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Sometimes social media restores your faith in humanity. This is one of those moments. The courage of that lone woman braving the traffic to nudge the car out of danger is making me cry. In a good way.

love you,

OMG…just hit 400 subscribers on Youtube!

Sorry! Just had to crow a little. I have no idea why I’m getting subscribers as I haven’t uploaded anything new in a couple of months, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.

Have a great day,

p.s. comments are off.

Camera Obscura – info

My good friend and fellow Aussie, Frank Prem, just published a fascinating post about how the Camera Obscura works.
I was intrigued and I hope you will be too. Thanks, Frank!

Frank Prem Poetry

Thank you Andrea for asking about this. I’m a bit limited in what I know, I can tell a few things about it. Forgive me if I hash over old basics.

The Lens of the Eye

Camera Obscura works in much the same way (gross over-simplification) as the lens of the eye does. I found a diagram that will most likely be at least a little bit familiar to most readers.

The way the lens of the eye works –

So light/image enters the eye, and then is reversed onto the back of the eye. The brain then interprets the image so we can ‘see’ the image right waty around.

This is a little biological magic that we perform all day long and rarely stop to think about. So long as it works, it is as it should be.

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura is not new. Leonardo da Vinci…

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Happy Birthday as you’ve NEVER heard it before…mwahahahaha!

Whatever you do, do not stop until you reach the end. You’re welcome. 🙂


No Jab Vaccinations on the way

‘Researchers have developed a mobile printer that creates temperature-stable, dissolvable vaccine patches on demand. The novel device not only does away with vaccine injections, but it would also enable vaccines to be delivered to remote areas.’

New Atlas:

I’m not needle phobic, but I know a couple of people who are, so this ground-breaking way of administering vaccines [and potentially other medications] is fabulous.

More importantly, this 3D printing invention could be transported to remote regions where medical facilities are minimal. There it could print vaccine patches on demand, potentially saving millions of lives. That is a dream come true.

Read the whole article here on New Atlas.

Meeks puzzle

I know I said I wouldn’t do any more Tukti posts, but their appearance is [mostly] co-incidental this time. I just wanted to show you how easy it is to create your own jigsaw puzzle. This is the one I literally just uploaded:

You can find, and play, my puzzle here. Or you can go to the main screen of the website – here – and play one of a thousand different puzzles uploaded by others.

You do NOT need to login or sign up to solve the jigsaw puzzles, so it’s a great site to spend a few minutes [or hours!]. If you do sign up, you have the option of uploading your own graphics to the website.

Creating a puzzle from your graphic is ridiculously easy. Just upload the image, select the type of ‘cut’ you want – i.e. the shape of the puzzle pieces – use the slider to choose the degree of difficulty and…that’s it.

I know a lot of you take great photos so why not turn them into jigsaw puzzles?

Have fun,


One of the most powerful and persuasive stories I’ve read in a long time. I pray it isn’t prophetic.

Myths of the Mirror

All images from Pixabay unless otherwise noted.

Mejan wondered if she’d made the right decision in caving to her son’s desire to visit the zoo. It was a place she didn’t approve of. On the one hand, it bred endangered animals for future release into the new wild zones. That part she liked. But it also preserved certain native species too dangerous for freedom, creatures forced to endure long lives in cages, denied their natural habitat and the opportunity to breed.

“I want to see them,” Benzi said, his heart set on viewing the latter in their high-security enclosures. “I need to write a report about an animal for a school project.”

Mejan’s nose wrinkled at the thought. “Why not pick a different one? An elephant or tiger? Something less scary.”

“I’m not a little kid.” Benzi huffed a challenge to say otherwise. “My teacher said the government is thinking…

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An Easter egg, from Big Brother to you. :)

I don’t celebrate Easter, but I do celebrate the act of giving, so I wish you all a wonderful Easter weekend with oodles of chocolate and gallons of good cheer!


My heart breaks for this ‘house’

I know it’s stupid, but to me this house is like an abandoned puppy…someone needs to save it!


The frustrations of near-future speculative fiction writing

As the only other near future speculative writer I know, I just had to reblog Chris James’ post about replicators and their links backwards [to Star Trek] and forwards [to 3D printing] in time.
Near future speculative fiction writers [sticks hand up] extrapolate from the /now/ to the future. Sometimes we get it wrong…but the times we get it right, it’s worth celebrating!
Go Chris. 😀

Chris James's blog

I’m generally loathe to discuss my writing on this blog, unless I have a new title to publicise.  The reason for this is that I really want my books to do the talking for me.  However, every once in a while something happens that makes me want to shout: “See? That’s what I said would happen!”  So, this week I deliver a thoroughly wordy and nerdy post for you, for a change.

On Tuesday, The Guardianpublished a story on how 3-D printing has, for the first time, produced edible food (well, just about).  In the Repulse Chronicles, set in the 2060s, there are devices called replicators, which I intended to be the next step on from 3-D printing.  There are construction replicators, marine replicators (read the books if you want to know ;)) and replicators that produce water and food.  However, there are snags and the food…

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