Interesting ‘stuff’

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    I thought it might be a good idea if I bit the bullet and just started a Thread dedicated to (what I hope is) general ‘Interesting Stuff’ that doesn’t fit under other existing Threads, rather than keep hijacking the existing ones (as I am want to do at an appalling rate.  Sorry).

    Fulfilling an earlier promise, here is a quick bit of poetry first:

    They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
    the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

    (‘Whales Weep Not’ by D. H. Lawrence)


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    Delightful surprise just after lunch. Glanced skywards and saw an eagle. As ever, did not flap the mighty barn door wings at all. Just gently hung on the air pulling huge circles then, no doubt deciding that it had spotted a potential mid-afternoon snack, accelerated like the clappers towards food.  Again, not one flap of wing. Understand that a number of Sea Eagles have been introduced on the Isle of Wight so assume this was one of them. 🦅

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    Excellent spot with the Sea Eagle, Tharg.  I’ve yet to see one, but I’m not on the coast nearly as often as I’d like to be.  In Didcot the Red Kites keep having to be rescued from back gardens because they can land easily enough but don’t have a long enough ‘runway’ for taking off again.  I wonder if this will happen with the eagles?

    Soooo . . . .

    Today’s lunchtime viewing was from the Brick Experiment Channel, dedicated to the Wonder that is Lego and totally addictive.  Here are the three videos I watched earlier – an inspiration for anyone with an interest in Engineering.  I can see a new and expensive hobby starting after this! 🙂

    Making Lego Car cross gaps:

    Making Lego Car (that makes a cute noise) climb obstacles:

    Making a Drone using Lego Motors and Propellers:


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    Would have thought an eagle’s wing is just so good at aerodynamics that, as long as there’s some wind, it’ll make a takeoff from the ground. Might be wrong – an enclosed garden would present problems. You don’t surprise me with the kites. They really are the wood pigeon of birds of prey, i.e. a bit dim. Many times in the Fens, have come round a corner to find 2 or 3 of them tucking in to roadkill in centre of road. Kestrels and crows have learned to remove dinner from carriageway.

    Love the videos. Great engineering. Would like to see them done in Meccano with, say, steam power?

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    Not quite the same thing, but here’s some Meccano steam power! 🙂


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    That little steam engine i found it quite hypnotic..😵‍💫🔥💭💭

    #170107 Reply

    Brilliant vid’s! Take a Bowden cable type affair from the drive shaft, connect to drone rotor gearing and off you go! Steam drone. How hard can it be?

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