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This is where there’s no TV here on Huliganov TV. It gathers together in one place where I’ve just used words and images without video links.
Original YT playout date: 10 October 2008
Another fine show with Stu, Matt, JO and the gang, such stalwarts as Jason, Allan Caddick, Peter chapman et alia dramatis personae. Read the rest of this entry
Original YT playout date: 8 October 2008
A reworking of recent storm driving footage of mine bringing out some of the drama of the storm, with music by Grieg. Read the rest of this entry
I have heard it said that the oldest profession is prostitution, but this is not what the Holy Bible states. The first actual task, other than dressing and keeping the Garden of Eden, was that Adam had to give names to each of the Creations God made.
וַיִּצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים מִן־הָֽאֲדָמָה כָּל־חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה וְאֵת כָּל־עֹוף הַשָּׁמַיִם וַיָּבֵא אֶל־הָאָדָם לִרְאֹות מַה־יִּקְרָא־לֹו וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר
יִקְרָא־לֹו הָֽאָדָם נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה הוּא שְׁמֹֽו׃
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” (Genesis 2:19)
This is a beautiful image of the pre-fall state of Man, in fact at this point he was even doing this alone as Eve had not been formed. But here we have Man at the first profession as it really was, that of taxonomist, describing and naming all the wonderful things God had made, with God as the loving father bringing each of the Creations to Adam “to see what he would call them”.
We don’t have access to his language any more so we don’t know what he called them, how he used the perfect language God had given him to describe and name each one of the thousands of animals God had made and placed into the Garden, but we do know that God was pleased with Adam’s naming, and the names given were given the seal of divine approval as we see “whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof”
Taxonomy was also a part of the modern revival of knowledge and Linnaeus, who was far from a perfect unfallen human being but nevertheless an exceptional mind, starting from the 1758 work Systema Naturae began the work again of naming all living things systematically. Linnaeus to Adam in this respect being something not unakin to Nehemiah to Solomon with regard to the Temple.
Maybe I am just a pedant, but it would be really nice if journalists who write about science or nature could take the trouble to use the proper conventions when writing the names of plants and animals. These conventions where begun by Linnaeus rather than Adam as far as we know, but they are accepted as law within the corpus of documents and institutions which have authority with regard to the naming of things these days. Namely: the genus should be written always with a capital letter and the species name with a small letter.
When I see a journalist who doesn’t adhere to this convention, then I know immediately that I am wasting my time trying to learn something form someone who himself, or herself, has no more idea than Jon Snow about anything, but at least I can look at the photographs, I suppose.
Just to give you one example of how it is supposed to work. The lovely orange and black bird in the image I have taken for this post is called various things in common parlance. It is known to us by the common name of Andean cock-of-the rock (to distinguish it from a related species with a more northerly range not touching that of this bird – that one is orange all over without a black back and is called the Guianan cock-of-the-rock. The Andean one is also known internationally by its local name in Quechua, or “Tunki”, and of course in various languages there are names for this species, with such highlights visible in the left column of Wikipedia that is the go-to resource for this sort of thing as Andenfelsenhahn, Андский скальный петушок, Gallito de las rocas peruano, Skalikurek andyjski, Skalňák andský, Coq-de-roche péruvien and many many more. Even a Spanish Esperantist calling himself Kani managed to make an Esperanto one and played the role of Adamo very nicely in giving it the name “Anda montarkoko”.
Nevertheless, each of these pages, to the extent that they are up-to-date, contain the information that the name of the bird in question is “Rupicola peruvianus (Latham 1790)”. The genus is Rupicola and the species is peruvianus, and the name afterwards is the name of the person who was Adam for the species – in this case Latham 1790 refers to the gentleman pictured on the right, namely John Latham, the author of several works on the birds of remoter parts of the world especially Australia, but “Latham 1790” means his Index Ornithologica, in which about 80 species of birds are described to science for the first time.
