The last thing you made


#1

What’s the last thing you made?

I’d post mine, but as a new user I’m apparently not allowed to put images in posts.


#2

Or in this reply.

And I have to type this little bit to make it up to 20 characters.


#3

Hi David, that’s correct. It’s to stop porn spam. When you become a trusted member you get more privileges. it’s very clever and much better than what happens with a normal php forum!


#4

…and the minimum character setting only applies to your first post and reply. Again, to stop spam bots…


#5

Aha, I seem to remember that form the last time I used Discourse.

So! The last thing I made was this helmet rack:

They were knocking around cluttering up the place, and there was a bunch of leftover wood in the attic. Apart from a drill, I made this entirely with hand tools. The angle was planed in by hand with a Stanley number 4. All of the fixings are concealed: screws are hidden by the pegs, and the pegs have threaded inserts with M3 socket caps that go into them through angled holes in the back.


#6

The last thing I made was a website. Boring, but true.


#7

A robotic drawing machine, programmed to draw figures. I’m currently experimenting with image size & pen width. Pen centring is a problem: a position slightly off centre produces incremental errors, so that after 550 lines, body parts tend to get displaced!
“New users” can’t upload images, so I’ll have to do that later.


#8

I’ll create a separate thread for robotics & document the details there.
See current artwork here: http://www.guylymer.co.uk


#9

@instr_for

The last thing I made with code was this TwitterBot which generates and broadcasts arbitrary instructions for making, drawing, writing, innovating, interacting, inspiring & collaborating. I will use it as part of my teaching, but the outputs may be of general interest and do read as a series of micro-narratives. The bot is coded using Google scripts, which uses a Google spreadsheet as a text database. I’ve also ported the simple concept into ‘Processing’, in order to make a generative book version.

eg.
instr_for
seed_ cities and puzzles
mode_ an imaginary life
make_ a swatch
show_ in 2 dimensions

I made it after attending the ‘Feral Vector’ event, which was brilliant on every level.


#10

I’ve made drawing bots in the past using Lego Mindstorms parts. Thinking on, it was probably 10 or 12 years ago - doesn’t time fly.


#11

Those Lego Mindstorms kits were great. I wonder if they do anything more evolved these days?


#12

I was using the RCX 1.0/1.5 programmable bricks and coding them with Dave Baum’s NQC language (not quite c). I still have 3 or 4 of the basic bots in storage in Huddersfield.


#13

Are you going to join Bridge Rectifier? Be great to get hose running again!


#14

I know Derek quite well and was intending to join at some point.


#15

Well we urgently need paying members now to keep the ship afloat!

No pressure though :wink:


#16

What are the membership details/costs? Is there a form to fill in?


#17

It’s a minimum donation of £10 / month. More is great.

@guylymer on here will contact you with details. It’s really just a matter of setting up a standing order.


#18

I think it was probably ‘a concept’ :wink:


#19

and when I say ‘concept’ I mean in the sense that concepts are tools.


#20

Yes, we’d be grateful for £10 per month, paid by standing order. I tried to attach a simple form, with account details & return address, but only images are allowed. Please send your email address to guylymer1@gmail.com and I’ll send it that way. Thanks.