Monday, 2 November 2015

Trick or Treat Remembrance Drones

The Eye of God FPV drone arrived on Saturday. Lost it on the 2nd flight but, luckily and against all odds, I spotted it still flashing weakly on the railway line when it went dark and managed to retrieve it with the aid of a RailTrack guy working on the electrification of the line yesterday afternoon.

It seems all of these drones are subject to what's termed fly-away, which means that when radio contact with the controller is lost, instead of immediately falling from the sky, the device's rotors keep spinning for anywhere from 4 to 6 seconds, meaning it can go scooting off a fair old distance.

It's got several bad design features, the major one being the landing skids are stick-shaped and black, meaning that on a heavy landing they dig into the earth and are almost impossible to find if they come off (which they regularly do). Range is pretty limited too, and it's almost impossible to fly FPV. The thing had been assembled in such a hurry that the FPV screen had been installed upside down. Needs a major redesign, if you ask me, or was hurried into production for Christmas.

If these are indeed to be the toy of choice this Christmas, then a lot of money is going to be lost - at least I have the benefit of open fields surrounding the house, whereas in most circumstances these things are going to be lost over a myriad neighbouring properties. 

Spotted this stenciled on a house Banksy-style during our morning walk into Chipping Sodbury yesterday:

Unusual, but poignant for the time of year, but I couldn't help thinking whether we're likely to start seeing red hands stenciled on buildings.

On Saturday night the parade of kids going house-to-house Trick or Treating was reduced to just two kids and their mother. Don't know about you, but I don't really like this American fad. Next we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in our slavish desire to emulate the Americans.  The Guardian sums it up nicely (click to enlarge):


  1. CB, you should know by now not to put your faith in gods!

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