Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New year's greetings for twenty eighteen.

Making box frames at home
As promised in my last post here are a few pictures of what I was making for family and friends for Christmas. They aren't finished, well not all of them, because I became extremely busy with the big one just two weeks before I left for Cape Town. With these particular box frames I hit a snag which slowed me down considerably. When I had made the frames and they were ready for gluing, I used a waterproof wood glue and made them in two parts, like two right angles. In order to keep the angles straight and correctly lined up I put the glasses in and taped them together to dry overnight and that's where the problem began.
Each frame had to be masked inside and out.

The next morning the glasses had become stuck and so I couldn't paint them before fitting the glass, RATS. What this meant was I had to mask each piece of glass inside and out before I could start painting. There are eight frames in total so all this masking took a long time, which I was running out of by the end of the masking phase.
Anyway to cut a long story short I eventually got all the frames painted to my satisfaction but had run out of time to finish the backs and to install whatever was going in each frame for whichever person it was intended.
I did get one finished for my brother Myles and hurriedly wrapped it before rushing off to the airport. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that one but will take pictures of the other completed ones, which will only be completed in the middle of January when I get back.
The morning after, RATS, stuck glass

What really took most of my time up was making a children's play house for Jason's two little girls.
Jason helped me hugely in the last week or so but I was only given two weeks to finish it before leaving and by the time we finished work each day I was exhausted and had no interest in working afterwards. We worked until about seven each day and even Jason was worn out. 
The frame on the right had been masked and painted the way I wanted.

What happened was I got some old pallets from Myles' factory, these had to be stripped and denailed before we could use any of the planking and they then had to be cut to the required length and width. I've taken photographs of the progress made at the end of each day. 
If you scroll through the pictures really quickly you can go through two weeks work and see the progress.
Setting up the floor, level and in the correct place.

After the pallets were cut to the correct size and going up.

More framing and yet to place the veranda.

veranda in place.

Cladding happening.

Balustrade under construction cladding almost complete.

Windows fitted, sans glass. Door hung and cut to create a stable door, and balustrade in Step in and painting happening.
My wish, or should I rather say prayer for all of you this 2018 is: May you have a blessed year. May you find courage in Christ and may this year not be an odd one but may everything instead even out just like the year number has, Geoff.
Imogen serving dad's breakfast from her new play house.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017. Blessings to you.

Hello everyone.
So here we are at the end of another year, well almost, and everyone seems to be making plans and preparing for their Christmas break and it's quite exciting but scary at the same time. I'm going down to Cape Town for three weeks to house sit for my son James, they're going to Spain for a couple of weeks and a visit to my sister in France.
One thing I've noticed over the years is that the odd years, such as the one we've just come through, seem to be really disjointed and tough, odd indeed. Well the new year is just around the corner and then things will, I hope, even out again. I'm going with very little money but my principal reason for going is to look after James's home and his cat and having an opportunity to visit all my friends is a real bonus, so not having lots of money to spend isn't a big deal. I'll be leaving on December 23rd and coming back in the middle of January, hopefully into a new job. I was supposed to have an interview today but because the company is closing on Thursday they are way too busy for interviews. Oh well, such is life.
I've been writing and doing a lot of thinking about superconductivity and levitation but don't really have the math to define what I'm trying to convey so now I'm reading about that language, called mathematics, and trying to come up with the equations that describe what I'm imagining, we'll see how it goes.
At home, because I don't have any work, I've been making Christmas presents for my family and friends. I've been making box frames and putting some of my more interesting knickknacks with a hand written description and explanation into them. Very interesting and really nice, much better than spending a fortune just buying things and much more personal too. So far the reaction I've had to them has been very encouraging. I'll post some pictures when I have some.
For now I'd like to wish everyone who reads this blog a fantastic Christmas and blessings from God and his son Jesus about whom this holy day is all about in the first place.
Bless you all, Geoff.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Could space be a superconductor?

One day looking up. Aircraft contrail.

