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Category archive: Technology

Wednesday April 24 2019

Fifteen years ago today, on April 24th 2004, at the Parliament end of Westminster Bridge, I took a clutch of photos of a guy who was photoing the London Eye from that spot:


So far so ordinary.  Not so ordinary, however, is that he was using a mobile phone.  This is one of the earliest sightings I have found in the archives of mobile phone photoing, a trend only resisted now by freaks like me who care lots about photoing, but almost nothing about instantly communicating, of photos or of anything much else.

My camera was a Canon A70.

Friday April 19 2019

But it does very well without one.

Video here.

I’ve included “War” in the category list below, because the battlefield is surely one of the places where these contraptions will make their creepy presence particularly felt.

Saturday April 13 2019

After I photoed those metal men beside the river; outside the old Woolwich Arsenal, I then walked up river towards the Dome, photoing photos like this:


However, just before photoing that photo; I photoed this next photo, of a painter, hard at work:


And here is the photo I photoed of how he was making this scene look:


The painting above had yet to say this, but that is the Tate & Lyle factory just south of London City Airport.

I asked this artist’s permission to photo his painting, which he graciously gave, but I did not ask him who he was.  The polite way of asking that would have been to say: Do you have a website?  But, alas, I forgot to ask this:  So, no link to any website, Apologies to him if he does have a website, and apologies to you.

Saturday April 06 2019

The designated starting point of my walk beside the river last Monday was Assembly (that being a photo of Assembly being assembled), the sculpture assembly outside the Woolwich Arsenal next to the river:


Those are some of the photos I photoed, and they are pretty much the photos everyone else photos of these metal men, and pretty much the same as the photos I photoed when last I visited these men.  That was in April 2011.  It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, which I think is because these metal men, once seen, are not soon forgotten.

Assembly is the work of Peter Burke.  My googling skills are such that I often have to have several goes at a subject before I find my way to the stuff that I find the most informative and interesting.  I can just about remember visiting the Peter Burke website, but I don’t recall ever reading this biography of Peter Burke before.  Nor do I recall learning that this Assembly assembly began life somewhere else.  Or maybe he did an Assembly for that rural setting, and then did another Assembly for outside the Woolwich Arsenal.  Yes, probably that.  Burke is big on mass production, like his contemporary and mate (apparently) Gormley.

And, I certainly never watched this video of Peter Burke speaking until now.  As with all artists talking about their work, I see rather little connection between what he says about his work and what the work says to me.  But at least what he says is mostly accurate, in that he mostly describes how he made it.  There is hardly any pretentious art-speak bollocks of the sort that would get him sneered at at Mick Hartley‘s.

A key to why I like Peter Burke is that before he started doing art he was a Rolls Royce engineer, working on aero-engines.  He liked and still likes how stuff like that looks.  Snap.  Unlike me, from then on, he knew how to make it.

But someone could do all the things Peter Burke describes himself doing when he does his art and produce art that says nothing to me at all.  Insofar as he does describe what he thinks his art actually means, he pretty much loses me.  Which might explain why I only like some of his art, such as Assembly.

What I get from Assembly, as well as the obvious military vibes I wrote about in that 2011 posting, is something to do with stoicism, emotional self-control, being a man, being a man under extreme pressure while keeping your manly cool.  Even to the point of looking rather comical while doing all this.

Friday April 05 2019

On June 13th 2008 I was wandering about in Quimper, photoing photos.  Mostly the photos were of such things as Quimper Cathedral with its twin spires, photoers photoing Quimper Cathedral with its twin spires, that kind of thing.

But in among all those, and with no accompanying explanation (like a context photo with less zoom (memo to self: always photo a context photo if it might help)), this:


KanaBeach seems to be some sort of Brittany based clothing brand ("Kanabeach est une entreprise de vêtements bretonne"), which a few years later seems to have crashed and burned, after which catastrophe it may or may not have made a recovery.  (A recovery attempt which involved a giraffe, for some reason.)

But, I have no idea who Jean-Francois Kanabeach is.  And I am similarly baffled by the Nuclear Rabbits From Outta Space.  Google’s basic reaction to that was, first off, to ask if I meant “Nuclear Rabbits From Outer Space”.

A rabbit was, so it says here, launched into space in 1959.  And the Chinese did some stuff on the Moon in 2013, with something called the Jade Rabbit (aka Yutu).  But Nuclear Rabbits, from Outta Space?  Quesque c’est? Usually the Internet has something to say in answer to questions like this.  But in this matter, rien.

Monday April 01 2019

Today, in the spectacular weather that had been promised and which duly occurred, I took a walk along the river, from the Woolwich Arsenal back towards the centre of London in a westerly direction until I got to the Dome, ak these days a the O2.

I saw many things, but I only now have the energy to tell you about one of them.  This:


Click to get a more panoramic view, with more context.

After much futile searching with Google Maps, I eventually just took a guess that it might be something to do with London City Airport, and so it proved.  (Scroll down there and all is explained.) This is the London City Airport Digital Air Traffic Control Tower.  Thanks to this structure, and thanks in particular to its numerous superzoom surveillance cameras, the people who do the Air Traffic Control for London City Airport can be miles away.  Either they already are or they soon will be:

London City Airport has announced it is to become the first UK airport to build and operate a digital air traffic control tower, with a multi-million pound investment in the technology. The innovative plans are a flagship moment in the airport’s 30th anniversary year, and mark the start of a technological revolution in UK airport air traffic management.