Now the reason why there are brackets around the author and the description date is that in this case the son of Adam we are talking about was not the first Adam. In this taxonomical arena you get second Adams also, and unlike in the soteriological arena you also get third and fourth ones. Other people have been involved in the question of taxonomy, unlike in the Garden of Eden where even Eve had not yet been formed, modern taxonomy is a team game, and in the case of our handsome fowl Linnaeus himself had got in first with a name for the Guianan cousin, which he called Pipra rupricola, in 1766.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Linnaeus had concocted the genus Pipra a bit earlier (he got the word from Aristotle but nobody to this day knows what Aristotle had in mind when he used it for a bird, other than the fact that it was a bird) and he put in it a group of birds called manakins (from the Dutch word for a little man, but this is the English term and outside of the scientific system – I mention the etymology in passing). This is in a family called Pipridae again using Linnaeo-Aristotelian word. The genus Pipra still exists and contains three species, none of which was actually put there by Linnaeus because two of them where only discovered later by other scientists and one of them was known to Linnaeus but placed by him in the genus Parus (I’m now talking about Parus aureolus, the lovely crimson-hooded manakin. Another bird placed in Parus by Linnaeus also got replaced to Pseudopipra, and in fact scientist after scientist, whether Gould or Reichenbach in the era before people looked at genomes or a whole set of them in the twenty-first century, revisited the genus Pipra and usually ransacked species out of it and carted them off to other passerine genera or other families of bird altogether – well you can’t have species from different families sharing a single genus that’s clear. So already probably in the mid 19th Century we have Pipra rupricola and Pipra peruvianus getting shunted off into the Cotingidae family and in need of their own new genus.
Now the convention is to work with what you’ve got and to look at every scientific work that’s been published, peer-reviewed and accepted to date. In fact there was a French ornithologist called Mathurin Jacques Brisson who had as early as 1760 (two years only after Linnaeus placed the Guianan cock-of-the-rock in Pipra and well before Latham followed suit) stated right here in this book to the left, here, placed the coq de la roche (of which he only knew the Guianan species and was unaaware there was another one) in a genus called Rupricola. He wasn’t buying the idea of having tanagers, manakins and a whole selection of dissimilar birds in one genus but he took Linnaeus’ “rupicola” or “rock-dwelling” species name and turned it into a genus name. From that point you should have Rupicola rupicola and had Brisson been the first describer and not the second one for that species it would have instead of (Linnaeus 1766) Brisson 1760 without the brackets. The mystery is how it comes to be that Brisson decides the genus but Linnaeus, describing the bird in 1766, gets to be the describer mentioned after the name. This particular part of the mystery is beyond me and therefore if anyone knows you are more than welcome to tell me in the comments.
If someone turns out to have a got a bit wrong, but have been mainly right but first anyway, they get the honorable mention, but it gets put in brackets. If the name is still what the discovere said it was, then there aren’t any brackets.
But in fact you do not need to state that part in order to be perfectly in order. Just as you do not need, when talking about the Andean cock-of-the-rock, as a continuing good example, to mention any of the four subspecies that have been identified. John Gould (he of gouldian finch fame) was in on this already in 1859 with his subspecies Rupricola peruvianus sanguinolentus Gould 1859, no brackets as he got it in the right genus, Brisson’s one, which bird he found at the Western end while a couple of Germans called Cabanis and Heine were scouring the trees of Bolivia to find a different subspecies, and both of these get a mention in Rupricola peruvianus saturatus Cabanis & Heine 1859. Not only were these gentlemen in competition as to who could get the most new bird species, they were also in competition as to who could grow the best potential nesting sites for these discoveries on their own chins. Another contender in both categories was a latecomer, Władek Taczanowski, who found Rupricola peruvianus aequatorialis Taczanowski 1889 and also got away with no brackets. He was one of Poland’s finest, having discovered about 40 species and 20 subspecies of birds as well as having about 8 other ones names after him, but of course nobody every talks about him and there’s never so much as a street names after him, not even in his native Lubin, which is a great pity. I would like to ask Rafal What’s his Name, the Mayor of Warsaw, to honour this unknown but influential Polish scientist with a street name when the next ones get built. If any of my readers has any influence with him, please use your leverage.
Anyway, I’ll close out on his image.
So the latest theme colours are silver and gold, clearly linked to the ideas of the GoldList Method.
The Navigation Bar has emigrated to the Left, along with the general direction in politics these days, that’s probably the only accommodation they are likely to get around here.
The adverts are still here and I would like to get rid of them, but then I won’t get to the threshhold to get paid on the ones there already have been, so please bear with me for a few more months, and then I will take them away and use your kind donations instead to keep this site ad free and a nice source of information.
Since there is a lot to do in my work life at the moment, I won’t be able to promise a lot of new content. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will remain dedicated to the task of getting my channel properly classified and tagged up here, as well as enabling discussion in a more threaded way, not that readers so far have developed much of a forum yet among themselves, this is mainly readers talking with me, which is great, but in the past (prior to modern social media, this is where the dog lies buried) I was able to get subcribers having some great conversations with each other and even had a decent BB on an old site I run where some of the content I have here used to be held.
