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|Fashion / Re: Africans At Miss World 2013 (Coverage) by Wallie(m): 3:50pm On Sep 05, 2013|
I'm wrong! Her mom is mixed but not her.
|Fashion / Re: Africans At Miss World 2013 (Coverage) by Wallie(m): 3:36pm On Sep 05, 2013|
onila: Miss cote iviore is one the best
She's not mixed but she *probably* has some Fulani heritage in her.
|Fashion / Re: Africans At Miss World 2013 (Coverage) by Wallie(m): 2:21pm On Sep 05, 2013|
I agree with you that that's a weakness for an ordinary lady but not for a model. I'm just barely over 6ft tall and I honestly feel inadequate when next to the girls especially the older sister! Can you imagine a girl bending down to give you a hug? To make it worse, she even puts on high heels!
But the guy that's 6ft 11 gets treated like a superstar everywhere we go. People just walk up beside him in public either measuring their height against his or striking up a conversation about his height.
|Fashion / Re: Africans At Miss World 2013 (Coverage) by Wallie(m): 1:27pm On Sep 05, 2013|
I hope miss Cote D'Ivoire wins! Her older sister is just as beautiful and tall! Her mom is about 6ft2, older sister about 6ft3, one brother about 6ft11 and another about 6ft7.
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 12:53am On Sep 03, 2013|
The pro guy on the stick is nice! What's the (1) endurance, (2) max speed and (3) max payload possible? It seems you guys have unfettered access to an airstrip? Nice! If I have the same access, I'll be going for altitude (optics limited) and endurance.
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 3:50pm On Aug 29, 2013|
• Customisable flight control softwareCheck!
• Waypoint navigationCheck!
• High speed real time image processing for onboard Geo-location and Target Tracking•Check!
Up to 40 km VHF communications• Modular and mobile GCSApplication Areas of AMEBO40km is on the high end of what can be cobbled together but possible with an antenna tracker and a directional antenna. Since one won't be flying line of sight, getting a reliable video link that far out is challenging but doable. You can also add a GSM module as a backup for controlling the craft to its pre-programmed way points.
• Pipeline Monitoring•Check!
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 1:57am On Aug 29, 2013|
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 10:12pm On Aug 28, 2013|
Actually, I'm trying to sell my fixed wing not the quad. The autopilot is an open source based arduino controller. I'll send you an email.
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 4:49pm On Aug 28, 2013|
BigBen10: What material did you use to build the body(exterior) and where and how much can i get it
He did not build the frame that you're looking at but if you want to build one, the best material when considering weight vs strength vs cost is EPO (expanded polyolefin) foam.
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 4:39pm On Aug 28, 2013|
Of course he didn't build the air frame! You buy all the parts needed, and depending on the configuration, program as necessary. In an autonomous plane, which is what I did, it is akin to buying the different parts of a car and trying to build one from scratch. You have to program the controller for the air frame type so that it flies straight, solder the autopilot, gps modules, telemetry radios, on screen display, power filters, voltage regulators, magnetometer, amplifiers, batteries, antennas, servos, cameras etc
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 4:08pm On Aug 28, 2013|
This is what mine looks like!
|Science/Technology / Re: A Nairalander's Remote Controlled Aircraft And SUAVS by Wallie(m): 4:03pm On Aug 28, 2013|
I'm selling my half-built FPV flying wing that is fully autonomous . Just don't have time for it any longer! I also have a quadcopter. I was going to bring it to Nigeria but...
Airframe: Flying wing
Telemetry: 915 Mhz
Video TX/RX: Wireless Video Receiver
On-Screen Display: MinimOSD
Motor: high efficiency brushless motor
ESC: brushless ESC
Porpeller: foldering props with Spinner
Servos: HITEC HS-225MG
Battery: 5000mAh X 2
Ground station Display: 16" Widescreen HD LED
Video Recorder: high quality digital video recorder
What do you have in yours? Are you flying FPV yet? If so, how far can you go?
|Celebrities / Re: 'Oprah Lied" - Salesgirl Accused Of Racist Comment by Wallie(m): 3:53pm On Aug 13, 2013|
I'm not one to make excuses but it is very clear that Oprah was profiled as not being able to afford the bag. Even from her words, the sales lady said Oprah wanted to look at a more expensive bag behind her but she suggested looking at the cheaper smaller version claiming that they’re the same. That's like walking into a car dealership with the hope of buying a Benz S600 but car sales guy gave you the keys to a C250 claiming that they drive the same.
