Monday, 19 June 2017

WeDo 1.0 Winch

Lego Winch, controlled using Scratch and WeDo 1.0.


James's AT-ST, based on a mechanism from RoboCamp here:RoboCamp

WeDo 2.0 Buggy

A buggy made with motors and parts from the Lego WeDo 2.0 educational set and programmed in Scratch. This model contains motors from two sets. The battery box does not comfortably drive two motors, so I have reduced the motor power in Scratch to a level that makes the buggy more reliable. Based on a design from:


A carousel made from various bits of Lego Technic and controlled via a WeDo 1.0 from Scratch. Mostly copied from a YouTube video here: Lego Carousel

Friday, 22 February 2013

A walk near Vilaflor to the edge of Las Cañadas Caldera

What makes a good walk? Pleasant company, a moderate challenge, good weather, beautiful scenery, getting away from the crowds, photographic opportunities? For me, the walk from the TF-21 near Vilaflor to the rim of Las Cañadas Caldera had all of those characteristics. If you want to explore some of this beautiful landscape, then take a look at this link to Google Maps. Each place marker is a link to a photograph, mostly interactive 360 degree panoramas on, but also a GigaPan. Alternatively, take a look at my panoramas and mini planets on Google+ or on Flickr.

If you happen to be in Tenerife and looking for a pleasant walk with stunning views, I can heartily recommend this one. Take plenty of water, some decent shoes and sunscreen, take it slowly and enjoy the views. This has to rate amongst the best short walks that I have enjoyed.

For more information about the geology of Tenerife, I am slowly building a web site with brief details of the locations we visit on a sixth form trip each year. The page for this walk is:

Friday, 28 December 2012

Panoramas in Google+

A week in Tenerife provided lots of fantastic opportunities to take panoramic photos, including this one from Mount Teide. Since getting back, I have processed one or two a day and have been posting them on Flickr, as usual, but also on Google+, where this #photosphere works as both a flat panorama and as an interactive view. How cool is that? Sadly, I don't have an Android phone or tablet, but I can feel the need growing!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

52 photos of St Day

As the autumn leaves are finally stripped from all of the trees and the weather turns cold, I have been looking back over a year's photographs, but also at gaps in my 2012 portfolio. I have learned a lot about HDR photography and panoramas. But what should I be aiming to photograph in 2013? I would like more pictures of my family, better pictures of Cornish scenery and also a project to document something of value. That is why I hope to publish 52 photographs of St Day over the next 12 months. St Day is the Cornish mining village in which I grew up and in which I am now raising my family. It was my intention to start the project in January, but given the opportunities for photography in the run-up to Christmas, I have started now, with the St Day Christmas Tree Festival, which is running on 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th December. I wonder what I can photograph for next week? Click on the thumbnail to see the full-sized image in my Flickr photo stream.