Well I haven't received any feedback in the comment section with regards to my hypothesis yet but I have done a bit of research on my own. What I've found out is that some experimentation has been done, especially in China, with different size magnets and different Gauss values, magnetic strengths. What they have found is that different strengths cause the levitation of the magnetic particles to vary with higher Gauss values causing the magnets to levitate further from the superconducting material.
I also tried to find out whether space itself could possibly be a superconductor. I haven't yet found definitive answers. One physicist was saying that the temperature within a star system was too high for superconducting to take place. I'm still not convinced because the star system itself would be withing the levitation distance from the galactic superconductive center.
I'm going to have to do some more research and thinking on this subject. It's quite hard to find information on the possibility of space being one huge superconductor but I'll keep on looking into it.
Anyway, for now I'll wish you all a fantastic weekend, I'm off to get some breakfast and to talk to the Lord about other things I'm dealing with.
Blessing to you all, Geoff.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Mirror spacial thinking.

A painting I did the day after writing about space
Actually it's my desk work surface and was not
at all intentional

Hello everyone.
I'm still alive and as always busy. I don't have access to the internet unless I go to my brother's factory which is where I normally check my e-mail and so on. Maybe I should do some blogging while I'm here too.
Anyway. I've been thinking about our view with regards to the universe and have been wondering whether we may be looking at the science all wrong. The other night I sat at my computer and decided to put my thoughts down on paper so to speak. And this is what I wrote down. Hope you enjoy it.
A back to front look at black holes and galaxies
What is a black hole? We don’t really know, despite the fact that physicists have been working on this mystery for a very long time and have been doing all the math, but still we don’t know. We do know that the centre of a galaxy is very bright and not black at all, as far as we can visually determine. The only thing that that indicates is that the galactic centre is very tightly packed and whatever is causing this massive conglomeration is very powerful indeed. As we move further from the galactic centre the strength and influence of this cause diminishes to the point where at the galactic edge it is negligible. Because the galaxies don’t fly apart, as one would expect in a revolving system, we are left wondering whether there is some dark energy or mass that is holding the stars in place countering this natural effect called centrifugal force. We do know that measurable gravity, which we don’t really understand either, is also less than required to substantiate the current understanding of the galactic mechanics previously hypothesized. This Cause is currently thought to be a huge black hole of immense dimensions and incredible gravity dragging matter in from the surrounding galactic material.
 But I have another idea about our galaxy and the universe. We know a lot about superconductivity from studies and experiments over the past number of decades and people are sitting up and doing serious research with various materials and magnets. There are people doing computer simulations with the data we have gleaned so far and seriously weird surprises are popping up. Here is my hypothesis.
Superconductors and magnets repel each other. The superconductor, when introduced to a magnetic field the resultant manifestation shows that superconductor doesn’t actually repel the magnet but rather holds it in position at a specific distance which could be governed by the strength of the magnetic field. (This will require experimentation, do two equally sized magnets each with a different gauss reading being tested simultaneously. Do they levitate at different distances from the superconducting material?) The star systems that make up a galaxy all have magnetic fields generated within themselves which vary according to conditions within the system itself. This variation of magnetic strength may be the cause that determines the position of each star system within the galaxy itself. Could the centre of the galaxy in fact be an area of superconductivity?  Because superconducting conditions occur at very low temperatures, such as those in outer space which have been measured at as low as 3 degrees kelvin, just above absolute zero which is 0 degrees kelvin, the conditions for super-magnetism are present in abundance. Is space one enormous superconductor?
So we have a superconducting area in an almost absolute zero void with a north pole and a south pole with very strong lines of force emanating from each pole creating two streamers of energy moving out into the void. This can in fact be seen in galaxies throughout the universe, galaxies with streams of energy emanating from their poles in spectacular displays. The superconductive effect emanating from the galactic center which neither repels nor attracts the magnetic star systems surrounding the superconductor, holding it instead in position within this equatorial zone which is like a plane surrounding the galactic center in diminishing strength and density the greater the distance. This hypothesis could take care of a few of the quandaries plaguing physicists, black holes, dark energy and dark matter among them.
the middle 10 parsecs of our galaxy, using radio
 observations, reveal this spiral of hot gasses

