Olympics

Most of you, except Ark know that the Olympic games are on in Japan. I didn’t watch the opening ceremony yesterday but I have heard it was glorious. Again for Ark’s sake, these games were put off for a whole year due to covid and there are very few spectators if any at the games and me wonders whether a non rich country would have managed to host the games without revenue from ticket sales.

I found myself watching two sports; Brazil vs Netherlands women football ( replay) I don’t know how it ended so don’t ask me. The second was weightlifting again the women trials or whatever they are called and man, don’t they lift heavy stones. And while at it I checked Wikipedia on the sport and a fellow lifted 256kg (?) At Rio Olympics and that’s amazing. The heaviest I have lifted that high is a spoon full of rice and it was a struggle.

So all the best to all the athletes participating in the games. I await to see Simone Biles wow the audience and the world stage.

A sporty weekend to you all and a great Olympics to all.

Flat earth

This is just me asking questions. I am on a break from braining.

I would want a flat earther to explain a few things to us/me

  • Is the moon also flat? What’s the thickness of the disc?
  • Are there other planets in this conception & what are their shapes? Are they flat discs?
  • Do flat earthers think there are other galaxies?
  • What’s the relationship between flat earthers and a 6k old earth?
  • Does the age of the earth affect that of the universe or are earth and universe synonymous?
  • Is the sun equally flat?
  • Since the earth is flat, is it bounded at the edges with a wall or a high-rise fence like the one on the US southern border? If someone fell off this border, where would they go?
  • Can we go under the disc/ plate that is the earth and how deep would that have to be?
  • Were mountains, valleys and other such features created at the same time when the earth was being created flat to keep us from getting bored from unending flatness?
  • On a flat earth, do we have different altitudes or that’s scientists lying to us about some place being at a lower elevation?

No, I don’t mean to stump a flat earther, I just would like to get a better understanding of where you are coming from. Maybe I can become a flat earther, who knows 🤔

Godless grifters

I think I like the title of this article. And maybe the author is right.

If you want to have a hero, choose a dead one.

Mak

And that is only if you must have a hero or icon. Once they are dead, it is unlikely they can create new scandals and all. And you are likely aware of all the shit that or most of the not politically correct things they said about a certain class of human beings. Living heroes or those who have such icons will be left always disappointed that their icons can be racist, sexist, dumb or something gross and it is so with the fellows in the article linked above.

What are you thoughts on the article.

Mt kenya 4 day hike

So we hiked to point Lenana with others. But I will come back to that in a minute. I will start by talking about observations that I made during the last 4 days.

If you have been wondering why there is no population explosion among the Eskimo, wonder no more. I have you covered. My research shows it is the cold. Given my experience of the last 4 days, their Willy’sare not bothered to rise to occasion much regularlyas the regular Johns. And while at it, are there any humans who live at or above 3300m ASL. In Kenya, I am almost certain anywhere at that altitude is a national park or reserve.

If you are married or planning to get married and were interested in finding out how your partner, spouse, wife, husband or whatever woke people call it these days, would behave in adversity, mt kenya is a good place to find that out. You start at Lake Elis where you repeat the sweet nothings people often tell each other, then you embark on the trek. In four days, you would have gone through enough challenges to at least know how you fare.

How many under 10 years old have summitted point Lenana? We met this lovely family who said their daughter, who was turning 10, was going to celebrate her birthday at the summit.

So, on Thursday I drove to Chogoria quite early in the morning. The drive to the park gate is 21km of climbing. The climb is so steep one would enjoy it on a bike. I don’t however want to think of the downhill trip as you will be clinging on your brakes almost the entire time. I think I would want to cycle there just for the elevation. We set out from the Bandas to Roadhead, through Lake Elis, which would be our first trek of the hike.

Day 2 we hiked to Mintos campsite rising to an altitude of 4200m. The hike here was most spectacular going through the Gorges valley, seeing Lake Michelson ahead, and at some point, Lake Elis was on our right and the Mt peaks right ahead. We set camp then went for a short walk to Mintos Tarn. This was summit night. I think I must have wore all the clothes I had in my bag. It was effing cold.

At 2am, we set out for the summit attempt. This was the most challenging section of the hike. You are rising close to 800m in under 4km. We got to the summit just in time for the sunrise. And that was the most spectacular sunrise I have seen in a while. I think it was a good idea to make the attempt that early in the morning/night. Doing so in the day looks like it would be taunting unless one has had to do it severally like the two gentlemen we met who were in shorts and had come from Sirimon gate for a one day hike to the summit then down to the Naromoru gate.

