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12 2008

Wed, 17 Dec 2008

Deux chevaux vapeur

Or, reasons why the 2CV is not such a bad car after all -

It can be driven across a ploughed field without breaking the basket of eggs you just happen to have placed on the passenger seat:



Not only that, apparently they're also just pretty good for driving off-road in general:



Hmmm... that last video looks like it's a UK-registered car being driven in Australia. I wasn't certain that you were allowed to do that...

posted at: 02:05 | path: /cars/oldcars | permanent link to this entry

Mon, 15 Dec 2008

DIY Kaleidoscope

This one could fit under "do try this at home".

A few weeks ago, my father bought some longish, square metal poles for some DIY around the house. At the hardware store, I noticed that these made quite a good "DIY kaleidoscope":

   

Here is what the pipe looks like:

 

The photos themselves aren't really very good, but it was an interesting little experiment just to see if I could get an interesting photo that way. Next time, I think I'll try a camera that gives me a bit more manual control than the little point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix I used for this.

The other problem I will have to overcome is one of wobble: as I was holding the camera with one hand, and the metal tube with the other, both were wobbling and in different directions and to different extents. This made it a bit harder to get a steady photograph...

posted at: 06:09 | path: /photography/experiments | permanent link to this entry

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