Thursday, 14th July 2016 - 20:01:18

Gnocchi and Chorizo with Grilled Capsicum

Gnocchi and Chorizo with grilled peppers. I've seen this before but never tried making it. It was delicious.

Monday, 20th June 2016 - 11:38:01

Baby 200kW load bank

Toured the DC facilities today. We walked past one of the "smaller" load banks at 200kW.

Wednesday, 1st June 2016 - 12:18:48

PIR with Pullup Resistor Fitted

Having some fun with some PIRs for lighting. I'm using CAT-5 flex. The sensors are daisy chained allowing for six sensors per run.

Sunday, 24th April 2016 - 22:46:46


Internet Enabled Night Light. I made this out of an old wall wart and an ESP8266 SOC module. Basically took the guts out of the wall wart and replaced them with the contents of a much more modern wall wart (smaller) which left space for the ESP8266 module, the PIR sensor and other bits. The device uses MQTT to communicate trigger events and periodic measurements to a custom cloud service.

  • Temperature - DHT11
  • Humidity - DHT11
  • Brightness - LDR (Light Dependent Resistor)
  • Movement - PIR Module (DSN-FIR800)


Monday, 11th April 2016 - 09:01:21

ESP8266 Prototype Breadboard

Here is a small ESP8266 prototype using a DHT11 and an LDR for light level sensing. This module is super convenient; it has USB to RS232 integrated and also has standard spacing so it can be put into a bread board.

Monday, 4th April 2016 - 18:00:10


Running a bunch of aqua noodles at the DC =)

Saturday, 2nd April 2016 - 11:42:45


The kids broke their iPad charge cable. They are not too hard to repair. I backed up the connector with a piece of cable tie as strain relief and heat shrunk it all together.

Friday, 25th March 2016 - 20:02:38


BBQ Salmon. Turned out great.

Saturday, 5th March 2016 - 17:09:49


Scored a head unit that had AUX input, so I installed it in the car with a special IP-BUS cable.

Tuesday, 9th February 2016 - 09:54:04


LED Lighting control box mounted and installed.

Sunday, 7th February 2016 - 18:52:15

Ribs! Nom Nom

Finn helped me out putting the rub on these ribs. Ready for bbq!

Sunday, 7th February 2016 - 10:08:15


Drilling and tapping the insert board for the control box for mounting DIN rails and ducts.

Monday, 25th January 2016 - 07:36:15


Alternate power supply box design.

Thursday, 21st January 2016 - 19:09:58


First LED power supply box installed and cabled.

Sunday, 17th January 2016 - 15:16:17


Installed the last parts of the fiber duct today.

Saturday, 16th January 2016 - 17:28:20


Making brackes for the DMX modules to bolt onto unistrut runners.

Tuesday, 12th January 2016 - 20:00:00


Lots and lots of pigtails soldered onto LED strips!

Monday, 4th January 2016 - 19:06:55


I am helping out with a project at work to install LED lighting in our DC. Should be awesome.

Sunday, 3rd January 2016 - 20:37:10


Had a mate around today for a BBQ and we built some sensors and wrote some code for the ESP8266.

Sunday, 6th December 2015 - 15:08:23


I bought a Jackaroo 6S 6 Burner BBQ off eBay for parts - turns out this bbq is in better nick than mine. So, I've pulled it all apart and started cleaning it. The panels from the body of the bbq will be treated with high temp paint and the rest will be finished in Machinery Grey epoxy enamel. All the stainless parts are in good nick. I don't envy people that work in body shops stripping paint all day! It's a pain.