So that’s the end of my fourth year at Strathclyde doing Mechanical Engineering. Just one more to go. The exams seemed to go without too many problems but I will have to wait until the results are released. The biggest part of the year was my individual project, simulating the motion of a snakeboard. I spent most of my time working with MATLAB before writing up a 12,000 word dissertation, which if I am being honest, I’ll be glad to never have to see again! For me, the best part of the project was creating an input device (shown to the left) which allowed the user to directly control the simulation.
I have a few weeks before I start my internship at the university. Already, I’ve made a pneumatic spud gun out of copper pipe. For something so small it is satisfying powerful. Just like water rockets, it’s one of those things that are so simple I can’t believe I haven’t made before. There is always the temptation to build bigger and better, a full size potato cannon would be awesome. However, actually finding somewhere safe to fire anything larger than the baby gun I have just now would be difficult. Maybe an indoor DIY Nerf gun? Perhaps that’s not safe either… this one would be a better idea.
So far, I’ve never needed a portable boombox. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop me from wanting one! I have an old Panasonic cassette/radio that works but doesn’t have any way to plug in an MP3 player. Also, it runs off the mains or 6 C sized batteries. Who has that many batteries of that type?! Therefore, I plan to make a new case, get a big-ass battery and find a way to plug my MP3 player in.
Finally, I’ve bought a lovely new Moleskine notebook for my plans and schemes. What I need to do in the summer is convert the ideas to reality. Annoyingly none of my ideas are suitable for birthday gifts to a friend whom I owe two. If only she had the same taste in interesting things that I do.