There is also Quora-mining to do, as I have a lot of content over there I have every right and intention of develping and re-purposing. I propose serialising as well a new series updating the GLM and also the Pursuit of Meaning, but this may need to wait a little. Occasionally there will be polls and quizzes, or comments on controversies of the day.
Over on YT I expect to have all my previous films ready and uploaded by April or May, after which the main focus will be on my sites, which means this one and also Quoracy.com which is for my consulting activity but also will be the home of the 2020s Learning Vision program, also called the Learning Game of the Decade, the harnessing of the fact that the GLM has a useful common unit of measurement, the line, to drive motivation through competition and challenges, not unlike the 70 day challenges we had before, only enhanced and with no let-up.
I hope you like the lay out and what is coming up. Each subscriber is valued and especially your interactions, be they comments, likes, shares or even contributions, which greatly warm my heart as well as provide vital help to my family.
God bless you and keep you all this decade. Old things may pass away and things become new, but auld acquaintance shall not be forgot.
On the telly a moment ago I heard a snatch of “Bippety Boppety Boo” from Disney’s “Cinderella”and it reminded me that this was the first song I ever heard from the lips of Raymond, my autistic son of my first marriage. I also in recent days have, it being the season for it, heard and also participated in the singing of “Away in a manger” which I remember learning as a little boy and is the first song I can remember singing. I had a lot of questions about the meaning of the song, as I remember and both parents and my dear old great old grandma helped me piece together the meanings of the verses. I didn’t understand about “the cattle are lowing” but then again I think this is the only context one hears about cattle “lowing”in the English language these days. I think I accepted on face value the unusual syntax “no crying he makes”.
The carol is an interesting one as we are asking Jesus to “fit us for heaven” when in fact he has already done all so that someone who believes in Him has His righteousness attributed to him and God sees Jesus’perfection from that moment on, when looking at us, and not the foul stains of all our own sins. Jesus of course also works on our characters through the Holy Spirit, making us more conformable to his image and some steps closer to what we expect to be made in Heaven, but in fact our fitness is not the issue. God looks at us and either he sees Jesus there on the thrones of our heart or He doesn’t. The question of whether we go to heaven or not is a light switch and not a dimmer switch, either we are in Christ or we are not.
Nevertheless, discipleship, which is likely to be linked to a degree of reward in the coming kingdom is indeed a dimmer switch and not a light switch, in that we can have a greater or lower level of heavenly reward, but even a lowly estate in Heaven if infinitely to be preferred over having a wasted soul, eternally conscious of its lost opportunity, burning without being ever consumed, weeping, wailing and gnashing teeth long after mortal teeth would have worn away. But this dimmer switch only even become relevant if a person is saved in the first place, which means one needs to put ones trust in Jesus. Only He can give the faith and repentance necessary to be in Him, and included in heaven, fitted for heaven by Christ’s own righteousness ascribed to him or her.
We would like to be in an eternal paradise in communion with the Holy One of Israel, the God who made us, the Gd who sees us now and guides us, and the One from whom all our blessings flow. May we not be lost but when we stand before the judgement seat of God may all our hope be founded only in the righteousness of Him who died in our stead on Calvary.
This is my song, the Lord’s song. “The LORD has been my strength and my song and He is become my salvation. “(Psalm 118 v 14)
If you can remember or know from being told what you first song was as a child, please let us know in the comments.
Original YT playout date: 26 September 2008
I got the new camera called the Vado from Creative Labs. Here I put it through its paces as we move from Hemel Hempstead to the London conference.
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…Boyd, that is, not Robinson. Although the latter is always welcome also, it is his country after all.
One for sorrow.
Two for smelly feathers.
Three for an addiction and
Four for not being able to afford a decent holiday.
Five for cancer,
Six for death, and
Seven for other birds lookin’ away ‘cos they can’t stand your breath…
Inspired by the current meme (not mine, just the poem is):
Original YT playout date: 25 September 2008
Which is precisely what it says on the tin, whatever that means. See our marvellous industrial estate, Grove Hill, Highfield and Adeyfield as well as Leverstock Green, a place so posh it sets your accent back three hundred years.
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Dear Viewers, Readers, Friends,
The current colour change is a Christmas livery, a traditional dark green and red. This has only a tenuous link with the Nativity, as indeed does the whole of what we call Christmas, and indeed not all Christians celebrate it, or celebrate it with great gusto.
Nevertheless, it does provide a time of year which is ostensibly a time when one can make reference to Christian themes, although many people who know little about the faith will like to tell us what “the spirit of Christmas” should be, or “the true meaning of Christmas” usually accentuating a man-centred message of goodwill towards men.