Working closely with NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services, London City Airport has approved plans for a new tower, at the top of which will be 14 High Definition cameras and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras. The cameras will provide a full 360 degree view of the airfield in a level of detail greater than the human eye and with new viewing tools that will modernise and improve air traffic management.

The images of the airfield and data will be sent via independent and secure super-fast fibre networks to a brand new operations room at the NATS control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire. From Swanwick, air traffic controllers will perform their operational role, using the live footage displayed on 14 HD screens that form a seamless panoramic moving image, alongside the audio feed from the airfield, and radar readings from the skies above London, to instruct aircraft and oversee movements.

That announcement happened in 2017.  The tower no longer needs to be a computer graphic, because there it now is.  But, I suspect, only rather recently.  I think the reason I couldn’t find this Thing on Google Maps is that Google Maps has not yet caught up.

Scaffolding is not a category for this posting.  It may look like scaffolding, but it’s not.  That’s it.

Thursday March 28 2019

Today, thanks to GodDaughter2, who is a singing student, I got to see a dress rehearsal of a new opera being staged by English National Opera called Jack The Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.  I had my camera with me, but these places don’t encourage photography, so I was assuming I’d emerge from the Coliseum with only the memories of what we’d seen and heard.

The story was, of course, gruesome, and GodDaughter2 grumbled about the lighting, which was relentlessly dark and depressing.  However, the music was pleasingly tonal, drenched in melodies, and most especially in harmonies, of a sort that seemed, in my youth half a century ago, like they’d vanished from the world of new opera for ever.

Back in that stricken post-Schoenbergian musical no-man’s-land, posh music was thought to “progress”, like science.  And it had progressed up its own rear end into unmelodious, unharmonious, unrhythmic oblivion, and because this was progress, no way back was permitted.  But then, that was all blown to smithereens by the likes of Philip Glass and John Adams.  Iain Bell, the composer of Jack The Ripper, operates in the musical world established by those two American giants.

So even though we were about a quarter of a mile away from the action, up near the ceiling, and thus couldn’t make out anyone’s face, just being there was a most agreeable experience.

And then come the curtaln call at the end, there was another nice surprise:


That being the final surtitle of the show, to be seen in the spot up above the stage where all the previous surtitles had been saying what they had been singing.  So I got my camera out, cranked up the zoom to full power, and did what I could.

The curtain calls looked like this:


I was particularly interested in the lady in the yellow dress, on the right of the four ladies (guess what they all had in common), because that lady was Janis Kelly, who is GodDaughter2’s singing teacher at the Royal College.

Rather disappointingly, for me, was that most of the photos I took of Ms Kelly were better of the lady standing next to her when they were taking their bows, a certain Marie McLaughlin:


But I did get one reasonably adequate snap of Ms Kelly, suitably cropped (the photo, I mean) to remove Ms McLaughlin, whose nose had been sliced off in the original version that had emerged from the camera:


My camera now has much better eyesight than I do, and the gap seems to grow by the month.  Okay, that photo is rather blurry.  But there was a lot of zoom involved. I only managed to decipher about a third of those surtitles.  One of the key members of the cast was black, but I only found this out when I got home and saw her in one of my photos (see above).

I hope a DVD, or perhaps some kind of internetted video, of this production emerges.  And I think it might, because this is a show full of pro-female messages of the sort that appeal to modern tastes, and featuring one of the most spectacular exercises in toxic masculinity in London’s entire history.

I’m now going to read the synopsis of the show at the far end of the first link above, to get a a more exact idea of what happened.

Wednesday March 27 2019

While I’m on the subject of One Blackfriars, as I was last night, here is a rather charming piece of urban sculpture to be seen outside its front door, photoed earlier on the day I photoed the photo in the previous posting:


I’ve heard this expression but never understood what it was about.  Having read this, I now understand it a bit better:

Wet risers are used to supply water within buildings for firefighting purposes. The provision of a built-in water distribution system means that firefighters do not need to create their own distribution system in order to fight a fire and avoids the breaching of fire compartments by running hose lines between them.

Wet risers are permanently charged with water. This is as opposed to dry risers which do not contain water when they are not being used, but are charged with water by fire service pumping appliances when necessary.

Part B of the building regulations (Fire Safety) requires that fire mains are provided in all buildings that are more than 18 m tall. In buildings less than 50 m tall, either a wet riser or dry riser fire main can be provided. However, where a building extends to more than 50 m above the rescue service vehicle accesslevel, wet risers are necessary as the pumping pressure required to charge the riser is higher than can be provided by a fire service appliance, and to ensure an immediate supply of water is available at high level.

Blog and learn.

