The budget computer wins 2017’s MacRobert Prize at a ceremony in London.

Source: Raspberry Pi scores UK’s top engineering award – BBC News

I live!

Kinda been a bit off the grid as blogs go.. but I’m still about.

Current doings are: fixing up some retro computers, namely the ZX-Spectrum (pronounced Zed-ex >:0 ) 48k. got 3 of them. 1 works but only the lower 16k of ram, the upper fails so I’m working on tracking down what ram chips are failing there. The 1st one seems to be a culprit so far.Β  Also need to replace all the capacitors as the current ones are olde and i think they are part of the failures. since the machine crashes after a while of operation, and iit has to warm up before it will take ‘tape’ input (using phone to play tape files direct to the speccy).

The other two appear to have ram problems since they do not boot but are showing video signal so the ULA chip is at least working. one has had new caps fitted already but the other needs new caps before further testing. awaiting some parts like ram modules and chip sockets and 2 sets of replacement capacitors.

More to come as this project progresses πŸ™‚

The blog may go through a bit of a redesign at some point too..

Finished the base bench a couple of weeks back. since then i have added a simple vice that i will replace with a better one when i can.


Not too shabby :v


All held together with friction fit joints and pegs, a sturdy little workbench πŸ™‚

So a few weeks back i decided i was going to build myself a workbench so i can make stuff :0


Got me some wood :v


And using nothing but hand-tools and joinery (no nails, screws or glue) i set to work..


hand tools and a cheap work-mate


Started by cuttingΒ  mortice and tenon joints for the legs


not bad for a brace and bit, and chisels


after a while i had the front legs assembled πŸ™‚ and they are pretty sturdy


Standy-Things :0


After a few days working on and off (and weather permitting) i had the work surface and front legs complete πŸ™‚ Dovetail joints hold the two top planks of the work-surface to the legs pretty well, i can lift the whole thing up by the top and it doesn’t come apart :D. also set in pegs to keep the legs and the crossbeam together.


Halfway complete πŸ™‚


All that’s left is the tool-tray, back legs, and two braces to go across the crossbeams for added support. the back legs will also be the ends for the tool tray.

more pics when i can carry on building (work at a standstill cos fupid rain since Thursday. luckily i got the bench and all the wood wrapped up in a tarp so it doesn’t get wet.. nothing worse than working with wet timber 😑

Made some quick 18650 battery wraps.. yummy πŸ™‚


available here:

Monday morning, still trying to wake up, waiting on an email before i can start work on a website..

Got a nice lemon and ginger tea tho.


About time this idea paid off :0

The link belowΒ  has a vid showing the landing and it was pretty damn smooth πŸ™‚

The private space company SpaceX successfully lands a rocket on a barge floating off the Florida coast.

Source: SpaceX lands rocket on ocean barge after take-off – BBC News

Because Baw.. Baw never braincheese.

Fallout 4 has won the best game of the year at 2016’s British Academy Games Awards.

It marks the first time its US-based developer Bethesda has won the prize. It did not win in any other category.

kinda unsurprising that Fallout 4 would win awards, but this is some nice news to come in between the releases of the 1st 2 DLC packs.

Automatron was released a couple of weeks ago and this coming Tuesday sees their second DLC, Wasteland Workshop, that adds more craftable items for your many settlements as well as traps for trapping wasteland creatures for reasons..

Fallout 4 wins best game at 2016’s British Academy Games Awards.

Source: Fallout 4 wins best game at Bafta awards – BBC News

Time flies when ure picking ure bum.. :0

A look back at the events that led British computer-maker Sinclair to sell out to its rival Amstrad 30 years ago.

Source: Sinclair: 30 years since Amstrad bought Spectrum-maker – BBC News


I was actually testing the ‘press this’ function :v

some 3D and CG stuff…

cteno4console1_003 pose2MBA1_001



Some crafts and other bits related and non related to vape..

Including leather-work, wood and other medium.


All the fun of customizing mods of various kinds..

For example: the iTaste VTR Steampunk and Vape-Boy variations i done a while back..

Steampunk-VTR vape-boy_VTR

Hopefully more will be posted in future πŸ™‚

And Welcome to what may or may not be a frequently updated blog/site thingy πŸ˜€

I initially plan to post things and stuff. mainly Vape related stuff. but stuff none the less.


keep an eye on this space cos stuff :v