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Pete Ashton's Weblog
Sunday Reads Sep 2, 2018 A currently biweekly digest of longer-form writings and the occasional video I would like to commend to you for a lazy Sunday morning. This Chamberlain Clock Sep 1, 2018 On a number of Birmingham's traffic islands you'll find these iron clocks painted green. They're total heritage but because they often have no ForceNav Aug 28, 2018 Because I only learned to drive a few years ago I've never driven to a new place outside my neighbourhood without some kind of satellite The Black Menagerie Aug 27, 2018 I'm a sucker for a metaphor, especially when it comes with an unnecessarily overblown title, so I was delighted to come across the Menagerie of JFDI broke the world Aug 25, 2018 Back in the old social media optimism days the acronym JFDI was popular, especially amongst those advocating for a more liberal adoption of online Storing electricity in gravity Aug 22, 2018 Kottke brings news of a novel way to store electricity for later use using cranes and concrete blocks. During times of excess solar/hydro/wind I now work at Loaf Aug 22, 2018 I've taken a fixed-hours salaried job at Loaf bakery and cookery school in Stirchley. If you've been following me for a decade or so you'll know Slomo Bees Aug 21, 2018 One of the plots on Fiona's allotment has bee hives, so naturally I filmed them at 240fps. Sunday Reads Aug 19, 2018 An ideally weekly, if my Saturday wasn't too busy, selection of medium- to long-form articles I would like to recommend to you, perfect for a lazy Ken Campbell Aug 16, 2018 On iPlayer Radio for the next few weeks is a three hour show called When Diane Met Ken, a deep dive into the BBC archive of interviews with and Hedgehog! Aug 16, 2018 The first new photo I posted to Flickr in 2004 (as opposed to photos taken prior to signing up to Flickr) was of a hedgehog I found in the garden. I Wars of the Rock Doctors Aug 10, 2018 I'm the son of a geologist, so while I've never studied the science to any useful degree I have an innate sense of geological time and the Are You Satisfied? Aug 8, 2018 Last August a message went around the Birmingham art grapevine saying Rachel Maclean needed unpaid extras for a film she was making in the Bullring Coverups Aug 6, 2018 Graffiti Removals collects examples of covering over graffiti with areas of paint that don't match the underlying colour of the wall or object that A Parasol in a Camera Obscura Aug 6, 2018 A while back I came into ownership of a hydroponics tent, a 2 metre cube which can be zipped closed to create a microclimate for the growing of Sunday Reads Aug 5, 2018 Will this be a regular feature? Who can tell? Maybe I'll try and schedule it for Sunday morning in future. My memory of Speed Racer was of a fairly The inclusionary, exclusionary Ode to Joy Aug 4, 2018 We don't really talk about "surfing the web", particularly now we're supposed to be getting our stuff from algorithmically optimised Oak Apple Orchestra at If Wet, 2014 Aug 4, 2018 Paul Gittins presented an early version of his Oak Apple Orchestra at If Wet #20 in 2014. The Oak Apple Orchestra comprises of small electric clocks Stirchley Fields Aug 2, 2018 I swear, this heatwave has made Birmingham look like it's in another country. Which I guess, climate-wise, it is. The joy of successfully holding a rabbit Aug 1, 2018 Every Wednesday morning, Fiona and/or I go to Fat Fluffs rabbit sanctuary to volunteer. We've occasionally helped with cleaning and such but this Next page