Wet riser inlet
Vapour trail light
X marks the spot in the sky
The Optic Cloak from closer up
The new Greenwich Peninsula
More healthcare technology in action
A different way to open a car door
A small taste of life without water
The Park Hotel seen from the park
Early views of the Optic Cloak
Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats
The Optic Cloak
The Michelin Man stained glass window
Smartphone photoers on Westminster Bridge
Alexa gets the bird (fruit, ice cream, light bulbs, a kettle ….)
Yet another Big Thing alignment
NFL photoer photos The City Cluster (plus video of a stadium roof opening)
More photos by Dominique
Nullius in Verba on the impact of automation – obvious and not so obvious
The STAEDTLER Mars plastic has staying power
Now thrive the cardboard makers
Books and a telegram
Sunrise on the way to Alicante (etc.)
The Penmarc’h Lighthouse
City views from 2004
The Advent of a new keyboard
A flash photo of Stephen Davies
The Boxing Day posting
The Christmas Day posting
Forget those electric sheep
Dolphin on Jupiter
Taxis with adverts in the dark
A friend gets into domestic 3D-printing
The secret is the back wheels
Stow-Away in Lower Marsh
Like a bridge but not a bridge
Stanford-le-Hope but not cranes
Chimney pots and blue sky
Robot flying car guesses that make sense
Total Surveillance photos
Another niche market for robot vehicles
Birds on a girder
Transport chat with Patrick Crozier (and sorry for the delay telling you about it)
The view across The Broadway
Darren gets it
The title of my talk at Christian Michel’s on Jan 6th 2019
BMdotcom financial quote of the day
More modern architectural colour
Lithium batteries are about to get a whole lot more powerful
How the London Underground pioneered credit cards
The performing horses of Warwick Castle: Nice legs – shame about the faces
“That wealth can be created and not just rearranged or come at someone’s expense …”
Flexible electronic paper could be available in colour …
The last really fine day of 2018 (2): Scaffolding wrapped and unwrapped - and the Reichstag wrapped
Rob Fisher on the meaning of Facebook
Confirmation that The Peak is a one-off rather than a two-off
Rolleiflex (and Canon) man
The last really fine day of 2018 (1): Some pleasurable reinforcement
How the Shard was looking nine years ago
Photoing The Wheel from Tottenham Court Road
Views from the John Lewis roof garden
Roof clutter viewed through an RCM window
What electrified track looks like when they really turn up the electricity
TIL about TIL
Another leaning crane
Thoughts on concentra …
A lorry brings reinforcements
A noisy anteater
Street lamp in front of crane
Imperfectly hidden scaffolding
Battersea rollerblader
This actually did get my attention
A concrete pump?
Driverless vehicles with faces and driverless vehicles to sleep on
Shape shifting wheels
Sun and rain in Brussels – February 2005
Pimlico roof clutter
Photoers ten years ago today
A view from the Shard
Poetry is not dead
A better way to package bananas
Interesting headgear
Heatwave jacket derangement syndrome
Cricket lovely cricket
IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor (and more Samsung overheating)
Recovering with McFarlane
Silly sofa to advertise domestic television getting bigger and better
Uncluttered French train roofs
A photo-rumination on French rail clutter
James Bond’s next Aston Martin
Tim Harford at Think 2018
Photoer with street map
Big Thing Alignment with an appropriate slogan in the foreground
RAF 100 flypast
Kane celebrates
The Peak and its window cleaning crane
Cromwell with a plain background
Now you see it – now you don’t
Covered scaffolding in sunshine
The notes for my talk
More photoers
Thirteen ladies
The new Spurs stadium is nearly ready (and the views will be great)
Hammersmith - cranes - sunset
Internet not working
The ultimate non-disruptive technology
A better hand dryer at the Gare du Nord
Angel Bear outside the Gare du Nord
Nova behind Pavlova
A missed opportunity
There is no such thing as user friendliness
Personalised cat flaps
Talking with - and without - a microphone
The Castalian String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall last night
Me and Me talk on the phone
I need a link dump
In Tottenham Court Road
On April 7th 2008 …
Robot dog apocalypse
3D printed bridge looks like alien technology
Haircut selfies
Weird Piccadilly photos today
Assorted Twitterings
A temporary RCM corridor – the inside and the outside
Wartime Encryption for Pigeons
I love bridges and now I love bridge building even more
South Kensington roof clutter
My new FZ150
Small Lego buildings and small 3D printed buildings
Piano being played at Tottenham Court Road tube station
A twentieth century bank robber gets a nagging from the cashier he is robbing
But they didn’t mean this thing to look like a penis
A selfie in the Warwick Way gymnasium front window
Everyone can now do beautiful “art” with one click
The horror of a concrete thing having its eye put out
War and peace
Yet more photoers
Quota urinal
Pavlova dances on a sign and next to a clock
The light and the lights of Victoria Station
Piccadilly in the wet
Strange home decorating photo
Primrose Hill photoers
Deidre McCloskey praises the Bourgeois Deal
The Gayer-Anderson Cat
Me and Patrick talk television
The great Classical CD Holocaust of December 2017: The struggle continues
New kinds of transport on newly created surfaces
Camera not conked out – I just pressed the wrong knob by mistake
Googling for new planets
A big panda (with stars in its eyes) at Victoria Station
Cantilevered Thameslink seats
Vinyl Empire
Shazam for art
Tilbury (2): Pop faces on a footbridge
Bass flute
Christmas is coming
The electricity meter man photos my electricity consumption with his mobile
A recognisable Lancaster and a recognisable Vulcan
Better batteries in the pipeline
Ashes to virtual Ashes
