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bits and pieces of (almost) daily internet boredom in the life of Dan Braghis, webtimizer and developer, Drupalista and passionate beer drinker.

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Cultivate a better world.

After a long period of stagnation, we went somewhere new this Sunday. A miniature village near Didcot. The Pendon museum features rural scenes from the Valley of the White Horse and trains from the 1920s/1930s.

The first floor has a scene from Dartmoor with manually operated trains, while the Valley scene has automated ones. All together 70 trains and more than 100 train cars. But only ~10 running on each scene as they are from different periods.

Some of the miniatures are 60-70 years old and the level of details is incredible. Parts of the scenery is work in progress and given the work is voluntary and done by enthusiasts, it may well take another 10-15 years to finish everything.

If you are lucky enough, they will turn off the lights upstairs. Some of the buildings are illuminated from the inside and you can peek into genuine early 20th century life. Up to the missing knob from a drawer in one of the cottages and a 1x1cm mirror

Had an amazing time with Syl and the monkey. And I suspect at times I was more excited than them :D

p.s. Photos by Sylwia Presley

Exercise in futility

Exercise in futility

Could this be on my wishlist for 2013?

thekhooll:

Classified Moto KT600

John Ryland’s Classified Moto  was a 1987 Honda XL600R enduro, and it was commissioned by Battlestar Galactica actress (and avid motorcyclist) Katee Sackhoff.

Amazing footage of a torpedo-casing camera swimming with dolphins.

Majestic creatures, dolphins. And in the amazing blue hues of the ocean, they look surreal. As if out of a fantastic world, out of Final Fantasy. A wonderful view.

Why Engineers Are Grumpy

[…] software engineers aren’t builders. Software engineers are creators. Building is what you do when you buy a piece of furniture from Ikea and get it home. The instructions are laid out and if you go step by step, you’ll get that comically small table you wanted. Creating is a different process, it’s birthing something without direction or instruction. It’s starting with a blank canvas and painting a masterpiece.

A great article that I agree with quite a lot. Next time I am very grumpy and will be asked why, a redirect to that article will be most certain.

Why Is Estimating So Hard?

Great article on estimation.

Goes well on par with http://danshipper.com/non-technical-people-cant-estimate-developmen

These days I am running as hell from Getting Shit Done™ for the sake of Getting Things Done. Not on live products, not without careful planning and understanding the full scope of the tasks. Helps keeping those hairs on your head. ‘cause there are no quick changes, in the end. Never.

Black coffee for a mad world

Paranal Observatory in Chile, home of the Very Large Telescope.

Not long ago I learnt about the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile and the use of lasers by observatories. Learn more on the laser use.

The VLT was build in a desert and gets the least amount of noise and interference, making it ideal for deep space examination.

— via ckck

Paranal Observatory in Chile, home of the Very Large Telescope.

Not long ago I learnt about the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile and the use of lasers by observatories. Learn more on the laser use.

The VLT was build in a desert and gets the least amount of noise and interference, making it ideal for deep space examination.

— via ckck

Smokey in the Kitchen by Bambino Dell’Oro, from Record and Ride

Record and Ride is a great project by Nicholas O’Brien, a sound engineer and musician with passion for cycling. The project is a series of sessions recorded on his trips around Europe.

We had the pleasure to listen to these particular fusion pieces at the Catweazle Club. It was one of the rarer nights that we dropped everything and went out to treat ourselves.

And a treat it was.