Complete geekery.

The IT department of Russian Interference uses two pieces of software that greatly enhances the organisation’s cyber anonymity. HideMe, a virtual private network tool and PiHole a very effective advertisement blocker. Sadly the two do not play together very happily.

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Flute -virus filter

Flute players have an undeserved reputation for spreading the Covid 19 virus due to the direction and volume of the airflow required to play their instruments. Half the air may go into the instrument to make tuneful music, but the rest is reputed to shoot out at high speed over the top of the lip plate and hit the viola section on the backs of their heads. **Studies have shown this not to be the case and that air from the flute does not travel more than two feet before it stops (about the same distance as for normal speech). Very little airflow is detectable at the end of the flute, or from the finger-holes. The fast flowing air is converted to sound waves which propagate by vibrating, but not moving, the air. This is equally true of all wind and brass instruments.

The device I designed (shown above) should not be necessary but is presented to allow flute players to play in groups where other members are still suspicious of the above science.

The design files can be found here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4458202 and may be freely downloaded and printed on a 3D printer if you have access to one. Alternatively the files can be submitted to one of the many 3D printing services advertised online.

The device clips over the flute head joint and is held in place by opposing magnets in each half. Adhesive neoprene tape in a recess in the body forms a gasket at either end and prevents the device moving. The design accommodates a head joint with a conical bore between 18-19mm. In use the airflow over the lip plate is redirected around the body of the flute and exits onto the players shirt. This allows the flute player to claim that they pose no more of an infection risk than an oboe player, with the added advantage that they don’t sound like a duck.

Additional items required:

Adhesive Neoprene Tape – 4mm width x 2 mm thick (Amazon)
6mm x 2mm neodymium magnets (disc shaped) (Amazon)
Super glue.

** A document was published by the Freiburg University of Music on April 25, 2020 entitled Risk Assessment Regarding Corona-Infections in Music Making 

The Missionary Satellite Project

This project has been designed to enable friends of all religions to spread their beliefs beyond our planet. The target audience is the intelligent life on planets in other solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. This article describes a small autonomous and self-powered satellite (53 x 30 x 30mm) which is capable of continuously transmitting the content of the bible (or any other religious text) in morse code using a light emitting diode (LED) and an optional 433MHz radio transmitter… read more – 

My Internet radio

KiwiSDR :Software radio system based on Xilinx Artix-7 …

KiwiSDR is a software-defined radio (SDR)covering shortwave, the longwave & AM broadcast bands, various utilitystations, and amateur radio transmissions, world-wide, in the spectrum from 10kHz to 30 MHz. KiwiSDR is a plug-in software radio board based on the XilinxArtix-7 A35T FPGA , a companion open source hardware used by BeagleBone SBC.

Click here to listen and control it from anywhere in the world.

Postscript:

Sadly the days are over when “listening to your tranny” meant tuning in to the BBC Home Service on your transistor radio for a children’s story from Daphne Oxenford.

Drag Queen Flowjob invited to a Scottish Primary School to explain to 5 year olds the defeat of a proposed Bill (Section 28) which would have, if enacted, prevented his attendance or even his presence within a 50 mile radius of the school. (Next week Rolf Harris will visit their art class to demonstrate Life Drawing.)

The extent of my influence

… on the Internet of Things

LoRa (Long Range) is the smart, long-range, wireless transmission technology that is enabling the future of IoT (Internet of Things). As my contribution towards the evolving Internet of Things I run an IoT gateway in East Edinburgh. Based on a Raspberry Pi-4 computer with a LoRa pHAT from Pi Supply, it provides eight channels of communication on 868MHz with fixed and mobile nodes over a wide area of the town. Data is collected and forwarded to The Things Network’s server in Europe for distribution to end points via the Internet.

Main components of an IOT gateway