My New 3 Month Timelapse Project

My OU exams are coming up next month and I’ve been actively procrastinating! I’ve got 3 months off between the end of this course and my next one and I plan to spend the time putting together a big timelapse video. I’ve bought some new, fancy, exciting and expensive equipment for the camera. So keep tuned for updates and sneak peeks. I’m aiming for the finished video to be done by the end of September. Hopefully!

Lucid Dreaming Update

It’s been a few days since I started trying to achieve a lucid dream. You’ll all be pleased to hear that it’s going fairly well, I think.

Simply just saying to yourself ‘I will remember my dreams’ a few times before you nod off has a profound effect. My dreams have been a lot more vivid, and I’ve actually remembered them! Success.

This is nowhere near lucid though. Every time I catch myself looking at a digital clock or trying to find the time, I’m asking myself ‘Am I dreaming?’ This technique should flow over into the dream land. When I see a digital clock in a dream and then look at it again the digits should have changed significantly, even to something unrecognisable. From then on you can be aware of your dream.

Keep tuned, and we’ll see how it goes!

Lucid Dreaming (via Christian Arthur)

Some more detail on lucid dreaming for you. All put in a better way than I could!

Lucid Dreaming After watching Inception this weekend I was inspired to write a post about lucid dreaming. I’ve been into lucid dreaming for almost eight years now and have them all the time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of dreaming, this article should prove informative and will probably blow your mind. Lucid Dreaming We all dream. If you think you don’t, you are wrong, you just don 't remember them when you wake up.  Dreams can be mundane … Read More

via Christian Arthur


Thought I’d share some photos of the recent weather and snow.

Snowy Cumulonimbus

This lovely, sunlit cumulonimbus bought a nice heavy downpour of snow. If you look closely you can see some cumulonimbus mammatus on the side too.

Head over to my Flickr site for some more photos

Open University eBooks available on iTunesU

They’ve got some rather good books, it must be said. Just little nice easy ones, thoroughly interesting nonetheless. I’ve already downloaded the following:

  • An introduction to active galaxies
  • Climate Change
  • Introducing the Environment
  • What is the genome?
  • Geological processes of the British Isles
  • The restless Universe
  • Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere
  • Why sustainable energy matters

Now my iPhone can look slightly more full with books! Woo! Whether I’ll get around to reading them though, I don’t know. I have a huge set of books to get through, none of which I’m reading whilst studying at the moment. It’s a nice idea though!

Follow this link and see if there are any books you like. More to come by the end of the year too!

Timelapses and Astrophotography

I started doing some astrophotography a year or two ago. Only wide angle stuff, I don’t have the fancy kit to do deep space stuff. It took me at least 3 or 4 months to get the knack of it. Braving the cold on my nights off work with my camera, tripod and a flask of tea. I found it quite relaxing. The camera could shoot away whilst I sat to admire the stars.

Here are a few of my decent shots. Of which there aren’t many!

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Fantastic Falcon 9 Launch

Spaceflight changed today with the much anticipated demonstration launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule set atop. The rocket is being designed as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. In other words they want a way to get things (and people) up to the International Space Station. Falcon 9 is the first ever commercial launch vehicle to have been launched, orbit the Earth, and then re-enter. Over the coming years we’ll being seeing a lot more of it. Exciting times ahead!

BBC News article

SpaceX website