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Arduino UNO, new logo, and much more…

September 26, 2010
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I’ve just been reading about the new developments in the Arduino world, over at the official blog. The new Arduino is going to be called “Uno” and replaces the ever-so-slightly-difficult-to-pronounce “Duemilanove”. Looks like they’ll be adding some new sensor modules to the mix, and most exciting of all – providing a *programmable* USB interface chip. […]

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Khan Academy get $2M in funding from Google

September 26, 2010

I was first introduced to the Khan Academy a while ago through Slashdot. I urge you to check out the website… At the last count there were something like 1500 lectures available free of charge on a wide variety of topics. They have just been awarded $2 million to translate their content into the world’s […]

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Upgrading the Doodle Desk – now with added Spirograph

September 16, 2010
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I’ve been looking for ways to extend the “doodle desk” I put together for Sarah Jane over Christmas this year. One of the ideas I’ve been playing with is adding a large scale Spirograph-like drawing tool. A friend who is an expert in Autodesk Inventor was able to use the spur gear design accelerator tool […]

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New website theme

September 10, 2010
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I was using the excellent (and free) Corporate WP Theme by Ori Pearl, but the times they are a’ changin’ and it was time for something new. This new theme is called Thesis – most excellent (but not entirely free). Over the next few weeks I will be tweaking the layout into its final form […]

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DesignSpark PCB layout software – the new kid on the block

September 9, 2010
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Up until recently Eagle CAD has been the de facto standard for home-brewed PCB design. The free version has some limitations (The useable board area is limited, two signal layers, editor can only create one sheet) but these are very rarely a problem for the hobbyist. Now there is Design Spark, a tool created by […]

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4th of July fireworks

July 5, 2010

Pete’s house has a great view of the downtown area of Indianapolis. Humidity was high, but we I managed to get a couple of decent shots of the festivities… [nggallery id=”15″]

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Doctor Who – The Big Bang – BRILLIANT!

June 26, 2010

THAT… WAS… GREAT…! …I even went back to verify the whole “jacket / no jacket” thing in Episode 5 [17.55] and it really does check out…. …and YES that was the Egyptian sarcophagus from “Pyramids of Mars” BRILLIANT! My only slight niggle was that Philip Madoc wasn’t in it – and neither was the “Time […]

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Welding! again…

June 20, 2010

OK so after some intense welderization I can just about do this: I call it “Arbitrary Metal Thing #1” After I was done I threw it up the street a couple of times to “test the seams” and it held together quite well. And I got a nice welder’s sunburn on my left forearm on […]

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Hey, another TARDIS in Indy

June 19, 2010

And I thought I had the only Police Box in Indianapolis – looks like someone has built one on the west side of town. So much for the perception filter.

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Welding! Or kind of…

June 19, 2010

I’ve been putting this off for *ever* but today I went out and bought myself a welding kit from Lowe’s. I bought the Lincoln Electric 140 amp model, as it was the highest output that could still run on 120V. It supports gas shield, and flux core welding and comes in a natty red colo[u]r. […]

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