Category Archives: Projects

Major development projects or research

MOTIf v2.0 – responsive redesign

After 8 years the MOTIf website was starting to show it’s age, visually at least. While I have performed regular technical updates to keep it browser compatible and futureproofed, we made a fixed-layout decision (rather than fluid) in 2007 and so has … Continue reading

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UK Archeaology Project 08/2015

I’ve always had a love of history and archaeology, but only ever dabbled, mostly during house renovations in the UK and Australia, but have always worried about not doing it properly.  While on a trip to the UK in August … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2011 – A Junkpunk Chandelier

For our annual visit to Mac & Helen’s in 2012 we thought we’d try to make a chandelier. We wanted one that would fit with the style of our old house which has a certain combination of simple, basic, slightly rustic Georgian-Victorian with … Continue reading

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Pip’s Maker Project – Stirling Engine #1

Yesterday I received a long-awaited package from overseas: my first Stirling Engine! I became fascinated by them a few years ago, when I discovered this “long lost” invention from 1816 which I think when combined with modern materials and manufacturing could … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2009 – Copper Necklace Tree

Over new year 2009 up at Helen & Mac’s workshop near Perth, Western Australia we decided to make a present for Gen – to organise all her millions of necklaces which keep getting tangled up in boxes and drawers. I’d like to present … Continue reading

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Mac’s Maker Project 2008 – Wooden Tessellated Coasters

On my first trip up to Helen & Mac’s place near Perth Western Australia, they showed me the workshop and my eyes popped out of their sockets. Not only a huge well-stocked woodworking space but a forge too, and all set … Continue reading

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Pulse APM

Pulse – Application Heartbeat Monitor Pulse is a new library I wrote in a weekend because I couldn’t find anything out there which performs this simple service. And I was tired of getting calls from GoGet on my day off (from my … Continue reading

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Cutlass – Cut Less!

While re-building my house I became obsessed with getting efficiency out of the timber 10materials I was using when planning cutting lists. Most people would want to achieve an efficient cutting plan because of cost-efficiency, effort-reduction or ecological conservation, and of course that … Continue reading

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Shitbox Rally – Telemetrics, Cancer, 4,000kms

As if I wasn’t busy enough already… with three jobs, a never-ending house reno and a list of unfinished personal projects stretching back to my teens. So of course, I’ve got involved in a new crazy venture which has led … Continue reading

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Dusted off – “Evolute Laboratory”

Ever since coding up my first “biomorphs” program on a friend’s BBC micro in 1987, I’ve loved the idea of genetic programming. The idea is akin to how our DNA works and is aimed to solve the problem of not … Continue reading

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