Certainly the message given by the angels of goodwill henceforth, and peace among men is Biblical, but they are not messengers of bonhomie between different human beings. They give us a message that the God who made us, whom we have set at nought and abused, has entered this world as a human being Himself, in order to redeem us. This is the love that the Father shows us, that he did not leave humans in their own awful sinful mess, but came among us as one of us, lived out a perfect life and died under the curse of God that properly belonged to us, in a great exchange, whereby He becomes the Lamb, the sin-offering, given once and once only for all who wish to be part of Him. Being part of Him is a matter of believing, repudiating one’s own efforts as entirely unworthy (something which gets harder to do the more well-behaved and “religious” one is, ironically) and casting all one’s trust on Jesus.
That’s the message of Christmas, and it is the Plan of God since before the first electron spun around the first proton. It is the only way of peace among men, the channel of God’s goodwill towards me, and the One in whom we have life everlasting.
If you would like to be a Christian, the best way to get the conversation with God going is to read the Gospels and the most accessible is John’s Gospel. It will also be useful at an early point to study Paul’s letter to the Romans as this sets out the Gospel in a theological way. You should cast yourself on God in prayer, and above all if you have some faith but at least as much dout as faith, you can ask as one man asked Jesus “Oh Lord, I believe. Help Thou mine unbelief”. This must be one of the most frequently answered prayers in the history of humanity and it is unlikely to remain unanswered if prayed with a sincere heart.
I wish you all a wonderful Advent, in the fullest sense of those words.
You’ll see a slight make-over happening today on Huliganov.TV – mainly the changes affect the following areas:
1. The pink tabs have become blue at the sidebar, and the pink writing at the header has gone back to orange.
2. I have taken Calluna as the new font, hope you like it. I was getting a bit tired of the old one
3. The advertising which has been on here since July of 2018 I think gets a bit intrusive and so i switched it off for those who are logged in users of WordPress and therefore known to our site. These are my most valued interactors as you are the ones who leave comments and get into conversations with me, something which has gone down over recent months and I would very much like to get it back up again.
4. The adverts have been replaced with two new ways to support the blog directly for those who wish to do so. Either as a regular supporter/subscriber, which is the orange button appearing on some posts, or the one-off button for paypal appearing in the side bar and at the bottom of each page.
I have not designed yet the thank-you package for those who do this, but it will certainly entitle you to the e-books which are on their way for free and ahead of everyone else. I will also in due course have premium content and those who do contribute will get a bit more. The idea was always to make the Method available for free and everyone will get it for free – moreover it’s those of you who do kindly donate who are supporting my guarantee that all the basic stuff is free, unlike many people supplementing their incomes online who give you just a lot of marketing fluff unless you pay. Here you get all you need for free and just a bit of icing on the cake as a thank you for those kind enough to support, and that’s a different philosophy which I hope you will appreciate.
In the past, years ago, I took nothing, there wasn’t even a way you could have paid back then, but age is creeping up on me and I have dependents who are completely unable to earn. That’s why I had to change my mind on this and I hope most people understand that. Some people didn’t and went off in a huff, but so far most of you have been much more empathetic.
So, please give me your feedback, how the new look suits you.
Original YT playout date: 8 August 2008
An account from the first day of the second army of pilgrims from Warsaw heading out for the shrine of the Black Madonna, on the annual footsore migration of hundreds of thousands of people over a route of well over 200 km, many (such as Lord Moggy of lordmoggy channel featured here) subsisting on mere bread and water for nine days in their quest for fellowship and blessing.
I make a few comments about what I witnessed form a Protestant perspective, but I do mean the remarks in a kindly way, as at the end of the day atheists and islamists need to see Christians standing up and being counted, which is what these people are doing.
Also features in one part an attempt at Chaucer’s famous opening to the Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English. Some of my older viewers can tell me whether I got the pronunciation right or not.
I am actual posting it here on Huliganov.TV during pilgrimage time 11 years later. It goes to show that precisely 11 years ago I got down to below 120 kgs and right now I have a good chance of repeating that, having eaveraged 10 or more kgs more in the interim, sometimes even 20 kgs more.
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Location: On the route out of Warsaw towards Krakow
Other people featured: Adam, Lord Moggy
Music used: Ambient
Languages used: English, Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Original YT playout date: 10 June 2008
The seventh and final part of the Barcelona series. This gives some stirring ariel views of the mountains in Europe from one of the Embrayers of LOT Polish Airlines
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