Isn't she from the same Switzerland that introduced a law banning refugees from playgrounds, swimming pools and libraries?
|Car Talk / Re: PHOTOS...MY 1951 Plymouth Business Coupe American Classic Home Restoration..phot by Wallie(m): 6:14pm On Aug 01, 2013|
Nice!!!! I'm also looking for a classic car to restore but I don't really have the time right now! Although, if I come across something nice, I'll just buy and park it till I can work on it. I almost bought a Lotus Super Seven kit a couple of years ago and I might still go that route if I can't find a reasonable priced classic that I like. The '67 Mustang Shelby GT-500 is my dream classic.
|Politics / Re: Obahiagbon To Patience - "Wole Is Far From The Problem, Your English Is" by Wallie(m): 10:23pm On Jul 15, 2013|
With regards to disrespecting a public figure, one of the downsides of being in the public eye is that you open yourself up to ridicule. It is true that PEJ didn’t run for office but it was her choice addressing people at rallies and other public events.
If you’re thin-skinned and have a thing or two about you that people find funny, stay out of public eye. Simple.
I’ve always said that GEJ and PEJ suffer from the worst handlers in history! Someone like PEJ should just be given a script to read and advised never to deviate from it. Why do you think most politicians, especially in the US, sound so intelligent? In today’s world of social media and mobile phones, why would you risk your embarrassing moments being immortalized? You want to sound smart, prepare!
|Celebrities / Re: Ruggedman Blasts Celebrities Over Silence In OJB False Donation Rumour by Wallie(m): 4:25pm On Jul 03, 2013|
I believe in charity but do not succumb into shaming people to donate to people in need especially when the person in need is a celebrity. Every life is sacred whether one is a celebrity or not. The right thing for people to do is appeal to those with extra to spare. If a celebrity with all his influential connections is finding it this hard to raise $100k, I wonder what that says about our culture of giving to the needy!
Also, if a celebrity is rumored to have donated, why place the onus on him/her to clear the air about the donation? Whether or not the celebrity donated, he/she owes no duty to anybody to explain his/her action or inaction. I also don’t like how this donation is turning into a popularity contest. If any of the celebrities are like me, I do not like to advertise my donations because whatever I donated is really nobody’s business and is strictly between me and God.
Why can’t OJB every so often publish a list of his donors and how much they donated?
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 4:32pm On Jun 28, 2013|
sambos994: Eh, we can do without the US. What have they done for us, honestly? I can't think of one thing. The only thing I saw them do is protest to the State of Emergency.
The Obama administration on Friday threatened to cut off aid to Nigeria or even sanction the African country after the government of President Goodluck Jonathan pardoned a former governor accused of corruption.
“The United States government is deeply disappointed over the recent pardons of corrupt officials by the Nigerian government,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “We see this as a setback for the fight against corruption and also for our ability to play the strong role we've played in supporting rule of law and legal institution building in Nigeria, which is very important for the future of the country, obviously.”
Asked if the United States could cut off aid — Nigeria was slated to receive $660.5 million in the president's 2012 budget, more than any other sub-Saharan country except Ethiopia — Nuland didn't rule it out.
“We have made clear to the Nigerians that this puts a question mark on the kinds of work that we've been trying to do with them,” she said. “We haven't yet taken the kinds of steps that you're suggesting, but we're continuing to look at what's appropriate.”
The U.S. embassy in Abuja also condemned the pardon, saying it was “deeply disappointed” on Twitter.
"We see this as a setback in the fight against corruption,” the embassy said. Nigeria is a top oil provider to the United States and a crucial ally in the fight against Islamist militants in the region.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 1:24pm On Jun 28, 2013|
Unfortunately, this is the myopic view that caused us to be still enslaved to the west! EVERYBODY looks out for their own pecuniary and/or social interest. Have you ever wondered why China is investing in Africa when they could have invested all that money in China to get their people out of poverty?
Here’s the statistics on China as of 2008.
Live less than $1.25 a day 13.1% (172 million)
Live less than $2 a day 29.8% (394 million)
Live less than $2.5 a day 39.9% (528 million)
Live less than $4 a day 62% (821 million)
Live less than $5 a day 71.6% (948 million)
We shouldn't be naive to think that the ONLY reason China is in Africa because their care about us. We should welcome their Yen/dollars but also make sure that we are benefiting long-term from the relationship.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 8:22pm On Jun 27, 2013|
doncaster: yes they will pop up but where are going to source for their merchandize? In US? that will not come cheap hence they will close shop again leaving Americans without wall mart and no mum/pop stores. America are not doing china a favour by buying their goods rather they are buying from where their consumers can afford. If plasma/lcd tvs are being produced in US or Germany many house hold around the world will still be using boxed black and white at the moment.
You seem to forget that the US is one of the most entrepreneurial countries on earth! You have no idea what you're talking about in terms of manufacturing. The ONLY reason China is used to source products is because they're cheap. Why are they cheap? Because their workers are paid a fraction of what American workers are paid.
