Sunday, December 22, 2013

00665 Tower on a rock in a box

It was supposed to be a Secret Santa, but it just got waaaaay out of hand.

The documentation reads as follows:

Operation manual

Thank you for choosing or unwittingly receiving

Tower on a Rock

The box is made of reclaimed timber from a shed in Perelle
The glass is from a greenhouse behind the Fermain Tavern

The three pebbles are

from Petit Port




The instructions, such as they are, read like this:

The on/off switch is located at the back of the box. Switch down to turn on.
Once the box is turned on you can switch on the light by placing one of your fingers on each of the coins on the top of the box.
Two or more people can turn on the light by holding hands and forming a line. The people at either end of the line can then each place a finger from their free hand on one of the coins.
Note: any flesh contact will work, but always observe basic rules of hygiene and decency.
The box also works as a lamp, but because of the hasty nature in which it was assembled, it will only function for around 5 minutes at a time before the power regulator overheats and shuts itself down. To operate from mains power, plug the power supply into the socket on the back of the box and switch on the power supply. Then switch on the box.
Do not touch the coins when the power supply is connected as this will shorten the lifetime of the LED.
It is also recommended that the lamp should not be left on for extended periods of time as it's probably really dangerous to do so.
The box is battery operated and the battery can be replaced by removing the back plate. To access the battery, place your finger in the hole on the left hand side of the back plate and pull as if hinged near the switch. Replace the back plate using the same procedure in reverse.
Should the light begin to flicker, do not be alarmed. The voltage regulator is overheating and needs to cool down. Leave it for a while and it will go back to working normally.

Friday, November 29, 2013

00664 SPOTY

For reasons best known to themselves, work asked me to make a replica of the Sports Personality of the Year Award trophy for thier annual conference. Like you do.

I said "Yes" before asking about any of the details, which is pretty much how I ended up getting married.

So this is how it ended up (although it would perhaps have been better if I'd taken time to photograph the end result properly):

SPOTY trophy

And this is how it got there (although technically, it was in a van):

SPOTY trophy  SPOTY trophy  SPOTY trophy

SPOTY trophy  SPOTY trophy

SPOTY trophy

Strangely, twenty minutes later, someone else asked me to make trophies for an altogether different event. Mind you, I had heard that there was a trophy commissioning pandemic sweeping the land, so it was no great surprise.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

00663 More Learnings

Well, haven't I been busy.


And here's the proof:

So, if the Devil makes work for idle hands and I'm self employed (in my time off), does that make me, like, the Devil?


The combination of Autumnal winds and holidays have led to an upsurge in the frequency of the resurgence in KAPing. Madness is too small a word for it. Perhaps a longer word would be better. And maybe one with a different meaning.

First there was the mostly insane Fort Cloncque, Alderney:

Fort Clonque

Then Fort Tourgis, Alderney again:

The other fort

Then, more recently, Moonfleet Manor Hotel on the South Coast of England by Chesil Beach

Clearly, holidays bring out the KAPer in me. I should do it more often. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

00661 Visualisations

Having recently been conceptually inducted into the probably soon to be formed Royal Society for Motion Graphics, I find myself no longer needing to make anything in the real world.
Some things move:

While others do not:
#c4d #aftereffects #thisisatest
That is all.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

00660 Tiny boats are here again

Pettit Port Pooh Stick

Pettit Port Pooh Stick  Materials

In order to save time and money, new constructions are being scaled down.

Although, truthfully, it's more a time thing.

00659 KAP!

The Gopro has breathed life back into something that I though had gone by the by. Tiny kite, tiny rig, tiny camera.

 Lihou House

Lihou House

If I had massive pockets, I'd call it pocket sized - but then I could say the same of my car.

00658 From the deep

We all thought they would come from the skies, but we couldn't have been more wrong.

On the upside, they were made of air, which was nice.

Monday, August 12, 2013

00657 Daydreamstone

On a clear day, at low tide, if you are very quiet and move very slowly, you can sometimes see the pebbles staring wistfully off into the distance.

What are they thinking about? No one really knows.

I asked them once, but they were very tight lipped about it.


00656 Perudo dice jars

In Peru, where I have just assumed Perudo comes from, they make dice cups by taking miniature jam jars and sheathing them in mountain bike inner tubes, so that the dice can be shaken and viewed from the top, while excluding the opponents view from the side.

