No Minister

Beauty – both Nature and Human

There’s a ton of such photos as this one on the Interwebby thing, but it stood out for me. It was photographed in West Texas.

The second is more unusual, but I think if you watch all three minutes of it you’ll understand what I mean by the title of this post. I thought it was beautiful. I think you will too.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 4, 2021 at 9:45 am

Posted in Art

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  1. I remember looking out the window of a plane on the Tarmac in Japan and seeing the ground staff bowing to the pilot once they’d finished prepping it for take-off. Those guys are pretty special, and I don’t mean that sarcastically.

    Psycho Milt

    June 4, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    • Milt! You’re not dead!

      When are you going to write stuff for the blog again? I can’t rely on Wayne Mapp for sufficient amounts of Left-Wing arguments to give me a regular dose of the squirts.

      Having said that I’m a little disappointed that yours is the only comment on this post. I guess people really do not appreciate beauty as much as fighting, at least on political blogs.

      Tom Hunter

      June 4, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    • Fear not, if I step in front of a bus or lose a heroic battle with arse cancer or something, I’ve asked my wife to let NM authors know the gory details. A request I wouldn’t be able to enforce, what with being dead, mind.

      I see it has been 8 months since I last posted something, that is a bit lax. After a decade of dutifully rejecting the crack cocaine of the Internet, Twitter, I succumbed badly during lockdown last year. If it were real crack cocaine rather than the Internet version I’d be weighing 50 kg and have no teeth by now. Will try and stir myself to rejoin society a bit.

      Psycho Milt

      June 4, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    • Having said that I’m a little disappointed that yours is the only comment on this post. I guess people really do not appreciate beauty as much as fighting, at least on political blogs.

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Tom, but what is there intelligent to say about images painted
      by electrons on a screen?

      To truly comprehend the awesomeness of the world we live in you have to be there not staring at a screen

      How can you comprehend the magnificence dawn in the middle of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by 1000s of square miles of ocean unless you have lived it?

      But in living it sadly there was not really time to sit and gaze at its wonder and ponder,

      4 hours watch in the machinery spaces would be calling. Down there is a water tube boiler and that is a wonder too, a wonder of human ingenuity but it has to be treated with respect because it is a bomb that if not treated right will explode, boiler explosions are not unknown and if one happens to you you can’t call 911 for help in the middle of the Pacific, assuming it hasn’t taken you out personally and any help could be days away – so its best to keep your eye on that piece of kit along with the lubrication for the turbine bearings because if they seize a turbine spinning a 7500 rpm can self destruct in spectacular fashion, never seen it myself but have seen the aftermath – all of which is why the dawn as spectacular and awe inspiring as it is plays second fiddle to the boiler water levels and the turbines oil pumps and all the other things that need a watchful eye kept upon them to head off trouble at the pass

      People go to the Louvre to ponder the art on display there , or some Museum of Modern Art and gaze upon a toilet seat hung upon the wall discussing among themselves its supposed profundity, City Fathers in this land spend ratepayers money on the oddest of things to supposedly beautify their cities, things that make most people roll their eyes and shrug their shoulders in resignation

      But what could be a more beautiful testament to mankind’s imagination and ingenuity than the Cross Compound Double Reduction Steam Turbine

      Any fool can paint an old toilet seat and hang it upon a wall, stick a statue of the Virgin Mary in a Condom but how many people could desighn build and assemble turbine system like that do you suppose?

      And those systems can and are used to generate electricity for hundreds of millions of people to this very day, not so commonly seen at sea these days but not extinct in that application either

      There you go Tom. my comment on your post., personal, philosophical perhaps, and maybe it adds value to what you put up or maybe it doesn’t


      June 5, 2021 at 8:57 am

  2. Tom
    As I have said before, at least 90% of the New Zealand population is more to the left than you. I guess pure Libertarian would be an appropriate description of your views.
    As I have said before, I am liberal centre right. For instance it is not left wing to think that covid is sufficiently serious to require widespread vaccination and lockdowns as necessary. A view that is held by such well known left wing leaders such as Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison and Angela Merkel. Neither is it left wing to believe NZ should have an independent foreign policy. Every party in parliament, even ACT, goes along with that.
    Anyway that is my view.


    June 4, 2021 at 10:46 pm

  3. .. at least 90% of the New Zealand population is more to the left than you.

    Yes, you’ve made this point many, many, many times.

    As if I’m not well aware of that. Hence why I don’t write about NZ very much.

    Tom Hunter

    June 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

  4. The amazing Texas shot had been sent to me by my ‘duelling banjos’ fb pal…we have a ‘I see your X and raise you Y’ sort of fb thing going on over fantastic photos. Enjoyed ‘Miyako’ too. So…thanks Tom…I can be a few days behind on NM cos I like to stockpile, so as to maximise the fun of your blog…it’s a sort of treat blog for me.


    June 5, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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