This post is unfortunately almost two weeks late, but last Monday, Pat gave a chainmail workshop, similar to Martin’s at Nottinghack. This covered the easier European and Japanese styles and also how to make rings from fencing wire or similar. Many scraps of chainmail were produced, but nothing to rival Pat’s half-finished chainmail shirt!
Nick continued to resuscitate aging hardware in Linux and we discussed methods of supplying Internet to the NSME clubhouse. Via a landline this would be expensive, wireless access of the nearby BT Openzone hotspot, or 3G personal hotspot appear to be the more affordable ways forward…
Next date for the space: Monday 17th October.
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 summer feels over, but despite some shock showers on Monday the space was open. Adrian took the clock we were given by Nottinghack (couriered by Martin) and with Mat started writing up what they found inside. A number of repairs were performed by a few different people, fixing a bicycle inner tube, a DVM, and the identification of a car part for order.
- Nanode workshop
- Photography (light painting)
- Kinect hacking
- Revisiting OpenCV hacking
The idea is for very limited scope projects that allow a sense of accomplishment within a few hours. Suggestions are welcome on the mailing list.
Despite some initially poor weather, it dried out, brightened up, and the wind died down to allow us to launch some stuff! Check the flickr feed here. For those interested in the telemetry data from the payload we sent up, it looks like this.
Quite a short run as the rocket didn’t take long going up or down. Acceleration data isn’t terribly readable – the peak acceleration is obviously off the +- 4g scale of the accelerometer.
One bad data point on the pressure causes the smoothed graph to have a small dip in it, but otherwise the data appears consistent (if unverified).
Temperature data isn’t useful, the sensor is cooling from a previous high of 35C from being wedged into the rocket nose cone.