Film versus Reality

How much are the movies we see a reflection of the real world? Even children will tell you that a film isn’t like real life, though I suspect they only half believe the statement. I only half believe it myself. If films were completely irrelavent we would never watch them. As it is, we do watch a lot of films; I suspect we identify with something in them. Even as films condense people’s lives into something less than 2 hours, and even as many things in films are physically impossible in this universe, they still say something about the human mind. Aesop’s fables give insights into human psychology, even as they contain talking animals and very one dimensional characters. The same can be said for Animal Farm or Wind in the Willows. Mythology works because its archetypes are part of the human psyche. Film and literature work by metaphor; metaphors portray ideas, and ideas can be accurate, misleading, or just plain erroneous.

If you’re looking to films for realistic depiction of violence you’re fooling yourself. Real violence is ugly and something most people would find repulsive. If you are looking for accurate depictions of martial arts your expectations might be met by some films. But films work on artistry, poetic licence drama and rely on many other factors to be entertaining or informative. It’s the audience’s connection with a character that brings an audience in. It is possible for a fight scene to be impressive on its own merits, but the protagonist overcoming adversary is what makes a film work. A sporting match seems better if our favourite team is playing; an award ceremony is more significant if we know (or at least support) the winner; a news story is more poignant if the individuals involved are known to us; the climax of a film is more significant if we have seen the character develop in the events that led up to the end. The human story is the point, even if the human we watch lives in a world completely removed from our own.

More than a few people take up martial arts because they have been inspired by a film or two. That’s fine. They were possible inspired for the right reasons, even as they don’t realise it. The martial arts they witness may or may not have been realistic; they may have been no more believable than the events of the last marvel superhero film. But like the superhero the film is about achievement, triumph over opposition, personal or otherwise. If you want to get yourself into good form and achieve the occasional sense of triumph, by all means take up some martial arts. Only realize that, unlike some films, you won’t be triumphing at somebody else’s expense.

For martial arts have a look at the Taekwondo World, Sydney.


Decal, for an image that is part of the surface

A really great way to redesign wall menus, print brand logos at a cheap price is to use decal products. It lasts longer than stickers and when needing to replace it, decals can be peeled off instead of buying a new sign. When done well, to the human eye it will appear as if the design has been painted on. A fantastic way for businesses to display material. Dr Decal Mr Hyde is a leading distributor of digital printing decal and temporary tattoo products in Australia. They claim that their products can be applied on many surfaces with the highest quality. For wood products, their new roll waterslide decals allow for easy generation of images and can be easily applied to most surfaces. Their website contains sections of their access to specialised decals and they are very transparent of the whole process. Decals are also a great present to give to friends for any item of clothing or toys. I would say to definitely have a look at Dr Decal Mr Hyde for all your design and promotion needs.

Regular carpet cleaning

How often do you all clean your carpets? When you spill something on it? Ideally, carpets should be cleaned every 12 months. Carpets that are cleaned regularly typically have a longer lifespan and durability than carpets that do not get cleaned regularly. Also, people with dust allergies will find that carpet cleaning will help treat the dust mites and dirt that may aggravate their allergy. Clean Your Carpets is a cleaning company that services for the Central Coast and Newcastle. They try to use cleaning agents that are environmentally friendly and safe for family, pets and employees. Amongst carpet cleaning, they also provide other cleaning services such as leather sofa cleaning, fabric sofa cleaning, mattress cleaning, spots and stains and water damage restoration. They offer free quote services for more information about what they do, and in addition to that you can find testimonials, tips on carpet cleaning, a before and after picture analysis and pricing of their services.

Tyre Development

The invention of the wheel was obviously so long ago that nobody can trace it. The rubber tyre, by contrast, can be traced back to two historical events. In 1888 John Boyd Dunlop made an inflatable rubber tyre for a child’s tricycle, found that it was effective and pursued an interest in using rubber tyres for bicycles and light transport. He had trouble later when his patent on the idea was declared invalid; an earlier inventor named Robert William Thomson had had a similar idea in 1846, had produced a leather and rubber tyre and successfully used it with a horse drawn carriage. Unfortunalty, the idea had been held back by the lack of suitably thin rubber.

Vulcanization of rubber, which was discovered in the 1840s only just before Thomson’s tyre, proved invaluable for tyres. Prior to this all rubber was sticky and easily deformed. Vulcanized rubber, which has had sulphur or other substances added during a heating process, contains multiple cross-links in its chemical structure. It can be moulded into various shapes, and though it is flexible it will return to its moulded when stress is removed. The tyres used for heavy vehicles, which require considerable durability and load bearing qualities, required vulcanized rubber; without this process tyres would have been limited to bicycles and light vehicles.

By the 1920’s synthetic rubber had been invented, and within a few years the rising price of natural rubber made synthetic alternatives an increasingly viable alternative. Synthetic rubber had an additional advantage is how it could be custom made to suit various applications; natural rubber could be modified, but only to a limited degree.

The idea for radial tires, where the supporting plies in the tyre are arranged across the tyre at an angle 90degrees from the angle of travel, was patented in 1915, but it was not till the mid-1940s that practical manufacture proved feasible. Nonetheless, the superiority of these tyres was recognized, their only slight disadvantage being the change they gave to the suspension and handling of a car. Modifying the car’s suspension reduced this effect while still retaining the tyre’s superior performance. Radial tyres gave less internal friction, reducing wear and allowing improved fuel economy.

Improved car and tyre performance goes hand in hand with improved brake performance. ICER Oceania produce brake pads for all makes of cars including European and other foreign makes.