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Arduino World Mood Light using Twitter and WiShield

June 11, 2010

This is an implementation of the recent article on instructables.com describing a Twitter World Mood Light, ported to use the WiShield wireless networking device.

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Why hasn’t Philip Madoc been in the new Doctor Who?

May 29, 2010

As an old-school Doctor Who fan, I know that Philip Madoc has been in more episodes than I can remember (and as Han Solo once said ” I don’t know, I can remember quite a lot…” – or something like that). I’ve recently been watching “A Mind To Kill” – starring Mr Madoc as a […]

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One of the best pieces of software I’ve seen

May 26, 2010

This has to be one of the best pieces of software I’ve seen. It’s a realtime physics modelling engine for kids called Algodoo. http://www.algodoo.com/wiki/Home You can create simple machines out of basic shapes and other entities then enable gravity and air resistance and see what happens. One of my favo[u]rite things to do is liquefy […]

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Electromagnetic Pendulum

May 25, 2010

First experiments with an electromagnetic pendulum. The pickup coil (a steel bolt with about 100 turns of enameled wire) picks up the passing of the magnetic pendulum. This is then fed into a microprocessor that energizes the coil just long enough to give the pendulum a push. This is the basis for the next clock […]

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OMG – Ashes to Ashes beats LOST to the punch

May 23, 2010

Well…. Earlier today the thought struck me that the ending to Life On Mars / Ashes to Ashes could be a completely feasible way to end LOST, and it looks like I might have been right. I think. Which is a darned shame – I feel a bit cheated by the end of LOST, just […]

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Ashes to Ashes finale – Brilliant, let’s hope LOST can match it

May 21, 2010

It’s a going to be a memorable weekend. The Silurians return to Doctor Who, the final episode of ABC’s Lost, and tonight we found out what Life On Mars / Ashes to Ashes has really been about. I just watched the last ever episode of Ashes to Ashes and it was fab. Truly a great […]

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CNC cut puzzle box

May 8, 2010

This puzzle box is the “Modified Matchbox” – built from plans available online. It takes 10 moves to open and close. I converted the PDF plans into CNC cutting paths for my router. It was made from 1/4″ (actually 0.235″) baltic birch plywood, with an oak veneer applied, stained and varnished. It’s the first real […]

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Gotta love this…

April 22, 2010

A friend sent me the link to this circuit diagram published on the xkcd site My favo[u]rite bit is “Arduino, for blog cred”

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Doodle Desk for a toddler

April 13, 2010

One of the tasks I set myself this Christmas was to make Sarah Jane something only using left-over stuff from the garage. I had a spare sheet of MDF, some PVC pipe and dowel rods and decided to make her a “Doodle Desk”. This takes rolls of paper and lets you crank out a new […]

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Transparent concrete

April 9, 2010

Litracon is a really neat idea – concrete blocks reinforced with fiber optic cables. So light can pass through it. I was so impressed with this that I thought I would have a go at making some myself. There was a neat Instructable recently that demonstrated one way to build it – I gave it […]

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