The Milky Way galaxy has at its centre a very bright area where the stars are closely packed, from a front elevation, judging from other galaxies we can observe face on, it would look like a central mass of stars having spiral arms of stars spaced slightly more sparsely the further from the center they are. The center of the Milky Way galaxy would have a central dome on either side of an immense disk of stars. In relation to the disk the central sphere of stars would be smaller in diameter but a lot more densely inhabited and the brightest area in the galaxy.
So let’s do a mind experiment at this point. If we were to imagine the universe without any stars or galaxies, that leaves us with an immense expanse of black. If we imagine now that that black isn’t everywhere but like a great ocean with warmer patches and colder patches distributed throughout this ocean surface and stretching down into the ocean. I’m trying to put this into our everyday way of seeing therefore the ocean analogy. Now imagine some of those colder patches have gotten so cold that the space within those patches becomes superconductive. We still don’t have any stars or galaxies, it’s as dark as you could ever imagine, and all we have is this ocean with some unbelievably cold areas. Now in this super cold area of the galaxy things begin to happen, particles begin to form. Some of these particles have the magnetism of the very cold state they are forming in with super conductive conditions all round. Is it possible that the centre of the Milky Way galaxy isn’t dragging the rest of matter in but is instead still creating it? What if there wasn’t a big bang but an ever growing universe that started slowly and is still going strong? These particles did a number of things in the early stages of galaxy formation, they clumped together as one would imagine in zero gravity, thus their combined magnetism grew until they were repelled by the superconducting centre to form stars with huge magnetic fields in the spiral arms we see today all in their assigned place. They were not repelled completely but were moved to a specific position in the cold area. As more and more particles formed so too did stars filling the arms. In time, possibly, gravity or some other intergalactic force had an influence on the arms and they began to curve into spirals or maybe that is just what the field around a superconductor looks like on a grand scale. So now we have one galaxy, still super cooled at the centre and still superconductive surrounded by huge masses of magnetic stars in immense spiral arms reaching many light years into the universe. But this wasn’t the only cold patch in that incredible ocean we first imagined, there were billions of them. And now today there are billions of galaxies in the universe, scientific observations have revealed that the universe seems to be growing at ever faster rates and that everything is moving away from everything else. Where does the material come from for this expanding universe? When we look out at the universe what we are seeing are those galaxies drifting about in that earlier ocean each one a superconductive hotspot so to speak.
So here’s the thing; is it possible that we have been looking at the universe in the wrong way? We have been told that the universe has billions of galaxies sometimes in super clusters that seem to line up like arteries or strings. That at the centre of galaxies are black holes with immense gravity that allow nothing to escape. We have been told that everything began in a big bang, but what if it didn’t? Have we been looking at the universe as if in a mirror? My hypothesis, although still in the very beginning stages of this investigation, would read thus; the universe is growing, galaxies seem to be huge disks held in an invisible grip, their spiral arms and stars don’t separate from the main structure of the galaxy and move ever further from the galactic centre. At the centre of the galaxy there is no super dense body of gravity but instead a superconducting area of space. Between a super cool superconductor and the magnet hovering above it is a space that, on a galactic scale, could possibly be easily traversed. This superconductive effect would be effective throughout the galaxy with spacing of solar systems possibly being determined by their magnetic fields and the strength of the superconductivity in the immediate area of the solar system. As in experimental results with superconductors where a magnet levitated by a superconductive material in very cool conditions always levitates to the same height above the material, but in lifting the magnet the superconductor seems to be tethered to the magnet by some invisible force. There is no noise, no exhaust, no motor, just super cold conditions, a magnet and something that becomes superconductive in those conditions.
What could possibly cause such a system to manifest?
The one thing we do know about intergalactic space is that temperatures get as low as they possibly can, 3 degrees kelvin. Is it possible that matter could have formed in these super cooled superconductive areas of the universe? I’m not sure but do know it would make an interesting investigation.
Anything that in any way could be superconductive, at these low temperatures, would. We still don’t know much about alternative states of matter, we don’t even know where the matter we are made of comes from and how it was formed. We have theories which sound very feasible and could well be spot on but we still can’t tell. Is it time to for us to do some serious research into alternatives to the black holes, dark matter, dark energy and the big bang theory?
Applications for this new paradigm.
There would, if this hypothesis turns out to be valid, be quite a few possibilities. If, instead of carrying large payloads of fuel for the journey and using conventional rockets, intergalactic transporters surfed a wave of superconductive energy, possibly being driven at enormous speeds, even being able to journey from star system to star system. I’m not sure of the speed of the forces within a superconductor but I can’t imagine them being far short of the speed of light. If, in researching this hypothesis, we find a way to harness that superconductive state and use it, wow.
Other changes would happen too. We will come to realize our place in the universe and our neighbourhood The Milky Way galaxy. We will be able to see the universe in its entirety with understanding of how it works, what it is and how to live in this space.
Knowing the origin of the universe is one of the longest quests in history and has been enduring for millennia. I’m just curious.
I would be very interested to know what you think. A reply from a someone who understands physics and astronomy would be fantastic, I'm not that smart so am open to comment by everyone.
Have a great time until next we meat, Geoff.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I'm still alive, no credit to me though.

