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If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Bet there won’t be any ‘Faraday Exchangers’ at the auction

Looks as if the Faraday Grid gravy train has come off the rails, and this ‘Magic Box’, aka ‘Faraday Exchanger’, about which many words were uttered, but nothing ever shown or explained, is set to sit on the same shelf as ‘Cold Fusion’.

I wrote about this back in March, after coming away thoroughly frustrated by the so-called ‘reveal’ which took place in the National Museum of Scotland, where there was a presentation with lots of words and promises, and a so-called demonstration which showed nothing but some graphs which anybody could have made with the appropriate graphics package, and added a voice-over to.

I said I’d look back in a year, but the game didn’t even play out for that long, with this notice being posted on their web site on 08 August 2019, only five months later. Even with jail time, the guy selling cold fusion reactors for around a million a time has gone on longer this one.

The Faraday Grid

The affairs, business and property of Faraday Grid Limited – In Administration (the Company) are being managed by Helen Dale and Nicholas Wood of Grant Thornton UK LLP, appointed as Joint Administrators on 8 August 2019. The Joint Administrators act as agents of the Company and without incurring personal liability.
Helen Dale and Nicholas Wood are licenced to act as insolvency practitioners by the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

So, it looks as if we’ll never get to see what was in the box that supposedly held a Faraday Exchanger for that demonstration.

And, if there’s an auction of the company’s assets (if it actually had any, as I now suspect all it had would have been leased/hired/rented), then I suspect their ‘secrets’ will have been spirited away, and vanished into the night, so no point in turning up and hoping to pick up an ‘exchanger’ cheap.

It’s all a bit of a shame really, as so much effort and funding is diverted into nonsense, ultimately squandered when it might have been available for something realistic.

And I was SO looking forward to having something ‘new’ added to my years of education in this stuff, clearly omitted in my day 😉

Cue the future legend of the Faraday Exchanger…

The Conspiracy Theories will be along shortly –  off by Big Oil, Big Energy, or the Bilderbergers, or the Masons, or Nicola Sturgeon if you’re a Scotsman commenter.


Sometimes, just sometimes – we get a look inside the Magic Box.

If you look for ‘free energy’ on YouTube, you’ll find quite a few of these being made by people with hot melt glue guns (shares in hot melt glue would actually be quite a good idea, going by many of these videos, they go through loads of the stuff).

But this one’s just a little bit different.

The secret is not what it shows, but the lesson in misdirection and use of assumption by the people behind this stuff.

They show/demonstrate items the observer expects to see AND assumes are what they APPEAR to be – but they’re NOT.

Classic tools of the magician or illusionist, just repackaged as ‘tech’

That’s why these devices are seldom handed over for evaluation. If they ever are, look for sleight of hand, and substitution, so the item demonstrated is not actually the item examined. Again, think of how magicians and illusionist handle their props, and control how they are examined if they invite members of the audience on stage. It’s not obvious (of course), but it’s done.

And, sadly, never forget that people are stupid (or perhaps I should say uneducated in the PC days) – I still come across serious suggestions that “With more of them on the road, there’s a good business to be had designing a small turbine that could be fitted to an electric car to charge the battery as it’s being driven”.


05/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Cars – Generations

Just a bit of a coincidence, spotted while wandering around Glasgow.

Think of it as a ‘Compare and Contrast’, just for fun. You could try doing it seriously, but the cars aren’t really from the same family, so I think you’d end up with a sore head if you did.

More interesting is the styling within each family.

While the BMW 3-series has moved far from its origins, and gained the general ‘jelly-mould’ characteristics of most popular/volume cars – and got bigger and fatter (the 3 is now the same size as the 5, when they were introduced), the Charger (and a number of similar ‘muscle’ cars) has retained its overall profile, changing mainly to make necessary concessions to legislation, and revisions to construction (so these cars can do more than go in a straight line along endless American highways).

But this is really just about the appearance, after more than 5 decades.

While somebody from around the 1960s or so might recognise the Charger after a moment’s study, I doubt (if the trademark kidney grille and propeller badge wasn’t visible) they’d be able to place the 3, even if given extra thinking time.

Click for bigger.

BMW Dodge Generations

BMW Dodge Generations

In fact, this reminds of one of the easiest ways to recognise and original car from that earlier era.

Even concept and super cars of the day had one (or two) major defect that gives them away in pics, and makes it easy to spot originals vs modern reconstructions.

The chassis was often embarrassingly narrow, causing the wheels/tyres to be buried deep in the wheel wells. It’s a wonder they stayed on the road at speed, something that didn’t really change until the Countach arrived with its huge wheels and tyres, sadly now almost commonplace on’ Chelsea Tractors’. It’s no surprise there were cases of wheels breaking off hubs and axles during the 1970s, when cheap customisers added crazy wide spacers to make wheel arches look ‘full’ and cars look wider.

The second thing?


Back then (except in America, and on the E-Type), they often looked as if they were hung under the car by the apprentice, as a forgotten afterthought.

05/09/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Today is Cheese Pizza Day

05 September is Cheese Pizza Day.

Seems a little bizarre to me, given pizzas generally get loaded with cheese before any additional toppings are added, and there is already Pizza Day on 19 February.

So, today’s note says, pizza – especially basic cheese pizza – was regarded by its Italian inventors as a food for the lower classes, unable to afford the luxury of meats. Basic ingredients are cheap, just flour, yeast, and water to make a basic dough, with toppings gathered locally, and made from local milk.

Still food for the masses, as you can have this gastronomic treat, ideal for sticking to your ribs (and every other part of your digestive system).

Deep Fried Pizza and Chips

Deep Fried Pizza and Chips

05/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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