2022.05.28 virtual meeting


Theo, Simon, Tony, Surly, Barry and Mike.


Blender lattices. Sourdough making. Crystal radio box loop antenna.

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-359.51,54.46,2013/loc=-1.085,52.622 Simon suggested these maps in conjunction the Mayflower autonomous ship project he is following.

2022.05.21 Blackpool makerspace virtual meeting

Barry, Les, Tony, Theo, Mike.


How expensive the top end raspberry pi has become partly because of component shortages. The arduino Nano RP2040 Connect and the rasperry pi pico discussed and compared.

How plastic washing line pegs degrade and snap. They can be replaced by old fashioned wooden dolly pegs which are still available and may be more eco friendly.

2022.05.14 virtual meeting


Theo, Surly, Simon, Tony and Mike. This was the first time Simon attended our virtual meeting.


The Mayflower automonous ship, a fully-autonomous, AI powered marine research vessel :- mas400.com Simon introduced us to the project, and showed 3D models of the ship at various scales he has made. All the data collected by the ship can be viewed using mqtt explorer mqtt.mas400.com.

2022.04.30 Virtual meeting


Mike Theo Barry and Surly.


Power boats, motorbikes and two stroke engines. Gardening on clay by putting a raised bed over the clay. Lightweight Linux for old computer.

WW2 minesweeping with wellington bomber “Vickers engineers then removed the bomb racks, bombsight, guns and all unnecessary equipment to reduce weight and free up space for a Ford V8 automobile engine driving a 35-kilowatt Mawdsley electric generator. The former gun positions were faired over to streamline the fuselage. Also, because the magnetic coil rendered normal compasses useless, the Wellington was fitted with a gyrocompass.” https://www.historynet.com/aerial-minesweeping/

2022.04.02 virtual meeting


Theo,Tony,Barry,Surly and Mike.

This week we were treated to another outside broadcast from Surly. Barry showed the finished version of his candle holder and was considering how to make the plans available to those interested. Tony was considering buying a cast iron Dutch oven from Aldi. I use a Dutch oven for making sourdough bread. Theo was concentrating on his game development.