Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester

Steampunk in Swindon

Tas, MiniBoyGeek and I had a quick walk round the Steam Punk Spectacular at the Swindon Steam Museum (will have to do Photos of that some other time). Podpad Studios were there with some of their cool steampunk stuff, and… Continue reading →

DH-SD29204T-GN 2MP camera

This is the quickest I have got a camera onto my desk and working, This camera is a ‘Dahua DH-SD29204T-GN 2Mp Network Mini IP Speed Dome 4x optical zoom PTZ ip camera built-in MIC SD29204T-GN’ I can’t see it on… Continue reading →

Some one else reading @MiniBoyGeek a book

Tas has been reading to MiniBoyGeek tonight. The photo is taken with her reading “Where’s My Cow” by Terry Pratchett. Like Sam Vimes, Tas is good at doing the noises!

Books 28 to 34, Over a third of the books :)

Even more books with MiniBoyGeek! Book 28 – Jason Hook’s “Where’s the Dragon?“ Book 29 – Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo“ Book 30 – Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo’s Child“ Book 31 – Neil Griffiths’s “Grandma and Grandpa’s Garden“ Book 32 –… Continue reading →

Bolts and other fixings in Fusion 360

I have been playing about with Fusion 360, one of thrings you will need to include before very long is a fixing, even if you can 3D print everything in your design at some point you will want to stick… Continue reading →

Books 23 to 27 – More reading with @MiniBoyGeek

Some more books: Book 23 – Julia Donaldson’s “Fox’s Socks“ Book 24 – Beth Pountney’s “Scatty Catty Where is Your Milk?” Book 25 – Mary Murphy’s “Slow Snail“ Book 26 – Kali Stileman’s “Peely Wally“ Book 27 – Jane Clarke’s… Continue reading →

How I make a Screencast

I have been playing with Fusion 360 again… and as part of that I have been finding cunning tricks that I am thankful that I now know. Since I think I have a blog or something, I shall share those… Continue reading →

Cheap Chinese loco and secret plans

Well that is MiniBoyGeek up to three working electric Lego Duplo locomotives, only the Chinese one to go… I spoke to the seller: > Item died within 10 minutes of putting batteries into it. refund required. > I am still… Continue reading →

@MiniBoyGeek is Two! off to @IceCreamFarm

For MiniBoyGeek‘s birthday, Tas, MiniBoyGeek, Lindsy, the Munchkins and Granny all went out to the IceCreamFarm!

Fixing an Duplo Intelli Train

In a previous post about Duplo trains I mentioned that I had acquired a dead Duplo Intelli Train from eBay. A bit more research tells me that it is Lego Part number 2961, it is from Duplo set 2932 ‘Passenger… Continue reading →

High above Manchester & Hacman

A long while ago, I managed to get high above Manchester, not High as in on drugs mind you, but as in a long way above ground. And at the weekend just gone I had a look around an old… Continue reading →

Duplo loading gauge, Locos, and PWay

Since the the last post on Duplo Trains, MiniBoyGeek has been given a lot more Lego Duplo by both his Granddad, and other family members for his second birthday: He has now got two of the Duplo Locomotive base engines… Continue reading →

HD IP CCTV camera

This job has been sat on my desk at work for about 7 months, looking at Amazon it may be one of these (available in black too). After my luck with the last camera, I was hoping to get into… Continue reading →

First Urbex at South Marston Hotel, Swindon

Recently we found ourselves in Swindon, Joe offered us a free Urbex (Urban Exploration) trip round the old South Marston Hotel (Joe’s previous visit), I didn’t get many photos, but next time I do an Urbex I will :). I… Continue reading →

We found @MiniBoyGeek’s first Geocache 

Went to Savernake Forest with MiniBoyGeek and Tas for a walk, MiniBoyGeek helped me find his first geocache 😀

With @MiniBoyGeek on big trains

Today I took MiniBoyGeek out on the big trains from New Mills Newtown to Manchester Piccadilly, on a Northern Rail train much much older than him (pre privatisation).

Duplo training

Everybody loves a train set and LEGO Duplo tracks make it very easy to build your own set, I have watched YouTube videos of peoples Lego Train Sets, and thought that they were cool however if you look at the… Continue reading →

No longer a ‘Narrowboat’ but now a Narrow Ship

Simplistically, a ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship. But you could debate this for a long time. I have done. To quote a friend (and Ship Science graduate) that I have posed this question… Continue reading →

Up a windy hill

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been… Continue reading →

RFID blocking wallets

Recently there have been people claiming that they can steal money from your pocket (up to £30) by skimming your credit or debit card info using a EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) or PED (Pin Entry Device). It said thieves… Continue reading →

Look what @MiniBoyGeek made me at @CreateItCheadle! 

MiniBoyGeek and Tas went to Create It in Cheadle / Stockport and made me a new mug for work! Tamarisk made this short video showing all sides:

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