Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester

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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:

Hantek 6022BE USB Oscilloscope

I picked up a Hantek 6022BE USB Oscilloscope as sometimes its useful to have something more than just a multimeter for seeing what a circuit is doing. While the specification makes it more of a toy than a real instrument,… Continue reading →

Cold and frosty morning. 

Books 19 to 22, from Dinosaurs to Butterflies!

Tas and I are listing to the Harry Potter Audiobooks at home, and I have had The Tales of Beedle the Bard at my parents for a while, and had not got round to reading it as of this. I… Continue reading →

SMD Soldering at a Hackspace

The soldering of SMD devices is something that no normal person would want to do by hand for fun, I can’t even believe that normal people would do it anyway (it is a cruel and unusual punishment). Hackspace Manchester has… Continue reading →

Git stuff and 52 Weeks of Code

Sometimes I feel that my geek credentials are lacking given the lack of code I write, yes I make cool things occasionally, I work as an EMC Engineer for a small Stockport Company, I am a Director of Squashed Fly… Continue reading →

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