Today has been vile, that misty rain that doesn’t sound like rain or look like rain but five seconds out in it and one is wringing wet. Tomorrow they are promising proper rain and wind which is a pity as I have to nip up to Kinross.
To cap it all I had to walk the five hundred miles…….I meant yards but if the Proclaimers can Pretenders to walk five hundred miles then I’m sure I should be able to……..Me and my big mouth; all for posh toffees, I did get some dead sheep at the butchers for supper. I have also stripped down my electric window on the van. I was having breakfast when water started dripping in so I assumed the window wasn’t closed. I pressed the button and lowered it a bit and pressed the rocker switch again and nothing happened. What a job. Two and a half hours later I got it all back together and working and the window is shut. To annoy me further the window was shut but the door wasn’t. Check the obvious first is the moral of this story.
The rest of the day has been spent cooking and playing with the USB microscope. I am thinking of focus stacking images from it but the stand it comes with is not really up to the job. It needs attaching to a macro slider so I started designing a holder which would attach to a quick release plate and then to the slider. I thought messing with particles and arty farty was hard in Blender 3D but designing something for 3D printing is equally challenging. When I’ve done it I’ll send it to someone I know at Penistone Railway Works for a quick once over and a print. I don’t know whether they can print internal screw threads, can’t see why not but if not I’ll design over size holes fill them with araldite pop the screw in and when it’s all cured I’ll use a soldering iron to heat the screw and I should have a reasonable threaded insert. Come to think I can buy thread inserts, I can buy them in lot’s of threads and with loads of different outside diameters and forms but I bet I can’t buy one.
As it is Adrian’s Images you have to have a picture.
I really enjoy looking down the microscope. This is a picture of spores at the bottom of a gill in a Hay Cap toadstool. It is at 500X and heavily cropped. It reminds me of fish eggs being fertilized. I have to include a picture even if it is a silly one. To section this I used an old fashioned safety razor blade. My kitchen Knife, despite much honing was not up to the job. I do look through a 4” magnifying glass I purchased in Lidl for under a pound. That, steady hands and clean living is almost as good as a microtome.