This post deviates from the general theme of 3D printing and software curiosities. It is ‘ancient’ history from an old travel blog I was writing while traveling around Australia.

A photo of a hovercraft floating above a mud flat near Broome, Australia

Inspiration can be such a fickle thing sometimes. We have had such an action packed couple of weeks and all I have so far managed to conjure is “Inspiration can be fickle”? In the words of the star of the greatest drama never written:

That is lamo.

It would have to be one of my worst efforts at falling arse backwards into a half decent topic. Yet if I push on, as I always manage, surely a random tangent will pop into my head and we will be off into interesting content country…

Crap. Well that didn’t work either.

OK, let’s try this: Hovercrab. Bam! Now we have something to work with. While hovercrafts and crabs are both cool; how much better would they be if some crazy Dr Moreau type scientist could combine them? Nothing short of awesome is what. OK, stay with me here. We are working backwards today: Starting with a silly inference and working back to some form of association with current events.

You see; while my parents were in town for the holidays, we went up to Cape Leveque. Anyway, along the way I caught a big mud crab in the mangroves (we had a local tour guide who showed me how), which was pretty cool. But I think the highlight would have been watching Meech and Dad try to fish it out of the esky to cook when we got home. They had a wooden spoon and were poking at it; I am not sure what they were thinking. Something along the lines of “If we put the spoon in the esky it will grab hold of it and we can just lift it out”. But secretly, I was hoping that, like Indiana Jones or something it would latch hold of the spoon and swing itself to safety before scuttling along the floor. Nup, but watching Dad and Meech flinch each time the crab mauled the spoon was fun enough.

We also drove down to the hoverport for a hover in a hovercraft. It was a really good morning, we did a lap of the estuary, across Roebuck Bay, jumped out and saw some brachiosaurus footprints (they have a much smaller stride than what you would expect). The highlight was definitely the hovercraft itself though. Like monorails they have that wicked failed-to-enter-the-mainstream-market bend on technology and engineering.


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