Let me flip that same question around for you. Why are some manufacturers currently leaving China for Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines? Wages in China have quadrupled over the last decade. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/business/global/wary-of-events-in-china-foreign-investors-head-to-cambodia.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Bottom line is that we buy from China because it is cheap and if we were to close the boarders, products will still be manufactured but they will just cost more!
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 9:39pm On Jun 26, 2013|
doncaster: The impact will be felt all over. How many workers do you think works for wall mart? The heat will be too much if half of all the workers are sacked.
Dude, do you know how many mom and pop stores closed due to Walmart? Do you think people would rather work for someone that pays $7-8/hr or $10-$12 per hour? If Walmart shut its doors today, by midnight little stores will pop up to fill the vacuum.
See the effects of Walmart below:
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 9:33pm On Jun 26, 2013|
solomon111: what the fucck are you talking about?
Calm down! There's no reason to get emotional. No one denies the potential that Nigeria holds. But Nigeria's case is like that of gifted athlete that could have made it to the world stage but keeps messing up and never moved past the local league. I'm sure we all know of a brilliant classmate in high school that we run into later in life only to comment on how intelligent the kid was back then!
Wasted talent/gift is worse than not having the talent/gift in the first place.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 9:26pm On Jun 26, 2013|
djon78: Good move by the present government, I think our policy now should be more towards the east and less of west, because Africas relationship with the west has been more of master-servant while the east relates to us with mutual respect and as equal partner. Another imperative is that many countries in the east are now major players in the global economy with sound economic blueprint for the future while majority of economies in the west are bugged down with astronomical debts and poor economic future. We really need to relate more with those guys, cos we have so much to learn from them.
Here's a slightly different perspective and, frankly, my pet peeve with most African governments.
China or any other country investing in Africa is not doing so out of goodwill. They are doing so because they can make a profit and in the case of China, secure energy sources and sell us finished products from our natural resources. I have no problem with that because they're looking out for their own interest.
However, my problem is with our politicians that fail to look out for our own interests. China comes to Africa with money, they invest in a particular sector but they use that money to buy their own equipment and hire their own foreign Chinese personnel. Little, if any, of the money actually stays in the local economy. After exporting the raw materials, they then manufacture it into finished products in China and import the same into the local economy.
My question is what have we gained or going to gain from the entire transaction?
Technology Transfer - The government should put measures in place that will force the Chinese to hire the local population especially for the skilled labor aspect of the job. We have enough bricklayers but not those skilled enough to take on an industry. You need technology to compete in today’s marketplace!
Monetary policy - make it more difficult or more enticing to keep currency within the local economy. This will force them to invest locally; otherwise, the money will just sit in a bank losing value to inflation.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 8:48pm On Jun 26, 2013|
Here's why China will continue to hold US debt just like the Japan has always done: trade deficit - they sell more to us than we sell to them!
The trade deficit will make China hold more US dollars than we have Chinese Yen. With all the extra US dollars that they have from selling stuff in the US, they need to invest or spend it. One of the ways of spending it is to buy properties in the US where dollar is accepted except the US congress always frown upon the Chinese buying any major US asset. Another way is to buy our bonds and treasuries, which is how they currently invest most of their dollars.
If the US were to close its boarder to Chinese imports, do you know what will happen to the Chinese economy and all those workers working in the factories? In the US, the major impact will be felt at mega retailers like Wal-Mart that make a killing from selling cheap products.
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 8:29pm On Jun 26, 2013|
I think the debt thing needs to be put into perspective! China only holds $1.2 trillion of US debt. Japan holds $1.1 trillion.
China owns about 8 percent of publicly held U.S. debt. Of all the holders of U.S. debt China is the third-largest, behind only the Social Security Trust Fund's holdings of nearly $3 trillion and the Federal Reserve's nearly $2 trillion holdings in Treasury investments.
Also notice that the major holders of US debt are export dependent countries, wonder why?
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Snubs US, Looks On To Build Economic Relations With China And Russia by Wallie(m): 8:18pm On Jun 26, 2013|
There are some many ignorant people on this thread it's not even funny! There's nothing wrong in being proud of one's own or even being overly enthusiastic but one has to inject a semblance of reality!
Obama skipped Nigeria because Nigeria is perceived to be regressing. Do you guys also realize that he's skipping Kenya? Do you know why? The democratically elected Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The foreign policy is simple. Do not encourage/reward bad behavior from foreign leaders. Do you know that as staunch an ally the US is to Israel, Obama did not visit Israel until a couple of months ago?
I head a commentary today on the News about a new push to stop lumping the African continent together when investment opportunities are spoken of. The investors realize that there are some countries that are truly reformed and provide a great atmosphere to invest. Countries mentioned were South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. I wonder why the so-called giant of Africa is missing!
