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Conway’s Game of Life, interpreted in sound.

February 6, 2013


Some videos you find on Youtube fill you with questions. Questions like ‘why did I just spend 2 minutes of my life watching that?’ or ‘what is this?’ Sometimes though, you find videos that fill you with the right kind of questions. Questions that lead you through lots of different ideas and possibilities and inspire […]

Exploring Locksmithing and Lockpicking as an intellectual pursuit

September 30, 2012


I am fascinated by complex things and always have been, whether they are mechanical, chemical, mathematical or other, similarly elegant pieces of “clockwork”. I was the clichéd kid repeatedly told off for dismantling things or repairing them. It wasn’t because I lacked the ability to do so, it was just because I was caught in the act. […]

Open Source Cola – “Cube Cola”

September 26, 2012


From their site: Standing on the Hands of Giants We are wildcrafting our own cola from an open source recipe reverse-engineered from the original Coke. A process merging domestic and scientific methodologies. Cube-Cola is distributed by social courier within the city perimeters of Bristol UK, and is available by mail as a cola concentrate worldwide. […]

RaspberryPi birdfeeder webcam

May 31, 2012


This isn’t so much a Howto (as other people have already written that up very nicely) but a post on what I am using one of my Pi’s for. The first gotcha is that for some unknown reason, the default, recommended, reference debian image is built without support for USB webcams… Nuts, but there you […]

Raspberry Pi’s onboard Serial connection

April 24, 2012


One of the reasons I was excited to play with the Pi was the rank of pins on one of its corners, the ‘low-level peripheral‘ pin-out. GPIO pins, SPI, I2C and even an onboard 3.3v serial connection (UART)! In fact, in the stock debian image, it is configured to output the bootup messages and the […]


October 22, 2011


Wired recently blogged about the ‘9 essential geek books’. I think their definition of geek is biased towards maths and technology but this isn’t surprising, or something that they should be critised for. Mia Ridge posed this question: ‘what book would you give someone to read to understand your geek mind?’ is an interesting question […]

My name is Ben O’Steen and I am a Feynman Fanboy.

August 29, 2011


And I am okay with that. He is simply the most brilliant researcher and the clearest, most entertaining educator I can think of. He had a huge effect on me as I grew up, and I would say I can only underestimate the impact he had on me. If you didn’t know of him before, […]