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Spotted this in the London evening standard

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Picked up a London evening standard on my way to London today.



Tennant looking to add extra storey to his house

Productivity on the move

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MacGyver – Role Model for Modern road warriors.

Recently I attended Future Decoded 2015 and decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to see how productive I could be on my journey to London.

So – how productive can you be on the move/?

Not very – 10 mins into the journey and the power shut down. With my Acer’s rubbish battery holding literally no charge I lost a whole page of work I was ironically going to save.

So – what lessons have I learned so far.

1. Power supplies on trains are not suitable unless your laptop has some battery capacity
2. Tickets don’t look like tickets – what I thought was a ticket was a seat reservation.
3. Buying your tickets in advance may not get you all your tickets*

So – as I write this we are at Birmingham International. Here’s some other things I learned today :

I forgot to add blog writing software to my machine – so I am writing the text of this blog post using Libre office. The main lesson here is – I suppose – adapt or die.

The modern road warrior isn’t a Mad Max gruff and aggressive type – although that might be different for a London based road warrior – no. Today’s modern road warrior is a Macgyver.

MikeGyver sat – eyes every ready, scanning the available networks. It was no good. He hadn’t seen a viable WiFi since home base. His ageing Acer netbook spluttered. Power. He needed power. In the modern wasteland the source of life was power. Luckily he had spotted a spare socket in the carriage where he was sitting – so for now… he could at least survive.

If only he could get some decent wifi.

Instead of rubber bands and paper clips however it’s about apps and switching between data formats.

It’s about leaching power where ever you find it.

It’s about tethering your phone to your laptop to post from your hotel room, and about prioritising and managing how you utilise the free 30 mins of WiFi you get.

It’s also about recognising the difficulties. The Acer Aspire I started writing this on had been retired to the bag. The continued loss of power made it too unreliable to continue, so instead I wrote this last section using my phone and the WordPress app I have installed on it.

We’re now leaving Coventry. And as we go I get a hint of WiFi. Fleeting like a ghost it flickers and disappears. In my list of WiFi access points it shows a virgin train access point like a spectral photograph it shows what once was.

I look up for the first time on our journey and I see fields. Green and autumnal brown ridged and ploughed fields. I think I should like to take this journey again in the summer to see these fields alive again.

The battery in my phone had depleted to 26% and a feeling of panic sets in. I realised that I hadn’t switched the socket on.

I’ve been on the train for 35 mins and we’re now approaching Rugby. Fields have given way to a red brick Travel Lodge and a red brick station. I’m pretty sure that BOX Telematics used to use a company here to build their boxes. I wrote the quality checking software to ensure that manufactured boards were operating correctly.

A woman in the carriage is having a conversion on her phone, she talks of a receipt,and getting in touch with Argos with a northern, almost Geordie accent. I realise I have been so engrossed in writing that I don’t recall when her conversation started.

While we are paused in front of rugby station I’ll fill you in on what happened to my rail tickets. Following advice from Craig guest I tried my journey details through national rail line and the difference was amazing. The cost of my journey to London was a little over £20. My journey would be provided by Chiltern railways. I checked my tickets ahead of time and the reservation letter mentioned the London docklands railway but they forgot the tickets. I don’t mind having to buy additional tickets and Chiltern have said they’d refund me the cost of a ticket when I get back.

Leaving Rugby - the challenge continues

Leaving Rugby – the challenge continues


And now the train again takes the strain and we continue our quest towards London.



Recent Updates

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Last week was OggCamp – and we’ve both had a somewhat fallow week this last week.  Dave has been working on illustrations for a set of Cambridge folk stories, and I have been researching trophies, and wrote a page on the Tuxters project site about trophy construction.  As Dave has been so busy working on illustration work, he hasn’t been able to complete the OggCamp video.  Of course other TitaniumBunker videos from OggCamp are available on YouTube.

I don’t want to replicate what I wrote there – but I will say that I am now putting my fledgling 3D modelling skills to good use in an attempt to create a 1/4″ hex nut model that can be used to boolean out a cavity.  Looks like my skils aren’t that great, and my blender-Fu needs work.  Luckily I know someone in the trade so to say so he was able to advise me of where I went wrong.

Speaking to Dave over the weekend he suggested that 3D printing trophy toppers could be time consuming and expensive.  Therefore we think that the best approach would be to make moulds based from the original 3D print and then cast using resin.  He pointed out that 1 3D print could produce multiple moulds, and each mould could cure simultaneously. So this is something we’re going to look into.

Here’s a video about 3D printed moulds – so that might be something to look at :