXI.
This made no sense to me, as my knowledge of Roman numerals is limited, and I asked the fellow ‘chattees’ if they knew what these figures added up to. Much to my surprise, an answer was there, very quickly, from both the gents.
1771
Anybody interested in the history of books should know, anything from that era will be considered ancient, and as such – valued. So – back to Google.
The valuation on a set of Encyclopedia Britannica (1771) is quite impressive.
At that stage G had left the conversation and I told D about the possible value of the books. I was still playing around with the valuation of this set, looking at various websites, and eventually the stories came to be fact.
The first sets of Encyclopedia Britannica was printed in Scotland between 1768 – 1771, when it went onto the market, it was sold at 6 shillings for a set of 3 books.
One original set was chosen and re-printed in 1971 as a commemorative set. It was printed, warts and all, only the paper and covers were of newer material. Also, it is marketed as the 1768 set and is still available from the dealer via INTERNET.
It is more commonly known as the ‘Encyclopedia Britannica 1991 – 3 set’, and can be found on Google as such, and this is what I have.
It is worth something on the INTERNET, altho, it is not for sale.

Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to stop printing the main set since 2010, and it will be available on the INTERNET in various options. Maybe 2071 will see a release of the first set ?
As for the real book-worm, a disc is not quite the thing to read in bed, and a bookshelf with the full set is still impressive, if nothing else.

As for the computer, it has its advantages, and it can talk to me !

Freedom – II – to fly

3 May

BMW  R50 – 1960 –  500cc

There are many ways to fly, some would prefer to fly in an airliner or maybe a smaller  plane, a few don’t mind jumping from great heights to fly by parachute down to earth, there are even those who would dare to get in a basket and fly on the airways – hanging from a balloon. There are more ways to fly without resorting to a favorite drug.

On land, or in the air, and even on water – man can fly.

My personal choice was, is, and forever will be – the two wheeled coffin called – a motorcycle.

There is a story about preferences.

Mine is not to get into, onto, or straddle anything, that if it refuses to move any further for what ever reason, I cannot get off and push it.

Which includes anything with more brains than me; e.g. horses and goats.