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The Dregs of 2020

Oct - Dec 2020

My local councillor still hasn’t found the time to reply to me. There was me thinking he was elected to serve local people.

Jojoba the waterproof Bunny

I decided to solder another of my Jojoba Bunny PCBs, this time installed into a gutted waterproof LED floodlight. It’s almost as if it were made for this enclosure. It’s surprisingly bright for the small amount of power it consumes.

A custom LED floodlight PCB assembled into a waterproof enclosure - featuring Jojoba The Bunny

We Make Events - the PCB build

This is what should have been the PCB for the #WeMakeEvents build. It consumes about 1 Watt of power on 240V mains AC. It is designed to run at low intensity - well suited for a production office or backstage.

#WeMakeEvents - the custom LED PCB sign
#WeMakeEvents - the custom LED PCB being modelled by Stevie C, along with the John Deere Onesie
#WeMakeEvents - the custom LED PCB sign finding a home in Park5 Studios Dundee.

So here we have the PCB assembled into the frame on my workbench, being modelled by moi (you’ll have to excuse the John Deere Onesie - it’s 4 Celsius in the workshop) and finding a home at the Park5 Studio in Dundee.

BCDC Gallium - US of A Style

I’ve been assembling more of Big Clive’s Gallium PCBs, partly because the soldering practice is always good, but mostly because I’m curious if I’ll ever get bored of them.

This time, I used flickering LEDs as I was trying to produce the effect of a flag gently rustling in the wind. I’m aware that there aren’t 50 stars on the flag, but as I only have a resolution of 18x13 “pixels” to work with, you’ll get the gist.

Normality. Sort of.

In the style of having a good Stevie and a bad Stevie - one on each shoulder - the bad one convinced me to go to the pub while I still could. The options were rather limited, as we were in Level 2 (I can’t remember) and so could only sit outside. In Dundee. In Winter. I took the opportunity anyway.

Normality during Covid-19 lockdown restored, sort of. A rare Visit to the pub (Ferrari’s Bar), albeit sitting outdoors in Dundee in winter.

I have since been able to add Ferraris Bar into my Good Pub Guide. Hopefully all the pubs I like will survive lockdown.

Re-watching Foyles War and the stuff they went thru during WW2, at least they had pubs open.

BCDC Gallium RGB A4

Yet another BCDC (Big Clive Dot Com) Gallium PCB project. Still not bored of them.

Big Clive Dot Com (BCDC) Gallium A4 Chaos Panel PCB with slow colour changing LEDs
Big Clive Dot Com (BCDC) Gallium A4 Chaos Panel PCB with slow colour changing LEDs
Big Clive Dot Com (BCDC) Gallium A4 Chaos Panel PCB with slow colour changing LEDs

Under Pressure

I’ve been doing some good deeds, pressure washing all the moss and slime off of family members’ and neighbours driveways and paths.

Pressure washing a driveway in my B-Dri waterproof overalls and dunlop wellies.
Pressure washing a driveway in my B-Dri waterproof overalls and dunlop wellies.

It’s depressing that, at the time of writing this; a pressure washing video is getting more views than the technical videos I put much more effort into.

Remembrance Day

AudioWave was providing lighting for the Remembrance Ceremony in Carnoustie.

AudioWave Dundee provided lighting hire and design services for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carnoustie
AudioWave Dundee provided lighting hire and design services for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carnoustie
AudioWave Dundee provided lighting hire and design services for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carnoustie

Custom Tendril Bulbs

I’ve been adding to my collection of custom tendril lightbulbs, made from recycled compact fluorescent lamp bases, LEDs, solid core wires and capacitive dropper power supply circuits.

Custom LED Tendril lightbulbs - made from recycled compact fluorescent lamps, LEDs and capacitive dropper supplies

Pink Helmet

I know it’s kinda smutty, but who wants to see my pink helmet?

Smut - Who wants to see my pink helmet?

Aspie Pride

I decided to celebrate Aspie Pride - with no idea whether it was actually the correct time or not, it’s 2020 after all - by what else: assembling some LED flower PCBs that I bought from Big Clive.

Celebrating Aspie Pride with some suitably-themed LED electro-flowers
Celebrating Aspie Pride with some suitably-themed LED electro-flowers
Celebrating Aspie Pride with some suitably-themed LED electro-flowers

PAT Testing

I have had a little work; I was doing some PAT Testing for an AV Hire company who were producing a socially-distanced show and needed their equipment tested and serviced.

PAT Testing electrical services for events hire companies in Dundee and Angus

Repairing a Pulse LED PARcan

What were you doing on Xmas Day? I was repairing a Pulse LED PARcan (and making a video about the process).

Xmas Lights

I like having a helpful Pet Tiger who likes helping with Xmas Lights. First he spies the colourful fairy lights. Then he moseys up to them. Then chaos ensues.

Cuddly Pet Tiger helping with Xmas Lights
Cuddly Pet Tiger helping with Xmas Lights
Cuddly Pet Tiger helping with Xmas Lights

COVID-19 brings out the worst in people…

Tory voter: “The left are easily offended snowflakes”
Also Tory voter: “this offends me it should be banned!”

Tory voter: “I’m sick of the loony left and their cancel culture”
Also Tory voter: “the left should agree with us or have their furlough/benefits/websites/social media accounts removed!”

One More Thing…

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Technical services for events, theatre, private parties, raves, discos, music production, weddings and charity functions. Tech Crew, sound engineering, on-location recording and mixing, PAT Testing, spot-op, cam-op, lighting setup and control, equipment service and repair, hire and sales, PCB prototype and circuit design, installation and consulting. Serving Dundee, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Montrose, Monifieth, Broughty Ferry and Perth. Will travel further afield to Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh by appointment.