A limited lifespan [232]

Greetings from my shed...

How you digging that climate change?

It’s the first time in the UK that temperatures of 34°C and above have been recorded for 6 days in a row.


Did you cope with the heat ok? I had my own methods.

Find yourself a cool spot.

Real clotted cream is illegal in the US. But here in the UK it’s becoming a habit that happens in my hammock. I shaded myself under a tree and had a clotted cream ice cream four days running.

And then I ran out of cones. That’s the only thing that stopped me. Although If I had read more about its 55% fat content I may have only gone for two. If i’m honest it’s deliciousness peaks around three quarters of the way through a small cone and then begins to wain. It might be my heart pleading with my brain to stop.

Still my favourite ice cream though.

You never know when you might need this kind of skill so here is how clotted cream is made.

Seriously, if there were two people stood at the drawbridge of my well defended commune, I’d deffo welcome the one with the cow and the knowledge to make this stuff.

The social media guru will be sent back into the badlands.


Me and the kids chose a particularly hot day to combine cycling, sweating, geocaching and a picnic.

Worked out fine in the end but the caches seem to be getting smaller. Back in 2003 I remember pulling on a chain in a canal to reveal a piece of drainpipe. Sealed inside was a large die cast metal yellow submarine. I didn’t have anything of equal value to leave there so left it. Now-a-days you are lucky to find anything other than a soggy bit of paper.

I did get excited to find this fake pinecone. Inside it… a soggy piece of paper.

So I left an old Iraqi coin for the next person.


I had to take my lad to the dentist. He had a little pain recently. Heading back after they have been closed for so long was a surreal experience.

He might not look it but he was pretty chilled and took it in his stride. Even his first ever X-ray. They told me that the normal 20 clients a day are down to a maximum of 10 due to all the cleaning and sterilisation needed between each appointment. If they do any drilling they have to leave the room free for an hour before the next patient.

It’s a stressful job at the best of times. Especially with the recent hack.

It was all good though. Just a sore gum from a new tooth coming through.


I have spent a fair few hours this week studying.

As well as trying to remember things I once knew, i’m cramming my brain with new stuff. Not much of it is sticking. It has been too hot to create new neural pathways. Plus there is other background stuff taking up a good portion of my attention.


So procrastination once again wins the day.

This weeks internet rabbithole was opened up when I was asked if the Triceratops was ever a real dinosaur.

The question was triggered by the dog’s favourite toy. (Triggered not asked)

I get a little confused when reading about the Triceratops and the Torosaurus as many think they were distinct species, some think the Triceratops was a baby Torosaurus and a minority think that the Torosaurus evolved into the Triceratops.

What I do know as fact, is that although this ‘Ruffer and tuffer’ Triceratops gets terrible reviews…

…it has well out lived many other toys in the jaws of our canis lupus familiaris. This one has lasted her months when some toys only last minutes. She may have torn bits off but she still loves it.


I found this used radio shop run by a 75 year old ham radio operator. Lovely guy who often sells cheaper than Ebay, checks everything out and offers a three month warrantee.

I saw this video of his home-brew HF radio set up in his car and felt he was the right kind of nerd to buy from.

So I bagged myself a bargain. The Yaesu FT-857D. I’ll mostly likely share some audio of it in use into the subscribers podcast feed.


Incidentally, as we are now in a recession i’ll be making more of these emails free and extending the 20% off for life subscription link which will work till the end of the year.

Also, to thank those that do support my weekly dispatch… If you are a subscriber working for yourself and think a mention in this email might help your business, let me know. I’m more than happy to give a shout out. Or if you want to make a video or audio clip, I could link to it.

For example… Subscriber @McFontaine is a freelance podcast producer who I’ve known for many years and can highly recommend his work. I have dabbled in what he does and when it comes to production, he’s forgotten more than i’ll ever know.

Obviously if there is a rush for mentions then what I might do is create an open thread free-for-all where subscribers can share what they do to pay the bills.


Bit late to the party here but despite seeing adverts for this EVERYWHERE, I will not be buying the ‘Pocket staff’.

I do like the video though. Made me laugh. Love how he rates things out of ‘5 deadly venoms’.


Here is a Tarantino film you might not have seen. His first.


I’m enjoying the work of SethGlobepaunter.


If I could think of a use for this open source pocket pc i’d be all over it.


Some links…


“The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.” ~ Mya Robarts


I’ve just cut this short but we were almost there.

We’ve just heard that my Wife’s Grandad has died. Peacefully in his sleep, family at his side. He told some great stories. Especially of his time driving the Beatles. With his incredibly long medical history he wanted his body to go to medical science. Where he will continue to tell stories for many years to come.


Check-in on your elders,

Over.