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Update: 7th November 2021

I designed a new external enclosure using openscad and printed on my own-built velleman k8200, has been up and running for a week or so and been through some downpours, still OK, so switched graph uploads to that device.

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rate of inflation of bread and butter !

sunflower oil is like almost “unobtainium” eh!

fucking inflation rate on bread and butter is 25% +, sunflower oil is 100% +

swine at the office for national statistics… really as despicable as they say the national socialists were eh!

If only it were possible to do a “neo” style attack on the bbc headquarters eh!, you would probably still miss the target, it was Babylon 5 that covered the least likely spot being the most likely target…

the attack on the uke supermarket, I cannot think of a better spot (using my knowledge of book of ninja and assorted history) for a command post! or simply either incompetent ukrainians with missiles or a deliberate strike and twist of the story to blame the “baby-bayoneting” russians eh! (of course could have been incompetent russians or dodgy missiles) like I looked at the video of people in the park as the alleged strike occurred, looked like a big one…. either staged video or some shrapnel (which can take the form of just stones kicked up from the earth) I’d say I’m 30% confident it was staged video, or that fucker that jumped in the water thought it was a nuke or was hit by shrapnel

what is really really really etc. fishy is how well the rouble is performing eh!

speculators eh! need their eyes poking out, their hands and dicks cut off and their arseholes connected to their gobs through a tube! Actually, maybe leave their eyes in but cut off their ears and partially obscure their vision with them using superglue.. all the better for them to bemoan the tube between their indistinguishable arsehole and gobs…. is it possible for someone to puke up their arsehole? chain reaction ending eh!

Of course the lack of satellite footage also makes me very suspicious, could all be just occurring in the you-know-who owned media “productions” whilst the elite are all just getting massively richer, I cannot imagine a punishment fitting for that, I hope God can!

A funny scenario occurred to me!

What if a few million Germans had simply waltzed through Europe, unarmed, barging their way in, throwing their weight around, saying “you are all anti-germanic” would they have won world war one?

No, I think not, it was not a politically correct enough era back then… still very much Ragnar Redbeard era… (run by murderous swine far removed from the action with several layers of more murderous swine between them and the public eh!) as fundamentally, with extra layers of veneer, it is today eh!

What makes us as humans successful, tools eh! back then it was guns, dynamite, latest poison-gas, now it is very much more weapons of the mind and propaganda.

Back then “Baby-bayoneting Germans” was a bad propaganda thing, whereas, “planned-parenthood” bayoneting babies in the womb is now a good thing eh! (not that I am totally anti-abortion but I think it is, like gender-surgery, over encouraged)

On Reflection… This recent Lock Down was a good way to prepare a population for a limited nuclear war

Don’t you think?

Do you think it will be contained to a limited war?
Some will be in hardened bunkers for sure!

Like that fragment from Dr. Strangelove, where Peter Sellers as Strangelove was talking about selecting nubiles for the bunkers… foreshadowing of the timeline scenario of Logans Run!… a good concept Logans Run was!!!! I mean I say a good concept, I mean a plausible concept, kind of a version of “Brave New World”. (ISTM the world is already waltzing into brave new world eh!)

If I could find the clip of Peter Cook as Prime Minister in “Whoops Apocalypse” where he proposed a massive distribution of union jack umbrellas to ward off the flash, blast and fallout LOL! (and elsewhere in the film getting people to walk over a cliff to help with unemployment… which is another really close-to-the-bone observation)

Nuclear proof umbrella, do you get a free vaccine with that?
Hopefully this is not our future… no LOL (OK a few chuckles)

This is before the pandemic but the line “Remain Indoors and take whatever injections are recommended in the area” is very prophetic,.

Almost as if “them” are taking the piss through their myriad broadcast-channels eh!

The IRONY!!!! of Yanks clamouring to ban guns in Yankistan !

Whilst shipping 40 BILLION dollars $$$ worth of weapons to Ukraine eh!

And not wanting to negotiate at all about Russian concerns

Like some Russian claimed, probably only about $500 million of weapons actually get there, rest is probably pork barrel and general lucre for senators etc.

Isn’t the Ukrainian casualty figure a mysterious missing statistic !

A great story about politics!

Bit off topic I know, but this is very good indeed. Maybe not off topic as in fact it is kind of about Heavenly level politics LOL

I think the crucial thing about this series is, it relies on a supreme authority (King/Queen/Emperor/Whatever) that is more interested in “higher things” than debauchery and money.

Of course debauchery and money are very attractive. And positively promoted by all western media!

And I would add I think “debauchery” is more than sex, drugs and alchohol, these holier than thou bunch of the vaccine drive, or the “global warming” bunch with an actual, would not be fair to call her a “tard”, as their figurehead, are as debauched with “groupthink-righteousness” (and actually probably also in a lot of cases also sex and drugs and alchohol and food or some other vice like seeking a genuine “damien hirst pig in makeup” or whatever).

New four cell 18650 “V9 battery shield” from China, is better than expected.

I received a new four cell battery holder from AliExpress and fitted four unused brown 18650’s also from AliExpress and was expecting maybe 30 hours out of it but it is still good 45 (and counting) hours later, so maybe these batteries are just better/fresher or maybe they have improved the efficiency of the battery shield.

