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If humanity is the only intelligence in the universe, the universe is screwed!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Infrared photography. Pictures in a whole new light!

One of our old digital camera's got scared and leaked its battery juice all over its insides and stopped working ... so

Easy project to convert it to an IR camera whilst cleaning the acidy goo from its innards;

Vivitar 5188 - 5MP CMOS camera - Dead cheap and came with a wicked underwater housing;

Step 1, remove all the screws;

Step 2, remove the front and back case. Be carefull of any wires that are still connected.;

Step 3, carefully unscrew and remove the lens assembly;

Notice how the lens is red in colour, this is the filter that blocks IR light in normal operation. This has to be removed (carefully of course).

I did try to scrape away the red coating, but scratched the lens :( - removing it seemed the sensible option as its not a focusing lens and not really needed!

Step 4, get yourself down to the local photo processing place and ask for some film that has been developed but has no image (It should be almost completely black when looking through it) - There may also be some on your own negatives. I was lucky and had 1 frame of completely exposed and developed film with no image on it.

Cut out 2 disks the same size as the lens and place them back to back so no visible light can be seen.

Secure them in to the lens housing with 2 spots of superglue (1 on each side) makeing sure you do not cover the screw thread on the lens.

Step 5, re-assemble the lens in the camera holder and tighten as far as it will go, but do not over tighten as you will touch and then destroy the CMOS sensor and this mod will be useless!

Step 6, start taking surreal alien like pictures with your new IR wavelength camera!

What do you think then eh?

This is how all badges should be!

I love the hardware hacking scene.

Wish the access badges at work were as cool as this;

Read the full story here!

Where have all the fish gone?

It's no wonder fish are harder to catch.


Tiger Tiger, burning bright!

Here is Toffee in all her glory! :)

ok, so she is more like a Lion with that maine, but Lion, Lion burning bright did not sound right! (Ooo, there is a poem in its own right! hee hee)

We love you pussy cat! xx

Dum dum dum, dum de dum, dum de dum!

Dum dum dum, dum de dum, dum de dum!
Dum dum dum dum de duddle dum, dum dum, dum de duddle dum dum dum, dum de dum, dum de dem!

Here is my newest acquisition in all its glory! A genuine 1981 All Terrain Armoured Transport.

The only thing it is missing is the chin lasers. :(

I have not tried the lights or aounds yet, so once I have some large batteries I will be firing her up! :)

Friday, 10 June 2011


Its been almost a week since I last blogged.

Been busy I guess. (Blogged up!)

Woke up this morning to great weather - Hope it lasts!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Look what I found!

Found this underneath a load of books in the office!

Taken I think in 1980-1981 at Duke Street Primary School in Denton.

Soooo many faces I have not seen for many years!

Thats me circled in red! Haw haw!

Everyone in this picture will be at least 40 now! :)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

TFI Friday!

Well its the end of the week, the sun is shining and all seems well.

How long will it last?

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Thursday morning - Good morning world.

A very good morning to you all.

Grey and a bit grim looking out of the window.

The poor guy across the road from us seem to have had his garden shed burned down yesterday!

His fencing is gone and I can see blackened remains of what was once his garden shed.

Lament the shed!

All the plastic brackets and 'thingies' on the house next door have melted.

One hell of a fire I guess! :(