Hello world!

This website is for the days I say and do smart things, not the days I try to get out of the car with the seatbelt on. I am giving up on trying to get time to create my new web pages while not using WordPress. I didn’t want to use WordPress because everytime I […]

4. Building a car

Once the house started taking shape I thought that it might be a good idea to add a remote controlled car to the project. I found just the right one, the Orlando Hunter at a 1:35 scale. I have to admit that I didn’t quite realise what I was letting myself into. This was the […]

3. Finding a scale

November brought some interesting decisions to be made for the exhibit. We were thinking of including some Lego kits in our exhibit. Specifically a Lego train set and the Lego wind turbine. Based on the first house model that I made it seems that a scale of 1:32 to 1:35 should do the trick. Lego […]

2. A test run

Once a year, Gateshead Library puts on some STEM event – an eDay or a Raspberry Pi Jam, or something like that. I have been exhibiting since about 2014. In September 2019 it was a Raspberry Pi Jam and I decided to show off my model house, fitted with lights, a temperature/humidity sensor and a […]

1. WES 100 Violets Challenge

The proposal In August 2019 I came across WES 100 Violets Challenge (https://www.wes.org.uk/100violets) and I thought that I would like to submit a proposal. The aim of the challenge is to design and make an exhibit which celebrates and showcases your area of engineering/research, and shares this with the public. I asked around for anyone […]

Arduino Core Kit

You can buy complete Arduino or you can have more fun and build one yourself. What you will need: 4 x 100 nF capacitors 2 x 22 pF capacitors 1 x 10 uF electrolytic capacitor 1 x button 1 x 10K ohm resistor (brown, black, orange) 1 x 100 ohm resistor (brown, black, brown) 1 […]

Arduino dice version 2

I have now improved on my Arduino dice by adding a second digit. The code can be found below. I have streamlined the code a bit but I left the constants in place so that it is easy to keep track of which pin is connected to which led segment. I get confused easily so […]

When I’m stressed I build things.

Some people go for a walk, some people to to the pub but when I’m stressed I build things. My son and I like playing board games but those dice always go rolling all over the place. To solve the problem and to “de-stress” myself I built and Arduino dice. There are loads of circuits […]