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The Daresbury SkyScape of Glory!
Above is a Non-realtime example of the Skies Above Daresbury, Cheshire, England
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As part of Lachlan Cranswick's Homepage

Spring 1999 is here and a normally quiet and unassuming SGI Indycam undergoes a metamorphosis into the wise and philosophical
(Daresbury Laboratory Skyscape Camera, Cheshire, England)
(Including info on how to setup an Indycam as a webcam, or link into a webcam)
Started 21st May, 1999

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From Lachlan Brown:

Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 19:57:18 -0500
From: "Lachlan Brown" 
Subject: O Clouds Unfold

The web always throws up surprises. 
Quite amazing descriptions of my mundane boring local skies by an Australian. 

Never thought the so exotic in comparison to Australian skies, I imagine, 
but the Atlantic influence always made for purples, golds, reds, pinks and 
sometimes with Sahara dust in the air blazing red for days.

The power station is Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. We called it 'the cloud factory'
 as there was always a huge cumulous cloud rising from the towers beyond 
Runcorn Bridge from our perspective, Eastham Wirral, 8 miles west of Runcorn. 
The vapour trails are North America - London/NW Europe flights. Incoming in the 
morning, outgoing later in the day. They often made their own cloudscape. If you go to (not an easy interface but you get there 
eventually)  You can get a Landsat view of NW England, vapour trails over Wirral, 
also wales, same colours in the clouds.

I was there in Liverpool at the time had an office in the city with great views of 
the sky. What a shame I diodn't know you were in the neighbourhood. Two Lachlans 
in a pub in Liverpool would have been a rare occurance.

Lachlan Brown

At present, the DLSkycam is having some difficulties with his dynamically determined shutter speed and gain.
Through the philosophy of "find out who I am, and be that person", he hopes to get better and more accurate colour schemes in the forseeable future.

Relevant Issues (a solution of sorts given below)

11th January 2001: DLSkyCam goes on "Work to Rule!"

Negotiations to resolve the situation are on-going.

Information on Clouds, etc

Some Highlights of the DLSkyCam

November 2000

December 2000

Previous Month's Highlights:

Slough (1937)

John Betjeman (1906 - 1984)

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air-conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears:

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sport and makes of cars
In various bogus-Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.

Still in Copyright. Refer:

For information on the kludges make this Skycam come alive?

  • The /etc/mtab setting on the local Indy /indydirectory/indycam nfs vers=3,rw,intr,bg,dev=c0001 0 0
  • The /etc/exports setting on the webserver
    /web_disc/ccp14/web_area/web_live/people/lachlan/indycam -rw,
  • The /usr/etc/portmapper security setting on the webserver to limit hacker portmapper/mountd/rpc probes
    (As run on initialisation in /etc/init.d/network. Do a "man portmap". This can be reconfigured and restarted without rebooting using Wietse Venema's portmapper utilties)
  • Then using Wietse Venema's portmapper program do the following sequence of commands to be able to restart the "IRIX" portmapper without having to reboot the machine.
    ./pmap_dump > table
    killall portmap
    /usr/etc/portmap `cat /etc/config/portmap.options`
    ./pmap_set < table
  • Also do a man ipfilterd
  • "For constant inside illumination, REM out the indyshutter script and try the following for setting up the Indycam: Run capture Then in the menu system: "Options" "Video Panel" "Pro, Indycam, Signal Controls" And manually tweak the controls so the balance, lighting is happy. When you exit "capture", this setting should be retained for when your script is applied."

This page originally started life from the webpage - on the World War I patriotic poem telling how "The Surreys Played the Game"

"On through the heat of slaughter
Where gallant comrades fall
Where blood is poured like water
They drive the trickling ball
The fear of death before them
Is but an empty name
True to the land that bore them
The Surreys play the game"

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