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Tom August

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Feb 6, 2022, 2:37:04 PMFeb 6
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Hi,

I'm Tom and I recently joined the rLab. I live and work in Wallingford and will be using the laser cutter to continue my lockdown obsession with making wooden puzzle boxes.

I've left this puzzle box of mine in the kitchen. Not for the easily frustrated, just get the key out of the box (av. solve time 60-90 min). I haven't glued on the lid so you can peek inside to try and figure out how it works.

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In my day job I'm a research scientist, using tech to better understand wildlife in the UK. My experience covers statistics, machine learning, computer vision, APIs, web dev, smart phone app dev, cluster computing, designing sensor systems (mainly visual and acoustic) and networks, designing drones to monitor bats, genetic analysis (not sure we would use that in the lab!?), as well as experience tracking animals using radio tracking (bats and wild boar) and RFID tags (bats). These days I mainly manage others who get to do these things.

Skills I can share
- laser design
- puzzle box / clue box design
- programming (R)
- Stats
- computer vision
- PhD in Coronaviruses in bats (turns out that was more useful than I thought it would be)

Keen to learn
- How to resist the Maltesers

See you around

Tom

Mr E

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Feb 6, 2022, 5:26:12 PMFeb 6
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The maltesers for me continue to be a tricky one, but the research continues :)

Anyway - welcome

Rupert 

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Vance Briggs

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Feb 7, 2022, 3:25:18 AMFeb 7
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Hi Tom,

You have some interesting expertise and I look forward to sharing it! 

Given the recent relaxation of the COVID rules I am going to try and get down to the space on Wednesday evenings which have historically been a bit more social with a few more members around. This may be a good time to target if you want to meet some of the members in person. On that note, I live in Cholsey and could offer a lift to the lab this Wednesday if you wanted - contact me off list. 

Vance

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Frans Wilbrink

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Feb 7, 2022, 4:48:10 AMFeb 7
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Welcome Tom :)

One thing from that pic jumped out from that pic for me..
Zeewolde.. I grew up just across the water from in (in the 'old land' instead of the polder).
If you plan to go to that event let me know and I can give you tips of the area :)

kind regards,
Frans

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Tom August

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Feb 7, 2022, 7:37:38 AMFeb 7
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Thanks Vance, I hope to see you there sometime soon. I tend to have a work drinks on Wednesdays but will try to be to make it at some point.

Steve Rodway

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Feb 13, 2022, 7:30:12 AMFeb 13
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Hi Tom,
Looks like someone's solved your puzzle, came in this morning to find
it like this.

Steve
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Tom August

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Feb 13, 2022, 7:35:16 AMFeb 13
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I'm impressed! Well done to the mystery solver. I'll have another puzzle ready soon :)

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Tom August

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Feb 16, 2022, 3:29:05 PMFeb 16
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A new puzzle is on the table. A treat awaits the first to solve it
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Tom Allen

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Feb 17, 2022, 7:32:36 AMFeb 17
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Hello fellow Tom A ! 
Really enjoyed playing with the first puzzle, got about half way through then reset it. Very impressive.

I've been trying to learn how to use SURF/SIFT/ORB for a project I'm slowly brewing in the background. Do you have much experience with them?

Tom Allen

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Steve Rodway

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Feb 17, 2022, 10:57:49 AMFeb 17
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You're going to have to start making these a bit harder Tom....

Steve

On 16/02/2022 20:29, 'Tom August' via rLab / Reading's Hackspace wrote:
> A new puzzle is on the table. A treat awaits the first to solve it
>
> On Sunday, 13 February 2022 at 12:35:16 UTC Tom August wrote:
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> I'm impressed! Well done to the mystery solver. I'll have another
> puzzle ready soon :)
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> On Sun, 13 Feb 2022, 12:30 'Steve Rodway' via rLab / Reading's
> Hackspace, <reading-...@googlegroups.com> wrote:
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> Hi Tom,
>         Looks like someone's solved your puzzle, came in this
> morning to find
> it like this.
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> Steve
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Tom August

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Feb 17, 2022, 11:47:44 AMFeb 17
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Haha! Nice one!

It think next weeks will keep you guessing a little longer

Tom August

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Feb 23, 2022, 5:50:35 PMFeb 23
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This might keep you guessing a little longer

Alex Gibson

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Feb 28, 2022, 12:12:43 PMFeb 28
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I enjoyed the last one Tom :)

 

 

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May 25, 2022, 8:08:28 AMMay 25
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You should check out some recent cel phone adventure games.
I played a lot of free to play content by FIVE-BN games, downloaded
From the google play store on Android. (E.g. Lost lands, New York mysteries).
Some of the more recent games (and from rival companies)
Are actually quite good, with real brain teaser puzzles.
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