Posts categorized under: make

Shape Shifting Creatures

rendered dog

The animal body can be visualized as a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, made up of distinct, interlocking pieces. These pieces all have very specific volumes that begin and end at very specific places.1

I'm teaching myself a little more animal anatomy to help with creating digital creatures. I've worked in …

PyBoard Datalogger

data-logger open

I've been reading Sandor Katz's book The Art of Fermentation and I'm making back-slopped room temperature yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, preserved lemons and best of all fermented garlic and chili sauce. Unfortunately the flies got the first salami experiment.

Being a data measurement nerd I wanted to check the the …

First Milky Way photo

scopius over remarkables

Last month I went to a talk at our local library by Mark Gee on astrophotography, and I got hooked inspired.

For my real job I work on really expensive optics for some of the big telescopes. I also did a few astronomy papers way back. Both of these made …

A Git Horror Story

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While working on porting Structure Synth to Blender I came across SCIgen which generates random computer science papers using methods that are similar to the way Structure Synth generates geometry. Some of these papers have been accepted at conferences or in journals. This led to automatic text generators such as …

Arduino Bread Details

arduino bread

As mentioned in a previous post I've been working on a project to replace the "brain" of a bread-maker with an Arduino.

The aim is to separate out the different stages in the breadmaker's cycle so I can make good sourdough bread. In general the sourdough takes longer to rise …

Arduino Bread

I'm working on a project to replace the "brain" of a bread-maker with an Arduino.

My partner makes all the household's bread from a sourdough starter. He uses the current bread-maker to knead the bread and sometimes to bake the bread but a bread-maker with its fixed cycle doesn't't make …

Notes to Father Christmas re 3D Printer Filament

I was doing some research to help Father Christmas fill my request for "some interesting printer filament" in my Christmas stocking. I thought I'd share that research here in case its useful to anyone else. Feel free to include or modify it for your own Christmas letter to Santa. (Under …

A novel use for a 3D heated printer bed.

My partner came home from his run on Saturday with a box full of baby ducklings he'd rescued from certain death by cat. The mother duck was nowhere to be found. After ringing partner's mother and googling duckling care (the two best sources of information) the ducklings were homed in …

Material Cats

I had a friend who after some self-reflection decided his primary hobby wasn't wood work but was collecting wood working tools. This left him feeling much less guilty about the number of wood working planes he had in his shed.

If I was honest my major hobby or interest is …

The almost invisible kite

Polythene sheeting, the type you buy at a garden shop that's about 125 μm thick, is great for kite making. It comes in black and clear, the black is boring but the clear can be a bit hard to photograph against the sky.