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My Projects


A Garden Watering System

Garden Watering System

Ever get tired of hanging onto a hose or wasting water with a sprinkler system. Here is a simple garden watering system that you may find useful. See more...

Newtonian Telescope/Dobsonian Mount

Telescope

My daughter was interested in astronomy and to encourage that interest I decided to have a go at building a telescope. I wanted something that could be self contained in some way - basically so that everything collapses down into a box that can be easily handled and stored away when not in use. See more...

Spa Pool Enclosure and Pool Cover Opener

Spa Pool Enclosure

This section includes a description, drawings and other details of a spa pool enclosure. In addition, there are plans for a very effective pool cover opener that can be constructed very cheaply and easily. See more...

Rubberband Car Project

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As part of the design and drawing course of the Batchelor of Engineering Technology degree at the Wellington Institute of Technology, we undertook a project to design and construct a rubberband powered car. We were free to come up with our own designs subject to four contraints: one relating to dimensions, the second relating to performance, the third relating to payload and the fourth relating to standards. The car was not to exceed an overall width of 150mm and wheelbase of 300mm. With regards to performance, the car had to be able to complete a predefined 6 meter course which included an incline. See more...

Elliott Wave Tools

Elliott Wave Tools

Glenn Neely devised a detailed methodology for analysing Elliott wave patterns. Chapter three of his book provides for a set of logic rules and conditions. However, getting one's head around these rules can be pretty daunting. In this section, there is a set of flow chart diagrams that can be used to help navigate the rules and conditions of chapter three. There is also a progam (written in c++ - haven't had time to rewirte this as an android app) that can be downloaded that may further simplify the analysis of chapter three. See more...

Learning C++ Programming

Learning c++

In this section are some resources students may find helpful in learning C++ programming. See more...

Vulcan Nomad - Joy Ride

Vulcan Nomad-Joy Ride

I've owned a number of bikes. The latest was a 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Like all my previous bikes, it is more than just a ride. There is always some project associated with it. See more...

DIY Gift Ideas

diy gift ideas

In this section are several diy gift ideas. Making gifts for your friends and family adds a personal touch that you just can't buy. Here, you'll find some of the things that I have made for others. See more...

My Ventures


Loyal Echo

Loyal Echo

Loyal Echo is a powerful DIY loyalty platform. I built this project particularly with small to medium sized businesses in mind. It enables a busniess to create and manage their own loyalty program at an affordable price. It also gives them a web presence that connects directly with their customers. You can find out more at loyalecho.com

The JigMaker

The JigMaker makes jigs/tools particularly for the do-it-yourself ("DIY") market. Currently 3 jigs are available: A Circular Saw Sled which adjusts to fit most circular saws and great for consistent and accurate crosscuts and mitres. A Universal Drill Press Table which extends the useable space on most drill presses. A Universal Straight Cut which allows you to make straight cuts with a circular saw or router. You can find out more at The JigMaker

Online Tools


Value4Money

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Value4Money calculates best value for money when comparing like products, eg a 300 gram tin of coffee or 100 gram packet - which is better value?. Value4Money lets you compare up to three items and highlights, in green (the color of money), which item gives more for your money. Go here to use this tool.

Elliott Wave Flowchart Tool - Financial Chart Analysis

Elliott Wave Tools

Glenn Neely devised a detailed methodology for analysing Elliott wave patterns. Chapter three of his book provides for a set of logic rules and conditions. However, getting one's head around these rules can be pretty daunting. In this section, there is a set of flow chart diagrams that can be used to help navigate the rules and conditions of chapter three. For subscribers, there is a progam that can be downloaded that may further simplify the analysis of chapter three. See more...

Creative Writings


Paint It Black - Ebook and Paperback Available On Amazon

Paint It Black

Genre: Medical/Cerebral/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery.

Emily suffers a small bleed in the brain and falls into a coma. However, she finds herself waking up some place unknown and then goes about trying to unravel the mystery of the place all the while attempting to find a way to get back home.

Amazon - Paperback

Amazon - EBook

Paladins Unbound - Ebook Available On Amazon

Paladins Unbound

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Hannibal and Sophie are whisked away from their everyday lives to become more of what some unknown force wants them to be. Some may say that the universe has chosen its champions, but it is up to them to rise up to the challenge of being and becoming more than ordinary.

Amazon - Paperback

Amazon - EBook

Kitty Conundrum

Kitty Conundrum

Kitty Conundrum is a story about a cat that is apparently stuck in a tree and the efforts of the various characters to rescue this cat. However, not all is as it seems. Find out what's really on this cat's mind.

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Seesaw Kitty

Seesaw Kitty

Seesaw Kitty is a story about a cat that likes being in a park. The cat's favourite spot is on a seesaw. However, one of the characters wants to make changes in the park, particularly near the seesaw. Find out what happens when things don't go exactly to plan.

