Cloud Wars: Full Story

New story begins March 1. . . and might just feature Jimmy Bind. CLOUD WARS Wed 10 Feb “Mum! I gotta go make rain now.” “Why can’t you get a real job?” “MUM!” I switched off the comm and shot my payload into a full-looking cloud. * Since I’d cunningly forgotten to shut my lid,Continue reading “Cloud Wars: Full Story”

Cloud Wars: En Giardia!

WARNING: gross medical stuff to follow. . . don’t read this while eating. Regular readers will be aware that I went to China and Indonesia early this year, and became sick in Indonesia (I’ve been to Indo-land seven times, and become ill every time). I am still sick almost two months later, so I wentContinue reading “Cloud Wars: En Giardia!”

Cloud Wars: Future Scooter

Still in the “mad science” vein, here’s something that really exists (but only just): It’s an electric-powered scooter. And it still does have two wheels – they’re just side by side, instead of that stuffy old “one in front of the other” thing. It’s toally simple to drive – once you get it balanced. Reassured,Continue reading “Cloud Wars: Future Scooter”

Cloud Wars: More Mad Science

Here are some scifi images to haunt your dreams (as per usual, I’m not responsible for the content on these web sites, but didn’t immediately notice anything amiss):

Cloud Wars: Bad writing

For all lovers of good writing, here are this year’s winners of the Bulwer-Lytton contest, (aka “It Was a dark and Stormy Night” Contest), run by the English Department of San Jose State University, wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel. 10. As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he wereContinue reading “Cloud Wars: Bad writing”

Cloud Wars: Story so far

Wed 10 Feb “Mum! I gotta go make rain now.” “Why can’t you get a real job?” “MUM!” I switched off the comm and shot my payload into a full-looking cloud. * Since I’d cunningly forgotten to shut my lid, the rain I made fell right in. When the sparks started I cursed myself andContinue reading “Cloud Wars: Story so far”

Cloud Wars: Mad Science

Here’s another fun (and somewhat less normal) type of flying machine – the ornithopter. An ornithopter is a machine that flies by flapping its wings. And yes, there is at least one in the world that actually does fly. Here’s a place offering model workshops:

Cloud Wars: Picture time

Here’s what a cloud seeding plane looks like at work (from The rockets on a plane’s wing (from And some cannons (from The above websites are a study in contrasts – the first is about China, the second is about how cloud seeding is against God, and the third is about cloud seedingContinue reading “Cloud Wars: Picture time”

Cloud Wars: What is steampunk?

Steampunk is a storytelling genre that features a mix of craftmanship and technology based on Victorian times – but more fun. Steampunk Earth Day is on 30 October 2010 – it’s a lot like Earth Hour, but with more options (and better outfits). It’s G-rated, and fully international, since you play along (literally) at home. reading “Cloud Wars: What is steampunk?”

Cloud Wars: Twitter controversy # 2

It’s been pointed out to me (usually with sniggering) how unbelievably Freudian my first day of “Cloud Wars” turned out to be. All I can say is. . . I had absolutely no idea. It’s interesting, though – pirates kill a bunch of people, no problem. A woman starves her husband to death – whatContinue reading “Cloud Wars: Twitter controversy # 2”

Cloud Wars: Scifi that isn’t fi

Cloud seeding (ie making clouds suddenly drop rain or snow) is real. I’ve seen the results (this year, in Beijing – the heaviest snowfall in sixty years). Clouds can be seeded by cannons (which can be loaded on the back of trucks, or shot from the ground – and yes, people living nearby hear themContinue reading “Cloud Wars: Scifi that isn’t fi”