“A large and reversible display unlike anything we’ve seen before …”
Brushing up my Shakespeare
A railway without rails in China
Two shiny windows
Stop your dog pulling on his leash – make your dog pull you
How robots will augment human performance
Another Big But Thin Thing in New York
Nadar takes photos from his giant balloon
The leaning tower cranes of London
Manet (and Nadar?) makes Olympia look like a photo
A good day
Bounty Bars for Alfie Saggs
The Boomerang nearly finished
David Hockney likes having servants!
Another reinforced concrete fighting to the death photo
Quota dragon
A lot of people used to go to see the paintings in the Paris Salon
Ross King introduces Meissonier
Repairig the etters o y eyboard
Watching the Surrey v Yorkshire feed
A disruptive book about nineteenth century French painting
Pede Lorean
Video cameras from yesteryear
Bromley-by-Bow tube to the Twelvetrees Crescent bridge
XYZprinting’s full-colour 3D printer ‘paints’ your builds as it makes them
Two Union Jacks
The yellow tubes are temporary, right?
Kobelco excavator
Aug ‘17 OSB10: Kevin Kelly on the myth of superhuman AI
Aug ‘17 OSB8: More tech
DLR Big Thing sunset
Aug ‘17 OSB7: 3D Printing is non-disruptive
August 2017 Old School Blogging (3): Birth of the Camera Phone
August 2017 Old School Blogging (2): Very thin but still posh new London house
August 2017 Old School Blogging (1): The Plan
Tom Burroughes
A quota photo of the Shard with foliage and two ridiculous problems solved
Two Seifert roof clutter clusters
Digital photography has made trophy views more valuable and New York skyscrapers taller and thinner
A gadget that worked really well
Transparent cube containing three spirit levels that goes where a flash would normally go
When advertising doesn’t quite work
Google now realises that I was spot on about Google Glass
Me elsewhere
Why computers are so dumb and so insolent
Some comedy stainless steel
Three dead screens
Quota photo on account of the heat
Two selfies
What a difference a screen makes
Beau Brummell and three smartphoners
Accidental movie
Food photoing
Twiddly cameras – 2005-2007
Flypast photo
Towering inferno
The same piece quotulated twice
Champions Trophy thoughts
Michal Huniewicz drone-photos London Gateway and its cranes
City peddlers etc.
Animated tube maps
Forth Bridge photo with a difference
Victoria chimney cluster
Barcelona Big Things (and Barcelona Big Thing graphics)
Burlington Arcade (with roof clutter)
The queens of the canning factory
Incorporating the little orange light in the design
Lincoln Paine: A ship in the desert
The Walkie Talkie and its window cranes
Big Things with foreground clutter
A picture of a book about pictures
Battersea Power Station then and now and soon
Lincoln Paine shifts the emphasis from land to water (with a very big book)
Rose red city
Eastern towers
Window cleaning cranes in Victoria
The past and the future
Misty (or polluted) at Canning Town
“Robot” suggests the possibility of fraternization
Slam City Skates in Covent Garden
Cat proximity awareness
Indian sign cautions against selfie sticks
If Pugs could fly
More Dezeenery
IKEA furniture – Lego furniture?
Objectivity is indistinguishable from hate
Lost and found
Two sunsets and two London towers
Photoing last Friday’s Last Friday meeting
UPS drones and drone vans
Tim Marshall on the warming of the Arctic
Marc Sidwell on experts
Robots build a bridge
Making blue by copying tarantulas
An old person television set
A sign in a bus and the same sign malfunctioning
Industrial predictions from Peter Laurie in 1980
Trumping the Opera House
A snip at £7,499.99
The most newsworthy thing so far done by a drone
A vintage photo
To Tottenham (6): The Spurs Shop
6k has a drone
Something there
Quota construction
A useful little party
Up on my roof - at Samizdata and here
An Eiffel Tower at Wembley?
Skull Shaver
Merry Christmas from the Pilot Store (and from me)
Wheel reflections (again)
Tottenham Court Road tube entrance next to Centre Point
Man in suit and swimming cap
3D printed jewellery by Lynne Maclachlan
When photoing with mobile phones began (and when I began photoing it)
Early dusk
Packaging that is too good
To Tottenham (1): A fine day (especially for scaffolding)
One mobile phone photoer now
Somebody needs to invent electronically changeable paint
Clocking clocks
What indeed?
Some more lighthouses for 6k
Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the building
London Bridge lit up (in 2006)
Dust – music – batteries – dust
A vanished CD and a more tidy home
Remembering ten years ago
Roof clutter on my roof and from my roof
Lighting up the bridges of London
Smith versus Marx
Database Error
The internet is for telling me what’s on the telly
Batman consults his smartphone
Drones are not toys
A blown up airplane and a dodgy internet connection
Rod Green on Boys and Men at the time of Magna Carta
More birds on a TV aerial
Van – grey but very interesting
Union Jacks having fun
Another TV aerial
Pigeons on a TV aerial
What does Thames “RIB” Experience mean?
Not a shot tower – no longer a pumping station tower
Matt Ridley on how (fracking) technology lead science
The wonderful things they’re doing with plastics nowadays
240 Blackfriars behind some reinforced concrete that is being demolished
Harley Davidson - woman playing gramophone records
Brittany lighthouses
Another illustrated van
Glass bridge in China closes thirteen days after opening
Pletnev plays Haydn and I own it!
Centre Point and surroundings as seen from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
M20 bridge destroyed by passing digger
World’s tallest and longest glass bridge opens in China
Dernbach decisive again
Windows in bright light
When welfare means lavatories
Crane with roof attached
Another fine day at the Oval (4): Scoreboards old and new
Scaffolding - covered up and then brightly lit
Some more anonymous photographers from May of this year
