- The Wirecutter reviews camera accessories
- Picture of the universe on a log scale
- Cognitive Biases
- Sensor Tape
- Lasercut topological map
I had meant to write this update at say the beginning of the year, then failing that at the beginning of the Chinese new year, and well too bad. Now it is. 😛
Looking back on last year I got to do some really cool stuff I’d been meaning to do like traveling to Sydney for Maker Fair, learning to 3d print stuff, and further exploring my hobbies and interests. However for all the stuff I blogged about there were at least three things I could have but didn’t and also some stuff I started but never finished.
So looking at this year I plan to more or less keep on going with the goals I set last year for this blog, that is: sharing work on projects, reviewing books, posting a few blog series and sharing photos I have squirreled away on my hard drives. In particular when it comes to projects I’m putting more emphasis on working them through to completion and reducing the already large pile I currently have on my plate. So far it’s going pretty well with a few out of the way which I’ll write up in the near future. I’m also wanting to put more time towards working on more electronic design projects as my professional work is currently geared to more mechanical work than electrical. I guess we shall see how the year pans out 🙂
I suppose this is also a good time to announce I’m off to Japan later this year. Come the last week of June my sister and myself are flying off to Narita then travelling around for 16 days visiting Hiroshima, Onomichi, Osaka, Kyoto, Kawaguchiko, Mt Fuji and Tokyo! I hope the trip goes all smoothly and I look forward to experiencing Japanese culture and scenery.
Ever since the first trailers for the new starwars movie I was very excited for the new droid BB-8. A little after joining the BB-8 Builders Club Facebook group (which is one of the best groups I’ve ever been a part of) member Henrik Lorentzen posted a really cool Lego BB-8 build to the group along with assembly instructions. 2 weeks later and 5 parcels from bricklink later this guy was then sitting on my desk. 😀
Henrik also happens to have this model listed on Lego Ideas so it has a chance of been made into an official kit which is really cool. Upon writing this small build up I also found out that a second revision of the kit has been released with a few extra bits to make the model posable. I might be up for another order of parts soon 😛
The Brickman Experience is an LEGO expedition showcasing the works of Australia’s only certified LEGO professional, Ryan McNaught which had previously exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney. Hearing that it was going to be exhibited at Brisbane end of last year I (and one of my work colleagues) decided to head down after work and check it out. As it turned out heading to it in the afternoon for the last session of the day (90 min sessions) was a really good idea since there were very few people at the session and even fewer as more left leaving lot of uninterrupted space to take photos of the models. Enjoy.
My final day in Sydney was spent for the most part back at the Powerhouse Museum going through the various exhibits on display and revisiting maker faire once again. Once I was finished with the powerhouse I headed up Sydney Tower Eye to have a final look at the city before catching my flight back home. Here are a selection of photos from the day.
For my third day down in Sydney I was off to Makerfair held the fantastic Powerhouse Museum.
Been overly enthusiastic (and judging poorly how long it would take to walk there) I ended up at the museum a good 40 minutes before the doors open however the wait was well worth it.
Makerfair took over a side room of the museum and consisted of many tables where companies, maker/hackerspaces and people showcasing things they have made. The first table of which I bumped into was a local Sydney makerspace called Robots and Dinosaurs (awesome name by the way) which had among other things a custom Kerbal Space Program game controller. This project definitely set the the tone for what the rest of the show was going to be like.
Moving along there were many other interesting booths most noteworthy of which to me were Sydney Origami Inc. (which rekindles my interest in origami), Sydney Bio-foundry (where I got to try on an Oculus DK1, and talk to some really interesting people) and a maker who was demoing cold casting 3d prints.