Guest Blog Posts
On occasion, I am asked to write guest blog posts on various topics. Below is a list of some of my favourites.
Imaging Over Long Distances (Published: August 18, 2016) The satellite whizzes overheard, being realigned by the technician in some bunker in a secret location. After moments of clicking at the keyboard, a series of images flicker across the screen. Details of the landscape come into focus, but that detail is not enough. The technician taps the keyboard, clicks the mouse and the cameras on the satellite overhead zoom in. They’ve found him. They can see exactly what he’s wearing and the backpack he has slung across his shoulder. Oh no… The hero is now in danger. RUN, JASON BOURNE! RUN! While Hollywood would in reality take those zooming-in shots using a hover drone, believe it or not, the concept that the movie makers are trying to portray is very real. As much as you might try and hide, you can’t; the spy satellite will see you.
The Hologram wants me to park somewhere else (Published: April 7, 2016) Imagine driving through a parking garage looking for a perfect place to park. You find one, so you go to pull in, only to be confronted by a man in a wheelchair telling you that your perfect parking spot is actually a handicapped spot. You step out of your car confused. Where did this man come from?
The Weapons of Star Wars (Published: January 14, 2016) With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many YouTube videos have surfaced professing that the video’s creator has made a real lightsaber. However, if you watch the video, you discover that what was created was actually a glorified blowtorch, complete with the long, narrow, blue flame.
Fiction and Poetry
Reflections is an eclectic collection of poetry and prose from writers in Christchurch. Specialising in speculative fiction, here you will find a little bit of everything and something to tempt every tastebud, all centred on the theme of reflections.
Selected Academic Papers
J. L. Mohr et al.: Optical turbulence profiling at Mount John University Observatory. Proc SPIE 10/2008.
J. L. Mohr, R. A. Johnston, P. L. Cottrell: Optical Turbulence Measurements and Models for Mount John University Observatory. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 08/2010.
M F Walsh et al.: First CT using Medipix3 and the MARS-CT-3 spectral scanner. Journal of Instrumentation 01/2011; 6(01):C01095.
R. Aamir et al.: Characterization of Si and CdTe sensor layers in Medipix assemblies using a microfocus x-ray source. Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC), 2011 IEEENuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC), 2011 IEEE; 10/2011
K. Rajendran et al.: Reducing beam hardening effects and metal artefacts using Medipix3RX: With applications from biomaterial science. Journal of Instrumentation 11/2013.