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  • lczarnik 09:39 on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    You’ll be in the right with these ponderables. 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 30 May 2016 at 22:53
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: You’ll be in the right with these ponderables.

    You do have to be careful with your predictions. BA




    5 (FIVE) – IS missing!



  • lczarnik 08:01 on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Fantastic photography 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ken W
    Date: 31 May 2016 at 05:46
    Subject: Fwd: Fantastic photography

    Jet wash in the morning mist


    Unusual cloud. Now we know how to look like angels


    Ice cave, illuminated by a torch


    Ladybug in the morning dew


    Cloud: incredible picture


    Rain over plain – view from the airplane


    One in a million


    The tsunami of clouds


    A magical place in Austria – Grer See


    A rare and wonderful atmospheric phenomenon – "fire rainbow"

    This optical effect in the atmosphere, manifested in the appearance of a horizontal rainbow, localized on a background of light, high cirrus clouds


    Rainbow refraction of light in water droplets


    Morskoi sand under a microscope with a 300-fold increase


    Rhodochrosite – Beautiful Shii mineral, also known as the Rose of the Inca


    The view from the height of 8000 meters with a panoramic lens


    Splash – from the stone thrown into the water during sunset (my favorite)


    In rare cases, you can see a rainbow at 360 from the plane


    The crystal clear ice of Baikal


    Blooming lotus


    Lavender fields. Dawn. Imagine the aroma …


    Frame-fire: the reflection of the setting sun in her hair.


    Winter Fairy


  • lczarnik 16:32 on May 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    this is amazing…..a must read! 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 30 May 2016 at 11:30
    Subject: Fw: This is amazing…..a must read!


    Much of this is underway as we speak…………

    Read the following and you will be surprised at how many of these you also believe will happen. A great look into the future, which is here now.

    The Future Is Here!

    In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

    What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

    Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

    Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

    Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

    Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

    Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s licence and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.

    Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

    Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

    Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

    Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

    With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

    Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

    3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

    At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

    Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

    Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

    Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

    There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

    Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

    Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

    Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.


  • lczarnik 16:29 on May 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Humorous observations……. 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 30 May 2016 at 11:47
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Humorous observations…….

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  • lczarnik 14:29 on May 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Clinton vs Trump 

    Forwarded message
    From: Terry
    Date: 30 May 2016 at 13:25
    Subject: Fwd: Clinton vs Trump

    I hope this gives a few moments of a good hoot!

  • lczarnik 11:44 on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A good story, for a change! 

    [tag Ralph & Barbara, Amazing]

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 27 May 2016 at 11:29
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: A good story, for a change!

    Best buds (Picture: TV Globo)

    This heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil.

    It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

    Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.

    Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

    The prodigal penguin returns (Picture: TV Globo)

    After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls.

    And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.

    Look who’s back (Picture: TV Globo)

    For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

    It’s thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

    (Picture: Rio de Janeiro Federal University)

    ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Joao told Globo TV. ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.

    It’s thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin (Picture: TV Globo)

    ‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’

    (Picture: Rio de Janeiro Federal University)

    Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

    ‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

    And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.

  • lczarnik 11:41 on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Good old days? 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 27 May 2016 at 11:23
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Good old days?
    Good "old" days
















  • lczarnik 10:55 on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t miss the p.s. at the bottom 

    Forwarded message
    From: Terry
    Date: 26 May 2016 at 09:37
    Subject: Fwd: Don’t miss the p.s. at the bottom

    Thinking of you all. Terry

    Don’t miss the p.s. at the bottom

    Email to my darling husband.

    Before you return from your overseas trip, I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the Ford F-150 when I turned into the driveway.

    Fortunately it was not too bad and I really didn’t get hurt, so please don’t worry too much about me.

    I was coming home and when I turned into the driveway I accidentally pushed down on the accelerator instead of the brake while I was talking on my cell phone.​

    The garage door is slightly bent but the Ford F-150 fortunately came to a halt when it bumped into your Ferrari.

    I missed our bikes.

    I am really sorry, but I know with your kind heart personality you will forgive me.

    You know how much I love you and care for you, my sweetheart.

    I am enclosing a picture for you.

    I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again.

    Your loving wife. XXOOXXOO!

  • lczarnik 20:22 on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A light show like you’ve never seen (unless you come to Vivid Sydney each year)! 

    Hey everyone, Want to see a light show like no other. Come to Sydney Vivid Festival.

    First, here’s something to whet your appetite. Vivid at the zoo!


    And for the full monty (“everything which is necessary, appropriate, or possible; ‘the works’”)


    See you there.
    Larry & Colleen
    2016MY25 20:20 Sydney


    • lczarnik 18:47 on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can see Vivid LiveSteam form it’s Facebook page –


      Larry & Colleen
      2016MY27 18:45 Sydney Australia

    • lczarnik 23:02 on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just when we thought we’ve seen everything with lights at Vivid, they came up with 100 drones light display.

      Now this 1st video hopefully will stick around. It’s a private one, lined here without permission. It’s the almost 6 minute video display

      The 2nd one is the story behind the 100 drones and some snippets –

      Hope you enjoyed as much as we did.
      Larry & Colleen
      2016JN10 23:00 Sydney

    • lczarnik 07:25 on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And here are some amazing shots from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Courtesy of Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Facebook – https://goo.gl/Cx3WC4
      Larry & Colleen
      2016JN28 07:25

  • lczarnik 18:18 on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Harry Truman 

    Forwarded messageFrom: Ken W
    Date: 25 May 2016 at 05:31

    Subject: ​ ​
    ​Harry Truman​

    W e will never see this again.

    Thought you’d enjoy this!
    It’s one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.

    They won’t believe this happened, but it DID.

    Harry & Bess (This seems unreal.)
    Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 32 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

    The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

    When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

    After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

    When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale."

    Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

    As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

    Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

    Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

    I say dig him up and clone him!

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