ABCON PostShip Parcel Scales Review

Introduction

I found these ABCON PostShip parcel scales in COSTCO, Derby. They seem to be a parcel shipment person’s dream. They’re great for sellers on auction sites.

NOTE: ‘ABCON’ and ‘PostShip’ are registered trademarks.

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ABCON PostShip Parcel Scales

I just found they are the TOP CHOICE in this list of The 10 Best Postal Scales by Comparaboo. — HC, 22nd August 2017

Until I bought these ABCON PostShip parcel scales I had been using my wife’s Salter Electronic (Model No.3007) kitchen scales for weighing packages destined for the mail.

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Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

On 16th April 2013 Derby celebrated by way of dance to an appropriate tune “The Loco-Motion” from a Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt after months of disruption and a lot of money spent. See the video below:

Other dances were performed too (at least one other) and the opening ceremony can be seen here (http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/VIDEO-Flash-mob-dance-marks-station-facelift/story-18745358-detail/story.html) in the article published by the Derby Telegraph.

This is how it looked before the latest upgrade:

Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade
Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade

. . . and before that it looked like this:

Derby Station Forecourt 1980
Derby Station Forecourt 1980

We Have Another Dwarf Planet

Dwarf Planet 2012VP113

Astronomers have found another dwarf planet in the Solar System. This is a dwarf planet and it doesn’t have a real name yet. It just has a number ‘2012 VP113’ as do so many dwarf planets in the region of space occupied by Pluto. It doesn’t seem long ago that there was just Pluto beyond Neptune but new dwarf planets are being discovered regularly. There is a long list of them (46) here by Mike Brown (not updated since 2008), but here is Mike Brown’s up to date list of Probable Plutoids (as of 27/03/2014) and other people’s submissions at Wikipedia.

What is a Plutoid?

Mike Brown has a Plutoid definition embedded in this article.

Kuiper and Oort Objects

Here is a poster of Kuiper and Oort Objects

This poster/wall chart was produced by SPACE.COM as a quick guide to Kuiper and Oort Objects.

Kuiper and Oort Objects

Knowledge of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud is sparse but it is known that some objects have very eccentric orbits. I think we can expect many more objects to be discovered in this area in coming years.

Reference

Poster source: Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

Dwarf Planets In The Solar System

There is a new class of objects in the Solar System – Dwarf Planets – which now includes Pluto.

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Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

CycloCable Gets Bikes Up That Hill

CycloCable

We all know it’s a bit of a pain cycling up steep hills especially on your journey to work, but CycloCable gets bikes up that hill.

Well the Norwegians have got that sorted, in Trondheim at least. Just watch this video:

You can see more detail about how the ‘CycloCable gets bikes up that hill’ at Gizmodo. Better still why not nip over to the Poma CycloCable® Page to read more about the system.

Fixing Shelf Battens To Old Walls

Introduction

I found myself fixing shelf battens to old walls for  someone. They only required two supporting battens at each end of each shelf. The job took much longer than expected. Why? The Victorian house walls on which the battens were fixed were crumbling underneath the plaster. This severely hindered the normal process of drilling holes, tapping in wall anchors and screwing in screws.

NOTE: This work required an assistant to provide another pair of hands to hold pieces of timber in place from time to time.

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