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Haunted House

Haunted House

Short story about a haunted house in Waihi. I wrote this in high school back in 1979 but published in 1980.

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Potatoes

Potaoes

A short story that takes you for a walk around my parents gardens back in the day. Written in May 2019.

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The Future of Parking Spaces

The Future of Parking Spaces

A tongue 'n cheek short story about parking spaces. Written in June 2019.

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Tractors

Tractors

A short story about events that took place while visiting friends at a farm. Written in July 2019.

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Trampolines

Trampolines

A short story about life at home revolving around our trampoline. Written in September 2019.

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Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave

A short story about life at home revolving around our trampoline. Written in September 2019.

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My Wife's Garden

My Wife's Garden

My Wife's Garden - published 3 May 2014 - Carol, my wife, has quite a different approach to gardening from me.

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Tiki Tour North Island

Tiki Tour North Island

Tiki Tour North Island - published 27 May 2014

I needed to travel up north to Hamilton. The reason for going was to join the search and rescue effort to locate a beloved family member who had gone missing. However, that's a whole different story for another time. I took this opportunity to ride up...

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Tiki Tour Wellington

Tiki Tour Wellington

Tiki Tour Wellington - published 1 November 2013

Wellington, New Zealand on a beautiful day is unbeatable. The call to get on the bike and ride, irresistable. A ride from Upper Hutt to Wellington and round the bays...

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Android Applications


Value4Money

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Value4Money is an android application that calculates best value for money when comparing like products, eg 300 gram tin of coffee or 100 gram packet - which is better value?. Value4Money lets you compare up to three items and highlights, in green (the color of money), which item gives more for your money. The app also provides the ability to make a a shopping list.

Kitty Conundrum - Interactive Children's Book

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Kitty Conundrum is an interactive children's book designed for the android tablet. There are 3 parts to the book as identified by the 3 large round buttons on the front page; Read To Me, Let Me Read and Let Me Play. Kitty Conundrum is a story about a cat that is apparently stuck in a tree and the efforts of the various characters to rescue this cat. However, not all is as it seems. Find out what's really on this cat's mind.

Seesaw Kitty - Interactive Children's Book

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Seesaw Kitty is an interactive children's book designed for the android tablet. There are 3 parts to the book as identified by the 3 large round buttons on the front page; Read To Me, Let Me Read and Let Me Play.Seesaw Kitty is a story about a cat that likes being in a park. The cat's favourite spot is on a seesaw. However, one of the characters wants to make changes in the park, particularly near the seesaw. Find out what happens when things don't go exactly to plan.

R We There Yet

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R we there yet is a location based alarm application, ie. when your location enters the perimeter of the alarm, the alarm triggers. It uses internet and gps (whichever is available) to determine and track your location in conjunction with Google Maps. This is great for regular commuters who use public transport. Set the alarm for your destination and let the app let you know when you have arrived. So next time you miss your stop because you dozed off or were too engrossed in some activity, think of this app.

AlphaNomad - Alternative To Hangman Game

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AlphaNomad is a word game where you select letters to solve the word. It is an alternative to the traditional hangman game, only much better. There are different challenges in this app to suit nearly everyone. You can casually play the game without pressure (Freeplay Classic) or be challenged by up to 12 levels of skill (Multi-Level), play against a timer (Time Trial) or play against your friends (Multi-Player).

ScreamBuddy

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ScreamBuddy - Sometimes, you just have to scream. But what if you just can't be bothered or it might be too embarrassing. Well, this app is your answer - let the app scream for you. This app requires no translation and is truly international. So, go ahead and let the app relieve your stress.

2Jokers

2Jokers

2Jokers - This application is full of laughs. It creates a database at install time that is populated with a wide variety of jokes. Excellent for entertaining yourself and others. Laughter is the best medicine, so take two and ....

2Jesters

2Jesters

2Jesters - This is the second in the series of joke applications that's full of laughs. It creates a database at install time that is populated with a wide variety of jokes. Excellent for entertaining yourself and others. Laughter is the best medicine, so take two and ....

2Juveniles

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2Juveniles - This application is the third joke app aimed primarily at younger audiences and is full of laughs. It creates a database at install time that is populated with a wide variety of jokes. Excellent for entertaining yourself and others. Laughter is the best medicine, so take two and ....

Ephi-Blogs


Ephi-Blogs




Recent Activity

January 2019

I've been really busy developing The JigMaker project and you can find out more at The JigMaker

I'm also working on a Transit van conversion and I'll update this site with plenty of details a bit later.

I've updated the Home page to make it easier to understand the site and to navigate and I've updated and fixed various other parts of the site.

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