I've been interested in astronomy since about age 10. My interest has since brought me around the world chasing total solar eclipses with the ecliptomaniacs - a bunch of great travelling companions who take some pretty mean photographs.
Astronomy and Computers
Programming is both a hobby and a profession. Actually it is more than a hobby - I believe computer programming is an art form. Anyhow, I used to have a Psion series 5 for which I wrote some software - unfortunately, my Psion is now dead. If you are involved in geolocation, my Gridconv package, documented on my computers page will, I hope, be of use. My latest project is YAVRTOS - a real-time operating system for Atmel® AVR® microcontrollers.
Photography is another hobby, though I usually only take photos when abroad or on special occasions. However, there are a few I've taken that I'm quite happy with.
I can't mention eclipse-chasing and the Ecliptomaniacs enough. It is a fantastic way to see the world, and a total solar eclipse is truly a magnificent, awe-inspiring experience.
So what happens when a tall bus tries to go under a low bridge?
I'm fascinated with borders - the idea that you can take a step and move from one county / country / continent to another. I had the idea of trying to visit all the places in Ireland where three counties meet at a point - unfortunately, I only managed to get Dublin-Kildare-Meath before I ran out of steam (and sufficiently good maps!).
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