Tasmanian Tiger – Does it exist? (Thylacine)

Tasmanian Tiger – Does it exist? (Thylacine)

 

Here’s my take. Its gotta be based on a life support system that will provide food opportunities for a carnivorous apex predator – thus an environment that provides abundant plant food for the prey-animals, combined with a sufficient distance from civilisation, for this eco-system to thrive undisturbed.

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So the most remote part of Tasmania is the South-West. So that covers the distance from civilisation side of things. The next question is: Is there anything in the South West for a Tiger to eat? And in my opinion the answer is no. If you have a look at the South West of Tasmania the absence of kangaroos and wallabies is obvious, and you can go hiking through those regions for days and not see a single kangaroo. Kangaroos eat grass. The type of shrub that covers the terrain in this region is a kind of sharp razor plant – like a really inhospitable plant about 2 feet tall and that carpets the ground for hundreds of square kilometers. All the lush grasslands are taken up by farms elsewhere – mostly in the North-East and they are too close to civilisation for Tigers to co-exist historically.

Essentially it can exist today, if the required lush areas exist where some food for the Tiger can be found. As I say it also needs to be remote enough that Tigers could have remained undiscovered there during the times that in other areas they were being hunted to extinction.

What is a Tasmanian Tiger? Looks like a kind of Hyena-Leopard-Dog-Kangaroo type marsupial. A magnificent creature and I hope they are still out there somewhere.

Tassie Tiger on wikipedia

Kanye West interview

Kanye West interview

Here is an interesting interview with Kanye West. He seems to have become a fashion designer and also has moved out of California for the most part and has a huge ranch somewhere – I think in Iowa. I didnt know anything about Kanye, except some very small snippets of news headlines, such as he is a rapper of some kind or music producer, married Kim Kardashian, Kanye recently got criticised for supporting Donald Trump and is known for making off the cuff kind of philosphical kind of Zen remarks. His main concept in this interview – I think – is ‘Christian Innovator’ which I think is fascinating, because I dont think Ive heard that idea before and it could well be an original idea.

Anyways I’m diggin the fleece and so if you have 2 hrs to use up, then watch this interview.

 

 

Coffee: Good or Bad?

Coffee: Good or Bad?

Main thing I am reflecting on coffee, is that I drink a lot of it and I like it, but try stopping cold turkey and it causes major severe migraine and some other horrid unbearable symptoms.

This happened to me at least once in the past, when I forgot to drink any and I got a major splitting headache, and actually I ran out on last Friday and had no access to shops until Monday and I basically experienced those symptoms again, until today when I went and got some more….

So should I continue to drink coffee? I honestly think it would be a good idea to stop completely by weaning off gradually, but I don’t think that is practical, given the ubiquitous presence of the beverage in just about every facet of life.

Yes there are performance work and study and alertness benefits and lots of antioxidants, but tellingly, you go without for a 12 hour period and woe betide you.

Below is a vid of a girl I recognise from Youtube Rewind 2018, and she does a good demonstration here of what its like going without coffee.

 

I think Id need a substitute beverage. Theres tea. But tea also has caffeine. Also Decaf coffee. Decaf I have tried in the past and I found it tasted different and was more costly than regular coffee. Still tea and decaf might have to be it. When I was a kid I went through a phase of drinking Caro, which is some kind of bitter beverage that kind of tastes like coffee. I dunno what its made of, perhaps Chicory Ive heard of Chicory coffee.

Could also do different tea varieties, such as green tea, or herbal teas, such as black currant tea, lemon ginger tea, Rooiboos tea etc etc etc – so many teas out there and some have no caffeine at all.

Also I think the whole appeal of coffee, is its ability to combat tiredness, and most folk these days are perpetually tired from working and managing family life. So then if one can get full regular sleep, – somehow – they might not ‘need’ coffee any more.

I watched some YT vids on coffee and one main point I got was that coffee doesn’t contain energy, it has basically zero calories, yet it gives a buzz, a feeling of energy.

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And the above image shows the common withdrawal symptoms from when you go cold turkey (Dont go cold turkey!) These are true things, if you want to experiment and try for yourself just stop drinking for 1-2 days. I don’t recommend it though. Instead best method looks to be basically gradually reduce cups-per-day and replace with same amount cups of something else ie tea or decaf.

According to the internet, coffee is the main source of antioxidants in the Western diet, so if I cut out coffee, Id need some other source of antioxidants. The best thing there seems to be (A) putting spice in everything and (B) making delicious smoothies that contain cacao, goji berries, black berries and rasberries, strawberries and this kind of thing. Main draw back on this is the price of these things is rather high. I also wonder how Id feel, if I had no caffeine in my system, would I be really Zen and chill and in the zone, or what.

One Youtuber I follow actually got in hospital with a kidney stone, because he had went to a naturopath and they said eat heaps of spinach, so he ate heaps of spinach and it has a thing in it that causes kidney stones!, My point being, there are so many diet ideas floating around that some of them can be counter-productive. I believe Jordan Peterson and family do a meat-only diet. That sound like my kind of diet but I dont think I could afford it and basically Id miss bread pasta etc.

With coffee I am a coffee-fiend and I intend to reduce my daily cup intake, but I dunno how successful Ill be, but anyways that’s my take on that at this time.

 

WW1 air combat action

WW1 air combat action

SE5a IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus – Volume I

A big livestream over 5 vids as the stream kept cutting out. One thing with the WW1 planes is that looks like the power has to be cut right back in a dive to prevent the engine over revving and stopping. I also noticed the Camel gets a jump in power at altitude when I lean out the mixture when I get a bit higher alt. Flying Circus is pretty awesome, just now needs lots of players.

