Meanwhile Outofofficereplies.com trundles on, building up a surprisingly large amount of content in the same way as you might glance down at your fingers and remark on how much dirt has accumulated under your nails.
So we met with Mark and Jock of the Dandelion Project and I was playing with spinning tops and Mark said he'd like a trophy for the upcoming Ted Talks. He wanted to give Ollie Guillou an award to highlight his contributions to positive journalism - which is lovely.
I said the printing and shipping of something nice would take ages and he said, "Oh." I said that it'd be really pricey for anything largish and he said, "Oh."
So I said I'd make something.
I told Mark that the main thrust of the trophy would be light. I liked the idea that you could present someone with a "piece of light" and I really liked the idea that it would light up when they handled it. It was supposed to be indicative of the light you shed when you spend your time presenting things in, for want of better words, a positive light. I said that I'd give him some plans and keep him in touch with the process and let him know when I'd be done.
He said, "Just bring it along on the day, do whatever you like." so I did.
Basically, it lights up when you touch it.
Turned out nice:
I'm meeting with Ollie later this week, at which point, I'll mention the fact that it's all a bit prototype.
He received it a couple of weeks back, so I'm interested to see if it still works - things like this usually tend to pleasantly surprise me with their longevity. Until they break.
So Rob (the one from work) sent me an email to say that he'd seen a Fibonacci Clock online, saying (or typing) "Reckon you could make me one of these?".
He didn't really mean it.
But I made him one anyway:
Arduino Nano and NeoPixels with capacitive touch sensor.
It's not really a clock as such, more a timer. You twiddle the knob to zero (all white) and touch the top of the box, at which point it counts up in five second increments. You set the time with the knob, touch the top of the box and it counts down to zero. You twiddle the knob while it's timing and everything stops.
Good thing he didn't ask me to make heavy ordinance. Can't help myself, can I?
From the new rig (not that it makes that much difference to the view):
I've made a new rig piece to make it easier to put together, but, having gone through the convoluted process of conceptualisation, planning, sketching, 3D implementation and production through powdered resin sintering, I just can't be bothered to lace it all up. Perhaps I should have made something to help me get off my arse.
Here's the new KAP rig, 3D printed and working very well indeed. The hangups are nice and light and really easy to use.
And here's the whole kit together:
The only down side is that, as I could have predicted, I'm going to have to do another version with the sticks poking out the top, rather than the bottom, at it tends to twist up the picavet lines when it's packed away.
Did the house as a test the other day and it came out ok. Just need to get back in to the swing of angling the camera right.