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(Animal monitoring device project) Idea feedback

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:33

Things I would consider when buying such an item.

1. Is it fully water and weather proof? After all its no good if it doesn't work in the rain or is designed so that it falls to bits in the rain and allows snow to sit upon the lens.

2. How is stores the images. Are we talking about it saving them onto an SD card that I must go and retrieve to insert in my laptop, does it send me images by Wi-fi (no everyone has wi-fi in their gardens of course), or for more remote areas (for instance I would love to have such a device at the very top of our three storey museum to broadcast images of the birds nesting in the roof broad casting onto a screen on the floor below, I'd also be interested in putting them in my pear tree near a nesting box at home - neither easy to get at to recover an SD card!) Does it would with a phone sim card automatically texting or emailing me pictures when it detects motion

3. Power source. I am not going to be impressed if its running on batteries that need replacing every week. At the same time I don't want to drag a car battery around with it! Perhaps it is solar panelled but what if I want to hide it in the trees or bushy undergrowth. Is the solar panel attached or (like my fairy lights) are they on length of electrical wire so that they can be placed up to a metre away.

4. Does it have a flash? I can't see the point in a flash. How sensitive would it need to be to work in what weather conditions and what if it scares the animals? Infrared cameras would be ideal as they'll also work in fog / rain / typical Yorkshire grey and damp.


Hope it helps!

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:25

Happy Birthday Gemma!! 

As a qualified professional (in what I might not add) I really must insist that you give alcohol a go at getting rid of this cold.

It has been proven (by myself, Dr KEF, and Professor Dove) that a hearty dose relaxes your muscles (good for aching joints), improves blood flow (and so gets those white blood cells moving quicker), allows your mind to unwind (very important when it needs to stop thinking you have black death and concentrate on more important things like getting better) and a great many other things that I would mention but I'm at work right now so should probably be up to better things! 


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 14:25

Sat at work and my brain is full of cloud and fluff. I can't concentrate and I have that "pre poorly poorly" sensation. I know my blood sugar can't be low: I've just scoffed a healthy lunch followed by a less than healthy chocolate brownie (okay so I lie a little FOUR chocolate brownies  )

Wonder if it would be considered impolite to have a nap in the police cell?


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 07:33

Morning all! 

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 07:32

I started with an online blog / ramblings with the idea that if I came up with a genius idea at work I could write it down quickly. It's over here...

Unfortunately I'm not organised and so also have a paper book to write sowing dates, you can guess that neither see much action! 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 07:37

Verdun would your mother take kindly to a milkshake? There's something called Complan that's a nutritional drink with everything you need that the nursing home should know all about. It really isn't that unpleasant and comes in a variety of flavours (I use it when my stomach flares - doctors can prescribe it or you can buy it off the shelf at supermarkets and chemists). Though to be honest if she just wanted (for instance) tinned peaches and custard I hope she gets them!


Lyn what an awful situation to be in. Could you ask a doctor to visit, to cover yourself from any threats of neglect, but also to check that there isn't something they can do (without copious tests and prodding at) to make her more comfortable like the nebuliser suggested? You can reassure your mother she's well within her rights to refuse to go into hospital so you're not betraying her by calling someone in.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 07:26

Right work.

There is to be NO messing about. NO melodrama. NO fuss and farting around. Got that?


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:28

Oh my I darn near wet myself reading the EX SPERT description on another thread! 

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:37

I hope the hedge cutting goes well sthIndingrower. Have your neighbours agreed to get the hedge cut by their gardener or allow you to hack back as much as you need to give you a bit more space? (Its amazing just how much space a hedge can swallow up!)

Apologies about the perhaps less than helpful comments that invaded your thread. Unfortunately we have a quite strange old man that seems intent on stirring up the forum. Still: gives the rest of us some amusement!


Posted: 05/01/2015 at 20:59

Didn't manage to get my afternoon nap in. But am now full of roast dinner and waiting impatiently for permission to go to bed.

Still no sign of my garlic wanting to wake up and show a few little shoots just to give me courage. I'm hoping they've not all been crushed by a certain persons big feet and decided its best to hide away.

Watching the 70 stone man. It scares me to think that it is humanly possible to consume 20,000 calories a day without something in your brain stopping you. Brains are very complicated!

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