An A380 in Victoria Street
French animals from GodDaughter 2
Another fine day at the Oval (1): Vans
Busy days
A Docklands footbridge about to be put in its place
Are London’s cranes about to depart for a few years?
Why I like Cricinfo
New York construction cranes in action
An electric car recharging itself in The Cut
WWWhite Van
A good morning
A better little drone
New Thin Things in New York (but not in Lower Manhattan)
The City from above
Seven London bridges (again)
Face recognition – face disguise – the age of pseudo-omniscience
More South of France bridges
Keeping up appearances at One Palace Street
Incoming imagery from Antoine
South of France electronic clutter
Deirdre McCloskey - The Great Enrichment – Using a smartphone as a mirror
Safe cracks in an airplane window
My camera can see through a Ryanairplane window better than I can
Using your crane to protect your cement mixer
Second childhood
White vans are becoming very informative
The difference between roof clutter and roof clutter
Another photo for the traffic lights countdown set
Keeping up appearances next to Centre Point
A model of London now opening to the public
Another walk along the river
Steven Johnson on how technology (such as the Magdeburg Sphere) grows science
Taking photo-notes and an app for improving photo-notes
A crane folds itself up
Blimp photoed to look like a big arse
Pochards and Ibises
Designing a building to fit in with The Wires!?
Another idea for a collection of photos
Memo to self: photo-destination required for tomorrow
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
More drone trouble
Feeling the need to meet
Anti-drone drones
How cranes might not keep falling
Black Cat white van
Legal eagles versus illegal drones?
Vans that need to look the part
A Japanese torpedo bomber that could use some zoom
A good time of the year
David Pierce on what it’s like using an electric scooter
Two bits for Samizdata and a weird bridge in Poole
Camera malfunction?
Zooming in on the workers
A machine for playing in that nobody knows how to design
The Beckton Sewage Works
On the triumph of modernism in the kitchen
Magnificent The Wires! sculpture gets noticed because of a concrete temple next to it
Segway Robot
Bike fishing in Amsterdam
Ambtious plans for driverless flying cars
Speeded up pedestrians
“We now have the technology …”
Cleaning lorry with blue Union Jack
Wrap artistry
Out and about with GD1 (7): Instead of using her Real Camera GD1 mostly iPhotoed
Stormtrooper phones home?
Anonymous guys taking (and making) pictures in Trafalgar Square
White Vans are looking more and more like websites
Out and about with GD1 (6): The journey gets properly started
How things like 3D printed blood vessels may be improving education in rich countries
Simon Gibbs on computer programming - me on how Alex Singleton has not written himself out of a job
Cameras seeing red
Cats on an iPhone and Anton Howes on video
Metros of the world
Christmas is coming and you’d better watch out
Fantasy Vauxhall Bridge with lots of glass
Matt Ridley on Epicurus and Lucretius
Less heat and more light
What is this iceStone device?
Going to Kings Cross to see gas holders
Rain on netting
Remembering the summer sun
Anton Howes on the idea of (and the unstoppability of) technological innovation
Old photos of Enceladus
Excellent headline
18/07/2007 - 18:01-19:33
A viadukt and a tunnel
Jim Glymph gets Frank Gehry past the limits of what is buildable
Machine versus icon in Modern Architecture
Hire Intelligence White Van
How to Weaponize your Cat to Hack Neighbours Wi-Fi Passwords
Miniature architecture
Another The Wires! Building in Japan (plus more Dezeenery)
Taxis with adverts
Strange light
Glass Build white van
Shiny little Aston Martin
On packaging – and on the need to chuck it out
Juliet Barker on Knights of Old: A lot of history in one paragraph
Dark Satanic Millbank Tower
A Real (cat) Photographer
A testicle eating killer fish headline and drone dramas
Some quota reflected cranes and a quota white van
Blog interrupted
Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone
Weird wide angle lens effect
Alcoholic Architecture sign
Big Ben through the legs of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
You can’t make a skyscraper out of containers
Further spectacular information storage progress (which will immediately become very useful)
Designing and building with glass
iPhone with added fish eye lens
Cranes and a bridge (but not in a good way)
Lady rickshaw driver
Photoing and communicating the devastation of Tianjin
Fun stuff in Oxford Street
Interesting vehicles
Selfie sticks on sale – and a selfie stick in use
A blast from the photographic past
Don’t mention The Wires!!! in South Korea either!
My next camera?
Credit where credit is due (in France)
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
Out and about with GD1 (5): Stoke Newington’s Amazing Castle
A smartphone wearing sunglasses
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
Keeping up appearances in Sydney
It begins (badly)
Out and about with GD1 (3): Baritone borrows my charger
Out and about with GD1 (2): How mobile phones both cause and solve meeting up problems
Cats and cricket – cats and drones
You can tell that drones have arrived because now they are being turned into a sport
Smart face on smartphone
Heaven aka the Barley Mow
The selfie stick is a very useful piece of kit
A very distant and yet very good view of the Big Things of London
The new Wembley Stadium under construction plus a white van
Tim Worstall on “reserves”
Bloody Enrique Iglesias drone drama
Ballerina and crane
What is this weird plastic thing?
The view from outside Waterloo Station
Seaside muralist
Another horizontal advert for an only slightly more expensive drone
Blue sky
Adverts for small and cheap drones
An alien robot playing the cymbals and paps
“The temptation to pre-order one of these is almost unbearable …”
