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December Days: Day 7: For SCIENCE! [20161207|16:56]
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[with a hint of |dj vibe - total kaos]

Magnet + iron filings
Photo of a grubby optical table with a piece of chipboard on top of which are two dipole magnets stuck together under a sheet of white paper with iron filings sprinkled on top to show the magnetic field lines. Also on the optical table: a magnetometer, a multimeter, two small magnets, a forming machine and a bean bag. You know, the stuff you usually find on an optical table. Or not.

Anyway, I did this demo for a TV programme today. It's going to be about the end of the Cassini mission, and the segment features my Big Boss, who does all of the talking. I had originally envisioned a sophisticated demonstration involving a magnetometer and an oscilloscope, and instead I ended up sprinkling iron filings on different permutations of magnets for three hours. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ C'est la vie!

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December Days: Day 6: Dressing up [20161206|13:23]
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[with a hint of |the chemical brothers - hey boy hey girl]

Dressing up
The list of things that Humuhumu thinks are the best things she's done this year includes "visiting Pierre" and "meeting K and L" (American cousins). But watching Frozen while dressed up as Princess Elsa is pretty high up the list too.

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December Days: Day 5: Telstar [20161205|16:38]
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[the weather today is |not as relaxed as telstar]
[with a hint of |the chemical brothers - galvanize]

Talk to the paw
Telstar lounging on our bed in the afternoon sun.

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December Days: Day 4: Local wildlife [20161204|19:49]
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[the weather today is |sleepy]
[with a hint of |blessed silence]

Blue tit
Blue tit on a dead branch of our cherry tree, above the peanut feeder. The low winter sun and freshly trimmed hedgerow have been perfect for capturing birds visiting our feeders.

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December Days: Day 3: Favourite bug photo of the year [20161202|11:55]
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Ladybird in toddler hands
I took this macro shot in July, when we went for a walk in a protected meadow nearby. Humuhumu was so careful with this ladybird, cupping it gently in her hands on its tuft of grass seed and then placing it back on a leaf when she was finished looking at it.

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December Days: Day 2: Anything I like [20161201|09:16]
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[with a hint of |nine inch nails - Ghosts IV]

New glasses
Thank you, [personal profile] cmcmck, for giving me a prompt that allowed me to post a photo of Humuhumu in her new "Elsa blue" glasses. (They actually have Eeyore on the frames, but never mind. We love Eeyore too.) Here she's snuggled down in her favourite fuzzy grey blanket in anticipation of watching Paddington.

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December Days: Day 1: Handsomest cat [20161130|10:23]
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Handsomest cat
Telstar in the light from sunrise, sitting nobly tall on the dining table.

(A day early, yes, but goodness knows the internet could use more cat pictures ASAP)

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December Days 2016 [20161129|21:49]
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Somehow, we are nearly eleven twelfths of the way through this year. On the scale of national and global events, it has been an utterly appalling grind. On a purely personal level, it has been busy and fulfilling. I feel simultaneously an increasing pressure to expend my resources in extending an umbrella of protection over those who don't share the modicum of good fortune I possess, and the urge to enjoy that modicum of good fortune whilst it remains. I'll soon begin my annual Seasonal Giving posts in order to facilitate the former.

In the interests of fulfilling the latter, I'm going to repeat the December Days meme with photos, as I did last year. Please suggest a photo you would like me to post and, if you would like, select a particular day. If you're bereft of ideas, here's a short list.

  • the kids, Keiki and Humuhumu
  • Throwback Thursday
  • the cat, Telstar
  • me (I do love a selfie)
  • local wildlife
  • macro shots
  • places I've been (see the "travel" tag DW/LJ)


I may opt to repost an old photo or take a new one, depending on temporal and/or spatial constraints.

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It's New Haircut Day! [20161128|16:36]
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[the weather today is |happy]

I felt the new haircut was worth documenting with the dSLR, as the chances of me straightening my hair in the three months until my next haircut are pretty much nil. :)

New Haircut Day

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Pokémon Go: Week 18 [20161123|18:55]
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Who’s got plans for event-based Pokéwalks? *raises hand*

  • Fiiiiiiinally reached Level 26. Currently trying not to think about how long that took.
  • Am enjoying the new bonuses for first catch of the day/first Pokéstop of the day, and for the 7-day streaks of these. On days when I can only play for a few minutes, it’s so helpful for boosting my XP tally in any sort of meaningful way.
  • I seem to be encountering a lot of Mr Mimes at the moment. This is not so pleasant. OTOH, I’ve run into 10 or so Magnemites in the past three weeks, which has made me quite happy.
  • The Spreadsheet of Evolve says I can add seven more things to my Pokédex at my next Lucky Egg of Evolve. Soon I will buy said Lucky Egg of Evolve, because I have seventy-odd evolutions available.
  • I played with Humuhumu when we were on the U of Birmingham campus last weekend. We had a great time and she was very proud of catching 20 (!) Pokémon, three of them with Excellent throws. I think I’ve had maybe two successful Excellent throws in all my weeks of playing? Kids!
  • The event that started today couldn’t have been better timed, as I’m in London through Friday. I’m happy with double points and stardust. I would be even more excited for a repeat of doubled candy bonuses. Maybe they’re saving that for the December festival holiday event?


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