Saturday, December 31, 2005

Inside a tiger lily with d.d.i.

Facts about Australia #24, Free Christmas Gold

It is absolutely true!

Santa arrives by camel and distributes free bags of gold nuggets to every child and adult in Australia every year.



Back again by widespread demand, Australia's famous 'golden handshake' promotions is on again for 2006.

Every tourist or returning resident to Australia will receive upon arrival absolutely free one bag of gold nuggets. No forms to fill out, no entry fee and they are yours to keep forever as a souvenier of your visit.

Australia has so much gold laying around all over! It is yours, absolutely free!! Come and get it!!!

Visit our fabulous website too!!!!


[Authorized by the Ministry for Golden Handshakes]

Applies only for calendar year 2006.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Famous Angel Dogs of Byron Bay

Col. David H. Hackworth, US Army (Ret.)

David H. Hackworth -"Hack" to his friends - died during 2005 from an illness that might have been caused by the use of chemical weapons used during the long war in Vietnam.

Hackworth was America's most decorated living war veteran when he quit being a soldier.

His essay "On Tolerance" is worth reading. I assigned it to him. Lated I asked him how it went. "Toughest assignment I ever did." he replied. This essay was printed in my book "Beyond Black & White" in 1995 [ISBN 1 875707 03 4]. We also worked together on the feature interview for Playboy magazine which was published in Australia, but alas, not in the USA.

Our manuscript was posted by registered air mail to Hugh Hefner and it was, ahem, intercepted, [twice!!!] and Hack found a 'bug' on his telephone.

He wrote "About Face" his autobiographical masterpiece and it was published in the USA and became a massive best seller.

I am honored to have known Hack. I respected him. I think it might have been mutual.

( Stuart Owen Fox)

By Col. David H. Hackworth, U.S. Army, (Ret.)

I’ve had a good life’s run with tolerance on both sides of the rack. The first half was spent marching in a very straight line in the US Army. The second half, which thank God continues as I write, is lived and loved in Australia. Here, with the help of good friends I grew up between my 40th and 50th years and my tolerance seed first saw enough light to sprout.

Tolerance is foreign to the military mind -- perfection is the order of the day. Without split-second exactness and total obedience, human beings are blown into little pieces. No sergeants, generals or grades in between are keen followers of tolerance In fact, most of the military have forgotten the meaning of tolerance by the time they reach corporal.

I mustered out of the army because I was disillusioned with American policies during the Vietnam War. Aussies I soldiered with convinced me that I should migrate Down Under. I arrived in 1972 with a duffle bag full of soldier skills unsure if any were transferable to civilian life. But I soon used my organizational abilities to run a bustling restaurant with international menu and staff. The chef was French, the wine captain Greek, the head waitress Indian and the remaining three score employees were from all over the globe. But a colonel’s bark didn’t work anymore. Teamwork, harmony, mutual respect and high morale were required to win the battle of getting food to the customer. I had to look at things from their point of view and negotiate solutions. And so I took my first wobbly steps toward tolerance.

When Ronald Regan became US President, I joined Australia’s anti-nuclear movement. There, in the anti-nuke trenches, I learned the importance of tolerance on a national and international scale. I work with Australians from all walks of life, many of whom had migrated here, as I did, in search of individual freedom. All were concerned that their new homeland was about to become radiated meat in a Super Power nuclear sandwich.

Collectively, we made the policy makers in Canberra understand that the weapons of war had become too lethal, too smart, and too destructive for anyone to win. Modern warfare was obsolete. For the world to have peace, all of humankind must practice tolerance, be sympathetic neighbors and find new ways to resolve conflicts other than with conflict. Today, the Cold War is yesterday’s news. People everywhere have hope -- they won’t die by the bomb under whose sign most were born.
I watch the children play in the neighborhood lake near my home in Melany, Queensland. Their parents are from Haiti, Switzerland, France, Italy, America and Australia. These new, bronzed Australians -- a microcosm of all of us -- are the future. They are one loving caring, tolerant group -- a new breed of Australians to carry the banner of peace into the next millennium and beyond.

[editors note: constant vigilance is needed or people forget how important 'tolerance' is.]


Only one has been found of this giant dragonfly.

We are unable at this time to report if it tastes like chicken or not.

We are responsible scientists.

We would never eat a scientific discovery until we knew there were other specimens.

Sacred science must be shared out.

Later, we get the franchise if it turns out to taste like chicken.

Changing curves changes everything in PhotoShop

Same picture, same dragonfly wings as in following series. This time, using "curves" in Adobe PhotoShop, an effect similar to polarized light is achieved.

It still tastes like chicken crisps.

Details are forensic with d.d.i.

Section of dead dragonfly wing scanned on 30/12/2005

OK, this part of the dragonfly tastes like crispy chicken chips.

d.d.i. detail from next picture 30/12/2005

Just a little in house test of d.d.i. for detail and speed.

From composition to final design into TIFF format, and reformatted into JPG for Blogger, about 9 minutes elapsed time.

Incidentally, if you are curious, and I know that you are, the dragonfly tastes like ... chicken.

Dried leaf & dragonfly with d.d.i.

30 December 2005, and this morning I found a dried leaf and a dead dragonfly and scanned them in at 1600 dpi.

Law over enforcement

Here we have a wonderful example of law enforcement gone mad. Three officers (two cops and one ranger) were called to the beach in Byron Bay to arrest a three legged dog for showing spunk and a joyful enthusiasm for life.

