Category Archives: Cambridge

Happy Memories

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Where it all started, for me, at least. Spotted on a recent visit to the Whipple Museum.

Trumpington Meadows

Trumpington Meadows is a large new housing development on the southern edge of Cambridge. The houses are, well, modern houses. Perhaps a bit better than some. But the developers have done a nice job of gentle landscaping on the big field between the housing estate and Byron’s Pool. It’s become a favourite dog-walking area.

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Last night, a combination of fog and sunset made it look particularly beautiful. One of those times when I kicked myself for not having a proper camera with me: these are iPhone shots.

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And if you look carefully (or click for the larger version) you’ll see that this is actually a photo of the M11:

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I’m not often grateful to housing developers, so I feel I should give them credit when it’s due!

Byron’s Pool, Christmas Eve

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A new day dawning

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Grantchester Meadows this morning

Early Saturday Morning

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I was up a bit earlier than usual for a Saturday, but one of the good things about the year drawing on, for a somewhat lazy photographer like me, is that I’m much more likely to be up at sunrise in the winter than I am in the summer! This was a quick iPhone snap while walking Tilly.

Beware!

I picture a ne’er-do-well hobbit, probably an associate of Ted Sandyman’s, who is seldom seen, but is believed to be the source of much unexplained mischief at St Catharine’s College. He goes by the name of ‘Slippery’ Underfoot…

Slippery Underfoot

People who live in glass houses…

…may want to install their lavatories elsewhere?

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My vegetable love should grow…

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It’s an embarrassingly long time since I last visited Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Probably measurable in decades.

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And that’s a pity, because it’s walking distance from my house and, as I discovered again today, it’s really a very pleasant spot.

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It’s that tree again

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I know, I keep taking photos of it, but, hey…

Action on the Cam

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The Chapel, Gonville & Caius

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The Chapel, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

I have a sentimental attachment to this place, because I got married here nearly 24 years ago. At that time, it was beautifully lit with candles. But I have to admit that, most of the rest of the time, the dark oak and limited light makes it rather gloomy. It takes some careful photography to do it justice by natural light.

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News from the Lab

Some of you may know that, alongside my normal consultancy business, I spend one day a week in the University Computer Lab for a change of scene. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, working on Frank Stajano’s Pico project, which is trying to create a better replacement for passwords, as the normal way to authenticate yourself to digital systems.

One of my roles in the project has been cameraman/video editor. Last year we produced the original video describing the project:

and just last month we did an update, which describes in more detail how the current phone-based prototype works underneath.

It’s been a fun couple of years – as well as the videos, we’ve produced a lot of code, we’ve written some papers and some blog posts, given some talks, and had quite a lot of fun at times.

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But I felt it was time for a change, so I’ve recently moved to a new project, which is in the so-called Rainbow group – somewhat nostalgic for me, because it’s where I did my Ph.D. about 20 years ago.

In this group, we’re looking at how we can improve the ways cars communicate with drivers, and, while the only web page about the project is somewhat limited at present, no doubt this will change over time…

Should be fun… more info in due course.

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