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Antartica Again!

Large sections of Antarctica have been suddenly hidden from view on Google Earth Pro, using fake clouds and checkerplate patterns.

They ARE fake because 1. they appeared suddenly (just a day after I had posted photos of strange objects, with coordinates, and the “clouds” neatly covered the areas about which I had posted.   2. the “clouds” are present, despite turning off atmosphere in GEP.  3. the “clouds” are present in all dates of the timeline, extending back 20-30 years, and the cloud pattern is unchanging over those decades.

Well, the fake clouds are still there, obscuring the interesting area, so I spent some time looking at a nearby area beyond the clouded area.

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The red and yellow placemarks are those which the “clouds” and the “checkerplate” neatly cover.  The blue placemarks are those placed by me today.  They are not obscured, yet.   Take a look at what they are showing in the following photos.

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Zooming in a bit, still 665km above the surface, showing the position of the blue placemarks.  The checkerplate line zigzags across the screen and everything to the left is deliberately (IMO) obscured.    Scale is bottom left, and compass top right.

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Look at that straight line of odd objects.  I counted 28 of them, at about 1 km intervals.  From 14km above the surface.   Maginot Line?

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Zooming in closer.  Same again!  300m long, 200m wide, black centre, grey objects surrounding.   Still 2006.  They appeared in 2004 and disappear 2008.  2006 is the clearest year.   From 5km above surface.

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And another.   Dozens of them in this area.  These are NOT natural features.

And the huge black rectangular object which is still showing in Google Maps…

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 A Google Maps image said to be taken in 2018.

Open your eyes people.  There is stuff going on, and we are not being told.

Antarctica Again. Bear with me. This is so weird.

OK, I will get back to the metal working soon.  I promise.

But this is so odd that I have to record it.

Reader Richard  thought that I would be interested in this Antarctic site, which was recorded on YouTube a few years ago.  The original YouTuber, thirdphaseofthemoon,    was lampooned in the comments on his post,  having called the site a “mega alien city” but I believe that this site could be significant for a different reason.

Go to 75ºS 0ºE (not exact but close enough.  The exact coords are in the screenshots which follow.)

And the following screen shots go back in time.  Just bear with me.

 

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Note the fake cloud cover which appeared a few days ago.

 

The area of interest today is at the centre of the screen, and is marked 75ºS0ºE.  Note that it is in the middle of the shapes which I posted yesterday.

Zooming into this spot using the most recent Google Earth photos shows this..

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Now you have to admit, that is unusual!  A flat, snow covered plain, with a bit of a hill, and a straight row of somethings, at regular intervals, about 2km long.  And a hole of some sort to the NE.   Stay with me!!

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These images are from 2016.  Close up, each “something” appears to be a hole.  The V shaped patterns to the SW I believe to be snow patterns, formed by the prevailing wind.  Note the reddish discolouration.   (Please check this out in Google Earth yourself!)

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And this is the big hole/cave mouth/whatever to the NE.   All a bit puzzling.   So let’s go back in time.   Google Earth does not make this exercise easy, because images disappear, and you have to zoom out, then in, but it can be done with persistence.

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Well, look at that.  2013.  The same spot.  An airstrip, some well travelled tracks,  excavations in the region of the big hole/cave mouth, and if you zoom in, you can see some machines.  Note the red discolouration again.  I have no idea what that colour is caused by.

Now we go back through some years….

 

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2012.  Before the excavations.  Look at the shape of the mound under the snow.

 

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Closer, 2012

 

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2011.  Note the shape before the excavations.  What does it remind you of?  Possibly a V shape or a chevron?  Does it remind you of some of the UFO’s which have been video’d in YouTube lately?    Hang in there, it gets better!  The chevron appears first in the satellite pictures of the area in 2001.

The oldest Google Earth image which I could obtain of the area was from 1984.  It is slighly north of the 75ºS 0ºE area of the later chevron and the excavations.  What do you see?   I see lots of coloured objects, with the same shapes, and differing orientations.  I do not believe that these are natural features or swamp gas.

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1984, close to where the chevron shaped mound later appears.

 

And close up

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These “objects” are about 60 x 150 meters big.  Pinks, yellow, green.   And they are located around the region of the chevron shape, and nowhere else that I can find!  What are they?

So, what have they found, and are excavating in 2013?  Dare I say it?  Well it looks like a UFO shape to me.  The 2013 regular row of holes and the big hole, I suspect are human efforts to investigate whatever is buried, without obviously displaying it to observers like us.

And I have no idea what the 1984 coloured objects are.

 

 

Why the SECRECY about ANTARCTICA?

Google Earth has suddenly obscured the area in Wilkes Land Antarctica with “cloud” cover.  Turning off “atmosphere” in the Google Earth settings does not remove the “cloud” cover.  Scanning back and forth over the years 1954 – 2016 does not remove it either.  It remains unchanged over the years 1954-2016.