The handicapped dog was not disturbing anyone. The owner was fined.

The dog now has an arrest record. Another bust and it will be ... death by lethal injection.

Poor cops! Poor ranger! Look at the shame on their faces as they go about executing this arrest.

Pathetic, isn't it?

The stoic one is Chili, the dog.

Facing up to life and doing the best that he can. A lesson for the rest of us.

Legends of the outback #5

Lessons from a smart hunting cat

Possibly the world's ugliest dog?

Teaching babies how to fly


Its name was 'Dracula.'

Thursday, December 29, 2005

How poodles learned to survive in a hostile world


God does work in mysterious ways.

Nearly every family has a bad sheep, & this is Bruce

Famous Capt. James Cook and his unknown navigator


This big bird at the Byron Bay Lighthouse is waiting to remove coins from your pockets. It is now only $25 for a family to visit the lighthouse. A winner! Innovation for removing money from visitors!

In case you were wondering why dogs sniff ....


Australia's Greatest Heros

Warning: they taste like chicken zone ahead

Rose crown chicken pigeon

Yes it does taste like chicken.

Actually, they all taste a bit like chicken ...

Feathering your nest?

This is what you need.

Brown is beautiful

A pardalote is an Australian bird.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Useless proverb #18

Useless proverb #17 a very cold day in Hell, indeed

Defiance is up to us

Oh, cringe!

Amazing photograph of lighthouse beams reaching moon and travelling far beyond the Milky Way

Recent advances in digital photography have allowed us to bring you these amazing images.

Why lighthouse designers are geniuses

The Cape Byron lighthouse is exactly 94 metres above the sea at high tide. This is precisely the distance calculated to reflect sunlight in curved bricks painted glossy white as the sun sets. Cape Byron Lighthouse is the only building in Australia that has this astounding ability to bend and reflect sunlight at 90 degree angles to the viewer, while simultaneously transforming white bricks into a gay, pink color. This proves once again the advanced nature of some artist's abilities for predicting the past.

During the calendar year 2006, it is estimated that this exciting lighthouse will receive exactly 365 days of sunlight. That is figured on mathematical formula 1 X 365 X sunlight X distance to the sun. If you are having troubles sleeping at night,
try reading this again.

Observation of light curving with the naked eye

Choosing a vantage point directly behind a light source, and having a dark background will facilitate observations of the curvature of light according to the physics principles proven by Professor Albert Einstein.

While Einstein's formula E = mc2 is his best known, it does pale into insignificance if it is compared to the simple elegance
of I = V

I is Imagination
= equals
V = Visualization
n = nth, to the nth degree

Which explains Einsteins often misunderstood quotation, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

The full quotation is:

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Imagination is visualization. Thus: I = Vn.


How we scan light, a world first

Light has always been extremely difficult to capture and study in laboratory conditions. Serious research into this technical
problem ended with Albert Einstein's E=mc2. It seemed that once light could be captured for purposes of making a little
bit of matter go "Bang!"nothing else seemed relevant.

At the d.d.i. lab we disagreed with nuclear scientists' use of light in E=mc2 and set about solving all of the scientific technical problems connected with capturing and freezing light beams. Once we had done that, we were then able to scan light.

Basically, our techniques (pat. pending) involving freezing light at a temperature well below absolute zero. Light beams shrink in very low temperatures, and they are much easier to manipulate as their speed drops to below zero, in direct proportion to the absolute zero temperatures obtained in our lab.

We are also able to report here that light beams, when frozen, can be eaten. They taste like chicken.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Swamp bloodwood flowers, Cape York, Australia

When working with direct digital imaging of delicate botanical subjects, there are times when fiber optics can be extremely useful. For each additional light source, Newton's Law of the Inverse Square applies as it does to the main light source of the flatbed scanner. Variable light sources almost certainly will be of a different Kelvin temperature (color temperature) from your primary source. You may as well give up now. This is not easy stuff to comprehend.

It might be over your head. It certainly is over mine.

There is nothing to do but experiment if you are misguided enough to believe that this is for real.

Try your family cat first. Cats are cheap. One less cat...

If it survives your experiments, then you are ready to move on to flatbed scanning and d.d.i.

Sometimes, subtle is OK

Light is many things.

Light can be the most powerful force in the universe, like an exploding super nova.

Light can also be delicate and caress a rose gently.

light rose


It is possible to put too much emphasis on light.

Or too little.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Light tools

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Latitude and longitude for Cape Byron



-- stuart owen fox

Albert Einstein & Isaac Newton explain light

Please do not panic. You have just had a physics lesson.

Light reading

A few light facts

Astronomer-photographer David Malin was born in England and moved to Ausralia in 1975 to become Photographic Scientist at the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring Mountain, New South Wales. His astronomical colour shots are widely acknowledged to be among the finest ever produced from a telescope on earth. They have been seen on the covers of over 200 magazines and books. Malin also produced a series of Australian postage stamps.

I met David Malin at Siding Spring Mountain, and was greatly impressed with his work [and the size of his lens!]. He granted me permission to 'mix images' with him and this is a result from our collaboration.

However, I should mention that in my opinion, only one thing is capable of moving faster than light.

That is imagination.

As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

- Stuart Owen Fox, d.d.i. lab, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

Western wisdom, is this all there is to it?

Imagine there is no weather

Imagine your dreams