Motion-Less

I have discovered that I no longer like sitting in the back off cars on long trips. There are two parts to why this has happened.

Firstly it is a matter of a lack of control. Since learning to drive I don’t enjoy being a passenger much at all.  When I sit in the front I can at least pretend I am affecting my destiny better and this pretence is lost when I sit in the back. It makes me a a little tense and irritable.

Secondly if the car has poor oscillation dampers (shock absorbers) and they are soft making the car wobble I get a little nauseous. It is probably because I am tense about the driving so my stomach is knotted.

A drive from San fransisco airport to a hotel in San Jose with a driver who insisted on accelerating rapidly and breaking hard was the first time I noticed a feeling of motion sickness that these two elements combined can make. It was not a good drive, the traffic was heavy, the car was old and smelled badly (it was not that clean which seems to be common in some cities) and I was travel weary. All of those were contributing factors but the primary two reasons were principal.

The only other time I have felt motion Sickness was in the back of a very cramped Mini in the 80s that had a strong smell of petrol which was making me sick.

Learning the triggers will likely help me in the future in combating the effect, but the fact that it exists at all is a new development.

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Before and after mini-beard

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Hipster

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Just to make Leigh happy I am sat outside a coffee shop writing like a hipster in the sun.

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Woodtutning

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This is me woodturning at the EMF camp.

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Air injected bonfire

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Some Bofdi Images

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Lego gifts

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Best embroidered top ever.

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Raspberry Pi and Lego

Playing with building a modular Lego station for mi Pi and screen. It also has wheels.

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Curled Up Kitty

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What Words to Use?

This question recently plagued me when I reviewed in my head a conversation I had with Ben.

‘Daddy, what’s that?’

‘It’s a chimera.’

‘Oh.’

‘Do you know what a chimera is?’

‘No.’

‘Can you say chimera?’

‘Camira.’

‘Close enough, a chimera is an amalgam of two or more creatures.’

‘Oh. Why?’

‘Well sometimes you have to represent more than one facet. Do you know what amalgam is?’

‘No.’

‘It is a mix.’

‘Is it a mix creature?’

‘Yes.’

So part of my dilemma was should I have used the word mix creature to start with. But a small conversation with myself later and I realised a couple of things:

1. I was using terminology that he will benefit from knowing and understanding.

2. We drilled down to a meaningful state for him, which is deductive steps, another useful skill.

3. He created the term mix creature, I referred to the amalgam as a mix not the chimera.

So the word usage broadened a range of skills, and basically I worry too much and over-analyse everything. Still, advanced stuff mix creatures for a child under four.

Custom Converse Sneakers

11 March 2014

I recently ordered some custom Converse sneakers (Plimsolls to us Brits), some indy-Chucks, from the Converse website and last night they arrived.

I wanna go squeee and cover you all in my squeedom love. They are Batman designs with Batman on one shoe and Harley Quinn on the other, purple laces with green inner for one, yellow laces with red inner on the other, grey stripe on white rubber with a custom ‘mdk’ on the spine of the shoe.

They are freaking ace and I am wary of wearing them too much, except, ace shoes of acedom. Pictures below.

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