LiveTracks is a live tracking implementation using FollowMee and a simple PHP back-end and JavaScript front-end. Essentially, the PHP back-end calls the FollowMee API at regular intervals to get the latest location of the phone. If the location has not changed, it will ignore the update. If it has, it take the location and speed and put it into the database. When loading the map, the database is queried for tracks and they are passed in to the Google Maps JavaScript API which displays them…Continue Reading “LiveTracks (PHP)”

This guide allows you to convert a Raspberry Pi into a 3G or 4G Hotspot, using a 3G or 4G Modem and a WiFi card. Prerequisites: You must have a 3G or 4G USB Modem (in this example, I am using a ZTE MF112 3G Modem from Three) You must have a wireless adaptor (either build in to the Pi or a compatible external one) You must have imaged the Pi with the latest Raspian build. The version I used is downloadable here. Preparing the…Continue Reading “Raspberry Pi into a 3G / 4G Hotspot”

Despite being 416,399,477 miles apart, Venus and Jupiter appeared just 16 arc minutes (or half the width of a full Moon) away from each other. I’d planned the scene by using Stellarium to work out where the planets were going to be and at what time, and used Google Maps and Ordnance Survey to calculate where I could see them from I went to Bredon Hill, in Worcestershire, on the morning of Monday 13th November to capture this event. This photo was taken at 06:14 GMT…Continue Reading “Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter”

I took the drone up over the Severn Ham on Tuesday 7th November 2017, where there was some beautiful morning fog. A fog is just a cloud at the ground. Fog formation can occur in two ways. First, the air is cooled to the dew point which leads to the formation of fog droplets. When the air temperature is the same as the dew point temperature, condensation occurs on tiny particles floating in the air. The second method of fog formation requires water to evaporate…Continue Reading “An Autumnal Morning”

Bredon Hill is a 299m isolated hill in Worcestershire. It stands within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the summit of the hill, there are the remains of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort known as Kemerton Camp, which is believed to have been abandoned in the 1st century A.D. after a considerable battle. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bredon_Hill

Well, we finally completed The Ben. This is kind of a long post so if you’re after a summary of what you need to bring when hiking Ben Nevis, click here to go to the bottom where I’ve provided one 🙂 Driving and Camping We decided to head up to Ben Nevis earlier in the week, taking advantage of the long Easter weekend. However, the problem with long bank holiday weekends is always traffic – and there was lots of traffic! The king of average…Continue Reading “Hiking Ben Nevis”

Featured: It’s been three weeks since I arrived at Camp Takajo. Since then, I’ve been a little busy and the ambitious “one blogpost and video per week” went out the window fairly quickly. Nonetheless, I’ve been having a pretty great time. After arriving, the new counsellors were given an orientation, providing us with an insight into working with children, laws in Maine and a series of excellent talks. We were also orientated around in our activities and our age groups. Here’s a video I made for…Continue Reading “Camp Takajo | First Three Weeks”

The Milky Way is truly one of the greatest sights to photograph. I captured several photos of our galaxy using my Nikon D7100 and the following settings: 30 Second Exposure 6400 ISO f/3.5 18mm Lens Unfortunately, due to my limited exposure time I had to increase the ISO level above what I would like do which means the image is somewhat noisy. However, I am wanting to invest in an iOptron Sky Tracker which will allow me to sent an essentially unlimited exposure time and…Continue Reading “The Milky Way”

LiveScore is a PHP application written in Phalcon which provides a live scoring system to a sporting competition, designed for Intervarsity Competitions. Lancaster is a collegiate university, and the majority of the colleges have competitions with multiple sports. Historically, no one has known the scores for each sport and subsequently the overall score. Front End LiveScore is designed to be a standalone site, with ahis way, the hosts can keep their brand identity when publishing their scores. The scoring page consists of the overall score, separated by two…Continue Reading “LiveScore (PHP)”