I hooked up an old Matrix Orbital LK205-24-USB LCD display with my Arduino today. This 80-character backlit display can be plugged into a computer using the handy dandy USB cable (hence the -USB part of the name) but it turns out it has a 5V TTL serial jumper on the back which can provide power […]
I joined the IBM Hursley ETS (Emerging Technology Services) team just a few weeks after their first Rocket Day in 2005. Today was version 2.0, and it was the most fun team-building day out you can imagine; a field full of geeks and their (water, air and coke-and-mentos powered) rockets, cameras, access to good food […]
I’ve been meaning to do one of these for ages. See it complete with notes on Flickr.
I had a nice surprise waiting for me at home after a weekend away: a ‘Matter’ box, the latest project from Artomatic. The Matter blog describes the contents better than I can. It also describes the philosophy behind it: The idea behind Matter is to create a new kind of communications channel around the idea […]
The custom Google header image tells me that LEGO turns 50 today. I’m a huge LEGO geek (that’s my collection on the left), and to celebrate the milestone I thought I’d share a custom LEGO creation of mine from 2005, ‘Luke Learning the Force’.
Every tribe has its talismans. Here and now, mine seem to be: Moleskine notebooks (if you’ve never owned one, I dare you to pick one up and not fall in love) digital cameras (I’m rather excited about the new Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi) Macs. PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, … pretty much […]
ffffound.com (closed beta. Sorry, no invites left) is really very lovely. This: del.icio.us crossed with Clipmarks crossed with Flickr. It’s social bookmarking for images. It’s also a lot simpler than del.icio.us. As nice as that simplicity is, there’s a big part of me that really wants it to support tagging. I’ll try to share inspirational […]
Mind Candy (the company behind Perplex City) have a new project. Moshi Monsters is their latest thing, and I really like it. It’s actually two things in one: a flashy-spinny-phone-charm-thing and a web-pet-tamagotchi-puzzle thing. The ‘MoPod‘ mobile phone charms are conveniently available from Michael Smith’s other company, Firebox. Let’s start there, since it’s currently (at […]
The IET were kind enough to give me a silver dish (which also has a very attractive lid, not pictured here) as a thank you for giving this year’s Mountbatten lecture. It has my name on it and everything. Rather than let it gather dust in a cupboard, I’ve decided to fill it with sweets […]
I love everything about Moleskines. Here’s my square-ruled one. I’ve actually been an admirer for a long time, but I think it was Sacha Chua writing about networking with Moleskines last year which tipped me over the edge. I don’t (yet) use her page number hyperlink system, but I do agree with her about the power and convenience […]