Thoughts on the Psychology of Climate Change

Today’s Guest Author is that extraordinary carer, woodworker, and eBay bargain hunter, Puff The Magic Dragon, presenting an allegory about the danger of believing (or worse, pretending) that human-induced global warming is “crap” (because we all know it was warmer in Jesus’s time). Thank you, Madam Puffy.

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Do people really shut their eyes as their vehicle hurtles over the edge of a cliff? Or long before?

At some time it must have been apparent that the route was the wrong choice. There was this firm idea of where they were going, and this was the way they always took. Someone mentioned a weather report that mentioned rain and changed road conditions, but the driver of the minibus had been this way so many times that the route was just a reflex.

Anyway, a detour would take them into unfamiliar territory and use up time and fuel.

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Everyone was happy, until over the radio the weather report warned of gusting winds and rain. The passengers in the back of the minibus suggested not going up the hilly way but taking the next turnoff and going the longer but flatter route. They even got a bit angry when the driver drove past the last turn off. He insisted he knew the road well, and it had never been affected by weather before, and anyway, it was only a weather report.

That was reassuring, so everyone settled down and sang Row Row Row Your Boat or played I spy. It started to rain and some of the younger ones began complaining. They were comforted with words about how the grown-ups knew best. A couple of the grown-ups, though, looked at the black clouds ahead and worried about the wind speed around these hills. The wind farm blades in the distance seemed to be spinning pretty hard. They were told to stop scaring the kids with crazy talk.

The rain and wind hit the bus with a sudden ‘whump’; everyone was a bit shaken but glad to be in the bus and not outside. Besides, it was just a passing squall – so the driver said. One person started to suggest stopping for a while but the rest glared at her. Don’t rock the bus, the stares said.

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They crested the hill and were bashed with a wind bending tree branches into crazed arches, straining to be loose of their trees.

The road was slippery. Inside, everyone could finally feel the wheels losing some grip. Fear took over. Some yelled at the driver to pull over. He told them it was impossible – there was nowhere to stop on the down track. The bus took off with the power of its own momentum, the steering wheel useless, an ornament to folly.

When they went over the side, did they close their eyes? Or were they now wide open to the disaster they had wrought upon themselves?

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1,058 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Psychology of Climate Change

  1. Jeesus! BB. what would you put that large a lens?…..A side view of Vanstone’s face?

    It’s not for taking photographs. It’s for passing a projection beam through and widening it on the way by 33%, without affecting focus, sharpness or contrast of the original image.

    It actually resolves to about 12 times the pixel frequency of the original image (1920 x 1080 pixels). When it’s in use, you can clearly see the tiling gaps between the pixels, and the pixels are only 1.6mm wide themselves (on a 3000mm wide screen) which would make the tiling gaps around 0.13mm.

    Because the projectors used (Home Cinema projectors mostly) don’t have mounts for lenses like mine, you have to put the lens on a stand and mount it manually in front of the projector (as shown in the photo). Many customers use motorized sleds to move the lens in and out of the beam, to toggle between normal aspect and super-wide “scope” format.

    By the time the beam clears the projector case and reaches my lens it can be up to 80mm in diagonal. Even the rear lens is 85mm in diameter and weighs a pound just for the glass.

    There are three lenses inside the case. Usually these types of contraptions only have 2 glass elements. The extra, third) one in my design (the rectangular aperture you can see) gives better distortion performance.

  2. “I think he started to think about taking it back but did not quite know how..,. ”
    Puff…If you want to make him REALLY nervous, next time you have his chisel and he is there, wave it around in your hand casually like it is a pencil or something and watch his eyes…they will follow it’s every move with nervous trepidation…but don’t get too reckless!

  3. Another time I found the clothes irons they use for pressing whatever. He said something (jokingly) about my project as I went out to lunch, I said (so everyone could hear it) if they didn’t watch themselves I would tell about ‘the sequined tutus I found stuffed behind the irons’. The two cabinet maker teachers said they belonged to the carpenters. 😆

  4. BB. The glass you use for a lens such as that would have to be flawless and distort proof or something to a very high quality…where do you source your glass from…and is it glass?

  5. “The two cabinet maker teachers said they belonged to the carpenters.”


  6. Ptmd

    [a bit wonky.]

    Mine was too but a big blob of PVC fixed it up (my grandfather did ‘animal glue’ – did it smell bad or what while it was brewing in an old saucepan!).

  7. OOO..those “chesties” are all like that…real bitchy…because they’re jealous they have to use those pissy little 16oz. Warrington crosspane brad hammers rather than a good, thick, fat 24oz’er claw-hammer….like “real men”…..The carpenters motto..: “Hammer and nail ; no threat the gale!”