Wow, it's been ages since I last wrote a blog post, there are reasons for that of course and I'll try to enlighten you as to some of them, but for the moment I'll attempt to keep writing regularly. Money is once again, or should I rather say lack thereof, playing havoc in my life. Fortunately I have God looking after me, sometimes to such an extent that I don't know what to say.
I'll give you a recent example to clarify what I mean by that. 
A little while ago my food situation became rather dire to say the least, I was eating the last little bit of a quarter of a cabbage I had in the fridge. I had nothing else edible in the house, not even a jar of jam, nothing. But there is a scripture in the bible where Jesus tells his disciples that they won't go hungry, actually there are lots and lots of them throughout the new testament as well as the old testament. Anyway there are also so many scriptures where we are told to have faith and not to stress about the things that we need because God knows about them and will provide for us. I of all people should know this, it's the story of my life. God the Father and his son Jesus have taken care of me and my needs for years now so surely I'm the one who should have unquestioning faith? But somehow, when I do find myself in situations like the one I have just described, I have to dig deep and cling to what little faith I have again and again.

Well I had been praying to the Lord and just reminding him of things He had said in His word, reminding Him I am one of his children and that He had said I wouldn't go hungry. I was sitting in my lounge reading my Bible and came across a scripture where the Lord was saying to one of his prophets, "See I am doing a new thing. Can you not perceive it?" I thought about it and took note of what had been written and carried on reading, with that particular scripture playing around in the back of my mind. That very evening my daughter arrived at home with bags and bags of groceries for me and that's when everything started improving. I started getting work, my petrol situation changed and for some reason people who had been treating me like an outcast started talking to me as if they really did respect me. God is fantastic and really does fulfill his promises but there is a catch. The adversary is not at all happy about our relying on God and putting our faith in His Son. As a true believer Jesus warns us about the testing that we will have to endure but at the same time he does tell us to just carry on trusting him and his word and surely he will come to our aid, even to the very gates of hell to rescue us. This is something you can absolutely depend on. To put it in the words of President Trump, "You can take that to the bank."
Things are going well for me here in Johannesburg. There are things that I miss like my friends and the farm but on the whole I'm doing all right.   
Anyway that's enough for today. Blessings to all who read this blog post and may you find faith in the Lord Jesus, he does indeed love you way more than you realize, Geoff.

Friday, January 20, 2017

And the world takes a step in another direction, good.

Now that Mr Trump is president of the United States Of America ( or should I rather say in about four hours time) and the people of America are starting down a new road, as is the rest of the world, it's time for me to go down a new road too. In my case that means writing blog posts on a regular basis at the same time as making plans to start earning a decent living. As you know by now I'm unemployed again and the money situation has deteriorated somewhat, that's not the end of the world so I've started connecting companies from all over the world who need exhibition stands built here in South Africa, it's quite a big industry here.
I've been building and managing the building of show stands and Film sets for about twenty nine odd years now and, to tell the truth, am getting a bit long in the tooth for all this stress, I'm 61 already.  So being able to connect the people I do know who still do this to those who are looking for competent carpenters and stand building companies. I've been hugely taken aback by the number of people looking for manufacturing carpenters here and the severe lack of experienced and knowledgeable tradesmen, that's why I decided to take this route. I now have a Facebook page, which I've been avoiding for years,  So if you don't mind please go to this site and "like" it so that I can get more hits from all over the world. Apparently that is how it works, more likes more exposure. I do know that the site isn't all that good yet but I'm working on it.  
Before you leave please say a prayer for me so that I will start to make an income from this.
I do find taking new roads very exciting and exhilarating, it is fun. Oh, and please pass this on. Thanks.
Blessings to all of you Geoff.