Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Smart Skewering

Eating out in the wilderness or even in one's small garden at night on raw fire and meat or beef skewered giving out its aroma has its own charm.

But skewering the beef or meat takes time for whosoever is tasked to do it and sometimes one gets one's fingers wounded in the process of skewering. Well not any more.

I just saw this innovative way of skewering without any chance of getting one's fingers wounded and doing it the smart way. And the result is simply outstanding: At the end of the process, one gets perfectly cut square pieces of meat or beef evenly skewered and in equal numbers.

Watch the video below and see how you can do the smart-skewering:

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Posted by Xendan on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Did you find it innovative and interesting and practical too? Try ot sometimes!!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hobby Lobby comes to an end

I first heard of Hobby Lobby in my childhood, the mid 60s, when one of my elder brothers Jamal Hameed Bhatti along with a friend of my eldest brother Gul Hameed Bhatti used to make RC airplanes from kits made by Hobby Lobby. We used to go to a rather non-functional runway of Lahore Flying Club and there we flew these RC planes made of Balsa wood and paper.

And inspired by the name, I initiated this blog of mine and named it Hobby Shobbys.

Now I hear that after many decades of serving the RC gadget lovers, the building from where the Hobby Lobby began in 1964 has been torn down (photo above).

This building had some nostalgic memories for all the RC pilots and gadget lovers, who looked upon it as the sole reservoir for anything that moved or flew with a RC.

JoAnne MArtin, wife of the man who founded Hobby Lobby sums up her 40 years association with Hobby Lobby as under:
I worked at HL for 40 years, met and married my husband there, and absolutely loved my job! My husband was the owner and the employees were my family! I watched both flourish and succeed! I still have my husband and I still have my family! Maybe the business and building are gone but memories will never go! I am happy knowing that my family loved it there and have moved on as "kids" will do. I think no one will ever forget their days at Hobby Lobby!
Good Bye Hobby Lobby - you shall always be missed.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Trophy hunting is OK - but don't kill icons like Cecil

Once mighty  Cecil - the darling of tourists succumbs to trophy hunters

Trophy hunting has been taking place since many centuries and specially by the British royalties and the colonial rulers who could find nothing but rabbits in their prairies and turned towards prized animals in the wilderness of Africa and Indian sub-continent.

even when the colonial rulers went back, hunters continue to pour in from all over the world into Africa and hunt wild animals, specially big cats and antelopes to take back their skins and heads for decorating their homes or even selling these at exorbitant prices to the rich and famous.

While hunting is one of the most loved and adopted hobbies around the world, it draws criticism from the animal lovers who want the wild animals to be preserved for the future generations.

Recently, the killing of a majestic and mighty lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe by an American hunter, Dr Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., has drawn sharp reaction and response from across the globe. Cecil has over a period of time has almost become a darling of tourists visiting the Hwange National Park of Zimbabwe.

Reacting to the sharp outcry from the public, the White House said it would review the public petition to extradite the dentist after it exceeded the required 100,000 signatures. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it is up to the Justice Department to respond to an extradition order. In the meanwhile the killer doctor is facing the threat of prosecution in the U.S. and his international hunting organisation membership has been suspended.

Watch the video of once mighty Cecil roaming in the Zimbabwean wilderness:

The majestic Cecil that once roamed the Hwange National Park of Zimbabwe is now no more. But time has come that strict hunting ethics are enforced and icons and landmarks like Cecil are not hunted away just for the sake of love of hunting of cold blooded individuals Dr Walter Palmer. We must safeguard the living rights of these animals and hunters must not be allowed to hunt them just because these reside in poor African countries where hunters from world dominating countries roam free, without fear of being caught and taken to justice.

Read more about Cecil and public outcry and reaction at: The Mail Online

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Snow Mowing - Innovative use of remotely controlled gadgets

Remotely controlled gadgets are fun to handle - specially flying small to big and even very big air planes - I have shared videos of some very big air planes models being remotely flown. But this is all for fun for hobbyists who take a day off, after assembling their gadgets and planes and go to green pastures to enjoying a flying day.

