Archive for October, 2015

The WeatherNet prize winners…..and a crowdfunding plea


I thought it was about time I ought write a quick message to post the images that won me a few quid the other day and will feature on the 2016 WeatherNet desktop calendar. However, before I do, have you visited my last post to see the video of the whale? You should. Just scroll down a bit to the previous post and the link is there. Thanks.

Anyway, time’s a wasting. The two pictures that the judges chose are (once again, not the ones that I would have, but who am I to complain?!) in the first instance….

An Autumnal leaf, still with a fleck of Summer colour left on it....

An Autumnal leaf, still with a fleck of Summer colour left on it….

…and then, this little fella. You can almost squint and see him shivering. Maybe.

Frozen mushroom anyone?

Frozen mushroom anyone?

There you have it, I best make tracks and take some more images fit for next year hadn’t I?! My moment of fame is inching ever closer. Hmm, a likely story.

However, before I go I have a huge favour to ask you as my subbies, please read the bits below this, you may help launch a brand new product in doing so!

A little while ago, a friend of mine sent me a link for a product called a Tempescope, as she knew about my nerdy interest in the weather. This is, essentially, a slick, tangible, modern day barometer that interacts with a supplied app to show you physically the weather for your home town/area or even foreign climes if you wish. If you click on the link above, this is explained in much more detail with some impressive videos.

If you are even just a teeny bit interested in the weather (which we Brits famously are) why wouldn’t you want one?!

Right, now, the rub. This product is not yet a reality, but the gent who wishes to develop it, Ken Kawamoto, has start a crowdfund on Indiegogo which you can access and keep up to date with by clicking here. He is nearly 60% funded at the time of writing and the minimum amount you can pledge is a measly $5 (about £3.10) but you can opt to take up a “perk” and receive the product direct to you once it’s made! I have even contacted a weather science company who sees this as a possible marketing opportunity and may wish to support it….

Whats that? I can hear rumblings of “I’m not paying that for something that doesn’t exist”. Quite right, that would be silly. This is why you need to read the terms which clearly state that if the fund doesn’t attain a target, you get your money back.

What is there to lose?

Read the blog, watch the videos, look at the home page and the supporters and I hope that you might consider a pledge to make this a reality. I’m personally pledging to get a perk of the entire kit, I so want one!

Thanks for dropping by and listening, see you soon

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Humpback Whale Awesomeness


I couldn’t wait to share this one, so you’ll forgive me for the short blog this time. Just come back from a trip over to south-west Ireland and I was fortunate enough to go on a whale watching trip just off the coast near a place called Union Hall.

I was on the trip with my girlfriend and her Aunt and Uncle, who were cynical about seeing anything at all after a few quiet trips but, in the end, we saw a pair of humpbacks and I took a sweeet video of one feeding. You can see the video on my YouTube channel by clicking here.

What a day, it was so exciting we were all exhausted by the afternoon when we got back; saw Seals, Dolphins, Porpoise and Tuna too. In my opinion, it was worth twice the amount we paid and please, if you visit, or know of anyone likely to, seek the gent out (his name is Colin Barnes) and give him your cash! His website is here.

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