The Mother Ship.

I only just spotted this….

“The European Space Agency today donated a composite satellite image of global land cover provided by its Envisat satellite to the United Nations in Geneva, as a testimony to the current state of our planet, to be handed down to future generations.”

See the full article, and the 3MB picture here.


My iPOD’s (3rd Gen) battery capacity has been decreasing over time (no surprise there), but it finally dropped beyond what my patience would tolerate. A few months ago I was looking for a high capacity battery for a Kenwood TH-D7 and found one at Batteries America. While browsing their site, I came across their section for iPOD batteries. It would be difficult to go wrong for $30. So I ordered them.

Last night I got around to installing it. It is a ‘tough nut’ to open the case, but patience is a virtue and, after about 15 mins of cursing and swearing I did get it open and the battery installed. I did a slight bit of damadge to the plastic surrounding the dock connector when popping the case, but it all went back together and works fine.

After a short time charging, the obligatory “Road” test involved a short walk around Tramore listening to the delicate sounds of AC/DC. Calm is restored at last!

Delicate Manouvers

Meteosat 7 has begun a planned ‘drift’ from 0 degrees to 57.5 degrees East. The reasons and a brief description of some of the issues involved are given here here. It makes for interesting reading.