- A mini blind (mini-blind, miniblind)Guide to Good English, Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 2002, p.1700, Oxford University Press, Oxford, New Yorkis a type of non-vertical window blind made of long, narrow slats held together by string and located inside the window.
- (Mini Blinds) UpSee aluminum blinds.
- (Mini blinds) slat blinds with very narrow slats (usually 19 or 24 mm wide) and used where people need window treatments made on a smaller scale.
- Make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it
- Put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation)
- restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
- the act of putting something in working order again
- a formal way of referring to the condition of something; "the building was in good repair"
- Fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)
Sprogs Edition D - Rigsbee
As promised, here are the final 3 Sprog sculpts to round out Edition D, Rigsbee (2 eyes), Renfield (1 eye) and Rubus (5 eyes) - but these aren't just another set of Sprog designs, these three robobees, along with a forth exclusive sculpt, represent my first collaborative resin project with the fantastic Lunabee!
Lunabee has her very own version of the sculpt that i won't be selling and is only available directly from her. April 14th with see her release the first batch of entirely one-off bees in her own unique and colourful style, each with their own personality and charm. Lunabee has a stash of bee-blanks that will ensure she's able grace us with a veritable swarm of releases in the coming months - having seen some of them painted up, i know these are going to fly out of her store faster than she can paint them!
My 3 robobees will be up for sale on Thursday April 14th at 18:00 London time on my store (crisrose.bigcartel.com) as part of 20 Edition D blind boxes, as well as a limited number of sets containing all three. Blindboxes are priced at $37.50 (plus shipping) each and 3 packs are $105 (plush shipping) each.
There will also be a few surprise releases going on sale along side Edition D in matching colours...
With global bee population critically low and colonies patchy at best, growing concern that the reintroduction and repair of these species was not progressing at a fast enough rate. While the outlook was bright for the insects themselves, both crops and wild plants were noticeably suffering causing public distress. Approached by the Lunabee Trust, England's wealthiest conservation group, a proposal was put forward to develop fully robotic pollinators as a stop gap while the bees recovered. By helping fund development, Lunabee ensured that for every robobee sold privately to farmers, flower growers and hobby gardenings, 3 would be released into the wild and maintained by the Trust.
At 3 foot long and traveling at 30mph, Rigsbee, Renfield and Rubus would seem far too large and slow to replace a tiny bee. Released into a field tho, their purpose and size became apparent. As soon as the "stinger" opened, scores of tiny copies, identical to their mothership but 1/12th the size, would stream out and fly in wide formation at incredible speeds!
A closer look at one of these 3" bees revealed a pair of high thrust magnito-impuse jets that not only facilitated their rapid flight, but also generated a huge static charge. With field coils built into the body, a bubble of static electricity could be generated between the "stinger" and the "antennae" at incredible field strength and manipulated with surprising control. After a few seconds flight, mere inches from the flowers, a visible bubble of swirling pollen would form around the bot, simultaneously picking up new and depositing old as it hurtles past. When finished, the remaining pollen would be deposited and all the mini bots would return to their 3 foot queen, plugging into individual hexagonal recharging cells within.
To help raise public awareness and to ensure that urban spaces were also covered, special brightly coloured Lunabee versions were given out as part of a schools program, while industry purchased swarms in matching colours with advanced optics, guidance systems and queens.
436 with good blinds
Abellio had set up the display so that the driver could correctly show "West Byfleet 436" on the two journeys that - due to the London Surrey Cycle Classic Olympic test event - were not running to Brooklands Tesco.
The bus had a long break in West Byfleet and the driver went shopping. During the break, the "other" Sunday 436 went past - the two split Sunday services meeting for the first time!
Seen here, Abellio 8072 SK02 TZV is navigating one of the sets of Sheerwater chicanes, which as can be seen were under repair at the time!