It's the first edition - keep this as it may be worth something one day...
Since this is the first edition we’ll be doing a bit of a round-up on what people have up to over the summer. There are some very entertaining things to watch and read in this edition so take your time and enjoy yourself.
This month’s editor is: atomic14
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Things To Watch
We’ve got a Makercast coming up on 7th August - 9pm GMT - it’s good fun and always entertaining.
The continuing mission…
James Sharman continues on his mission to build a 8-bit computer - he’s been working through some issues around his VGA display.
Picking Things up off The Street
Picking things up off the street? Surely that can’t be healthy or sensible. But atomic14 thinks it’s fine. He’s been collecting discarded vape devices and salvaging the batteries.
Come Up and See My Etchings
I’ve always wanted a brass plaque to mark my childhood home - with Becky Stern’s help my dream could become a reality!
Luni Takes a Bath
It’s summer and it’s hot, so bitluni has taken up jumping into lakes to stay cool.
The Need for Speed
Brian Lough claims this was all done for his kids… but we know the truth…
What madness is this!?
Warning - this is quite a loud one. The Electronic Engineer continues his crazy (and potentially dangerous) experiments with high voltage. What you are seeing in the video is a glass bottle ( Erlenmeyer Flask) under vacuum. It contains two electrodes that are connected to high voltage ( 5000V DC 5mA max).
Things to Read
Maybe physics is difficult simply because we’ve been using the wrong variables. Mass, Velocity, Acceleration - maybe there are alternatives that would some problems a lot simpler. A fascinating discussion here: https://phys.org/news/2022-07-roboticists-alternative-physics.html
Who needs designers - get a computer to do it
There are a whole bunch of new exciting AI models out there. Including ones that will generate images based on phrases. Someone has even managed to get a half-decent logo designed completely by AI: https://jacobmartins.com/posts/how-i-used-dalle2-to-generate-the-logo-for-octosql/
A word of caution
Everyone is working from home nowadays - but are they actually working? This person got caught using a “mouse jiggler” app on their computer. Maybe they should have come to the makers first and got us to build them a robot! https://www.dailydot.com/irl/remote-work-mouse-jiggler/
So that’s the first edition done - plenty to watch and some interesting articles to read. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss next month’s bumper August edition!
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Will be good to get a curated list to watch and read. Keep up the good work Chris!