Monthly archives: October 2005


If you haven’t seen Serenity yet I recommend you get out there and do it now. It’s the only film I’ve paid full price for in the year and a half since the Orange Wednesday two-for-one deal started.

This guy is scratchbuilding a model of the Serenity spaceship, originally with a deadline of the September 29th, but now he’s aiming for the end of the month.

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Magazine Review: Scale Models Collector International

SMI celebrates its 36th birthday with the issue I picked up, doing so with a change in layout and direction and the addition of Collector to the title. There is a section devoted to slot cars, which I appreciated despite never having owned a Scalextric set, The model builds vary between one and four pages and are pitched at the moderately experienced modeller.

There is one problem with the magazine. They really need a better copy editor, particularly on the news and new releases pages, and some of the inset images are on top of the text, blocking it completely. Both of these are failings that shouldn’t be happening in a magazine of this vintage. If they’re looking for someone to catch these problems, they can always employ me.

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Sex and the long distance astronaut

sex and “romantic entanglements” could hinder and even endanger long duration space missions, according to a panel of US researchers. Earth based simulations of spaceship style living have ended in sexual harassment and brawls, though that may just have been the Russians playing up.

But he says sex may also benefit missions by creating “a sense of stability or normalisation”. Ellison agrees, saying sex or masturbation could help alleviate boredom and anxiety on the long, lonely journeys through space.

“It could help or hinder, depending on how many people you’ve got, their relationship, and what it means to them,” she told New Scientist.

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A bike with all mod cons

The Aerorider is being touted as the ultimate commuter bike, though I reckon the extra width and length would be counter productive (but then I commute along Europe’s busiest bus route, perhaps on a normal road you wouldn’t have to heft your bike around other vehicles as much). I see it more as the ultimate touring bike instead. In fact it would probably be better with the built in electric motor removed, unless they’ll allow it charge a dynamo and/ or solar cells for those multi day rides.

via Treehugger

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Does anyone know of any cheap workshop space in manchester? The idea would be to use it for larger modelling projects, scale products and some craft projects all of which would, of course, be documented on the spinneyhead family. Proximity to withington would be a bonus, as the allotment has shown the disincentive of travelling too far. (on the allotment front, i have visited it this week and done some work, expect an update on dig. Now that it’s on my route home from work it will get more attention.)