New Cross Hospital »

I arrived at the hospital about 20 minutes early, because I didn’t want to be late for my appointment. I needn’t have worried though, because I was kept waiting in the same spot for over an hour past my appointment time before my name was called. The room was hot, and the noise of the ...
Posted by: admin on May 16, 2014 @ 4:27 pm
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My Favorite Object of 2012 »

This is my favorite object of 2012. It’s a 3D print made on the Reprap that I built. The object is the scan from an ancient harpoon tip. The harpoon was made from carved antler, and would have used by our early ancestors. I printed several fragments like this for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, ...
Posted by: admin on February 3, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
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Parsing a Javascript Querystring that Contains an Array »

I needed to access the querystring on a page served by a nodejs server. Normally, I’d use PHP for this sort of thing, so I needed to scratch my head a little bit to figure out how to use Javascript instead. The online examples that I could find only worked for simple querystrings, and didn’t ...
Posted by: admin on December 30, 2012 @ 3:39 am
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Book Review: Make an Arduino Controlled Robot »

A few years ago, making even the simplest of robots could be a serious challenge. The advent of microprocessor boards like the Arduino means that the task is now relatively easy. The Arduino is compatible with a wide variety of parts and sensors, offering a huge range of possibilities for budding robot designers to work ...
Posted by: admin on December 4, 2012 @ 6:22 pm
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Thinking like a Cheat »

Optimizing your code for speed can require a certain amount of mental gymnastics, and you need to develop a unique set of mental skills in order to optimize things successfully. There is a fairly well known story about the mathematician Carl Gauss, which neatly illustrates the type of thinking you need to develop in order ...
Posted by: admin on May 1, 2011 @ 11:27 pm
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Make Your Own Polish »

When I first made my own polish, I was amazed at how effective it was. I could literally see my own reflection in a table top after a few minutes of polishing.
Posted by: admin on September 9, 2010 @ 10:07 pm
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1930′s Skype Phone »

After seeing these fabulous fake vintage adverts for Skype and Facebook, I thought it was about time to mention another one of the projects that we've been working on.
Posted by: admin on August 6, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
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CNC Sewing Machine »

We're all working on some pretty cool projects over here at the moment, but this Arduino powered sewing machine is my personal favourite. I took an old zigzag sewing machine and kitted it out with servos to control the needle position and fabric feed.
Posted by: admin on July 18, 2010 @ 1:10 am
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The VCF »

I visited the National Museum of Computing today, and took my camera with me. I know that you are thinking vintage computers aren’t particularly crafty, but I beg to differ. Some of the computers on show at the vintage computer festival were built in the days when men were men, women were women, and small ...
Posted by: admin on June 19, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
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Restoring Old Metal »

I love old tins and toys from the early 1900's, so I thought I would share this little tip with you. A large number of antique metal objects are rusty, and it's nothing to be ashamed of. If I could survive 100 years with nothing worse than light surface oxidation, I would be a happy man.
Posted by: admin on May 29, 2010 @ 12:43 am
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