Monday, April 6, 2020

Apple Calendar Bugs

Matt Parker highlights some bugs in the Apple iPhone Calendar

I checked my phone's calendar and it has the bug between the years 200 and 1910
Wrong number of days in most months and where is October 1910?

Two Februarys in 200
1 BC was apparently a leap year (also 5, 9, 13 BC)

1 AD follows 1 BC

In MacOS calendar, you cannot jump to a date before 01.01.1000. To get to a year before then you will need to scroll.

Friday, March 27, 2020

DIY selfie-stick-tripod adaptor for phones

I had a pocket tripod and a selfie-stick and so I created an adaptor to join the selfie-stick's phone mount to the tripod.

Using recycled ice cream sticks that I cut, glued, drilled, shaped and painted, the adaptor gives me a stable semi-adjustable phone tripod for shooting video.


Selfie-stick-tripod selfie.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Ankara Natural History Museum

On a recent trip to Anakara, we visited the Natural History Museum (MTA Genel Müdürlüğü Tabiat Tarihi Müzesi).

We were greeted by dinosaurs at the entrance

Guarding an egg or playing ball?
Inside are plenty of fossils, models and taxidermy exhibits of all sorts of creatures
Pseudofusulina fossil, a type of marine creature

Also a large collection of different rocks and minerals
Purple Jade

Saturday, January 4, 2020

METU (ODTÜ) Science and Technology Museum, Ankara

On a recent trip to Ankara, Turkey, we visited the Middle East Technical University (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi) Science and Technology Museum.

This museum is located on the university campus and the security guard was kind of confused as to why we were visiting. 

Steam Engine

Outside is a steam engine and several aircraft and several buildings that appear to be cover-ups for alien landings. The large saucer-shaped building is entered via an automatic door that makes a wooshing sound when opening.
Satellite map view courtesy Apple Maps.

The same satellite map via Google. What are they hiding?

Inside are two floors of exhibits of science and technology from prehistoric to modern times.
Hittite era guitar

With Gallipoli located in Turkey, there were items from World War I, including a medical tent and devices for carrying the wounded soldiers.

Army hospital tent from 1914-1922
The system to carry a wounded soldier on a horse
The system to carry wounded soldiers on a donkey
There were several variations of typewriters. 
QWERTZ (German/Polish) keyboard
AZERTY, (French/Belgium) keyboard
Turkish-F keyboard

Video cameras
I think my parents had a cassette deck and headphones similar to this in the 1970s.
Tape deck, headphones, cassette player
Home movie cameras
Movie projector
Oric Atmos Computer made by Tangerine Computer Systems
In another building are vehicles - mostly cars.

Yellow Desoto
Yellow Pontiac
Yellow and Black Chevrolet
Anadol Böcek, (Anatolian Bug), a Turkish made car from 1975