  8. Then there is the shaking of heads at my pink stain, liming white with a cedar tint, which was immediately dubbed Rosemary Maple, (def NOT pink.) 😆

  9. Animal glue!..that takes me back to my apprentice job to fill and stoke the renderer….little pearly stuff…yeah..smelt like shit!…but there was all sorts of shit glue about before PVA. took off….do you remember casein glue..made from a dairy by-product?

  10. A good, balanced claw hammer in the hands of an experienced chippie…could perform brain surgery…….bit of bother getting the stuff back in though!

  11. Ptmd

    [ou can still get animal glue online.]

    Staying with PVA (got it right the second time) is the right choice. The animal glue breaks down in time.

    I have a pair of Victorian grandfather and grand mother chairs my grandfather acquired as part of a new furniture deal (sometime in the 1920’s).

    When I snavelled them from his shed they were just frames with a bit of upholstery left on them. When I removed the old upholstery from them they fell apart.

    Grandpa is done in red and grandma in gold now. Deep pincushion in diamond pattern on the back.

    They are very comfortable to sit on. My nephews wife always claimed grandpa when she was breast feeding as it makes you sit up straight.

  12. I remember for amusement on the multi-storey const’ sites…we’d use our hammers as a “gunslinger” challenge…: You’d be working on ..say; the stair-well shutters…and you step back for a breather and to wipe away the sweat and you’d notice out of the corner of your eye the “gringo” chippie fixing a “she-bolt” on a wall shutter…..the music starts (the good / bad /and the ugly!!) you narrow your eyes in a challenge…he drops his shifter to the ground and “squares up”….you adjust your “cheney-nailer” in its’ clip down on your thigh….the name ; “Hip-shot” springs to your mind…..a good name….another chippie sees the duel and calls the numbers….’three, two , ONE…”….
    then it’s back to work……

  13. jaycee

    [do you remember casein glue]

    Nope – the animal was enough for me.

    Hammers – I worked for an ex-Navy chippie for a little while. He had a fly-screen business. ‘Heck’ fitting a door consisted of use of the ‘screw hammer’ – push the screw into the door frame and give it two good whacks before two turns with an actual screwdriver. Job done.

  14. BB. The glass you use for a lens such as that would have to be flawless and distort proof or something to a very high quality…where do you source your glass from…and is it glass?

    Oh yes, it’s flawless, within reason. It’s Schott brand glass, from Germany, which is about the best you can get.

    I don’t grind it myself. I have it ground and polished on machines in China. The machines are worth up to $1 million each. That front lens takes 27 hours to grind and polish (two sides in 27 hours).

    The other two lenses are doublets. A doublet is two lenses usually cemented together with clear optical glue. This means that the common boundary surface have to match exactly. Indeed you can put the two together without glue and pick them up by just lifting one. Just moisture in the air forms enough of a seal to make a perfect vacuum between them. It’s quite amazing.

    Years ago the “27 hours to grind the big piece would have been several days of very arduous work. These lenses are not spherically surfaced. They are cylindrical – curved only in the horizontal direction, like the side of a bottle or cylinder. This means that the grinding and polishing heads can move only across and back. With spherical surfaces the piece rotates, making spherical surfaces much cheaper to make (sphericals are about 1/3rd the cost of cylindrical pieces).

    I’ve found some strange flaws in various pieces I’ve had delivered from China.

    The most common flaw manifests as a soft spot on the screen (remember, the imaging chip – usually less than 0.6 inches wide and 0.4 inches high – in the projector is being enlarged often up to 1000 times in size by the time it becomes an image) This is either due to a “flat” or a “rise” on the sirface of the glass. It may also be due to a striation in the body of the glass (glass not melted perfectly), or a flaw in the gluing of a doublet. I long ago gave up trying to eyeball these flaws, they are so subtle. You just return the piece for refund and/or replacement. Examining them by eye you just can’t see what’s wrong with them.

    Another flaw I observed was a shadow cast by the polarizing grid inside the projector. For some unknown reason the lens in question had a flawed coating, which meant that this grid (very, VERY fine wires that polarize the beam) in the deep internals of the projector and way of out focus normally, got into my lens, bounced around inside it and eventually cast a shadow on the screen. You could only see it in large bright pastel areas, but it was real enough. Something went wrong with the anti-reflection coating on one of the lenses inside my device, allowing internal reflections that finally exited the lens, but we never found out what it was.


    What is that for, a whacking huge home cinema? Did you sell on to Michael Jackson?

    No, the Home Cinema screens typically are in the 120-inch to 180-inch wide range. Some of my customers have spent literally half a million dollars on their cinemas. Everything is networked, the screens themselves can cost up to $30,000. Special seats, wired into the “kinetic” track of Blu-Rays (believe it or not, these exist) have motors in them that can give the feeling of movement. These are $10,000 each.

    A good set of speakers, just the front ones, can cost $$15,000 EACH. Some sub-woofers are over $25,000.

