Nike missile ballistics computer
Computer Batteries

Image by Telstar Logistics
SF-88 is a former Nike Missile base in the Marin Headlands that’s been restored to near-original condition.

Nike missiles were anti-aircraft weapons designed to shoot down Russian bombers. They were equipped with either nuclear or conventional warheads, and hundreds of Nike batteries were deployed around major American cities from the 1950s until the early 1970s.

Battery Shifters
Computer Batteries

Image by ludwig van standard lamp
BarnCamp 2010 was two days of workshops on topics ranging from renewable energy to foraging for food to citizen journalism to using free software for activism, up to three nights of camping, open space sessions, evening entertainment, great food at Highbury Farm, a beautiful farm co-op high in the Wye Valley.

Personal highlights:

Meeting the other ciderpunk,
Learning how to be a citizen journalist
Learning that Cornish folks come North in the Summertime for direct action and riots
Drinking ace cider
Nicest train conductor ever
The nerd block — for people going off on a geek rant that no-one else can understand
The Linux Lord’s Prayer

I’m putting up the pics in two lumps, first things and scenery; people sometime at the weekend.

My Apple MacBook Pro battery burst
Computer Batteries

Image by Lawrence Sinclair
The aluminum case was bent wide open by the pressure. It was mounted in my laptop, and sitting in its case in my bedroom. When I went to check it, the battery looked like this. I was worried that the computer would be damaged, but it was fine. It was, however, a little hard to remove. Luckily, I had a spare battery.

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