Always been interested in heritage, and "unloved" heritage in particular - things like fire hydrants, manhole covers and so on. During lockdown and my hour's "allowed" local exercise, I spotted some iron markers with a royal crest and other markings. After some research I identified these as cable joint marker posts, used by the General Post Office (GPO) between about 1895 and 1935. Turns out there is a long run of these through my town, with one only 150 yards from my house. They're on old trunk routes from telegraph and early telephone days.
For some unexplained reason I've become a bit obsessed with these and am compiling a directory of remaining examples; up to 189 now throughout the UK and Eire. If you want to know about them or report a "find" please visit gpo-markers.derektp.co.uk[^]
So now I spend some evenings searching online for images, chasing up the photographers, and using Google Streetview to search likely locations. Maybe a bit sad, but someone has to do it!
I sew, crochet, and color. As a matter of fact, when I was given my Fortran manual, decades ago, I realized that crochet patterns were programs, frequently poorly written, but with loops and subroutines. So I already could program, I just had to learn a new language.
Actually sewing is the same, patterns with tests and goto's.
All of Life is an algorithm which has a stopping condition.
Sure the radio is bluetooth, but that's it for advanced tech. Everything else is mechanically controlled. Vacuum, pressure, cables, levers, gears, all working together without a processor or solenoid in the garage. I've actually made headway on programming projects while covered in grease looking up at the truck.
getting out to nature, gold panning, fishing, wood work, building classic cars/motorcycles, gardening, pickling, fermenting different alcohols, sewing, pottery, airbrushing ... (yes my shop is very full of different equipment)
To balance burn out, I try to do something absolutely not related to the work week. but about once a year I occasionally like to make something embedded and get out the old soldering gun, PCB etcher and c compiler when an idea comes up.
when the work day is done, I try to keep my computer(s) off and cell phone on the side table, I'll still read tech books once in a while, but there are way too many things to experience out there that have no involvement with tech
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Well, let's see...currently, I'm crocheting two afghans and taking my first class towards my Masters, and next session (starts end of November), I start taking two classes towards the degree. That's with the hobby coding and reading and TV viewing, too.
Not quite. Masters of Science, Data Analytics. The first class is Statistics. Lots of math. I like math. I'd like a Masters in crochet...that would be interesting. One of the afghans is a patchwork of different stitches you can do in crochet, so that will be interesting when it is done. The other one is for my adult son's Queen-size bed, so it is HUGE and getting hard to manipulate while working on it. It's down to the last two (large) skeins, so it should be done in time for Christmas, I hope.
Hahahaha! I'm not alone. The first electric I ever made, using crap wood as it was more of an experiment I was doing in JH, landed me in the hospital with a splinter literally in my eyeball (shocking as I was even wearing eye protection. Go figure...)
Yikes! Did you nickname the guitar Splinter? I am very cognizant of the possibility of injuring my hands with chisels or saws. So I am extra careful with the money/fun makers. Hard to avoid freak accidents though, by definition.
Haha, no but that would have been up there on my choices! I ended up scraping that one (I had used pine... OUCH! Didn't have access to basswood at the time) after when I was able to get my hands on some much better wood and used the right tools, I made a really nice and very useable and intonation approved Tele style instrument. It was worth the bs and time for sure!
I have several hobbies, electronics, more code, cooking, … But 2 are the most important: reading and the construction of old sailing ships to scale. The last is not too usual, (of course not unknown), and I spend 4~5 months on each one. These have from 400 pieces to more than 2000. At this moment I am building the "Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl. A beautiful one made in Russia (the model to build, not the ship) with a high level of detail.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but not in practice. - Anonymous
A computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match. - B. Bryson
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