Autumn

It's a bank holiday weekend after a busy week at work. The original plan was to head down to Weymouth for some windsurfing followed by a trip to Cornwall. However, I decided to cancel that after a combination of the thought of sharing busy trains carrying huge numbers of holidaymakers on Friday evening, and some pretty alarming case rates further southwest, high enough for the Cornish government to ask people to stay away if they don't have already have a booking.

On the other hand, I've been getting out a bit locally. I discovered the joy of midweek outings to the city of Bath to discover more local restaurants. Venues are quiet and it breaks up the week. On Wednesday I had an great Nepalese meal followed by a rum cocktail on a pavement seat watching people go by in the pretty streets of Bath.

It's really quite early for it, but we're beginning to see a shift into autumn now. I think many of my friends are 'autumnal people', and people are getting excited about things like woodland walks, jacket potatoes, soup, hot chocolate, bonfires, and mushroom hunting. I can certainly see the appeal myself, and I suspect autumn in this corner of Wiltshire is going to be stunning.

And in that vein, let's take a look at Dan's trailcam video for 2021-08-29. Last time the downstream cam had relatively few videos because the cattle had been grazing in the field next to it. The cattle are gentle and curious, but huge, so maybe they intimidate some of the other residents of the wood. I moved the camera, which seems to now been taking video of branches illumated with infra-red light, though this gave some nice shots of wildlife through the branches.

We have, of course, lots of rabbits, chasing each other around like crazy and touching noses, and some detailed shots of the hares. We have a nice 4.30am rat having a look around, and a bouncy weasel! Squirrels are carrying food and digging holes for it; there's a hole just in front of 'den cam' in which nutshells and other things can often be found. The fox is there with a big bushy tail. Badgers are still lumbering around, and we've mentioned a couple of times of situating a camera much nearer to their sett. The lovely deer are following each other around in the early morning. There's a particularly nice shot of the stag in the foreground with the beehives in the back, all strapped up to be badger-proof.

Because of the busy week at work, there's nothing much in the way of tech stuff. I have, however, realised that my Amazon Kindle (which at one point I thought it was a great idea to get) is perfect for browsing Geminispace via a proxy like https://portal.mozz.us/ which uses a white background. Browsing the web on a 2011 Kindle Touch is very much a clever hack on Amazon's part. With the modern web of ten years later, however, the compromises necessary to render pages on a six-inch, 167 PPI e-ink display with a slow refresh rate are too many to make it a usable tool. By contrast, browsing Gemini is a pleasure, and a reminder of how things were before the rot.

Also this week

Unstable Radio via Hoffman's Twitch Stream; Hacking on Network 7, a youth music and current affairs programme from 1987-88 (I remember watching this series live, with a segment where they claimed to clone a cashcard using a videotape recorder and then use it); Disasterpeace's Lullatwerp; Consent-o-Matic, a plugin for automatic handling of GDPR consent forms (but not yet actively monitored for security by Mozilla); the Winamp skin museum; Stonehenge - Alien Monument or Giant Xylophone?, a This Paranormal Life investigation into nearby places; the Great British Public Toilet Map (sponsored by Domestos, a British brand of bleach); Valetudo, a cloud replacement for rooted Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaners.