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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by BobClay, Jul 1, 2020.
My Magnolia tree and camellia don't like this changing weather!
My camellia hasn't been happy all year, each flower seems to be coming out in turn, whereas the one across the road has been full of colour for at least a month.
I can't take any credit for mine. It was here when we moved in 2018 and appears to be doing well.
These were a few weeks ago
"Readers live a thousand lives before they die. Those who never read live only one."
George R. R. Martin
A similar quote but one that I think that you will identify with @BobClay is this
The world is like a book, but those who do not travel read only one page.
Got to thinking of the places where I've been, mostly via working, not as a tourist. Rare to find a place without a coast line for obvious reasons. Whole bunch of islands in the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean not shown on this map. Note: never been to Ulster.
I forgot Denmark, but the map is a bit obscure at that point.
Is it me ? ... or does this fellah look a bit pissed off ?
Someone has pinched his perch!
And his legs. That would certainly piss you off.
He looks ready to dive bomb someone.
Watching the test flights of the Ingenuity, small helicopter currently on Mars, somebody mentioned to me it wasn't very exciting.
Well let's see, controlling the helicopter by hand is out, unless you're happy with a 30 odd minute delay between applying a control and then observing the response. So it has to be autonomous, a fully pre-programmed flight with inputs from sensors should it require modification in real time.
As if helicopters aren't weird enough without throwing in an atmosphere just a few percent of the density of Earths.
Then there's the usual helicopter rules to be considered, (especially one that's about 180,000,000 miles away):
"If you're wing is moving faster than you are, you're in a helicopter."
"If there's nothing broken on your helicopter, don't worry, there soon will be."
"That big fan over the pilot's head is there purely to keep him cool. You don't believe me ? Just watch how he breaks into a sweat if the fan stops."
Although rule three might be less of a problem. But remember, there's no ground crew or crash services, at least as far as we know. (You can't rule out Tripod Machines I suppose. But they tend to be hostile.)
"Oh yeah," they said. "On your way home from pub with a belly full of ale," they said. "Sure we believe you ..... (snigger.)"
Well they're eating humble pie now .... I know a stegosaurus when I see one.
Think of a deep menacing voice saying: "Go ahead, make my day."
Nahhh, I accept it doesn't really work does it ?
There are times when I think I live on a planet full of weirdoes ... !!