my recent reads..

The Planes of Imperial Japan

The Planes of Imperial Japan is a little project I made while waiting for a plane at Haneda Airport back in 2023.

I wanted a way to quickly lookup Japanese planes from the second world war and get a basic summary with pictures and links to more information .. including a link to scalemates if you are looking for scale models;-)

Sources are available on GitHub, click through for more information..


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Long Live The Blog!

Over the past week I’ve subscribed to THREE NEW BLOGS in the old reader:

AND here’s my first post in 4 years.

Are blogs back!?!?!?!?!?!?

I think so and apparently I’m not the only one. For two reasons:

  • we’re jaded by the entrenched social networks (especially when captured by raving loony fascist billionaires)
  • and AI is rapidly devaluing stumbled-upon content

For some like me, and admittedly perhaps not for the majority, this means I find myself skewing back to personally curated information and hand-crafted experiences.

Blogs are good for that.

For over a decade, Twitter was my main social network. It was largely responsible for drawing me away from blogs. Of course when Google killed reader it was apparently game over.

I gave up Twitter a few years ago when Musk took over, had a half-hearted attempt at moving to mastodon, but it never really fired in the same way.

I’ve since found a pretty nice home over on Instagram - especially for my model builds and craft - but it is not a place for discussions. And by virtue of my Instagram account I do dabble a bit in Facebook, but I try to avoid it (despite the insistence of some of the communities I circulate in to do all their business on Facebook …harrumph).

Anyway for now, raise your glass and let’s toast to the ongoing success of one of the most viral, subversive, and underground content movements the world has seen since the days of flagrant pamphleteering … THE BLOG.


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Irago Seapark

I’ve been researching attractions along the Atsumi Peninsula “Donburi (Rice bowl) Kaido Road” such as 民宿お食事処 田原屋 Minshuku Restaurant Tawaraya - see their site.

It’s near Irago Seapark - who managed to capture the attention of the satellites at just the right time!


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The LEAP Gallery

From the start, every project in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects (LEAP) collection has included at least one hero image as part of the documentation.

So feeling lazy and in the mood for some un-challenging fiddling, I decided to put them in a gallery. It’s perhaps not very useful as a visual navigation tool, but at least I find it interesting to look at the patterns.

The transition from green cutting board to wood tones corresponds with about when I discovered the Boldport Club and started to think of my hobby as more art than science. Not that it has turned me into a photographic genius, but at least now I think twice about lighting and background before snapping away!


NB: loading time is not optimized, as I haven’t generated thumbnails for the images.

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