But this is only hobby. But what if a utility is also added to these remotely controlled gadgets to help in assisting one's manual work? Say when it snows and one has to shovel one's drive way froma sheet of snow?

I recently came across a video on Facebook and was fascinated by the innovative use of a RC gadgets - in this case a small RC earth mover assisting in clearing the driveway from the snow. Although this small gadgets cannot remove snow piled up over the night - but keeping in view its size and capability, the idea is not bad at all. Rather I would say extremely innovative and creative.

See the video below:

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Posted by El Circo on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Well this is one small effort - and as I said far larger air planes are being flown by hobbyists, this tiny snow mower can also be built bigger for more strenuous work and removal of far heavier pile of snow. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Be attractive - build your muscles

A few weeks ago, I shared a post about body building and body shaping. The post was a instant hit because many around the world take pains to shape their bodies to look attractive and handsome. And surely, a well shaped body always draws attention, specially in high schools when boys are growing and want the prettiest girl to be their closest friends.

In my previous, I shared a diagram which elaborated the tips about the entire body as a whole. The post today specifically centres on muscle building with peculiar reference to the biceps, triceps and forearms. 

If you are trying to build your arms and biceps, do not forget to follow the tips given in the diagram given below:

Master Your Muscles Best Arm Exercises

If you want to know more about body shaping, do visit the site: Decibel

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Innovative flower pots

Gardening is one of the most loved and adopted hobbies around the world. My wife too is an avid Gardner and is always looking for novel, creative, artistic, aesthetic and innovative ways to make her garden look attractive and beautiful.

While she knows much more than I how to garden, I use my skills at computer to find new ways and methods to help her design her garden.  Recently I came across some very imaginative and creative flower 'pots' which I thought I must share for all my readers who love gardening to try some of these at their home to make their gardens adorable and attractive.

Here are some of the creative flower pots I found at Funzug and am sure you would like these to try:

These are just a few - for more see here

Photo credit: All photos have been shared with exclusive permission of

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

First ever hi-definition image of Pluto show huge mountains made of water ice

Good news for sky gazers and hobbyists who love astronomy - Image of Pluto with 10 times the resolution of anything ever seen before has been unveiled by NASA reveal huge 11,000 feet high  mountains mad of water ice.

NASA's New Horizons, that made its closest approach to Pluto on 14th July after 3 billion-mile journey that took 9.5 years, has sent back these amazing HD images of the distant planet Pluto.

The remarkable image, released alongside new pictures of Pluto's moons Charon and Hydra, provides evidence that geological activity is still taking place on the icy world.

Pluto (right) and its moon Charon (left)

Scientists were awe-stricken to see these huge mountains mountains as high as those in the Rockies that likely formed 100 million years ago - mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system.

NASA says they may still be in the process of building.

Watch the video below:

Photo | Video: NASA
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Handstand at the edge of 3000 feet high cliff

Man has always been restive all along his life. It is his this inborn ability that makes him undertake amazing feats of physical fitness and endurance that amaze the onlookers. Whether it is climbing the Everest or jumping down from a skyscraper or wandering in the wilderness to test his physical enduring limits - we find man everywhere with awe inspiring experiences every now and then.

Just today, I came across one such man whose video was shared at the Facebook who did a handstand - not on plain ground, but on the edge of a 3,000 feet rugged cliff and then parachuting down and landing on the edge of a lake below. 

Now this is some test of one's abilities as such a feat over rugged mountains with stone boulders jutting out, which could be fatal and dangerous for anyone attempting the feat right from the edge of the cliff. But it is people like this dare devil that we see some of the most exciting and dangerous acts to our amazement.

Watch the video below and see how someone could gather guts to do a handstand from the edge of a cliff and then have a free fall over the boulders which could cause him bones breaking fatalities - but he still dared!!

