One of the funniest things I see from time to time are 4WD videos and the like where the owners proudly show off how they have ‘built, not bought’ their particular 4WD. This is often a statement meant to disparage those who go to a 4WD accessories retailer such as ARB, TJM or similar and have them supply and fit accessories such as suspensions, bull bars, winches, battery kits etc; basically everything that you need to kit your 4WD for the great outdoors. Sadly, doing so is viewed by some as being inferior, if not a disgrace, to those who fit stuff themselves. Personally I see nothing wrong with taking your vehicle to such a place, especially if you’re not mechanically inclined or simply don’t want to go through the hassle and time of installing things yourself. Sometimes it’s also a matter of warranty, where if something fails or doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, you’ll be in a better position to make a claim. It’s not much different to taking your vehicle to a dealership or mechanic for regular servicing, for some that’s far better value than doing things yourself at home, especially if you don’t have the equipment and location to do so.
As the old axiom goes, a rolling stone gathers no moss, and Mythbusters proved that to be true. As part three of my trilogy about lichens, fungi and mosses, I was wondering how deep into some of our rain forest areas I’d have to go to find examples of mosses (with Mossvale Park displaying less moss than you’d expect). But with the weather we’ve been having this Winter and Spring, a lot of moss has emerged in our yard, so it was an easy place to begin. Funny how sometimes the things of interest are right around you and under your nose, but you tend to overlook them because they are so familiar.
Anyone who has watched Mythbusters would know of Adam Savage. Adam is the ADHD counterpart to stoic Jamie Hyneman, two special effects practitioners (and what not) who put their combined experience into a TV show that’s now been running since 2003. I’m a big fan of Mythbusters and how they ‘do’ things in their show when it comes to myth busting; showing how common myths, movie stunts and the like do or do not ring true. In doing so, they often build things from scratch to demonstrate and put the myths to the test. Though, like many fans, I don’t always agree with their testing methods or outcomes.
As the second in the series about lichen, fungi and moss, one of the other life forms that are found just about everywhere is the fungi. And when you live in a temperate climate where there are lots of forests, good rainfall and rich, fertile, soil, the fungi tend to thrive. I haven’t really started to explore, in earnest, this aspect of what grows underfoot around here, but have managed to compile a small selection from daily walks in the locality and ones that I’ve found in other places as well. I’m not even going to try to identify any of them.