Annual Dinner Jan 2018

There was a change of plan for this year’s meetup. It was decided (after a number of pre-meetups) to pick a venue suitable for showing some of the old STOIC material from back in the day. Olivier found a suitable room at the Stick’n’Bowl Chinese, but an upstairs room at the Zetland Arms in South Ken was finally decided upon. After a bit of bodging and gaffer tape, a projector and screen were setup showing material cobbled together from a number of sources. Alan and Rex were offering copies on USB sticks.

Olivier had earlier been to visit the Imperial College Archives and made a valuable contact with the curator there. However despite getting access to the actual tape storage area was unable to find many Umatic tapes of Features from 1989-1994. Plenty of news tapes from that period though. The search continues!

This year’s theme was bring something Futuristic. Items included: Doug’s Curta – mechanical calculator, Jez’s Thermal camera attachment and mini computers, Russ’s VR headset,

Andy also brought some copies of his first book A Little Saw (now available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle).

After a short discussion, the following was agreed:

  • 1st place
    Jez’s Thermal camera attachment

Thermal Pic – Doug and Rob?

Apologies for absence:

  • Hugh Eland – Have great evening and regards from Prague. Hope to join in future.
  • Ledda – I am very jealous and wish I could be there! Watching old footage sounds fab
  • Bryan – Hoping to be but a possibility I might be working in Manchester on an install.
  • Matt – too many excuses to list. Hopefully we’ll see you next year Matt!!

Next year’s theme….

Bring something foreign


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Annual dinner – 14th January 2017

With thanks to Martin for this write up

Olivier did another great job organising this year’s event, although the Doodle poll take up was slow. Wildwood at Gloucester Road was chosen again as the venue. This year saw a visit from Russ Casey.

Apologies for absence:

  • Bryan Crotaz – Sorry guys I’m not going to make it. Was launching our new product to Europe yesterday.
  • Carl Fairhurst – I’ve been up into the night having to deal with a production outage in San Jose and I need to follow up with my team over there later today.
  • Matt Balchin: Daughters 18th birthday party. Was needed on bouncer duty

Full details and more pics:


Thanks Olivier!


Next year’s theme….

Bring something “futuristic”

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Annual PSTOIC dinner Jan 2017

It looks like Saturday 14th Jan is the most popular day, only just…

location: wildwood gloucester rd
theme: Bring something funky

At present 12 people are on the guest list — but some might bring their other half and/or kids?

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Autumn meetup

With both Olivier and Ledda in town, it was decided a mini pSTOIC meet up was in order. Olivier sent out a Doodle poll to the list to make it easier for each of us to say when we’re ok & when busy. It was then agreed to meet at The Imperial pub off Leicester Square followed by curry at the Sartaj Indian Restaurant by Seven Dials.

Surprise guest was Ronjoy who happened to bump into Ledda in West London.

A good time was had by all. Here are some pics of the action


Apologies for absence were received from Matt – scout leading this year


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Congratulations Andy

Pstoic member Andy Clark recently won a competition entitled “Enchanted Objects Design Contest”. This means he’ll be flying to New York City later this year to see the 6th Annual Makers Faire at New York Hall of Science, Queens.

You can read about his winning entry on the WorkshopShed site:

Heres a video of the project in action

Andy’s project combines hardware and software and features motion control, lighting control, power management, temperature and humidity reporting, and a nice display to tie everything together.


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