Photos of Phones and Phonographs (occasionally)
Not an exciting photo this evening, but it does represent a good chunk of what I’ve been up to tonight. I’m trying to get my head around how to modify the selectors on my PAX to provide tie line working. It seems I need to track down some rather specific spring sets, I’ve got the appropriate relay coils, bases and armatures but I don’t have the right spring sets (or even anything close!)
So if you’ve got a stock of spare GPO 3000 type relays knocking around, I’d be grateful if you could have a look and see if you’ve got anything with the following contacts:
So in total, I need 4*changeover, 1*make and 2*break contacts. The order of the contacts on the springset probably isn’t critical as I can re-map contacts as needed. In an ideal world, I’d be looking for enough contacts to make up 3 relays like this – but I’d settle for anything I can get!
Update: John Bathgate at the Dean Forrest Railway has found me the appropriate spring sets and buffer blocks. Thanks John!
Through The Viewfinder, Off a Mirror, Then Back Through The Viewfinder Again.
I need a photo of myself for an ongoing project that I can’t really talk about just yet. I didn’t have anything suitable on file, so I’ve opted for a self portrait. Self portraits are a bit tricky with a self timer and no live-view on my camera, so I ended up with about 150 photos to trawl through. I think this one has a suitable pose and I’m not gurning *too* badly.
It’s had a bit of work done on it in post to tone down the texture on my wallpaper, so I’ll need to come back to it in a couple of days to fine tune some of the masking – but it’ll do for now.
In other photography news, I went to the Zoo again today. I’ve finally gotten around to renewing my membership, but their printer was broken so I didn’t get my membership pack. They said they’d send it out in the post, but until they do I don’t have any half price vouchers to spread around.
This is the smaller of the two outflow drains from the mines underneath the Dean Forrest Railway. Some day I’m going to remember to turn up at the railway with a tripod and a great big ND filter and do this properly.
Also, I think this was a buzzard, but I’m really not sure. It was perched in a tree right up until the moment when I pointed my lens at it. The sun must have glinted off the lens or something because he flew off pretty sharpish.
I just had to get this out of my head. That’s all.
No religious photo from me today, despite me taking a load of photos in a graveyard at lunchtime. I like the above photo taken in an old strongroom we found when visiting a wiring cabinet. I also quite liked this photo of some fungus, but that’s not religion related either.
Ian and I went for a wander around Bristol Cathedral today, a really lovely building. Unfortunately it was overcast and I didn’t have a tripod with me or anything so the interior shots I got weren’t great, and I’m not really happy with this exterior shot either. I don’t have anything else up my sleeve tonight for “religion” week though.
Not until I can work out how to take a photo of “vi vs emacs” anyway
This weeks photo-challenge theme is “religion” I’m not especially religious (I tend to describe myself as ignostic) but one of the many things I’ve done in my life is read The Bible from cover to cover. There’s some great stuff in there (and there’s some crazy stuff in there) and I really do recommend reading it if you haven’t already done so.
Ezekiel 23:20 though, is probably my favourite verse. It’s got various translations, but the only copy of the Bible I had to hand was the “Good News” translation, which is as follows:
“She was filled with lust for oversexed men with large sex organs and all the lustfulness of stallions”
Although I think I like the “New International Version” translation better. It has a wonderful turn of phrase.
I’m not entirely sure where I was going with this.
On my way back from pottering around doing other things, I stopped off at 7 Sisters as the sun was going down. This is the result. I’ve taken this shot before, more than once, so -1 point for creativity.