The cloud cover has a checkerplate edge.  It does not have a realistic appearance.

Also, it conveniently and almost exactly covers the placemarks on the map of Antarctica which I posted a day or two ago, which show the location of the odd rectangular shapes.

But, today, I have scanned other areas of Antarctica and found a lot more of the rectangular shapes in a non obscured area.   See the screenshot below.

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The odd shapes appear only in the years 2003 to 2006, so if you want to check this yourself, use the timeline.

In the picture above, the unobscured area is at the 12 o’clock position.  It is south of the South Atlantic ocean if you are looking for it.   The co-ordinates are in the screen shots which follow.    The huge black rectangle and surrounding shapes are in the area which is now hidden by the “cloud” and checkerplate. (at the 4 o’clock position in the picture above).

I am certain that these shapes are not natural features for the following reasons…  1. they appear only in the years 2003-7; 2. they do not have a similar appearance to other natural features such as non snow covered mountains;  3.they do not appear in any other snow covered areas that I have searched such as Greenland, Novaya Zemlya, Alaska; 4. they have remarkable consistency of size and similarity to each other of shape;  and the fact that someone appears to have attempted to stop other Google Earth users from seeing them.  So take a look before the next cluster is covered with “cloud” or checkerplate.

For the public record I have taken screenshots of 30-40 of the shapes, and I am posting some of these below.   The coordinates of each one is at the bottom of the screen in each case.  The are mostly taken from a height of about 4000 meters.

The first 4 shots are of the same location, over 4 years.

 

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2003 nothing to see

 

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2004  Hello! WTF is that?

 

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2006  A bit clearer

 

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2007 gone.  Never to be seen again.

Now some more, but only in 2006, which was the clearest year.

 

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They are all close to north-south orientation.  Note the projections from the central black area and the barely visible grey shapes in the white rectangular surrounding area.  The white area usually measures 300m x 150m or 200m.

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This group are natural features, from the same altitude and of a similar size.

 

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Some of the rectangles are in close clusters, but most are are separated by many kilometers.

 

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And this group (from a higher altitude) forms a straight line.

 

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Some are in more rugged terrain

 

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Different sizes

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There are hundreds of these over the surface of Antarctica 2003 – 2007.

Why did Admiral Byrd of the USN take an invasion fleet and 4700 soldiers to Antarctica in 1947, 2 years after the end of WW2?  Look up Operation Highjump.

Why did President Obama visit Antarctica just before his presidency finished?  (unconfirmed)

Why did Buzz Aldrin visit Antarctica just before his death?

Why did Prince Harry,  and Patriarch Kirill of the Eastern Orthodox church visit Antarctica?

Why did John Kerry (US Secretary of State) visit Antarctica on election day?

Why are we not being told what is going on down there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranoia

I realise that most of you who look at this blog do so to watch the progress on my steam engines, and lately you have been getting a lot of weird stuff about Antarctica.

Well, this is another one about Antarctica.

Suddenly, the Google Earth images of the area of Antarctica which I have found very interesting, have been blotted out with a crude graphic which blots out the items of interest.

The crude graphic looks a bit like cloud cover from a distance, but it does not change over the years timeline and close up it is obviously not real cloud..  Look at the screenshots below, and notice the relation of the graphic to my placemarks, which were inserted by me before the blotting out graphic appeared.

 

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The blotting out graphic is the two “checkerplate” strips and the area between and nearby.  See how it neatly includes my placemarks.

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The “Atmosphere” setting in Google Earth is off.  But it persists in some areas.  And look how it neatly includes all of my placemarks. 

 

Come on guys!  This is beyond coincidence.  Someone does not appreciate my posts about the odd shapes in this region.

Either that, or I am really going a bit pararoid.

 

WTF!

I subscribe to a YouTube site named secureteam10.  It collects many odd videos and photos  mainly about UFO’s and other unexplained phenomena.  A lot is total rubbish, but his post for today caught my eye.

This is a screen shot from today’s secureteam10  post  of a Google Earth view which includes clouds.

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Notice the straight line cloud (?) between Perth, WA, and Antarctica.

It might be a natural cloud formation, but it does look unusual.

Then I thought, “I reckon that the Antarctic end is somewhere near the area of Antartica where I located the huge reflective black rectangle, and the other scattered odd shapes which I had placemarked”

Well, guess what….

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Do you see my yellow and red placemarks?

