March 24th, 2012

marcus 2013

Possibly the worst acronym ever...

...for something that sounds quite cool - the title may go to the Free Universal Construction Kit, a set of 3D printing templates for components to link e.g. Lego and K'Nex and Fischertechnik

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-03/20/free-universal-construction-kit

Supports Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K'Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks or Stickle Bricks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob.
marcus 2013

Phyllis shows her bottom... and other stuff

Another day, another walk to view the latest engineering marvels from the bridge down the end of the road. Most of Giant Tunnelling Machine of Doom "Phyllis" has now disappeared from view, though I don't think actual tunnelling has begun yet, but I can see the end of her still. "Ada" is still being assembled a little further west.

[Tunnel boring machines]









beamjockey pointed me at this article and podcast, an American view of the project
http://www.npr.org/2012/03/17/148811125/london-starts-digging-massive-tunnels-for-transport

After that I walked along the canal a few hundred yards to the top of Goldbourne Road, and saw some nice geese and took a couple of scenic photos

[Canal walk]




After that, as I was walking the last few yards to Portobello Road, I noticed a little reminder at a recycling point that the area isn't always as quiet as I would like...

[sin bin]




Portobello Road was its usual self, but I didn't find many real bargains - some stuff for work from Poundland, some cheese, and a DVD from the Oxfam shop, and that was about it. But it was a lovely day and a nice walk, so I'm not complaining.