In 1983 I proposed building a portable computer while working in an Advertising agency in London. The manufacture of the computer was with Ringdale Engineering in Worthing, Sussex.
The two brilliant guys I collaborated with, Peter Holy and Ray Bridges delivered a truly innovative device.
It ran on NiCad batteries and had a 9" CRT, a single sided 3.5" floppy drive and its operating system was CP/M. CP/M at that time was sold by Microsoft, long before it grew into a huge company. I helped develop the workstation software, written in Pascal which compiled simple sequences of animation using a very fast chip made by Thomson into background and foreground memory alternately for each 'frame'.
The computer had a simplified keyboard and was used as a sales presenter. I raised the venture capital from Pfizer in New York and we piloted 25 machines in Canada and the UK promoting Feldene (Diclofenac). It was a fast moving project, I learn a lot, had many sleepless nights working...
I am in the Hyatt New York hotel room with my two portable computers, prototypes. They include the animations and promotional information on Feldine (oral Diclofnac) and Hypovase, a vasodilator. The prototypes would not work at the demo at Pfizer HQ. The charging circuit for the huge payload of nickel cadmium batteries would simply not fire up. Endless night time conversations with the engineers in Sussex to resolve it. There was nothing I could do. I had the dubious achievement of managing the project for the first fully portable colour computer, the first in the world, but it was ultimately too early for use in the field, in spite of this problematic first demonstration to the board in New York.
The project was piloted in Canada and UK but was not taken any further as it was too heavy for the sales reps to carry, weighing in at 11.5Kg.
I took the last remaining machine to the rubbish tip in 1998 and unfortunately cannot find the publicity material! The magazines illustrated was one I bought, one in the early 70's, the other in the very early 80's.
Yes, I assembled a ZX80 and upgraded my BBC model B micro. I was hooked back then. I made a lot of devices with Ringdale for my clients, battery operated detail aids, exhibition stands with animated LEDs etc. The parent company scooped me up and I became computer manager of the scond largest Ad agency in the country. When I arrived, there was not one single computer in the place. I installed a 60 user Unix machine (Plexus) and dozens of 286 PCs, also introducing and writing applications in pcExpress for Dixons and Currys. This was the start of a full on software developer career.
(second image, the computer magazine I bought in the early 70's, mostly featured articles on using video!)
Prior to and during college, I worked doing freelance jobs as a trace and paint and 'inbetweener', with Companies including:
Halas and Batchelor (Frosties, Melita Coffee etc),
Medi-Cine (pharmaceutical promotional films),
Television and Screen Productions (Nigerian Govenment, road safey, marijuana use, soap advertsments)
and ABC TV: The New Avengers Opening and closing titles.
The Avengers (and a Chrysler rotating logo I also did) were plotted onto cels using the minicomputer at Imperial College London.
I had to erase all the (unseen lines) and paint the backs, also the black screen cels for the live action inserts. The pile as over a foot deep of cels, I didnt get much sleep for a fortnight.
The Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the ICA in 1968, some 9 years earlier featured a man morphing into a map of Africa, probably the same code as used in the Avengers titles sequence!
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A collage of clips taken on a cheap phone in 2012. This follows a short intense illness, and I made a recovery.
My passion is motorcycles, ever since I 'borrowed' a Honda C50 and rode it round the nearby convent gardens when I was 11, chased by a nun, I was hooked. I don't see them as a status symbol either. People who do that disgust me, I wish they would join a golf club or something! I ride them, rebuild them, teach people how to ride them at weekends. I enclose two blogs, one that I wrote over a journey from Los Angeles to New Your Via Alaska, the other is a recent trip I make to Nordkapp 200 miles above the Arctic circle.
Resonance104.4fm the London arts station ran 3 series of Outsider In; it featured Outsider Artists and Musicians and I did my best to keep out of their way. Click on the link and listen to a few...
OpenSCAD images or photos of various printed objects: * Wall mount for monitor (top) * Waterproof lid for enclosure * Seat shim * Fuse holder * Enclosure for medical pump used for irrigation project * Enclosure for Arduino controller * Enclosure for OpenTRV smart central heating project http://opentrv.org.uk/
OK it a bit ugly but this little fellow has been upgraded and been my workhorse since I started in 2013. Originally it had a laser cut (10mm thick) perspex frame and bed I designed and made with no heated bed and 100mm x 100mm print area. I reprinted the carriage, end stops, sourced an aluminium frame and heated bed. I have BL touch sensor and 32 bit Makerbase MKS SBase controller on order to enable auto levelling and more accurate prints. I also have nearly completed assembly of a Tevo Delta printer to allow me to print much larger objects. I have used Tinkercad but prefer OpenSCAD to design my components. OpenSCAD is great as its simple to change dimensions on the original drawing, you can replace by changing variables in the OpenSCAD script. Little video I sent to Tevo, they sent me a new controller board, thank you Tevo!
In iconographical representations, Vajrayogini is usually depicted in a terrifying form, holding in her hands a skull and a dagger, her right leg stretched out, the left one slightly bent (alidha). She is surrounded on all sides by cremation grounds, indicating that the ordinary world has become dead in contrast to the rich world of inner life and its vision of reality without distorting fictions. Although she may be visualized alone, she is usually in union (yab-yum) with Heruka, who, when he is united with Vajrayogini, is known as Hevajra.
Vajrayogini in union (yab-yum) with Heruka, united with Vajrayogini, known as Hevajra. Goache on cotton canvas 2012.
One of the first of my Tibetan paintings. Tārā also embodies many of the qualities of feminine principle. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children. As Green Tārā she offers succor and protection from all the unfortunate circumstances one can encounter within the samsaric world. As White Tārā she expresses maternal compassion and offers healing to beings who are hurt or wounded, either mentally or psychically. As Red Tārā she teaches discriminating awareness about created phenomena, and how to turn raw desire into compassion and love.
The eyes still have to be painted but this painting is nearly complete.
Ancient teachings tell us that merely seeing the Medicine Buddha, or even seeing an image of the Medicine Buddha, or hearing the name of the Medicine Buddha, can confer inconceivable benefits.
In Tibetan images of the Medicine Buddha the left hand typically holds a blooming myrobalan plant.
Tibetan medicine recognizes three basic types of illness, the root causes of which are the conflicting emotions -- passion, aggression, and ignorance.
Myrobalan is the only herb in the Tibetan pharmacopoeia that can aid in healing each of these three types of diseases.
This is like the action of the Buddha of Healing, who has the power to see the true cause of any affliction, whether spiritual, physical or psychological, and who does whatever is necessary to alleviate it.
Scratch built replica of George Nelson clock.
The case was 3d printed in clear PLA in two parts; front and back. The problems solved were to incorporate robust support for the brass rods and also to align the holes to be drilled in the wooden spheres. A jig was printed to align the correct angle for the spheres to be drilled. The hands were hand cut from plastic sheet. I am building a Delta printer to enable me to print larger volumes. This was almost the greatest diameter that the printer could produce at the time. The printer is a home built Prusa I3.
(The View More links to George Nelson Wikipedia article.)