 

Read this response to Antarctic Weird

I received this email today.  I am posting it with Jennifer Edwards’ permission.  Just reading it made the hairs on my neck stand up!   
BTW, I will continue posting until my current subscription runs out in a couple of months.
John,

sorry to see you go. I was enjoying your wit as well as great machining skills. I have the same issue with a web site I maintain for my partner. The bastids nickel and dime mw to death, send me renewal notices a year in advance, and try to sell me security crap with e-mails spouting fearful phrases that always seem to include the words “haters, Spammers, and internet thieves. I do not blame you for pulling out.

When reading about your Antarctic pictures it reminded me of an experience I had when I was about 18 years old. I have not told this to many people over the years simply because every time I do they look at me like I am crazy, however you seem to have an open mind so I will risk never hearing from you again….
 
The event occurred over forty six years ago. There were three of us present, and unfortunately I am the last surviving member of the group.
 
It was Late October 1972,  the Friday evening before Halloween in Southern New Jersey. My future X, my little brother, and I were on our way from our home town of Cinnaminson to our family cabin on Bamber Lake, in the Southern New Jersey pine lands. I was driving. Our route took us on unimproved two lane back roads that normally only see farm traffic. The weather was a crisp and clear October evening with unlimited visibility.
 
About a mile east of  Vincentown I rounded a bend and there it was in the north west corner of a small rectangular field of maybe three possibly four acres. The road ran the length of the field. The field was surrounded by large old oak trees along the West and the North. The road ran along the south boarder and then curved along the eastern boarder. The field was long and narrow.
 
As I rounded the bend a brilliant light caught my eye. There in the north West corner of the field was a large object hovering. It was shaped like a bell, about 40-50 feet high and maybe 70-80 feet in diameter. Only an oval dome at the top of the bell was above the tree line. 
 
Upon later reflection we realised that the location of the object was less than three miles to McGuire AFB. It would have been a great vantage point to observe the airfield.
 
I noticed that there was a berm along the edge of the field which I drove up on to put my headlights on the object. We sat in awe for maybe 20 seconds at which time the three of us exited the car to get a better look. Please note, to this day whenever I think of that evening the hair stands up on my neck, it was that profound an experience.
 
The object was hovering, maybe ten feet off the ground. It was shaped like a bell with a convex bottom. It was a dirty whitish grayish in colour. The apex had a brilliant white light which radiated beautiful, quickly pulsing, beams of light in pure crystalline colours, vivid blue, violet, red, and green. The beams seemed to come from a brilliant blue white point just below the oval disk on the top of the “bell” to a row of the same colour of white lights evenly spaced along the rim, then from those white spots to another white light in the centre of the convex bottom of the craft.
 
Maybe ten years later I saw my first laser light demonstration, it was that type of pure crystalline single wavelength light that instantly reminded me of that object. In fact the hairs on the back of my neck and on my arms stood straight up.
 
As it hovered it made a sound akin to a very large saw mill blade swinging. I cannot find other words to describe that whirring sound other than a saw mill blade spinning.
 
The three of us were standing in front of the car, headlights on the object just gawking at the objet. This went on for maybe a minute possibly a minute and a half. 
 
BTW I am a licensed pilot and also a highly experienced sea captain, I am a good observer, with an eye for size and distance. We were maybe 175-200 feet away from the object.
 
At that point I alone started walking towards it, my x and brother were too awestruck to move. When I got extremely close, less one hundred feet, probably more like seventy five feet away. The size of this thing sank in. It was the size of a small house! I started smelling that lightning storm ozone odour,  began getting a strong metallic taste in my mouth, and felt tingly on my skin. This scared me so I made a slow retreat back to the car never taking my eyes off the object.
 
When I rejoined the other two we stood there for maybe two more minutes, just looking, listening to the whirring, not speaking beyond a few “wows” and “oh my gods”. Then it hit me, I had a Yashica 35mm camera loaded with asa 400 film and sporting a 200mm lens on the front seat. 
 
I reached into the car, grabbed it and began fumbling trying to remember how to focus  it when you could not see thru the view finder. It was one of those old 35mm cameras with all manual controls. I was unfamiliar with the camera and fumbled around. I never did get a shot, something I truly wish I had done, as anyone I related this story to since that day some forty six years ago has either thought I was crazy or simply humoured me.
 
Any way, as soon as I aimed the camera at the object it seemed to immediately react to the threatening move of pointing what may have been perceived as a weapon at it. 
 
iI’s sound began to change. It got higher and higher and higher in pitch and volume until it was just a deafening hiss, like high pressure steam being vented thru a small aperture. 
 
Some years later in San Diego I had another hair standing up moment when I went to work with a fixed hard disk manufacturer. We had tanks of liquid freon that were huge ultrasonic cleaners used to clean the 18” stainless steel disks before transferring them into the clean room for final assembly. The first time I turned one on and heard that hissss there went the hair standing up again. That was the frequency of the sound. This had to be around 1982.
 
