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8 Nov 2007

It's happened. Google ads have appeared on the site; I'm sure you know how they work. I have not taken this step lightly, but I have been supporting this site with my own resources for ten years now, and traffic does keep increasing.
I appealed for comments as to whether ads would be appropriate, and every single respondent said they were happy with the idea, so there it is. I am starting in a small way but ads will be, well, added, as time permits; I hope you will not find them intrusive.

The acute observer will have noted that updates stopped for a while (due to holidays) but have been resumed with full vigor, and indeed, vigour. On my travels I paid a visit to CNAM, the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris. This is a wonderful science museum of the good old-fashioned kind, and I found many goodies, which are now starting to appear in the Museum of Retrotechnology. Please don't get your hopes too high about image quality, though. Flash photography is not allowed so what with handheld available-light stuff and the reflections from glass cases, it's uphill work.
And yes, there is still stacks of stuff waiting to go into the Museum as time allows.

An email from Sander Jetten of Nijmegen, Holland:
"Just mailing to let you know you're a Googlewhack.
Type "dynosphere impracticability" in Google and the only hit is your museum of transportation."
A Googlewhack is a phrase you type into Google that returbs one, and only one, hit. That email was sent in July 07 and remains true as of 19 Oct 07.

The SelfSite remains defiantly low-tech. The alert will have noticed a chunk of Javascript on the index page. I must admit I was a bit surprised by the amount of code required. You will find some small gobbets of CSS. This site is constructed with a text-editor and a slide-rule.

Please send comments and suggestions via email address on home page.

Site map

... First upload of page (not complete) ...

 * First Upload: 	27 June 1998
 * Major redo:  	10 July 1998
 * Safe colours: 	3 Aug 1998
 * Tester out:    	22 Oct 1998
 * Balanced I/O:	Nov 1998
 * Tyes & Perfects	Feb 1999
 * Noise, Headroom	Feb 1999
 * TO3 buttons.	Mar 1999
 * Mixer design.	Mar 1999
 * Roswell		Apr 1999
 * Discrete begins	Feb 2000
 * Failproj, Book2	Apr 2000
 * Opamps	  	Jun 2000
 * More opamps  	Dec 2000
 * More opamps  	Jan 2001
 * Museum opens 	Feb 2001
 * Library opens 	Mar 2001
 * Gyrocars    	Mar 2001
 * Site map, Locos	Apr 2001
 * Bal I/O update 	May 2001
 * Optical telegraphs	June 2001
 * Pneumatic Networks	June 2001
 * Ground loops 	June 2001
 * Thermal Distn 	Sep 2001
 * The Auxetophone	Oct 2001
 * Brennan gyromono	Nov 2001
 * Voicepipes 	Dec 2001
 * More locos 	Jan 2002
 * New monowheels 	Jan 2002
 * Lucy Ashton	Apr 2002
 * Rotary steam engines	Aug 2002
 * Combat Cutlery	Sep 2002
 * Many new locos  	Jan 2003
 * Rotating Boilers	Jan 2003

 * Move to Pipex 		May 2003
 * The Helicogyre 		June 2003
 * Underwater Cannon		Aug 2003
 * Mechanical Amplifiers		Oct 2003
 * Swiss Turbine		Nov 2003
 * Many loco updates 		Dec 2003 
 * Unusual Tricycles 		Dec 2003
 * Argentine Turbine 		Jan 2004
 * Egyptian Steam-motor		Jan 2004
 * Streamlining 		Jan 2004
 * Cabforward Tanks 		Jan 2004
 * Uniflow Loco 		Feb 2004
 * Uniflow Steam Engines		Feb 2004
 * Rocket-power Bicycles		Feb 2004
 * Steam Bicycles 		Feb 2004
 * du Bousquet locomotives 	Feb 2004
 * Hot-air gramophones 		Feb 2004
 * High Speed Steam Engines	Mar 2004
 * Rotary Internal Combustion 	Mar 2004
 * Unusual Motorcycles 		Apr 2004
 * 2-Wheeled Cars 		May 2004
 * Electromagnetic Engine 	May 2004
 * The Cyclogyro 		May 2004
 * Fictitious Locomotives		May 2004
 * Radiating Axles 		May 2004
 * Odd Gaugechange 		May 2004
 * Friction Loco 		June 2004
 * Balanced Locomotives 		Aug 2004
 * Esoteric Computer links	Aug 2004
 * Gearwheels from Hell  		Aug 2004
 * Rotary Valve Engines 		Sept 2004
 * Acoustic Radar  		Oct 2004
 * Steam Lawnmowers  		Nov 2004
 * Thermal Generators 		Nov 2004