Perudo jamjars

Perudo jamjars

As you can imagine, this has revolutionised the game. Or, rather it will, just as soon as I've sent them all a message about it all.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

00655 Biscuit Alien

The most profound moment in human history

They came from far beyond the stars to bring us a message of peace and to finally answer the question - are we alone?

Biscuit Alien

Then we ate their heads - mmmmmmmmm, nice.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

00654 Tablecloth vandalism

Tablecloth vandalism

I think I'll be looking to do this whenever I go to a restaurant and get drunk, although it may not be a conscious choice.

It certainly didn't have the discounting effect on the bill that we were hoping for.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

00653 The guy

There was this guy on the beach.

He was kind of weird.

And technically, he was in the beach.

Which really didn't help with making him any less weird.

The guy

Friday, June 07, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

00650 Steampunk Arc Reactor finished

I've finished the random present making for a work colleague.

Steampunk Arc Reactor

Turn it on and the red LED's light, then pick it up with the side handles and the central window is lit with white Power LEDs.

Once the Power LEDs are lit you can jump from tall buildings, but only once.

 Steampunk Arc Reactor

   Steampunk Arc Reactor  Steampunk Arc Reactor

Saturday, April 13, 2013

00649 Pooh stick spring

It's a sure sign that summer is on it's way when I find myself at the shipyard.

Construction of pooh sticks has always been a predominantly fair-weather business.

Petit Port Pooh Sticks

Petit Port Pooh Stick  Petit Port Pooh Stick

It is also a sure sign that summer is not here, when they are launched in a pool and not the sea.

BTFW, I am still currently out of the office.

00648 Arc reactor update 1

So I'm 80% through the construction and am just waiting for a new radial drill, as you do.

Work on the limitless power has reached a standstill. I just can't seem to get past weaning myself off batteries and onto fusion (or is it fission?).

Hand drawn PCB

Breadboard circuit Pipes and circuit diagram

The bolts are aged by sticking them in acid and peroxide and chucking in a piece of copper tubing. Jury's out as to whether I should copper plate them first and then give them an acid wash, or just throw all the chemicals and metals in together.

I consulted a man who nearly finished his chemistry PhD and he said that he hadn't done chemistry for so long that he really couldn't remember.

So that went well, I thought.Experts, eh?

Friday, April 12, 2013

00647 Pooh stick in the horse trough

There's a walk I do along the cliffs.

I'm in the habit of making a small boat to put in the horse trough half way along the route.

Horse trough pooh stick

Horse trough pooh stick

It usually makes me late.

00646 Paper Panzer

When on holiday it is sometimes wise to disguise one's boredom and find activities which distract, but do not draw attention to your restlessness.

DO NOT, repeat NOT, make paper tanks.

If you feel compelled to do so and there is no other recourse, ensure that they are small, so as not to attract unwanted attention.

Please find below a maximum size reference: 

Paper tank 

That is all.

00645 Arc reactor

Following the Trophy debacle, I've been asked to make an arc reactor for a guy at work. I'm going for the steam punk angle, but I'm a little concerned about his reaction when he learns that it can't produce limitless energy and actually runs off 4xAAs.

Arc reactor 

Arc reactor 

Arc reactor

00644 Tower on a rock/model on a stone

I've decided to downscale and am considering this property. Great views, needs a bit of work and it's slightly smaller than I'm used to. But hey.

Tower on a rock

Sunday, March 03, 2013

00643 Rollapaluza the movie

We have to change the name of this event. I mean surely adults have the ability to access some form of originality.

Don't they?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

00642 the Flyer

Rollapaluza flyer 

From which comes information on how to possess the fabled trophy.

BTFW I am currently still out of the office

00641 The Trophy

Never thought of making a trophy before. This was Andy's idea - stick some bike bits together as a prize for Wednesday's charity roller racing. I say charity in the hope that Rollapaluza hasn't gone corporate and is cranking up the litigation engines as I type. We just couldn't think up another name in time and IT'S FOR THE KIDS, FOR CHRISSAKES! (well, maybe not just for the kids, but it's for people who used to be kids)

So the essence is wood, mdf, jam jar, bolts, sprockets, chain and an old quick release spindle:

Roller trophy

Roller trophy  Roller trophy  Roller trophy

Roller trophy

Roller trophy  Roller trophy

Roller trophy
Admittedly the whole "making a trophy" thing kind of got out of hand - was always going to happen. BTFW I'm out of the office at present, just so's you know, eh?