Sorry to digress, any way the sounds frequency went up, the pulsing lights became gradually brighter and more brilliant until the entire craft was one very bright white fuzzy bell. The craft slowly rose to an altitude of maybe 150 feet. It slowly went on paralleling the road heading northeast about 100 feet to the west of the road.
 
We jumped in the car and followed. We were able to keep up with it for maybe a mile and a half  while it slowly accelerated until it finally had a good lead of maybe several hundred yards. It’s altitude was increasing as was its rate of climb. Slowly at first, but obviously steadily accelerating in what settled in at about a 30 or 40 degree climb.. The road ended in a “Tee” intersection. So again we got out of the car and stood in the middle of the itersection watching as it continued its climbing. We were able to keep an eye on it due to the exceptionally clear sky and the fact that we were way out on the country, so light pollution was not a factor..
 
Finally after another five or more likely six minutes the thing was just another one of the stars in the sky. It grew fainter and fainter, until it was indiscernible from all the other stars.
 
At that point we got back in the car and continued on our way.
 
One interesting point is that from the point where that craft was to the runways of McGuire AFB is only a couple of miles. Back in 1972 the area of the jersey pines we were in had many Cold War installations,Nike missile installations, the Space Track “ golf Ball” and others. There had been a nuclear warhead on a missile that had caught fire and contaminated a very large area with plutonium, the active air base was there as well. Plenty to look at if you were interested In the military capability of a civilisation.
 
For the rest of our lives whenever either of the three of us met, right up to the ends of their lives, we always said ” hey remember the flying saucer”. I have only told this story to four or five others over the years. The blank stares or that look like you are some kind of nutter shut me down.
 
Any way there you have it. I wish you luck with your build, and YES please post a video when it is complete, and send me a link.
 
Thanks again,
Jenny




Jennifer Edwards

Bye Bye

WordPress has increased their annual fees by another 30%.  under the guise of a “domain name” fee.

Sorry guys and gals, but I am not wearing it.

Thankyou for following.  And a big thank you  for those who have commented or liked my posts.

But I am not forking out another 30% per year, on top of a similar increase a year or so ago.  They are just, fucking, greedy.  too expensive.


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So bye!    ….John.

p.s.  when the Trevithick dredger engine is running on steam I will post a video on YouTube and maybe Facebook.

pps.  If you want to visit old johnsmachines.com posts, I believe that you will be able to open them by including “wordpress” before the johnsmachines.com

ppps.  if you think that this stinks, don’t tell me.  Tell WordPress.

pppps.  my email is jviggers@iinet.net.au

 

More Antarctic Weird – 2

Harking back to the Google Earth photos which I posted on Jan 6 2018.  “More Weird Stuff”.   The photo was from 1999 satellite imagery.  Why am I so obsessed with this?  I am not sure.  Please read on.

 

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This 21x7km black rectangular shape/object in Antarctica.  With the white reflections? white-out?.  And the track(?) leading from the south -east.     I occasionally re-open Google Earth Pro to look at it, and wonder what it was.  I have scanned all over Antarctica, and have never seen anything else, remotely like this.

Google Earth Pro has a feature which allows the viewer to scan back and forth over the years to see how a site changes.  Guess what.  The above shape does not show up on the yearly images even 1999. 

Then in the 2006 imagery I noticed a tiny black dot on my screen, near to where the big black rectangle was previously.  The tiny black dot would not brush off my screen, so I zoomed in.  This is what appeared.

 

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That black dot is sited in a white rectangle which measures 300m x 150m.  A pixellated natural feature I thought.  But scanning other areas of Antarctica does not show any pixellation anything like this.

 

Then I searched the vicinity.  And found dozens and dozens of similar objects.  Nearly all 300m long, and either 150 or 200m wide.  All with a central black area.  All with smaller grey shapes in the white areas.  Scattered around an area of 300 x 300 kilometers (~200 x 200 miles).  Some areas clearer than others, probably due to atmospheric conditions.  I started to count them, but stopped at 100.  Most of them were oriented close to North-South.

They only appear in the years 2004 to 2007, and they are stationary.  2006 is the clearest.

Then recently, I purchased a photo editor, and played around with settings on some of the screen shots which I had taken of the “objects”.

 

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Unedited Google Earth photo.  The coordinates are there if you want to check for yourself.  The white rectangle surrounding the black area is different from the surrounding snow-ice.

 

 

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Defogging turned up, with compensation

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Defogging turned up, without compensation.

 

These do NOT look like pixellated natural features.

There are too many, and too big to be man-made.

And they are scattered around the area of the 1999 image of the  26km x 7km black rectangle.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THEY ARE?

p.s. The parallel lines which I puzzled about previously are probably artifacts arising from the Landsat photography.  Thanks to reader Brendan for the technical article which lists various anomalies in pictures which are stitched together from multiple passes of the satellite.   Still no explanation for the 300m x 150m rectangles shown in this post.

