Very busy on Monday, we had:
- Light painting with a strobe
- Conkers fights
- CNC planning
- Raspberry Pi tinkering
- Kinect tinkering
- Workshop planning.
I may have even forgot some things! Most importantly, thanks to Nicholas for bringing the Raspberry Pi board for us to have a look at. We couldn’t do too much with it as unfortunately the monitor used was having resolution issues on the HDMI interface, but it booted, and we were able to login and have a brief look around. Connected to a network (it supports networking over USB too) would allow more interesting things to happen. This rather overshadowed the Kinect Nicholas also brought, and I think we’ll need an evening just for that.
The NSME has a rather large horse chestnut tree overshadowing the clubhouse, so knitting wool was graciously donated to the cause, and an in a textbook case of over-engineering, a pillar drill was used for turning conkers into implements of war, and soon geeks were hitting themselves very hard while missing target conkers.
Light painting with the strobe did not work so well, as it is not as bright as a camera flash, and outside it is not able to light up targets at any range. Strobes are very good for inducing headaches and nausea though. If nobody wants it, it will be thrown away at the end of the month, as it’s reasonably bulky and has no (useful) purpose at this time.
Due to renewed interest in chainmail, Pat will be running a chainmail workshop on the 3rd of October, from 8pm. If you have rings or pliers, please bring them along, and let us know on the list, so we can ensure everyone has enough.