Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

I don’t think the japanese invented karaoke. When you see how much fun the Dutch have with watching local crooners singing over backing tapes of old Johnny Jordaan or Andre Hajes songs, and getting drunk, and swaying to the haunting melodies (and joining in wailing with singers), you would have to believe that it’s an invention from the Netherlands.

Last weekend the local bar “Cafe de Jordaan” had it’s annual fest. Stage, beer, singing. No trouble, just some boozed up jolly folks. And for some strange reason many polished up Harleys (and their similarly polished up owners).

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

Fun with Radiation!

September 8, 2008

Atomic Energy Lab - Erector Set

Atomic Energy Lab - Erector Set

Like a Meccano set, but with radioactive samples (“completely harmless!”) and a Geiger counter (“find Uranium and get a reward from the US Government!”), the A C Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was sold to help the young boys of America to get to ahead in science.

I’m guessing early 50’s vintage – and the sort of kit I would have probably wanted. I was always one for electrical and electronic kits -which I think DID help my education, and a chemistry kit, which apart from making a few stinks, bending some glass tubes and growing some crystals, did not really help.

I can’t imagine such a kit of atomic fun being allowed to be sold today. Source: Science leads the way

More on Paper Scissors Rock – this time from Hollywood. And one final one from the world of music:

Following up the challenge laid down by Paper Scissors Rock of Ages here is a historic photo I found in the archives. And a more recent one from last year:

On the look out for…

August 1, 2008

    I’m looking for a clock for the office. A Solari Udine Cifra 12.
    60’s vintage would be perfect.

    Or a Solari Dator 5. Preferably 50’s vintage. The one below was sold on ebay for 110Eu. And if they go wrong I have lots of details on how to fix them.

    Solari Dator 5

    Solari Dator 5

    1000 Eclipses

    August 1, 2008

    1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish

    1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish - can you see the bite in the sun?

    There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

    There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

    Another 1000 eclipses...

    Another 1000 eclipses...

    1120, 1st August. It’s a solar eclipse today. And it’s never good to peer directly at the sun (although I did have a quick peek throught the clouds). Instead I used my schoolboy improvisation skills to construct a pinhole camera by digging a sharp thing though a piece of card. Then hopped out onto the flat roof to see if I could see the eclipse. And lo, I was able to see an image of the sun with a bite in it – about 20% of the area. A sort of Apple logo in shape.

    Better: I found that the unused satellite dish (which is punctured with many holes) made an excellent pinhole effect. Hence – 1000 (blurry) eclipses. Is there a collective noun for a group of eclipses?

    Other things to notice about an eclipse: colours are slightly washed out and it seems quieter, calmer.

    Back of the house

    Back of the house, during an eclipse

    Building 7 Weston Super Mare Pier was the third skyscraper first pier to be reduced to rubble on September 11, 2001 28 July 2008. According to the government, fires primarily, leveled this building, but fires have never before or since destroyed a steel skyscraper pier, (at least not since Brighton West Pier a few years ago).

    The team that investigated the collapse were kept away from the crime scene. By the time they published their inconclusive report in May, 2002, the future, the evidence had been destroyed.

    Why did the government rapidly recycle the steel from the largest and most mysterious engineering failure in world history of old victorian piers, and why has the media remained silent?

    Halfway through the Piers plunge, streamers suggestive of demolition charges emerged from the facade.

    Halfway through the Piers plunge, streamers suggestive of demolition charges emerged from the facade.

    The unexplained collapse of WTC Building 7 Weston Super Mare’s Pier is the tip of the iceberg of unexplored issues of the September 11th Credit Crunch attack.

    Well, why not? It’s about as plausible as some of the other conspiracy bollocks doing the rounds out there…