 

Home Invasion

We had just finished dinner and I was gathering the dishes for washing, when suddenly, very noisily, the broom cupboard door burst open, and two possums fell into our kitchen-living room area.

Possums are in most Australian roof spaces.  They are protected by law.  Not that that would make any difference to my Dr. Doolittle wife…. she actively feeds them, and they come to the broom cupboard from somewhere in the attic space, when she calls them.

But this is the first time that they have entered our living space while we were present.  I suspect that they were having a fight and fell against the broom cupboard door, then fell onto our kitchen floor.

Once before, when we away on holidays, they found their way into our pantry.  Obviously, they thought that they had gone to possum heaven, because every cardboard package had been ripped open and the nice contents were eaten.  The less nice ones were on the floor!

So why do we encourage them?  Normally they are shy and cute and timid.  They have babies.  And they keep stranger possums out of our attic, which is their territory.  And they are not dangerous.  And they are interesting.  That’s why.

So I took a video for a few minutes.  One eventually ran out of the open back door.  I decided to leave the room, because they are a bit more nervous about me, and I thought that my wife would have a better chance of coaxing them outside.

Enjoy the uncut, uncensored videos.

 

The possums are a bit nervous about me, so I went to bed, leaving my wife to cope with the problem.  I think that she sat there with the outside door open until about 2:30am.  The recalcitrant possum had climbed up the curtains onto a pelmet, and would not come down, despite tempting titbits from my wife.  At 2:30am she came to bed and left the outside door open.

I was the first one out of bed at about 7am.  No sign of any possums, even up on the pelmets.  But he/she/it had been all over the kitchen living room TV area, shitting at every step.   There was a pile of liquid crap on the pelmet.  Poor thing must have been really anxious.  I decided that Dr Doolittle could clean it up.

 

 

 

 

Antarctic Weird.

Some of you might remember the Google Earth photos which I posted on Jan 6 2018.  “More Weird Stuff”.   The photo was from 1999 imagery.

Antarctica 6 Jan 2018 #2

This 21x7km black rectangular shape/object in Antarctica.  With the white reflections? white-out?.  And the track(?) leading from the south -east.   The satellite image was taken in 1999.  And I occasionally re-open Google Earth Pro to look at it, and wonder what it was.

Well guess what.  It has disappeared off Google Earth.   Nowhere to be seen.  Replaced with featureless white.

Suspicions aroused, I turned on the feature of Google Earth which allows the viewer to scan back and forth over the years.   I had place-marked the spot so I knew that I was in the correct place.  The “staircase” away to the north is still there.

While scanning the “spot” from December 2006, I noticed some odd lines.  Odd in that they were exactly parallel, exactly 1 km apart (you can measure things in Google Earth), and varying lengths, covering 1000’s of square kilometers.  then I noticed a little black dot on the computer screen.  It would not brush off.  Zooming in, it seemed to have a geometric shape, not at all like a natural feature, even pixellated.

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I zoomed in and out.  If you look carefully (or better still, check this out on Google Earth yourself), you will see a white rectangular shape about 300m x 150m, irregular outline but quite angular and geometric, a black central shape, and a number of smaller grey shapes.  It is aligned almost exactly north-south.  It is bigger than an aircraft carrier.   Buildings?   Artifact?  Natural feature pixellated?

Buildings?   Well it is there, but whited out in the images Dec 2004 and 2005 but not after Dec 2006.

Artifact?  I thought maybe.  Then I looked around the vicinity.

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Every one of those placemarks pinned by me, represents a similar but not identical object.  Some are clearer than the first one which I saw, particularly in the group under the “Leopold and Astrid Coast” label.  There are at least as many again, less clear, which I did not mark.

If you zoom into the above photo you will get the Google Earth co-ordinates to check this out for yourself.   Make sure that you bring up the December 2006 images.  The centre of the above cluster is the location my original “More Weird Stuff” object, but it is nowhere to be seen after 1999.

I have scanned around the rest of Antarctica and I cannot find anything else remotely like this.  Nor is there anything like this in other years/dates.

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So, what do you think?  The images show 50-100 of these objects.  It appears to me that someone might have attempted to disguise the objects in the images by applying the thick parallel lines.

I have my own theory, but I will keep my ideas to myself.  For the moment…

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More Wierd Stuff

Since my “Strange Lights over Geelong” experience I have been looking at all sorts of weird posts on YouTube.  UFO’s, crop circles, megalith structures, evidence of buildings on the moon and on Mars.  There is a mountain of information out there, and while a lot of it is lies and rubbish, some is harder to dismiss.   It is not inconceiveable that Governments have information which they are witholding from the general populace, about aliens, UFO’s, ancient civilisations and so on.  Indeed, there are YouTube interviews with ex astronauts about UFO’s on the moon, and ex government ministers and officials about UFO’s and aliens, and Rothwell.  It may well be that the current increased talkativeness is due to a recognition by governments that they can no longer keep a lid on the previously secret information, so they are gradually allowing people to talk.