From the summit we descended to Shipton’s camp for breakfast and dress down. The less I say about that descent the better. From here we had a long descent of 14km to Old Moses campsite where we put up for the night. I still couldn’t sleep well even thou I haven’t slept properly the last 3 days. The altitude here is 3330m ASL.

On our last morning of the hike, we walked 8km down to Sirimon gate where our cars were waiting. Again, thanks to Muturi who made this possible by arranging to have the two cars driven from Chogoria gate to Sirimon gate. I cannot say thank you enough to this gentleman.

It would be amis on my part if I were not to give a shout out to those who made this hike great. Our guide Muturi and his assistant Kasarani are the real definition of patient. I think anyone, literally anyone, can summit Mt Kenya if their guide is Muturi. Our chef Victor surprised me all through. We had 3 course meals whenever we sat to have lunch, breakfast or dinner and it was wonderful food. Then Congo and the group of porters. These guys were wonderful. Carrying our equipment, setting up tents and staying almost invisible. These guys were all wonderful. My colleagues Clare and Yara, were awesome too. We got along so well making the hike quite an enjoyable experience.

And my BFF who sponsored part of this trip. My wife, always supportive. My colleague who lent me his camera so you will see some almost great photos. And Lucy who was the plug to Muturi. Thank you all so very much.

Pictures will be coming soon.

California repent

This is so hilarious.

Judgement is coming upon the Uneducated States of America. And why is this? The evangelicals- the chosen ones of god-, are under attack, evolution is being taught as fact, god has been taken out of schools and the masses have forgotten god.

You want to know what else America has done to anger god? Everything has become political (strange if you ask me. I thought they are generally always are), racial (when were they not?) and taboo (this is the most interesting), there is a love for money, nice cars and houses, child sacrifice (Jeff stop eating people’s babies), and there is sexual immorality (people stop having sex while standing. Sex should only be missionary and for procreation only).

What to do? Repent for the time is nigh. And god is a just judge so he must pass sentence. I though she was also merciful so she must act mercifully by forgiving as many times as we are asked to forgive but then that’s rational thinking.

Brian, California has been singled out to be the worst of all the states. You fellows have singly and severally angered god that the brimstone that is coming to rain on you is still doing weight lifting.

I know some of you have been having doubts

on whether you would die too, like the rest of us. Science has the answer for you. Yes, you will die. Death is inevitable. The matter can now be laid to rest, no pun intended. Reading that attached article, I like how they begin

Human death is inevitable. No matter how many vitamins we take, how healthy our environment is or how much we exercise, we will eventually age and die,

Fernando Colchero.

Who had doubts about this? I have a bridge I am selling.

I don’t want to be a spoiler, go read the paper. You will love it.

metaphors

I don’t like the voice of the vlogger but I agree with what he says in the first part of the video. Could we be provided with a manual for separating what is factual against what is metaphorical in the good book.

random things

It seems the Fed gov has heard Jill’s laments about voter suppression laws being enacted in many places in the U of SA and has finally spoken. Let’s see how this ends. I hear in some states it is easier to buy a gun than cast a vote. Maybe those legislators are sending a message.

I finally watched Forrest Gump. Has there been any person dumber than Forrest, Forrest Gump? I wish I could run as much as he does though. He could run away from problems, run for honour and basically just run. the most interesting part is where a group of lost souls are running behind him and then when he stops, they all fall silent thinking he is about to say something great only to say he is very tired, he wants to go home. At that point, I saw how easy it is to start a cult.

On names

Recently I watched a very interesting short clip on names. I can’t find it now though but I am sure it’s somewhere on YouTube. The basic argument in that clip is that we have two names or more for administrative purposes. Otherwise we would just be Makagutu of Asembo. Do you think this is true?

The second argument, not made by him but that I have seen elsewhere and I kinda agree with is Christian or Arabic names given to those colonised by these powers is a form of colonialism. And with long lasting effects. Many times I have been asked what’s my English name when it is obvious I am not English. Sometimes the question is what is your Christian name? It looks like we are limited to either an English name or a Christian one which is more often than not a dead character somewhere.

It seems the process of changing one’s name in this country is harder than changing sex in the west where from most I have read, feeling in the depth of your heart is sufficient for a dude to claim female status.

What’s in a name, though?