    Then there is the special sound baffling, special matte black paints, wall finishes, sound-proofing and on and on it goes. Cables, for example, can cost upwards of $130 per metre (even cable designed for digital signals, which is crazy). Walk into any hi-fi shop and you’ll see cables, one metre long, costing up to $700. Some people think they make the sound better. You’d have to be Superman to tell the difference, I think, but it’s not my money I’m spending (there is a vinyl record turntable on sale at Len Wallace audio in Sydney for over … wait for it … $90,000).

    I have stuff in the White House (in Washington DC), Parliament House here in Oz, and in four “Homes Of The Year” around Australia.

    MY own “Home Cinema” constitutes what you saw in the photo, with a pull-down screen at the other end of the room. The old saying, “A Plumber’s dunny is always blocked” applies to me. The worst Home Cinemas always belong to people in the trade. I couldn’t afford my own gear if I had to pay retail prices for it.

    By the way, Puffy, I didn’t realize you’d made that cabinet yourself. That is a MAGNIFICENT effort! Truly fantastic. I’m a total klutz with tools. I’m OK at design, but I always get other people to build my stuff for me.

  15. CTar1….of course you are talking about ; first -a “screw-driver”..second.- a “turn screw” !…..know them well!

  16. “Special seats, wired into the “kinetic” track of Blu-Rays (believe it or not, these exist) have motors in them that can give the feeling of movement. These are $10,000 each.”

    Jeesus, BB.!….when we used to go to the drive-ins, they ahd the cheapest speakers and you could get all the “feeilng of movement” just by watching the bodgies and widgies in the “customline” next door!

  17. Corrected. I thought that too.

    I’ve even got a lens in Shane Warne’s Home Cinema in Melbourne.

    I rarely meet the customers, preferring to sit at home and design and look after my dogs. But here are a couple of Home Cinemas…

    The bottom one is owned by a public servant from Canberra. He and his father spent two years building it, and documented everything in a Home Cinema forum thread covering 130 pages of comments, photos and discussion.

  18. “I’ve even got a lens in Shane Warne’s Home Cinema in Melbourne.”

    Wait for it..wait for it!!….is that the one in his mobile phone?

  19. But I tell you waht BB. those Home Theatres are a far cry from the grainy, flickering 8mm “home movies” down the crash-repair shops of the seventies….with a keg of beer, snags on the 44gal’ drum bbq. and some drunk in the corner’s birthday ..named Barry!…and unshelled peanuts all over the floor!

  20. jaycee

    [they ahd the cheapest speakers]

    I used to have one – displayed as a trophy but really just ‘a forgot to remove’ when entering the ‘race’ to leave the drive-in.

  21. Geez, someone get me a bucket…

    Mr Abbott yesterday flagged a close relationship with Mr Yudhoyono, who he said had accepted him as John Howard’s political son and heir.
    “I was able to bask in John Howard’s glory, so to speak,” he said………
    “I have to say that I think I’m lucky because John Howard and President Yudhoyono had a very strong relationship and I think the president decided that I was kind of John Howard’s political son and heir and therefore I was okay,” he told Triple M.

    Plus more vomit-inducing garbage about hs daughters’ chances with Prince Harry. After offending the prince Abbott will be off to offend the world’s leaders next week, then on to Brunei to give yet more offence. Obama must be very thankful that a crisis at home has preventing him meeting with The Oaf.

  22. Ptmd

    [Photos of chairs on the gloat page, any chance?]

    I’ll do some ‘clicking’ in a few weeks when I get home. They are very pretty and still complete with their ceramic wheels.

  23. puffy
    To save you needing a bucket too –
    A journalist hinted that one of the daughters might attract Harry’s eye. (HRH is in a long-term relationship with a very attractive young lady and won’t be interested in Abbott’s braying offspring.) Abbott’s reply –

    I have no doubt that as a British army officer Prince Harry will be the very soul of good behaviour,” he said, following suggestions his two daughters may attract the eligible bachelor’s eye.
    “He’ll be an officer and a gentleman.”

    Not that Blood Oaf knows how officers and gentlemen behave, because he’s never beeen either.

  24. Leone,
    After reading that I feel bilious. The lying rodent apparently spawned a slimy, crawling, slippery toad – makes me wonder what this country will turn into after three long years of this stuff.

  25. Arh!..that’s baad , really bad!…..c’mon Aussies…where is your mojo?…we can’t put up with this drongo!

  26. Here’s hoping Fridget and Brances manage to find white frocks that, just for once, don’t show the world everything they’ve got.

  27. Let’s get all the nasty stuff out of the way while we have buckets handy.
    Last night Warren Mundine called David Donovan a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and he has not apologised.

    wow..just… I have no words how awful something like that is, I’m now glad that the ALP doesn’t have him in their ranks anymore.

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