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There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 08:28:39 PM, 30/09/2014
A few days ago I received an email from my chum Mike Hibbert, who is a columnist for the computer and electronics hobbyist magazine Everyday Practical Electronics in the UK. Mike's message was short and to the point as follows: ? What ho! Max. This is just to let you know I've l......

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Posted: 11:52:24 AM, 26/09/2014
Funnily enough, just several days ago as I write this blog, I was chatting with my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) when she informed me that -- as a kid -- she had never played at making a telephone using two tin cans connected by a piece of string. ? I must admit to being a tad surprised. I thoug......

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Posted: 09:22:27 PM, 25/09/2014
As you probably know, I'm spending a lot of my free time creating Arduino-based projects, such as my Inamorata Prognostication Engine, my BADASS Display, and my Vetinari Clock. ? Some of these projects involve the use of shields, which are boards that can be plugged on top of the Arduin......

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Posted: 04:59:37 PM, 23/09/2014
Well, so it's true, life is full of ups and downs. When it comes to the antique analogue meters I'm using in a number of my hobby projects, things appeared to be going swimmingly well, and then disaster struck. On the bright side, I have high hopes that a reader can help, and that may be y......

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Posted: 06:23:21 PM, 17/09/2014
Originally, I have been focused on using vacuum tubes augmented with tri-colored LEDs to enhance the look and feel of my hobby projects. However, I may have to take a look at those reproductions of vintage-style light bulbs known as Edison Bulbs. You can see all sorts of these little beauties by p......

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Posted: 04:46:01 PM, 16/09/2014
There are times when it seems that the fates are smiling upon me. Recently, for example, I blogged to describe my experiments to give brass an aged look. ? Based on this, someone was kind enough to recommend an old book called Machinery's Shop Receipts from 1927 that contains "......

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Posted: 04:27:01 PM, 11/09/2014
I never fail to be astounded by how others go out of their way to help another with sage advice. ? For example, following my recent blog describing my experiments with aging brass, someone emailed me to say he had inherited a book from his grandfather that covered this sort of thing. Even b......

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Posted: 06:58:20 PM, 10/09/2014
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) graced my humble office with a visit a couple of weeks ago.While he was here, Hamster noticed some of the antique analogue meters scattered around my office, and he shared an idea with me -- to build a clock using this sort of meter as the display. Hamster ki......

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Posted: 03:55:57 PM, 05/09/2014
As you may remember, one of the things I want to do with the brass panels I'm using in my Inamorata Prognostication Engine is to make them look really old. Since everything is being mounted in a beautiful wooden radio cabinet circa 1929, and since I'm using antique knobs and switches and d......

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