What are those things on her hands?
All this stuff
A forgotten war
A Shiny Thing and a friend also photoing it - with an iPhone
Reading Anton Howes again
The Wires get mentioned!  (But it makes no difference!)
Don’t mention The Wires!!!
Another from the archives
Made-up London detectives in real London places
Fantastic day
Another use for a drone
London is getting more colourful
Don’t mention The Wires!!
CATable at the Building Centre
Pepper-spraying drones
Photoing the old London model
The receiving station at Swains Lane (and the previous version of it)
Ships on a roof
Yet more photographers
Big Things in line (with pylon)
Big cat scan
From a cat cushion to Bill Murray and a nude to a demon horse sculpture that killed its creator
Paul Kennedy on centimetric radar
Quota scaffolding and quota roof clutter
BT Tower behind trees
You don’t see this any more
Photoing the photoers on Westminster Bridge
Peter Thiel on how humans and computers complement each other
A drone weaving a structure in space
The rise of (interest in) 3D printing
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
The Leaning Stonehenge Tour Bus of Salisbury
Photo-drones fighting in the Ukraine and a photo-drone above the new Apple headquarters building
Cheap long-haul flights coming soon
Triple Chess and a Four Wheeled Pedal Board
Miniature photographic fakery
Views from Waterloo Bridge
Proof that there are a lot of French people in Britain just now
Drone on the White House lawn
BMdotcom What if? of the day
Drugs drones
Two pictures of the Shard behind some railings
Smartphones and tablets at the Charlie Hebdo demo
Hand done photos
The wrong kind of cranes
Good drone
Some photographers last November
Colourfully painted modernity
Touch typing or no typing at all
Playing away
Christmas Day photos
Shop window
Don’t mention The Wires!
I’m an adjective!
Trousers keyboard
Cameras photoing the Wheel (in 2007)
Photo-drone wars to come
A link and a photo of a photographer
Matt Ridley on how technology leads science and how that means that the state need not fund science
Sign blocked by surveillance camera
Quota roof clutter
In the City with Gus
Tower Bridge glass shattered by beer bottle
Dominic Frisby on the Hype Cycle
Phone (and cash) box
Marginal Eurostar economics
Cats – and technology
Bolts are breaking in the Cheesegrater
Why I am a point-and-shoot photographer rather than a Real Photographer
Union Jacks with colours played around with
The illustrations for Christian Michel’s talk this Friday (plus some thoughts from me)
And now a photo-drone in a London shop window
MDL and DPD delivered what they promised but were wrong about me having to be there to sign for it
The death of email?
Only with a computer
Godot nearly ready
Strange bread
How Bill Bryson on white and black paint helps to explain the Modern Movement in Architecture
Driverless open-plan tube trains for London
Sunshine - construction work - artificial rain
Recently on dezeen
Photographers in Tate Ancient
Another facade being carefully preserved
Flying cars will have to be flown by robots
Keeping up appearances
65x zoom!!!
Bill Bryson on the miracle of crop rotation
Breaking my Samizdata silence
On the problems of half-parking with a half-car
Crane lamp
Tate cat
On the unappealingness of classical music on the internet
Waiting for …
Ballerina with cranes again - this time with added spy cameras
It turns out that lightning speed is immensely useful
On not letting either God or (the other) God do everything
Postrel goes for Gray
Bond car
Parisian roof clutter gets the Real Photographer treatment
God was overheating and now needs radical transplant surgery (and Dawkins now has to do my email)
A swimming pool in a skyscraper
God is dead
ASI Boat Trip 9: The man driving the boat
Big Things through a gasometer
Man 3D-prints Thing in his back garden
5G Boris
A Sunday ramble
ASI Boat Trip 7: Other photographers
Round headlights equals an old car
Sacred architecture and profane roof clutter - a speculation
Self-healing concrete
Bombardier Embrio
Quota bird
My favourite Tour de France in London photo
OpenOffice Writer default resetting nightmares
Colossal fun
More Big Things from the Oval
The colour of sound - I now get this because I just experienced it!
You need to have abseiled …
Cashing a cheque by photoing it
Robyn Vinter is wrong about Google Glass
TfL electronic signs (etc.)
What is this Thing?
Why aren’t people happier about amazing new stuff?
A Bobcat digger and the Coade Lion from the back
Photographer photoing photographer photoing Big Ben
Russian tanks in London
The Not-V2 at London Bridge Station
3D printed structural joints and another Gormley man
Quota photos of and from Tate & Lyle Park
Pylons behind fence
Tower Bridge before it got covered in stone
How much does it cost to power up a mobile phone?
Stones created from layers of old paint from car factories
Building as ornament
Go Chef
Me and the first cranes at London Gateway last September
Organised water
Moving picture
Red arrow?
Ten years ago today
Vauxhall bus station now – and when it was being constructed
Painted people
Spot the owl
Classical Amazon
New train
Mysteriously losing my internet connection and then mysteriously getting it back
Another strange artificial landscape
Detlev Schlichter talking about Von Mises (and being videoed)
Feline ephemera
The good done by the Apple Newton
3D printed baby in the womb
Blue wind
Don’t judge a new technology by its first stumbling steps
Colour photography
A quota post (with a quota link to a post about a post about a quota photo) and another quota photo
Zooming in on that approaching bus
One new thing (an IPS screen) makes me want another new thing (also an IPS screen)
Selfies of me – 2001, 2007 and yesterday
Temporary art made of brightly dressed people
Photoing the A380 from above – from the ground
I now have a new computer screen
