Category: Personal

Finally fixing an arduino shield

Three years ago I attended SoOnCon 2012 hosted by Diyode in Guelph. The “badge” for this event was an Arduino Uno board, with Codeshield, a shield of general-purpose sensors and actuators, all mounted with a battery pack on a custom-made

Posted in Diyode, Kevin, Lily, Personal

Sunflowers!

This year we planted sunflowers in one of the flower beds in front of our house. Rather than the usual huge yellow variety, we selected some that would have a bit of a colour mix in them. Because of their

Posted in Gardening, Us

My tomato plants are dying (again)

I’m finding that the tomato plants in my vegetable garden, which have been growing so well up until now, are doing the same thing they’ve done for the past three or four years: They suddenly wilt, sicken, and die. What

Posted in Gardening, Kevin

Blackberries!

…and not the ones RIM makes, either! This year, the blackberry plants growing wild in our yard along the fences and stream valley seem to have a bumper crop of berries on them. I suspect the plentiful June precipitation had

Posted in Flora, Gardening, Us

Father’s day at the Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

Last Sunday (the 21st, that is) we spent the afternoon in Hamilton at the Mini Maker Faire, hosted by the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. The site is a former Victorian-era steam-powered plant for pumping municipal water from Lake

Posted in KwartzLab, Personal, Us

Tramming the Mill

In order to get a good finish when milling the top surface of a part, as I will be doing to prepare matrix blanks, it is necessary that the axis of the mill spindle be perpendicular to the surface of

Posted in Basement Workshop, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Matrix Making

From drought to downpour

We’ve had several weeks here with essentially no rain, and the garden has been looking rather sad. I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and basil around May 24th, with promise of rain (finally!) in the forecast but it did not materialize,

Posted in Gardening, Kevin, Weather

A Minecraft black hole

Lily has taken a liking to playing Minecraft, and I’ve been sucked into it as well. We have 6 computers networked together here at our home and store, so it made sense to set up a network server so we

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Steaming Mulberry Stems

It seems that last year’s intent to steam the bark off our mulberry stems for making paper did not amount to any action. There are some things that just don’t happen if all you plan is to do it when

Posted in Branson Banana Bash, Fibre harvesting, Gardening, Our own courses and workshops, Past Events, Us

The local Maker Club

Aside from my peripheral involvement at KwartzLab, I have also recently been going to meetings of the local Maker Club with Lily. These meetings are held regularly at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener on the second Wednesday of each month, but

Posted in Kevin, Lily, Personal