Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Walking to London Zoo we were captured on streetmap

As we walked along the canal from paddington Station to Little Venice we were overtaken by a guy capturing google streetmap images

Thursday, August 08, 2013

My old boss invented the Hyperloop before Elon musk had thought of it

I worked near Cheltenham for Andy Marks and his wife Brenda at Skyscan aerial photography 20 years ago. We have kept in touch, and he recently told me about an upcoming fascinating announcement by Elon Musk, the founder of so many interesting venture including PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla cars.

Elon's next project is to forward the cause of the Hyperloop tube transport project, which will allow people to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco at 800 mph.

The thing is Andy has been working on this idea in his portacabin (shed !) for over a decade, and he has overcome many of the practical problems of a pneumatic hyperloop which the Musk project will need to face. Using his background in engineering, particularly to do with seals, Andy has figured out how to make the tubes airtight, efficient and even allowed for points or switches, which means the tubes can form a network, not just a loop.

He has designed valves in the hyperloop, allowing for short sections of the tube to be under pressure at a time. Each 'car' requires low pressure ahead of it and high pressure behind it, although a surprisingly small difference goes a long way.

On August 12th Elon Musk will announce what his intentions are for hyperloop transport, and he has hinted that it will be an open source project, and in some shape or form also a power storage device. The tension is building, and interest is spreading. Andy would like to be involved, so that he can contribute and his part of the solution will see the light of day, and actually be built.

Edit: there is an article about him published here

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Deaths head

Zoom in on this image of a moth on Sam's hand and you'll see why it's called the deaths head moth .

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hot turnip juice

Tastes like tabasco seawater with upper notes of radish.

High in anti oxidants hopefully. Gonna make me live forever.

It is called hot turnip juice but actually served chilled.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Festive bogroll

Festive bogroll, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sam in with the Lions

For his Christmas present Sam got to play with some Lion cubs for 30 minutes at the zoo.

see the pics here

One day he hopes to be a vet.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Debbie's 50th party

Debbie's 50th party, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Untitled, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Thursday, August 09, 2012


dresden, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Beats camping

Beats camping, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

on board 'ship'

on board 'ship', originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The oven makers

The oven makers, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Untitled, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

uh oh

uh oh, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Henry shaped some kiln bricks for the door

test firing with a small blaze

Pizza oven topping

Pizza oven topping, originally uploaded by thesnodgrass.

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