Please help me buy a new computer screen
Sandcastles that will live for ever
The text of my talk for Christian Michel last night on the impact of digital photography
Making sense of digital photography
Digital photography as telepathy
Slightly wider tube trains
How hydrogen bombs work
Quota crane and quota plane
Could I please walk on Norman Foster’s proposed bike-ways above the trains (and take photos)?
3D printer sighted!
Model Big Things
Scott Wiener on pizza boxes
Nowadays a picture is no longer worth a thousand words
Mercedes-Benz W123
Dog wearing funny spectacles plus electrical clutter
Taking photos with Big Flat Things
Confirmation that map use has seriously declined
La Porte des Indes
Sculpture at St James’s Tube
Digital photographers holding maps
More photos of things past
Quota videos
Happiness is Gold Blend at only £3 instead of £4.50
Sidwell (and me) on selfies
Mark Steyn on Obama’s Hoover Dam and me on paywalls
Gloomy Earl’s Court picture
Michael Jennings photos the bridges of Porto
Crows nest made of coat hangers
Ashes black out
Bizarre reflection (December 6th 2006)
Wedding photography - old and new
Sperm Bike
Hampers can be annoying
A vanished building and a bendy bus
A Strutton Ground shop and a Strutton Ground pub
Alex on Quentin
My own personal Big Thing viewing platform with close-up Roof Clutter
Here are two photos I took earlier
Cranes seen through Cardinal Place
Another picture from yesterday
Anton Howes at the Rose and Crown
Two favourite photos from September 5th
Finding Rover app tracks lost dogs using facial recognition
Huge semi-submersible ships
The Walkie Talkie and its surroundings
Art gallery made of scaffolding
London Gateway from above
Rob Fisher on the 3D printing future
Bridges for animals
Shard with roof clutter and a crane
Strange artificial landscape
Blank-faced tower – crazy hairdo
Wedding photography (7): Evening
A scaffolder likes Jeremy Clarkson
Google Nexus 4 wedding photography!
There are cranes and there are cranes
Spot the Samsung connection
Stairs Thing outside St Paul’s
Cassette iPhone photographer
Wedding photography (6): The Wedding and the Reception
Testing again
BMdotCOM insult of the day
Views from the Hackney Wick station footbridge
Phablet news
Reflections on a strange coincidence involving an Android app and a malfunctioning bus stop sign
Wedding photography (3): Technology as sculpture
And another posting from my smartphone
Posted from my new smartphone
Google Nexus 4 photos
So painters also used to “take” pictures
Shadow photography
Typing on the new smartphone
Wandering about afterwards
Crossrail grubbings
Art without Artists
Giant cranes made in China for new London super-port in Thurrock
Panoramic view of London from the top of the BT Tower
Alastair James on Blythe Hill Fields and smartphones
Michael Jennings - pictures of globalisation
Photoing people who are photoing food
Doing libertarian business at the Libertarian Home social
Classical CDs from Gramex
Progress with the Vauxhall crane
Looking along Victoria Street to The Wheel (and on how to be liked (or disliked) by Google)
New crane up
A new crane has already arrived
Close-up of the ruined Vauxhall crane
Wheel clear - Wheel in cloud
Is Samizdata in danger of becoming a photo-blog?
Another thing I’d rather photo than own
Christmas Eve feast
Crusader latrines
An earlier tablet photographer
Michael Jennings on why iPad photoing is not ridiculous
Here are (a lot) more photos that I took on March 27th
My dusty computer screen
The strange state of the enviro-argument
The Bezier Building and a hideous advertising erection at the Old Street Roundabout
Strata behind roof clutter
“I just came across this fascinating photo …”
Internet connection problems
How gun control works and how it will defend Libertaria
Does anyone know how I can straighten these gasometers?
Crane and plane
Dream and reality in Mumbai
A camera in each hand
Flat cat
Only railings
No Misc April – Misc May
Misc March
University of California chickens coming home to roost?
Google Earth and Mr and Mrs Goose
The Shard looking like it’s in a 1950s postcard
A happy British Summer Time to all my readers
Photographing the other photographers with my new camera
Space launch monster
Today I’m in a “How very odd!” mood
Ancient and modern (but mostly ancient) cars in Regent Street yesterday
A pill that turns sweat into perfume
Chelsea Bridge under wraps
The Jobs difference
Internet connection oddities
Or maybe this will be my final camera
I think I may have found my final camera
How can I change the double inverted commas in writer from curved to straight-up?
WWWhat a great afternoon!!!
How to immobilise a cat
Camera-equipped sunglasses
No fruit juice
Crane cluster looking even better
Five pictures of me
Lion steals camera
A wrapped building and a crane cluster
A photo taken of a taken photo of the photo being taken
Science can relax about the harm done to it by Climategate
Friday link dump
On the superfluity of the Paddington Basin rolling bridge
Brainwave-controlled cat ears for humans created by Japanese Neurowear
Nil scrap value
“Things appear almost impossible to escape from …”
Do not climb on the Thing!
The wedding lingers on
Signs from the Frenchosphere
Even the Goodyear Blimp is now obsessed with safety
Big crane
And there was you thinking you were immortal
The Shard from beyond the Barrier
Rugby shirts on drugs
The Big Dig and some smaller digging
Mmmmm … scaffolding!
New bridge in Melbourne
Out to lunch with Alex Singleton
Cat news
Raptor not being very stealthy
Old school advertising has its uses
More signage
Why I prefer blogging to writing for a magazine
Flowers in front of blurriness that is still recognisable
Giant bull held up by scaffolding
From a strange airplane propeller to the strange strings of a double bass
A Spanish geography lesson
Bouncing bombs and spinning cricket balls