One line of posts which I have followed is evidence that something is going on in Antarctica.

And one source of information is Google Earth.  One post related to a strange set of giant “steps”.  I checked on the post information by checking the coordinates in Google Earth.

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Look at the middle of the photo.  That series of “steps” does look unusual.  You can check on this yourself by entering the coordinates on the photo into Google Earth.   The “staircase is about 2.5km long, with each step about 250 meters.

Anyway, to continue with my story, as I was zooming out from this point, I noticed a bright shape about 138km towards the south.

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The object which caught my eye was the white rectangle above the word “Coast”.  This section of Antarctica is directly south of Western Australia.  The rectangle is about 380 km from the coast.

And this is what shows up on Google Earth as I zoomed in.

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The image is from 1999.  The black rectangle is 21 x 7km…  Quite a size!   I am unsure what the bright white is.  Possibly sunlight reflecting off a shiny surface.  Or a rough attempt at concealing the rectangular area?    This is at latitude 70.2 S, longitude  87.2 E.

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Also, there is a faint streak from the rectangle heading about 100km to the east.  It is also 7km wide.     The staircase area is also visible to the north.

So that is it.  I can find no reference to this structure, but if anyone knows anything about it, please enlighten me.   If you have any interest in this weird stuff, you might the posts on YouTube by SecureTeam10 worth watching.

I am heading back into the workshop tomorrow.  Installing a steam powered boiler water injector on the Fowler traction engine, and bit by bit, finishing the triple expansion engine.

I have installed the new AC Servo motor to replace the spindle motor on the Boxford 125TCL CNC lathe, my expert friend Stuart Tankard has wired it up and reconfigured Mach3.  I am delighted to report that it has vastly improved the CNC lathe.  Will post some pics in a day or two.

Steam Trains in Colour

4 months ago I made 2 wooden trains for my identical twin grandsons.  I handed the trains to SWMBO for painting, and despite frequent proddings of the verbal type, she got around to painting them only a few days ago, just in time for the twins second birthday.

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The fuel in the coal tenders is chocolate.

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The twins are really into “diggers”.  Check out the birthday cake!  Chocolate icing and chocolate Smarties.   I want to be a kid again.

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The “coal” was a hit.  SWMBO knows the way to the male heart.

 

Recycling Leather

I am a fan of Stefan Gotteswinter’s You Tube blog, amongst others. (the others include This Old Tony, Abom79, ClickSpring,  Joe Pieczynski, AVE, NYC CNC, mrpete, ……   you should know all of these if you are interested in metalworking).

But back to Stefan.   One of his hints some time back, was to use a piece of leather to protect his lathe bed under the chuck.   I adopted his idea, and I found that it was very effective.  It does protect the bed from dropped chuck keys, parted chunks of metal etc.  It is also handy for preventing small parted work pieces from disappearing into the swarf which hangs around under the bed.

Only problem was that the best piece of leather which I could find was from an old overnight bag, and it really was old, and thick, and stiff.

Some time ago, SWMBO gave me the job of dealing with a couch which had seen better days.  We were quite fond of the couch, as it had been used by our family for at least 3 decades.  But our beagle was also fond of it.  Sleeping on it,  digging holes in it, and it had become pretty disgusting, despite repairs.  So it became my workshop couch for midday naps.  But that change of environment did not improve its condition either.   In fact I decided to take it to the tip (landfill).

But here we pay for landfill by volume, so I decided to break up the couch to reduce the volume, and maybe use the frame to fuel my workshop heater.

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Me.  Removing the leather upholstery.  

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Where the beagle liked to sleep.   Yuk.

So I now have quite a lot of supple leather.  Some will end up covering my lathe ways, held in place with magnets.

Any suggestions for using the remaining leather?

SNORING

Stay with me.  This is about a machine.

For years, maybe decades, SWMBO has been complaining about my snoring, and demanding action.  From her description of the events in our bed, I was experiencing apnoeas (stopping breathing altogether) which lasted up to 20 -30 seconds each time. Sometimes SWMBO wondered if I would actually start breathing again.  Sometimes, she admitted, she wanted to hold a pillow over my head to quieten the snoring.

I have tried nose drops, plastic gadjets to widen my nostrils, elastic straps to support my lower jaw.  I even paid my dentist to make a prosthesis to stop my lower jaw from sagging backwards.  That prosthesis was expensive, and worked a bit.  But it became totally useless after I had some unrelated dental work which changed the fit.

