Manual 365/43 Four Billion Years Of Evolution Results In Cats Liking Warm!

DSC_6010.jpgHappy Darwin Day ya bunch of Apes! It took the sacrifice and toil of millions upon millions of organisms to get you to where you are today so embrace it and take that step forward, your DNA is relying on you!


And just think one day, sedimentary  mud and seismic inactivity permitting, you could be a fossil! (Best get buried at the bottom of a river too)

And talking of great days and fossils; Happy 4000,000,0058th Birthday Rob!


A wonderful wander down Albufeira beach and across the cliffs (highly recommended) The weather wasn’t great but that didn’t matter. Over 500 shots and most were usable. Followed by a brief siesta and then back into town for one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time. Oh, and for the record, the bag the cat’s sat on is mine, I don’t own the cat, I don’t even know the cat but once I put my bag on the floor he decided it was his. The Cat Sanctuary is another great place to visit in Albufeira… If you like cats, great views… And cats.

Finally, because it’s late


Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/24 What Happens When Hydrogen Atoms Collide And Sheepdog Talks About Infinity..

The Hydrogen question was asked by my daughter on our trip up to Sussex for the party yesterday. Now, I am most definitely no scientist but  I adore science and all that it does for us and I have a very basic understanding of how certain things work and I also know that false information is caustic to fact, so rather than taking an educated guess I filed it for later thought and research (Google), said I wasn’t sure and turned up the radio. Playing at the time was a great little indie podcast (They’ll tell you they’re The Number One Independent Gaming Podcast) called The Mature Gamer Podcast, hosted by Kev and Sheepdog (Steve but his names not really Steve, it’s Richard) Anna and Pav and they were chatting about a game called No Mans Sky, the developers of this game claim that the universe it’s set in is infinite and that caused me to prick up my ears somewhat.

Surely, if it’s infinite somewhere within the game is now and here and just then and you and tomorrow… And the brain started to hurt and continues to do so but, thanks to the internet I now have a little more information and a video hoisted by a guy asking the questions I would have…

(I did try to embed it here but it didn’t work so click the link and ignore my technical ignorance)

It’s an amazing concept and I really hope it works out right and if you think about it, if they’re using this kind of thinking in games, what’s going on in the “real” world?

(Just for the record, I’m not a simulated universe believer but it’s always good to think and also, have a look at the properties of Pi)

Oh, and when Hydrogen atoms bump into each other it all depends on the pressures, they could just transfer energy and go off in another direction, fuse together to become Helium or they could become a solar inferno (That’s lots of them though with quite high pressures)

Now, back to the photography (Shepherding Photons) and still keeping with the science,

Oxygen; Corrosive but essential. There is no life in iron and steel.JPG

I know that todays blog is light on the photography side but I’ve had a flash of inspiration and am now starting another long term project, I’m not going to disclose at the moment what it is but, if everything goes to plan and it works it should be quite impressive.

I Tweet in this augmented reality -> @focalthingy

Proof of alien life is -> Not evident in any of my pictures

And it’s Steve Hawkins not Stephen Hawking (he’s the better looking one)

And I’ve resurrected my Instagram account, you should be able to find me if you search for focal_thingy, there’s some old pictures on there from back in the day.

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