When Allen Chen dropped a hint about the parachute having a secret code, I and several thousand other people started to try and decode it. I was close but a lot of people got there before me! Still, what I … Continue reading Decoding the Perseverance Parachute
I gave a talk on making for your mind using whatever materials are available, as part of a 24hr rolling worldwide Maker Faire. Watch the talk here. Continue reading Making for the Mind
Make a simulated log burner that you can light with Actual Fire. Not recommended for kids! Continue reading I miss my log burner.
I wrote a blog post for work about what FPGA is – there are a load of things that bewilder me, but at least I know what this is now. Continue reading Explaining FPGA
For Halloween, my son told me that he wanted to be a dragon. What kind? I asked.
A fire breathing one. Continue reading Baby Dragon
Ok, this is a tricky post. I am really lucky that my job allows me to travel occasionally to maker events, but it’s really time someone else at work got a go. I got accepted to Maker Faire New York, and I’d absolutely love to go. Financial situations being what they are, I’m gonna need to raise some funds. Now, I’m not going to ask you to shell out to help with no reward, so I propose that I get myself to the Maker Faire through the medium of… making. What more appropriate method? Watch this space and I’ll update … Continue reading Get Tanya to Maker Faire New York…
While I was in America at Bay Area Maker Faire, I managed to meet the amazing Mary Etta West, who designs pcbs to *be* jewellery. In Berlin I happened upon some manufacturers of extreme close up cameras doing a surface … Continue reading Thoughts on jewellery
It turns out that May and June are very busy. Shortly I’ll depart for San Francisco. I will be writing for both Pimoroni and Make. I’ll be presenting talks at HDDG and at Make itself, and popping up at the Bring a Hack meetup. Air travel kinda stops you whoofing all your cool stuff into a car and just turning up with a bag of tricks, so the Americans are going to have to deal with an idiot Brit turning up with a bag of trash and a headfull of ideas. Continue reading Impending Forrins
So since Christmas things have been a bit frantic. I’ve been updating twitter, but not this page, not as much as I should do. I’ll try to force myself to do a post a week, but don’t hold me to it. A sort-of mini world tour is imminent, and although hectic there are some places I’ve been wanting to see ever since I got into this Maker lark. I’ve had to turn down some things (why does everyone hold an event on the May Bank Holiday weekend?) and other events because burnout is a Very Real Thing. So – what … Continue reading Been Busy…
For our Christmas do, I usually do something along the lines of …well, lights. In my family we have always celebrated the Solstice and the sun coming back, because quite frankly, Winter is a bit miserable. So, last year I wore a crown of ivy, berries, and little warm white lights. This year… I figured I’ve got a bit better at coding, so why not use that to make my lights a bit more interesting? I drew this sketch with all the enthusiasm and disregard for practicality of a 5 year old. First step was actually having a dress to … Continue reading Xmas dress 2017