I had heard about CPAP machines being used to treat snoring.  From my work as an obstetrician, I knew about these machines being used to help premature babies with their breathing.  CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.  It reduces the amount of effort required for each breath of the baby, and has saved many babies’ lives.    At some stage someone found out that CPAP is effective treatment for snoring.

Normally, to obtain a CPAP machine, one has to have sleep studies by spending a night in hospital hooked up to monitors, and be assessed by a medical specialist.

From my wife’s description I had no doubt about my diagnosis, and I decided to self diagnose and treat my condition.   “A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client”  also applies to doctors who treat themselves.  And normally I agree with that description.  But in this case I did not relish the thought of a night in hospital, which I was sure, would be pointless because it would be sleepless.

So I discussed my situation with my GP.  And I was pleasantly surprised when he said go ahead with my plan to buy a CPAP machine from overseas, and give it a try.

The CPAP machine cost me $AUD600.  If I had bought it locally it would have cost $AUD 1500-1600.  It arrived about 6 weeks after the order onEbay.  I had no idea what size face mask was required, so I ordered the “medium” size.  Turned out it was  a nose mask, and medium seemed to fit nicely.  The machine itself seemed well made.  All of the plastic bits fitted well.  The electronic screen was clear and lit up quickly on power up.  There was a CD for installation of the software on a Windows computer.  It installed and opened, but would not function.  An enquiry to the seller revealed that the computer time-date setting needed to be in YYYY-MM-DD format, and it all worked well after that.  The program asked for age, height, weight etc.  I was a bit insulted when my BMI of 27 was described as “FAT”.

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The CPAP machine and nose mask.   The tubing is much longer than shown.  The perspex tank contains water to humidify the inspired air.

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The CPAP machine

 

I could find no instructions, so I left the machine on the default settings.  Some weeks later I found an instruction booklet in a side pocket of the storage case, but it did not offer any information about settings.  I guess that normally there would be a doctor doing the settings, based on tests.   Fortunately I have a friend who is using a CPAP machine for sleep apnoea, and the default settings of my machine were very close to the ones which were prescribed for him, so I continued with the default settings.

First night.   I was warned by my friend that it takes about a month to become used to the CPAP, so I was not too perterbed by the mask and tubing waking me up every time I moved.  My wife had the best night’s sleep which she has had in years, because I did not snore AT ALL.  The machine makes a low whirring noise, which is barely noticeable.  Being forced to nose breath, because the positive pressure almost totally stops mouth inspiration, is a very odd sensation, but I was very aware that the 10cm of water pressure was profoundly affecting my breathing.  I was totally unable to deliberately snore while awake, and when asleep I was not snoring at all even when flat on my back.

First week.  I fiddled a bit with the pressures, but the default 10cm water pressure (0.14psi) seemed best.  I used the air humidifier.  The air is filtered.  Several times I woke and ripped the mask off, but after a month of use, that happens rarely.

First month.  I got the software working eventually, and I was delighted to see that I have had no snoring events or apnoea events at all.  My duration of sleep has gradually increased from an hour or two each night, to 5-6 hours per night.    My wife is absolutely rapt.   Her only complaint is that I sometimes remove the CPAP in the morning, then go back to sleep for another hour or two, during which time I revert to snoring.

I like to read in bed for an hour or more before I drop off to sleep.  I cannot wear my reading glasses with the CPAP in place.  So I read until I become sleepy, then pull on the mask and turn on the CPAP.  Usually I am asleep within minutes, which is a big improvement on pre-CPAP.

Either that, or I listen to podcasts with earplugs.  But the CPAP tubing and earplug cables do tend to get a bit tangled, so I usually read.  It helps to pin the CPAP tube to the pillow, with a lot of slack to allow for turning in bed.

So, after a month I have noticed that I never nap during the day, compared with most days pre-CPAP.  My tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is much less pronounced now.  I do not feel sleepy when driving.  I would like to say that my energy levels have improved, but that does not seem different.  I am hoping that my borderline high blood pressure will have settled, when next checked.

Overall, this has been a major improvement in my life. IFLT.  (technology, not Trump).

 

 

Steam Trains

Two of my grandchildren are identical twins.  Here is a recent photo of one of them.  Not much point showing a photo of the other one.  He is identical.

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Not sure which one this is.  They really are identical.  He is planning to join a circus.

Anyway, I had made a wooden train set for my other grandchildren, and my other daughter, the mother of the twins, suggested that the twins should have one also.   I decided to CNC most of the parts, and it was not much more time to make two compared to one, so here they are.

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The design, slightly modified,  is from a book by Jim Makowicki “Making Heirloom Toys”.  The trains are ready for painting by SWMBO.   She is planning to use wood dyes, and finishing with a clear laquer.

