Most of my Astronomical images can be found on my Flickr site.
Jun 06 2015
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May 31 2015
I’m finding that I do not have enough spare time nowadays to post images and developments from the New Forest Observatory on forums and other sites. So from today, if you want to see the latest images or find out what the latest developments are at the New Forest Observatory – the only place where you’ll see all this is the New Forest Observatory web-site
I can prove that we live in a Matrix Universe. Trouble is – if I explain my proof the program will terminate.
The New Forest Observatory is run by Prof. Greg Parker from Brockenhurst in Hampshire. Do not be misled or confused by others using a similar name.
The money from the Post Office Savings Account is now finally back in my Lloyds Bank account having spent 1 week and 3 days in limbo.
This was not resolved by the Post Office finally seeing sense and getting their act together – it was resolved by my son, who is a photojournalist getting onto the Post Office’s Press Office and rattling a few cages. Nice to know my son has more clout than the old man But that’s by the by.
Although the Post Office needs to take a fair portion of the blame here, this episode of serial nonsense was not entirely their fault – in fact you could say it was not their fault at all, but the fault lies with Experian! Experian are a bunch that have got together to stick their nose into your monetary matters and they have a credit report on each and every one of you. Now, when I was on the phone to the Post Office and I was about to reactivate my account – it was Experian that put the kibosh on things. How? Well the Post Office, before it actually reactivates your account does a quick check with Experian and Experian will get back with a yes or no for immediately reactivating the account. This is a purely automated process, there are no people talking to one another or anything sensible like that – oh no. So of course in my case the word that came back from Experian was NO! And THAT is why I have spent 1 week and 3 days trying to get my hands on my own money.
So what did Experian, this faceless wonder, have a problem with? I don’t know, but they are looking at it for me right now. How very kind of them. In fact I just have an e-mail from “The Customer Relations Team” telling me this. Great isn’t it – one person would have written the e-mail, someone who presumably has a name – but the e-mail comes from a faceless “team”. Do you see what I’m getting at here? Let’s carry on. I asked the Post Office guy at the time what could possibly have led Experian to give a “no” answer to reactivating my account. The only thing he could come up with at the time was a possible recent change of address. As I have been at the present address for over 25 years I didn’t think that could be the cause. The P.O. man of course didn’t have any idea what the problem was because THERE WAS NO COMMUNICATION WITH A PERSON AT THE OTHER END just a “no” automated reply.
There is a bunch of people out there, working for this “Experian”, who can make your life unpleasant, financially, and not just by malice, but by basically screwing things up with duff information. I have heard of this before from other people, but it’s something else when you experience it for yourself – maybe that’s why they call themselves Experian? The next installment of this monumental cock up will be what Experian has to say on the matter. They will get back to me withing 4 weeks – wow – quickly as that – amazing, when you can actually close down someone’s account instantaneously. Bit of a disconnect here don’t you think Experian??
Tom How has lots of variations of camera synchronisation software for budding mini-WASP imagers.
May 18 2015
So did the Post Office finally come to their senses and sort things out to my satisfaction then??
Did they hell. This is what happened.
Why am I not saying it has been completely sorted yet? Because the money has not appeared in my Bank account yet. Funny how in this age of digital money transfer it doesn’t appear straight away in my account – NOT!!!
May 18 2015
The short answer to this age-old question is that it does. To see how it does you unfortunately need to read what comes below. However – what I find much more interesting is why we have difficulty in understanding what is going on with mirrors – perhaps the simplest “optical device” known to man. Why aren’t our brains “wired up” in such a way as to see the answer to these mirror questions immediately?
If you delve back into my posts on here you will find a pretty comprehensive explanation of how mirrors “laterally invert”. There you will also find the answer to this “mirror question” – they don’t. As I haven’t actually looked back to see what I wrote back then, I can’t remember if I covered the top-bottom inversion in a mirror, so I will do so here.
Everyone is aware of lateral inversion in a mirror, it occurs when we look into a mirror THAT IS IN THE VERTICAL PLANE, which is the “normal” place for a mirror as it is usually on a wall or somewhere similar so that we can shave or adjust our hair. As I mentioned before – a mirror does no inverting at all – it merely reflects light straight back, that’s all. If you are reading the words on a page in a book, and THEN ROTATE THE BOOK 180 DEGREES to see the words reflected in a mirror – then of course it appears as if the words are laterally inverted. The mirror simply reflects back to your eye what is placed directly in front of it, and what you have placed directly in front of it is a book that you rotated through 180 degrees giving the appearance of a lateral inversion of the letters on the page. Simple, and a nice example of symmetry. BUT – there is the relevant question, why not top-bottom reversal, and what is the symmetry requirement to see top-bottom reversal??
There is no top-bottom reversal in a vertically aligned mirror because you only rotated the book around in the horizontal plane, you didn’t also stand on your head. O.K. but if that’s the case then by symmetry surely there is a way a mirror can invert top-bottom? Yes there is. Before giving the answer away, can you work out what you have to do to the mirror to see this?
The answer is that you need to move the mirror from the vertical plane to the horizontal plane – take it off the wall and lie it flat on the ground. Now look at objects reflected in the mirror. What do you see? You have been aware of this effect all your conscious life. You have stared at the surface of a still lake/pond and seen the reflection of distant objects from the water’s surface. So why wasn’t it immediately obvious to you that the distant mountain’s reflection in the water was top-bottom inverted? Because it is so obvious? Then if it is so obvious why didn’t you automatically know the answer to the question – how does a mirror invert top-bottom then??
I’m really not sure why there is such confusion over this, but I’m pretty sure it has more to do with psychology and recognition that it does with Physics.
So where were we on this nonsense? Oh yes, last Monday I went into the Post Office at Lymington with my passport and a statement from Southern Electric (just received, so within 2 months) which were copied and certified (for I.D. and address) and these went off First Class to the Post Office address.
Checking my account I could see that it still wasn’t reactivated on Thursday. O.K. so another phone call to the Post Office to find out what is going on. Very helpful guy on the end says yes they had received the verification documents and my account will be reactivated the next day (Friday). Why not today, and why not immediately?? I know far better than to ask.
So here we are on Friday. I try to get into my account a couple of times, and of course I can’t. So another call to the Post Office. You can see what’s coming already can’t you. The address verification was not valid. Clearly doesn’t matter that the guy yesterday said my account would be reactivated today – that was yesterday and that was someone else. Because this was a statement of usage from Southern Electric and not a Bill it was not acceptable. Doesn’t matter that the address is the same one as on my account and on the letter as well as the statement – oh no. So another trip into Lymington Post Office with an actual Bill plus a Bank statement (strange they both have the same address as the unacceptable Southern Electric statement) and they were sent off. But not before the jobsworth behind the Post Office counter tried to halt proceedings by asking to see the letter from the Post Office which surprise, surprise hasn’t arrived here yet. You couldn’t make this crap up could you? I took my wife along today as I needed someone there to prevent me trashing the place in case I met Ms. Jobsworth – which in the event I did. My wife made it clear that Ms. Jobsworth just needed to certify the documents and send them off and it would be best not to pursue the business about the letter. Extremely reluctantly she did as she was asked, but not without referring to the f***ing letter at least half a dozen more times.
So we have another trip to Lymington, another half hour on the phone, and another 3 hours of my time to go onto the Invoice the P.O. will be receiving for my costs on getting my account reactivated. We are well over £500 now and still counting.