Lastly, you guys seem to think that the US will lose out if Nigeria is ignored. My question is lose out on what exactly, oil? Look at the oil import trend from Nigeria and you decide:
413,932 Annual-Thousand Barrels
361,659 Annual-Thousand Barrels
295,310 Annual-Thousand Barrels
373,297 Annual-Thousand Barrels
298,732 Annual-Thousand Barrels
161,42 Annual-Thousand Barrels
|Romance / Re: Can Cheating Ever Be Acceptable? by Wallie(m): 7:14pm On Jun 24, 2013|
(CNN) -- Kristen Stewart, Ryan Phillippe, LeAnn Rimes, Jude Law, Mark Sanford and Bill Clinton. What do they have in common?
|Politics / Re: Nigerians Can't Have Free Potable Water- Minister by Wallie(m): 5:36pm On Jun 19, 2013|
Roads are only tolled if there's an alternate route. In other words, you are paying for a convenience that is fundamentally not necessary to achieve your goal.
I see that you still fail to see the fundamental responsibilities of a government! Based on your argument, why should the government provide any services at all?
|Politics / Re: Nigerians Can't Have Free Potable Water- Minister by Wallie(m): 3:49pm On Jun 19, 2013|
Acidosis: Shes right.
I agree with your conclusion but your rationale is really flawed!
1. If one is unable to pay the toll on Fashola’s road, he/she can find an alternative route or simply not go to that area. EVERYONE needs water to survive! You need to drink it, bathe with it, cook with it, clean with it, irrigate your farms with it, etc. There is no alternative to having water and water is just as important as air we breathe.
2. You also need to be cognizant of the fact that the cycle of poverty can only be broken by preparing our youths for tomorrow regardless of their economical background. A father that has 9 kids he can’t care for will most likely end up raising nuisances. As a society, we have a choice of ignoring them today and dealing with them tomorrow or dealing with them today so that they can become productive members of the society tomorrow. The government providing the kids free basic amenities of life will only ensure that the kids have a fighting chance of being successful. If the kids are ignored, the end result is the almarijis in the North. Simple. Moreover, the kids had no say in choosing which family they got birthed into.
Lastly, the minister needs to be trained in effective communication! What she said is true but she should have highlighted the positives and not the negatives. For example, she could have said that with each family paying a token like N20, the government can provide clean drinking water to each house. The end result is still the same but she’ll get a more favorable response from the populace.
|Education / Re: Student Debt In America by Wallie(m): 9:27pm On Jun 14, 2013|
My student loan is well over $100k with a payment of $1k per month at 5.6% interest and by the time I'm done paying, I would have paid about X2 of what I borrowed.
I actually consider myself very lucky as I went to a private undergrad university that cost about $40k per year for a 5-year program. When you add my law degree to that, the cost becomes a number so obscene that only people that went though it can understand. It is very common to have spent over $200k to get a law degree (undergrad + law school).
My only advice to people that are able to borrow money is to borrow just what they need and not a penny more. Also, be extremely cognizant of the earning potential of the field you want to go into and make sure it correlates with what you borrow.
Lastly, make sure your lifestyle matches where you are in life. If you're a student then live like a student and not a king! Some people will borrow every last penny they qualify for and use the money to supplement their lifestyle without fully appreciating the fact that they will have to pay back every single penny they borrowed!
|Career / Re: A Harsh Take On Locally-Trained Nigerians by Wallie(m): 8:33pm On Jun 14, 2013|
1. People who “form” (make up accents) are usually only able to fool local people.
2. A Nigerian 1 or 2 years off the boat trying to speak with an American accent will not be understood by Americans.
3. Most people typically code-switch (change accents depending on who they're talking to). Unconsciously, people tend to speak like people around them. I have a 10 year old cousin that went to Nigeria for the first time for about 1 year and when she came back, her English was 100% straight out of Naija!
4. Excitement typically brings out a different accent in people that speak more than one language.
5. Any Nigerian that left Nigeria at a relatively young age to a foreign country will develop an accent.
6. At times, people with accent use it to impress people but that's just like saying a beautiful woman is using her beauty to impress people – she can’t help it if one is impressed by her beauty for that’s who she is. You can’t ask someone who speaks with an accent to change just because people might be impressed except if the accent becomes undesirable.
Lastly, you should use whatever arsenal in your “selling point” to your advantage – even D’Prince knows that!
Off-topic: I'm actually feeling a lot of Naija songs these days unlike Naija movies!
|Business / Re: Crowd Funding In Nigeria. Intelligent minds, lets discuss. by Wallie(m): 7:18pm On Jun 06, 2013|
Are you talking future markets traded on the stock exchange and/or agricultural cooperatives? Either way, I think you're onto something great!
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