What camera is best for doing short videos about architecture?
Cool sculpture
Jobs departs from Apple (again)
Richard Dawkins on university debating games
Dawkins does better sound than God ever did
The Monolith?
Transport redirect
The new mainframe
A laptop but not in my lap
Questions concerning the death of copyright protection on downloaded MP3s
Digger and chain
Another ephemeron for David Thompson?
Arecibo Radio Telescope
The joy of error correction
Those cameras are getting cheaper
Is this blog somewhat broken?
“There is electricity and water, but there’s no phone line …”
“I was banished to a separate room …”
Help with Audacity please
The curse of interchangeable lenses and how I want my category killer
Sunset in Oxford Street
Brianmicklethwait Dot Com headline of the day
Rockets are a great improvement on balloons
Beyond the Dome with Goddaughter One
Google rolls out computer controlled cars
More bridge magic
Real life toy trains
The long and short of conversation - Hitchens on YouTube
Which just goes to show that stuff gets around
Happy hundredth
Woody Allen on media lies and on not learning as he gets older
Recent Shard shots
Super Galaxy
Cricket technology and its imperfections
Farnborough (5): Supacat Bloodhound Falcon
Bay Bridge plus a new bridge next to it
Obama raises the price of tanning
Farnborough (3): On the photographic appeal of the Red Arrows
Farnborough redirect
Yesterday and today
Lynxes and an A380
Service interruption
Photoing the World Cup
303 Squadron in the movie and on the telly
A response to the cyclist menace
Pink railway clutter
Spare A3 paper
I do love a steam train on a viaduct
Big box computers versus laptops
Nuking the Oil Spill is probably a rather bad idea
Three Gorges Dam picture
Everyone who shows this picture needs to add that it is not Photoshopped
Soviet space leftovers
More photos from last week
Apple passed Microsoft in market capitalisation today
Photo from the archives
Photos of things past
Steve Davies lecture - photoing and videoing the lecture - post-lecture chat
Rubbish bridge in Shangai
Glass is now very strong
A good bit about the future of art galleries and how to rescue good bits
The US Navy photos itself
How my camera and the internet explained an old bus
You know where you are with a book - usually
Apple keyboard remains excellent – iPhone software not so excellent
Quota vapour trail
London is about to be Kapoored with a big new Olympic Games Thing
Unusual leg extension
Unphotographable sign threatening to photo us
Quota cat rubber
“I can’t respond to any e-mails today …”
IPL on ITV4!
Separating the men from the toys - the future of warfare and of sport?
Beyond iPad (and a picture that goes beyond this posting)
Why David Hepworth is wrong about podcasting
Does Google now rule the world of computing?
Scaffolding ball
Sushi and scaffolding at Victoria
Nasa and Gordon Brown both have their uses
Fitness Superstore
You had a hard disc?  Luxury!
The right to photograph
My local Blockbuster Video just closed
Cricket talk tonight
Abstract satellite expressionism
Towers under the weather - and a steam engine steams to the rescue
Hasselblad hit by custom-built headquarters disease!
Saying it with lights in the Victoria Station shopping centre that were still switched on!
Three airplane photos
Osprey pictures
London cricket roof clutter
Trying to become an adequate interviewer of promising libertarians
Short posting (with short photo) about SpaceShipTwo
The Min-Kyu Choi folding three point plug
The Shard is definitely being built!
Am I interested in dredgers?
Apple mobile phones are very profitable but Nokia mobile phones are not very profitable
The decor in Peter Jones - and where in London can I find a small ice-cube-making machine?
Going global
I’ve just sold Jesus!!!
Shadows on rings
As found roof sculpture
Two Samizdata pieces
Today I bought an Apple Mac keyboard …
Why I vote against AGW
God is killing cinemas!
Pull Tab
Computer coffee table
A muddle of wires
Magic bottle that makes dirty water drinkable
A little archaeology
More recorded cricket chat and some further Oval hindsights
Me and Michael Jennings talk tech trends
Model T parts flatvert
Tienanmen + Twitter = Teheran
Chrome now seems better than IE or Firefox
Idiot Toys is broken!
MP3 Haydn symphonies
Structural decoration
Back lit by the sun
Busy day and busy night
Laptop for emails
How technology has improved detention
Thinking thin at the top
The latest Canon DSLR comes without a twiddly screen
Saturnic majesty
The Vita-Mix 5000 at the Veggie Show
Instapundit turns into Idiot Toys
Nikon D5000?
A photo of the Samsung NC10 and the original Asus Eee-PC next to each other
Crane cluster photo
Multipurpose internet-connected rabbit
Wheel etc.
God is dead but Jesus saves
What the previous two postings here have in common
Daniel Hannan and the shape of the media to come
Bike made entirely of wood
Toys and big toys
God moves in mysterious ways
Clay Shirky on newspaper doom
Unamazing photo of amazing road
By bus to Sheffield
Olympus E-620
Google and dongle
On being sold a telly
Flat train picture and regular train picture
Second Class power
Has the Linux moment passed?
Sailing photos – and another bridge for the collection
OLED TV - very thin and detailed but not very big and not ready yet unless you’re stupidly rich
More random links
Random links
Making the new look and feel like the old
My parents and my uncle and two aunts
Billion Monkey with red mittens on
Another antique
Old postage stamps
Feline flushing
More Englefield Green strangeness
Jesus above the keyboard instead of beyond it
Jesus gets a big new keyboard
Gadget gold
Snapped in Egham
Why Willem Buiter blogs and why I do
Another resizing test
Resized picture done with Jesus but quickly
That went okay
Redirect to a piece on Samizdata about a camera
Pink bunny successfully resized and posted only with Jesus!
Now I’m going to try to stick up a picture with Jesus