The materials are whatever I could find in my workshop, so there is an eclectic mixture of Australian hardwoods, plywood, and pine.   The panels were all CNC milled, and the chimneys and domes were CNC turned.

It has been a fun project.  I will post a photo when they are coloured.

Traction Engine Disappointment

I had inspected a 20 year old traction engine, 3″ scale so about 1.5m long, never been fired, just run on compressed air, and appeared to be in excellent condition.

The seller did not have a price, so after discussing with SWMBO who was surprisingly supportive of my passion, I rang the seller with an offer.  I did not really know what it was worth, but I made what I thought was a reasonable offer.

The seller immediately accepted the offer.

Had I offered too much?

Oh well.  I would press ahead.  I made an arrangement to pay and pick up the engine 4 days later.  I needed some time to get the cash and there was an unavoidable baby sitting day in between.

So 4 days later I hitched up the trailer and set off.  Just as I was driving out the gate, the phone rang once, then a message came through.

The seller had woken up with a bad feeling, and decided to not sell after all.  Asked for a return call.

I was feeling very disappointed and a bit cross, so I did not ring him, but acknowledged the call with a message.

Had I offered too little, and the seller had second thoughts?

Did he really intend to sell in the first place?

A susbsequent email from me has not been answered.

I did consider consulting a lawyer about breach of verbal contract, but there was nothing in writing.  So I am moving on.  Just pissed off.

Now I am looking for another traction engine, preferably requiring completion or repairs.

Heat in the workshop. Heaven!

Today I fired up the pipe heater which I have welded up over the past few days.

Fantastic!!

I was so keen to get warm on this 10 degree celcius day, that I deferred water proofing the flue.

And of course it rained!

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I forgot to bring some newspaper or kindling, so I used a propane torch to get the wood burning.

Within 5 minutes the temperature of the burner was over 200c, and in an hour it was 350 degrees celcius/ 660 fahrenheit.  Heaven.

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The shape of the furnace accepts wood up to 1400mm long.   The handle at the bottom is the ash tray.  The hefty looking handle above is for the furnace door.   The bit of RHS on the floor is so I can open the door when it is hot.

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This is the external sheath of the flue.  The strip of corrugated iron is to separate the hot internal flue from the cooler external layer.

And then it rained!   And I had not installed the waterproofing fitting to the roof.   So water poured down onto the heater, and filled my workshop with steam.!!

Despite today being only 10 deg celcius, I happily machined away until 6pm.  2 hours later than I usually stop due to the cold.

Then I had to go home to cook dinner.   SWMBO was getting hungry.

Another Diversion from The Triple

My model engineering club (GSMEE) has an annual competition build.  This year it is a small horizontal reversing steam engine.

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So I have taken another break from the triple to build the HME.  I have redrawn the plans to make my model 40% bigger, and also to accept metric fasteners.

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The HME blanks for the base, the cylinder block, the flywheel pillar and the flywheel.  The only stainless steel I had in my junkbox, er storage facility, had a  big hole in the middle, so I filled that with brass.

All was going well, and I spent almost a day making the piston head guide. Then finished off by making the guide rod and block.   I decided to take another thou off the guide block, and set the lathe going.

And heard an ominous bang.

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I had forgotten to remove the piston head guide from the from the piston before I restarted the lathe.  Destruction.  The lump at the bottom is another piece of brass, ready to be turned into another head guide.  I had run out of suitably sized brass, so I silver soldered a length of rod to some square section.  A day later and the new piston head guide is now made.  

At least I know from this (and other crashes), that the second part is always made much faster than the first.

And on a different subject, I recently bought on Fleabay a self centering 4 jaw chuck.

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It does not replace the independent jaw 4 jaw chuck for accurate work, but will be useful for turning small square stock.  Also, I plan to make a backing plate for it to fit into the tailstock, so it will hold taps.

Making Hubcaps

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I made 5 of these

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The 50mm diameter aluminium blank had a 12mm bolt inserted into a blind threaded hole.  The bolt was held in the lathe chuck.

The 2 short videos which follow show 1. the final rough cut 2. the finish cut.

The shape was drawn as a DXF file using CAD, the G code was generated using Ezilathe, and the lathe was controlled with Mach3.

 

 

Total CNC turning time was 16 minutes per hubcap, plus cutting the groove for the O-ring, then a quick polish with a cleaning pad.

Chariot Racing

Another little job for my CNC lathe.

A fellow club member asked me to turn some hub caps for his car restoration.  And the shape was a bit unusual.

This is the first effort at complying with his request.

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It is aluminium, and will be held in position with an O-ring in the groove.

If I had put a knife edge on it he could have justified new car number plates…..

BEN-HUR

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