A big wave to all you lovely Monday wavers.
I've had a busy weekend which included trying my hand at 3 new crafts and participating in some scientific research in the Antarctic.
Sunday was one of my favourite events of the year - the makers faire - a faire full of people interested in making things with a lovely range that includes making things with your hands and on computers. I love an event that incorporates all these different forms of making things and where you can see a stall with a 3D printer next to one turning old fabric strips into rugs and then another inviting people to make a stop go film burst.
And lovely to see so many people eager to have a go - adults and kids. I'll share my new crafting experiences with you for snap on Wednesday.
This year there seemed to be a strong theme of using materials that would otherwise be thrown away - I loved this fire breathing spider made of metal scrap that was overseeing the courtyard
And then there was my research work on penguins. I saw an item on the news about a University research group that is studying penguins but has so many photos from all their cameras that they need assistance in spotting the penguins. You can go onto their site, look at a photo and then you are asked to mark the centre of every penguin that you can see - if you see a chick, an egg or another animal you mark them too
As well as using all this clicking to count the penguins they are hoping to use it to teach computers to identify penguins.
I thought I'd have a look - fun to see some penguin cam - and I must say I found it quite addictive. Its a bit like those computer games where you have to find the list of objects. and they cleverly show you the next photo as soon as you click to finish one - and then you start clicking on penguins again and before you realise half an hour has gone - at least it is helping research. You can join in at
at penguinwatch . You can mark a few images without signing up - I warn you it is addictive.
Hoping you all have a good week - I'm off to study penguins.