 * Unusual Bicycles 	Feb 2005
 * Boiling Petrol Power 	Feb 2005
 * Ammonia Motors 	Mar 2005
 * Nord water-tubes 	Apr 2005
 * Disulphide 	May 2005
 * Compressed Air 	June 2005
 * Soda Loco 	June 2005
 * Clockwork 	July 2005
 * Dog Engine 	July 2005
 * Carbonic Motors 	July 2005
 * Odd Working Fluids 	Aug 2005
 * Mercury power 	Aug 2005
 * Parsons Epicyclic 	Sept 2005
 * Tower Spherical 	Sept 2005
 * Disc Engines 	Oct 2005
 * Steam Aeroplanes 	Oct 2005
 * Non-Circular Wheels 	Nov 2005
 * Colombian Steam Motor Jan 2006
 * Lubeck Steam Motor 	Feb 2006
 * Argentine Steam Motor 	Feb 2006
 * Ouest 		June 2006
 * Alcohol motor 	July 2006
 * Lazy-tongs loco 	July 2006
 * Water engines	Nov 2006
 * Thermomagnetic engines Dec 2006
 * Water motors 	Jan 2007
 * Steam Wheels	Apr 2007
 * Aero-steam engines      Aug 2007
 * Square piston engines   Oct 2007
 * Steam horse     	Dec 2007
 * Rotating cylinder engines Apr 2008
 * Vibratory locos 	Apr 2008
 * Axial steam engines	Jun 2008
 * Axial IC engines	Jun 2008


Highly entertaining ezine from Martin G. Do not miss.
Sherlock Holmes and his Avatars
If (like me) you like a quick pastiche, this is an invaluable reference.
Molecules with Damnfool Names
Yes, there really is a molecule called Arsole... and it's a ring! It's a chemical world.
The Museum of Depressionist Art
Superb. Do not miss it.
Definitive proof that the NASA moon landings were faked. (Restored to former glory)
The Mike Hutchinson Site
Travels in Zimbabwe. Jazz singer Holly Cole.
The Chadwick Site.
The Construction Site Site: The unreconstructed George Chadwick deconstructs construction. (Under construction)
The Guardian
The best newspaper, as far as I'm concerned.
The BBC.
The best news feed.
The Straight Dope
A superb source of hard information on tricky topics. Brilliant.
Fortean Times
Another unique viewpoint on the world.
Urban Legends
Snopes. The best resource on urban legends I know.
Warren Zevon
A genius. Sadly no longer with us.
Web Humour
There's a lot of garbage out there, but this is actually funny. Well, I think so.
I couldn't leave Dilbert out. It's all true, you know...
Get Fuzzy.
Beautiful in a quiet way.
This looks brilliant. No, I haven't had time to try it.
James Randi
The James Randi educational foundation.
The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
Annals of Improbable Research
Hot Air: the Journal of research that cannot or should not be reproduced.
Simanek's Pages
This lot will keep you quiet for a bit. Comprehensive.
The Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking. More skepticism. LINK MENDED.
Romenesko's Reading Room
The Obscure Store & Reading Room. Scurrilous news items from a very foreign country.
The Enigma Machine
A working Enigma machine on your screen. Damn clever.
How to carry your wife.
Is this Politically Correct? Possibly not.
Betty Bowers
America's Best Christian!
Stationary steam engines etc.
The Everlasting Blort
Strange stuff. (No longer being updated)
Nun dolls.
For those with specialised tastes only. Beyond strange; well beyond.
Strange dolls.
For those with very specialised tastes only. Well beyond beyond strange.
Doomed engineers
All engineers are doomed, of course, but some are more doomed than others...