All posts by Keith Hirst

About Keith Hirst

Website Development, Raspberry Pi enthusiast and all round fun guy.

Projects for the evil genius

Wondering what you could do in the Physical Computing and Electronics Group.

The Evil Genius series has some great ideas, unfortunately the books are a bit expensive. However, some evil genius has put several of them online as pdf’s. I am not condoning this, if I had the money I would buy them all. I have bought a few but as the few I have bought were after reading the pdf I think we are not doing the authors a dis–service, on the contrary we are promoting their books. I have also just found out that some of these books are in the Library system. So enough of me assuaging my guilt lets get on with the links. I hope you feel inspired and if you live in the area you will come along and share your enthusiasm.

101 Spy gadgets for the evil genius

Electronic gadgets for the evil genius

More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius

Mechatronics for the Evil Genius

Mind Performance Projects for the Evil Genius

Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius

Programming Video Games for the Evil Genius

Learn Raspberry Pi Programming with Python

Mastering the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Home Automation with Arduino

Introduction to Arduino

Arduino Introduction to Programming

Learn Electronics with Arduino

Make Arduino Bots and Gadgets


First Funding

April 2016 should see the bank account soar for a day or two because of a successful funding from Conwy County Council of course the lions share of it will go straight back to Ty Hapus for the rent but we should have some money left to start up some projects.

Physical Computing Project

The aim of this project is to assist, share, learn, teach. Open up to the fascinating world of physical computing.

So what is physical computing? Physical computing, in the broadest sense, means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. In practical use, the term most often describes handmade art, design or DIY hobby projects that use sensors and micro-controllers to translate analog input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware.

Prototyping will be the beginning using the Arduino micro-controller connected to a computer this combines the two practical disciplines of electronics and programming. But it is not hard to learn you can start with a simple blinking LED and move on to a bone crushing robot. Continue reading Physical Computing Project

Wood store

It is a wonder what can be achieved with recycled wood this is one members masterpiece. Built a wood store for their home.


Well done Carol a really great job! Those log ends make really nice coffee table tops.

Home to roost

After an ex-sign-writer  member built a rather excellent layout table it was decided that what we really needed was a woodwork bench, so it was adapted to a three sides workbench by adding extra timber from an old plank and lowered the legs. Someone found an old vice and this was fitted. The bench can be seen in the photo along with the first project for chicken roosting bars. Every thing was made from recycled wood.

Chicken roosting bars

The construction method are self explanatory but if you need more details come down to the shed and meet the gang.

Backs against the wall

This project was to stop the howling wind and rain coming in from the back of the shed. The back of the shed was another roller-shutter door that had come of its tracks and was leaving us exposed to the elements again. We consider several options, the main one was to build a stud wall in font of the shutter similar to the way we dealt with the front of the shed see here However it was felt that it would be subject to vandalism so it was thought ‘lets build it on the inside’. The problem with this was that there would still be rain blown in from the sides and would damage the rockwool insulation. The solution was clear when we found some old linoleum which we cut into strips an tacked this up over the gaps and then we could safely add the insulation.

DSC00454  DSC00455Making sure I get Mike’s best side. By the way Mike spirit-levels do not work well when all you do is lean it against the wall.

We then just needed to clad it using the reclaimed feather edge board and now nice and cosy.


I am not sure how Mike gets in all the photos.

Project Wall

Initially our Ty Hapus Shed was a large garage with a roller shutter at each end, which was DSC00426nice and secure but when we were inside, the roller shutter had to be up leaving us exposed to the elements so it was proposed that we build a wall just behind the front shutter which would act as a barrier to the wind and rain and still allow easy access, the shutter could still be closed at night for security. Continue reading Project Wall

Celebration of Age

On Friday I attended an event staged by Janet Finch-Saunders, A Celebration of Age. There I met and networked with some wonderful people and organisations dedicated to looking out for the aged in our society.

Of course we are not just about the aged:

We are an eclectic group of men and women from various backgrounds with different skills and stories to tell.
Whatever your age, interests, skills or background we have space for you in Men’s Shed Llandudno.

Ages from 18 to Methuselah
Any gender or trans-gender
Any race creed or colour
Any belief or status.

And if you do not fit into any of the above we are looking to work alongside youth groups and children accompanied by parents.