Project “tidy up”

Today project Tidy Up really got kicked off. An old busbar system needs stripping and the building part rewiring (particularly the old IT system) so I thought I’d start at the disboard.

A lovely Schneider Acti9 fitted to replace a pair of old Crabtree C15 units, complete with RCBO’s where the circuits would take them.

Next week I strip out a load of rotary isolators connected to the busbars, with the eventual goal of totally losing everything on the ladder frame and shortening the box trunking.

Pityriasis rosea update

Calamine Lotion making it appear white and powdery, but it’s certainly not as fiery.

It’s now spread to both arms and my back but I’m dealing with it.

Ditch the phone

It’s amazing how we all sit there with what in essence is a pocket computer in our pockets (think Blondie’s song “Picture this”).

We constantly have to check on our social world, just in case we have missed something; and yet the real world around us passes is by.

Getting a 4G smart watch made me think of trying something the other night though – ditch the phone, trust the watch.

I still have a means of communication, but all the apps and social media is gone. The notifications pushed from my phone stop so I just get basic calendar stuff, and I’ve still got a very basic browser and Google Assistant should I need to check soberin something.

Facebook, Instagram etc. are all history.

There was only one downside – no camera; however this was no biggie for feeling connected to the world.

I think I’ll do it more!

Absolutely no editing!

Taken using my new Huawei Watch 2 as a camera remote.

Android wear (Wear OS) has really come on since last time I had a device (Moto 360).

Cargo Fleet

Ah the legendary load (photo from last time we played there).

Cargo Fleet Club is a place hard emblazoned in the memories of all the bands who have ever played there. The steel fire escape; the rough gravelly ground at the bottom; and in the case of our band the 90 minute commute to get to the place.

Thankfully they wrap up the second set at exactly 11pm which does mean we can get on the way home before midnight.

40 years!

The astronomical society I’m a member of has just celebrated its 40th Birthday.

It’s quite amazing to think that I’ve been a member on and off for 35 of those years! I first attended in 1982 and joined in 1983.

I’ve watched us go from a tiny society of about 15 people, all the way up to a charity with assets and property with substantial value.

It’s not been easy along the way, and the times I served on the committee are testament to that – many nights sat arguing my case over trivial matters.

Anyhow, we have made it to 40! Here’s to many more happy years, Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society!