March 2011

I started my blog back in December 2010 and it's still going strong. I've posted at least once post a month since then, so feel free to browse through the archives.

Paper Mate Flexgrip Elite Retractable

For the first time I got myself a Paper Mate pen. Mainly because my good friend Douglas Radburn decided to pick one up at Tesco, and I thought it felt rather smooth to write with.

I went for the Paper Mate Flexgrip Elite in a retractable form. I don’t think the design is nearly as fancy as some of my other pens, but as a quick and easy ball point it’s very nice. I’ve been using it in the office to write on post-it notes and while the ink is not always completely consistent, it doesn’t matter because the writing is always super smooth. No scratches here.

The worry is that this purchase has now opened up a new world of pen addiction which I will have to keep my eye on. Hopefully I wont get too addicted.

Freezy Timelapse

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Unfortunately I wasn’t very well at Kielder Star Camp, however I did get a number of nice sky photographs as well as this timelapse video.

As you can see the camera froze over a couple of hours in to the ten hour session – maybe next time I’ll get some kind of heated band to go around my lens… it’s all learning!

Kielder Forest Star Camp

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It’s that time of year again – the 6th annual spring Kielder Forest Star Camp is just around the corner.

Previous years I’ve taken some very nice photographs of the surroundings, but I’ve not been particularly successful at taking anything impressive of the stars themselves… But hopefully this time I’ll make a couple of timelapse videos – probably not as amazingĀ as the one above by the super talentedĀ Martin Whipp, but hey – watch this space!

Many thanks to the Sunderland Astronomical Society and the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society for arranging both the spring and autumn star camps respectively. (Though both of their websites are *so* terrible I wont be linking them!)