V9 Battery Shield on a 3d printed coaster I designed in the awesome OpenScad

The shields are a nice design in that you can fit 2 pin DuPont headers on both a 3.3v rail and a 5v rail to power several devices simultaneously and then you can use heavy duty copper core wire and solder that to the power-in pads of the Raspberry Pi rather than use the tiny cores of a usb cable. This will provide better power efficiency and much longer power cable lengths.

Verdict: Recommended!

(I have had three of the two cell battery shields in use for a couple of years which are still rock solid except one failing to charge through the micro-usb port which may have been due to a dodgy cable, but that one still charges OK through the usb-c port)

Also I would recommend with any battery that has been used outside, like now these batteries are operating in occasionally sub-zero temperatures, allow the batteries to warm to room temperature for an hour or so before charging.

Note: Do not put them on top of the fire or radiator.

The batteries themselves which have actually been sat doing nothing for over a year I think except a charge or two in a digital display 4 cell charger from guess where? (China of course), all seem quite balanced in the shield all discharged to either 3.04 or 3.05 volts before the shield shut down.. so all good!


OK, as is quite common with stuff from AliExpress these have an oddity, they stuck a new switch on so it operates in two modes… one mode the power status led’s stay on, and a double click on the white button will power it down… but!!! in the other mode, when you power it off it is still putting out 2v on both 5v and 3.3v rails so ????? Well as long as you know that!. And now you do!

Also I guess there are a lot of subtleties about usage modes for longevity of 18650’s I think these do (well they state they do) discharge to 2.5v while on power and then when it cuts out actually the cells recover to 3v… so only time will tell if you were to conduct simultaneous experiments of absolute discharge levels vs. numbers of recharge cycles which is best mode.

anyway, 46 Hours was not bad… and nice to know it can go that long, probably will swap them over at around the 30 hour range at which point they are not so discharged but will go through a recharge cycle…. which is most damaging? deep discharge or the actual recharge cycle? I guess that is the question?


Probably there is a difference in the quality of charge using a more expensive charger than these shields, Like this pack long term is getting 30 or so hours recharging using the shield. Which is in line with the longevity of the 2 cell packs I have had in use for a couple of years, so 600 or so cycles later on each of them still getting 12+ hours. The extra quality required if I was specifying the pack is missing. I guess dual rails are a power waste if you only want 5v or 3.3v for starters. Still as a general purpose thing, not bad. Could be aliexpress stuff from certain suppliers is better or worse. I Won’t mention names, they know who they are already.

My new design 3d-print external enclosure running and uploading graphs.

Graphs uploaded here will now be a better representation of actual external air quality being mounted on the shed rather than being in the shed, probably still some slight cold/warm coupling to the shed as it is in contact with the shed, but much less than being actually in the shed with the doors closed.  One problem exists in that I wired power direct to the pads on the pi and am using a pair of double 18650 AliExpress Chinese battery pack which are cool but not as efficient as they could be. Getting 12+ hours uptime from a pack but may be a delay in switching packs out and a step/spike in the graph if I let the sensor cool down between battery change as it warms up again. Really need to get a 100W solar panel on the shed (to probably get only 20W actual power at this time of year) enough to charge a “leisure battery” up during day.

The Irony of a CO2 shortage

Not been own-brand (neither expensive “mineral” nor own brand cheap fizzy tap water) fizzy water in local Morrisons for months! Was not in any old-brand supermarkets for a couple of months at least (Lidl still had some)  but Sainsburies got fizzy tap water now and Tesco have own brand fizzy mineral water. BUT!!! sure the Tesco mineral water is less fizzy than it was! That is to say it used to be impressively fizzy.

The thing is, this is a several years old problem, I researched it and it is to do with carbon footprint and energy costs and shutting down production of compressed CO2 in the UK. Our leaders are severely substandard it seems to me, except in the fields of bullshit and cover-up at which they excel!

Satellite videos working again

Not checked if satellite videos still working for a while, assumed it was.

I encountered a few problems having switched to an old raspberry pi-b to do the downloads and encoding which is also a SkyPiAQ test node, just to see how the hardware video encoding works using the omx mp4 encoder, I mean not bad, but quality is mediocre anyway. A vfat usb stick auto loading thing was the problem. Still, it is amazing how capable those old pi-b computers were. (and the pi zero).
So switched back to running on a Pi3, tried using h.265 but browser players not compatible enough, shame as it is like double space saving for same quality as standard h.264, so anyway sat vids for today back up with better quality videos.
Will get round to linking to all the missing videos.

Cameras using new awb_mode

New awb_mode for raspberry pi NoIR cameras is now available to fix the pink hue of running auto white balance on the raspberry NoIR cameras. Myself I would call it greenworld, but it is definitely an improvement on the standard auto mode for NoIR cams.
in /boot/config.txt add the following line to end of file

The Dimming, Full Length Climate Engineering Documentary ( Geoengineering Watch )

Lyndon Johnson: “He who controls the weather will control the world”

An Interesting documentary, I like the angle that he only cottoned on when he noticed his solar cell output drop! Of Course the marketing blurb on these panels is very probably far from the general truth

What it’s about, everyone could generate their own solar energy if the corporat-king laputans (laputans (laputa) are one of the sets of characters in Swifts, Gullivers Travels) were not blocking out the sunlight eh!