 

Sopwith Camel IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus – Volume I

A big livestream over 5 vids as the stream kept cutting out. One thing with the WW1 planes is that looks like the power has to be cut right back in a dive to prevent the engine over revving and stopping. I also noticed the Camel gets a jump in power at altitude when I lean out the mixture when I get a bit higher alt. Flying Circus is pretty awesome, just now needs lots of players.

 

 

 

P40 Vs FW190 & Bf109 (IL-2 BOM)

 

 

 

More latest action

More latest action

 

P38 – IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

P38 in Bodenplatte multiplayer.

 

Spad – Flying Circus

Flying the Spad on the Arras map. I found an effecrive way to combat the D7 with the Spad – you can fly faster so rather than turn fight, fly away at speed then turn and go head to head, but try to avoid head-on collisions, but that way you can be on an equal footing to the D7. I later tried that on a Albatros, but it didnt work, the Albatros was able to keep up, even though the Spad is very fast.

 

P38 Lightning – KOTA – 1080, sharpening off- IL-2 Bodenplatte

So I have been having trouble spotting in expert/normal spotting and so I reduced res to 1920 x 1080, then I unticked sharpen and here is 2 kills in a flight, I was able to spot and then hold the target in view this flight – whereas usually I see it then it vanishes. So that is some indication that dropping my res from 1440 down to 1080 and turning off sharpen can help someone with my system specs to spot effectively in expert spotting. Oh and also I turned down gamma from max 1.2 down to 1.1.

P40 Vs FW190 & Bf109 (IL-2 BOM)

 

Bf109F-2 Vs I-16 (IL2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad)

Here is a dogfight on the Finnish server. I believe it is running Alternate spotting and it was pretty good, because there was 1 Alluied plane and 2 Axis planes on the server and I still managed to run into action.

 

P38 lightning some initial sorties – IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

So I got the hang of the Tempest and now Im flying the P38 Lightning. Here are the first few hours.

 

 

FW190 Sorties – IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

Forgot all about boost in these sorties, so would have got a better result with it. Still pretty good fun though.

 

FW190D9 (IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte)

Multiplayer action on the Bodenplatte map. Main things this refresher reminded is to use boost Left SHIFT and B, to be competetive in dogfights and to set the cannon and the 13mm on different buttons.

 

spring garden update

Here is basically a garden update. Main two things is: Its now Spring and secondly I planted some potatos 6 to 8 inches under the soil some 4 weeks ago and now look! Im super impressed by how fast they formed into plants and just grew out of nothing. I was half expecting this garden thing to fail, but now it looks like victory shall be mine. lol. I also planted a bunch of different vegetables, such as tomato, corn, brussel sprouts and pumpkin, but yet to see them – planted them as seeds out of the packet though – they may struggle or get eaten by snails – time will tell.


 

Bf109K-4 Vs. B25 (IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte)

A Single player quick mission. This is my first flight vs a B25 and my impression, is they hit hard so best to attack from the front and side, so that the prop disc may block the turrets from getting a clean shot.

 

Latest Action Oct

Latest Action Oct

Bf109F-2 – after the stream cut out – IL-2 Kuban Multiplayer

 

In future if the stream drops and there is combat I will immediately turn on track record, bercause I turned it on half way through and so this vid is missing half the action, where I fought a P40.

 

DVIIF Vs. Camel & F2 (Flying Circus)

Here is a multiplayer flight. Was probably flying for 30 minutes and then this dual occured. One thing with the WW1 planes is they can require a lot of forward pressure on the stick to keep straight and level and so this makes accurate aiming much harder.

 

Mission Editor tutorial 2: Ai formation flying waypoints (IL-2 Great Battles)

Mission Editor tutorial 2

 

FW190A-8 EU server Multiplay – (IL-2 Great Battles)

This plane is fast at rolling and has boost with Left Shift B like the D-9 does, but I dont think the A-3 or A-5 has it. So remember to use boost. I flew this plane many hours straight yesterday and now I am acquainted with it, initially I had terrible trouble in dogfights, failing to keep track of targets, because the view when I zoomed to cross hairs was somehow zooming into the instrument panel agh! haha, because I needed to set my TrackIR properly. I have fixed that and now its like the plane is an extension of one’s body.

 

Tank Crew – Multiplayer

Driving a tank in multiplayer.

 

Sopwith Camel Vs Dr.I (Flying Circus)

This is single player, 3 waves of Dr.I on the the WW1 map. The city nearby is Arras.

 

P38 Lightning – combat compilation – (IL-2 Bodenplatte)

This is 1.5 hrs on Combat Box, with 7 victories for 5 fails.

 

P38 combat compilation (IL-2 Bodenplatte)

On the EU server. One thing about the EU server is you get some mega combat exsposure and you get to notice the various combat capabilities of different aircraft like nowhere else, and for example I noticed the K-4’s boom and zoom capability and lately believe it or not I noticed just how good the Duck is with a great turn fight ability and with huge frontal armament. Next I may try flying the duck.
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Bf109F-2 (IL-2 BOS)

One session on the map, 6 victories, several crashes, 1 KIA, and lots of fun, flying the F-2.

 

Sky cowboy – (IL-2 BOM)

Basically this whole vid is a blooper reel. I havent flown the FW190A and the Bf109F for months and here I am back on Wings of Liberty re-acquainting with these fine planes.

 

P38 Lightning Vs Panzers, AAA & other targets – (IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte)

The biggest town – actually probably one of several big towns, is Eindhoven. It is inland, and I had some big battles there. Also kept hitting the Panzers until they were done for. As you can see it gets pretty epic in multiplayer when you see several warbirds flying along at once.

P40 Vs FW190 & Bf109 (IL-2 BOM)

 

P38 Eindhoven – Ground attack – IL-2 Bodenplatte

Another adventure.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

 

Tiger – IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

Driving the Tiger on the Bodenplatte map.