Who likes doing hand stands :) Do you think you would want to do one on the edge of a 3,000 foot cliff :)
Posted by Jeb Corliss on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patrick Macnee - The John Steed of The Avengers dies at 93

Macnee with Diana Rigg - the main stars of The Avengers

Those who watched TV in the 60s would remember Patrick Macnee - the main character of the TV serial The Avengers. Well if you remember him, he is no more as he dies at 93.

Patrick Macnee starred in the Avengers as John Steed, a secret agent, just like the 007. His female co partner Diana Rigg appeared as Miss Emma Peel. Both made an outstanding pair in the serial that ruled the TV world throughout the 60s - in black and white. 

Patrick Macnee was educated at Eton College, he served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, working on torpedo boats in the English Channel and the North Sea. After the war, he worked as an actor, taking on a number of small roles in film and TV.

Read more about Patrick Macnee at The Independent

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The last surviving U-Boat 995 Type VII-C

While in Kiel , Germany, I am always looking for historical places to visit. Since Kiel was, and still is, a major shipping port of Germany during the WW-II and was also home to one of the biggest ship building city, specially the submarines or the famous U-Boats. And I was happy to know that one of the last surviving U-Boat 995 type VII was docked near the naval museum in the town of Laboe, not far from Kiel. So on a rather cold and windy day, we boarded the bus to Laboe to visit the U-Boat.

 The welcome sign to Laboe - that reads: Laboe harbour is more than just sea

We reached Laboe alright - but the language problem was one big hurdle in getting to know the directions to the U-Boat. This consumed a lot of time to finally find someone who could point in the direction - but that was a long walking along the beach in cold and windy almost evening. Had we known that there was a lot of walking, we could have come earlier. 

So we walked and walked and when finally reached the Naval Museum, the museum had closed and so the boat too. So we had just time before the evening to see the museum (below) and the boat from the outside.

Laboe Naval Memorial (above), also known as the Laboe Tower - the 72 meters high tower wit an observation deck on top was constructed by 1937 in the memory of German sailors who died during WW I 

And the U-Boat: This particular U-Boat 995 Type VIIC class was commissioned in 1943 and had the honour of sinking three ships, one auxiliary ship, one war ship and one another. At the end of the war, the boat was at the Norwegian port Trondheim and surrendered to the British. It then became part of the Norwegian Navy, called Kaura. It retired from the active service in 1965 and was sold to Germany, and thus became part of the Laboe Naval Memorial in 1971.

 Posing in  front of the massive boat

While for me the U-Boat was a thriller, the youth was enjoying para gliding in the windy Baltic Sea. We hurried back as it was almost evening and we had a bus to catch to reach back Kiel.

However, we had time to visit a few souvenir shops - and from one of these I bought a replica of U-Boat that now lies atop the computer speakers of my desktop - reminding me of a memorable visit!!

Originally posted in my blog Jaho Jalal at:
Jaho Jalal: Laboe, Germany – home to the lone surviving U-Boat

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Keep your camera ready always - you may catch something stunning (Video)

Photography is one of the most adopted hobbies around the world. Everyday tons of photos are shot and uploaded on the net, some really stunning, awesome and leave the viewers awe stricken.

However, the best photos are those which are taken when many like to watch a catastrophe happening or an accident taking place. There are few who choose to freeze the moment or even make a video.

It takes seconds for an aviation disaster to occur and withing a few seconds more, the debris fall on the ground or sea - the moment is too short to capture. But those who always keep their cameras ready, may capture a moment of lifetime.

It is not necessary that any viewing may end up in an accident, but a casual viewing, shooting or a video may become priceless if an accident occurs.

I just came across this video by an amateur photographer, who made a video of two aircraft performing a routine above the skies of Alba Adriatica  on Italy's east coast.

While one of the pilots of the aircraft was lucky to survive, the other wasn't and perished, sadly.

Watch the video below:


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