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**Sun 29 Nov 15*** GIVE WILD ANIMALS A VOICE Direct link
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A new Brian Talks Vid ! About Wildlife ... this will accompany the Racing Extinction film.
It seems that for wildlife around the planet the candle is about to burn out. Everywhere wildlife is under threat. But animal welfare isn't just about conservation in Africa or India. Treating animals decently starts right here at home and it's really all about the right of every individual animal to a decent life and a decent death and to dignity and to be able to bring the children up in peace.
We are Save-Me, working to give care where it's needed, but also to give wild animals a voice.
Surely every animal deserves to be wild and to be free of persecution. Join us. Help us to make a future in which every creature's voice is heard.
**Mon 23 Nov 15** BASEMENT-BUILDING BASTARDS OUT OF CONTROL Direct link
Awful. Basement-building bastards now out of control - a menace to us all.
21 November 2015
Welcome to Megabasement Street: Cul-de-sac in Chelsea where SIX houses are having extensions dug out at the same time so their owners can put in cinemas, wine cellars and shoe closets
He makes some good points, but his most important point of advice is hidden away at number 6.
"Stop using pesticides, insecticides and slug pellets. They poison hedgehogs and kill their prey.”
He’s right, but this ought to have been number one. The vast majority of hedgehogs we rescue at Harper Asprey, as Anne Brummer will tell you, are sick because they have been poisoned in some way … slug pellets being the first suspect. Slug pellets kill everything … can poison your pets and children too. And the poison leaks into the water table with unchartable results. If I had my way, slug pellets would overnight disappear from hardware stores. Is a border of pathetic Marigolds or boring Hostas worth that hideous poison in your garden ? Don’t do it.
Grow something else ! WE have made a world that is toxic to so many wild animals. The government ought to take a stand on this. But of course, they won’t. It would threaten belief in their stance that wild animals are worthless. It would take them it one step nearer to having to admit that the badger cull is an ineffective disgrace, and that fox-hunting is sadism and unsupportable.
Let’s make life good for the poor hedgehogs, and maybe better days will come.
Thanks for asking. Yes, I use the 3-D camera app for taking ’sequential' stereos … which is very easy to use, and gives great results. Basically it helps you to do the ‘rocking’ technique … in which you take one photo with your weight on the left foot, and then rock slightly so your weight is on the right foot and take the other picture. The app enables you to instantly line up the two pictures you’ve taken, and then it gives you a choice as to how to output … in red and green, ‘flicker' … or, my favourite by far … the side-by-side format which makes the stereo pair viewable in glorious 3-D in an OWL or similar viewer … or just ‘free-viewed’ once you get the knack.
The app isn’t expensive — it’s worth buying the full version rather than use the free download, because it gives you higher quality output. Note: the subject matter using this technique has to keep still for the two exposure ! So it’s OK with people, and landscapes, but animals and children and fast-moving cars are more challenging !! But it’s endless fun.
Your enquiry comes at a good moment for us - because we’re about to launch my latest invention !! It’s an adaptor for the OWL to make any smartphone fit in it, and the combination becomes an instant nice quality digital stereo viewer !! So people will be able to take 3-D pictures of their pals (using the 3-D camera app, maybe) and then instantly be able to view the snaps in 3-D. It will also work for any side-by-side pictures downloaded from websites or twitter, etc. So everyone will now have instant access to high quality digital 3-D ! It works for movies too ! And all the new VR technology marries up with it like a dream ! I’m excited !
Here’s a sneak preview of the prototype of the device … it’s very simple … but wickedly effective !!
Hopefully we’ll have the OWL Smartphone Adaptor ready for sale in the next couple of months …maybe even some for Christmas !