Back in 2009 I started playing around with embedded assembly language on simple hardware with the intention of building a robot spider. This was hosted on a separate website, L’Hexapod.com It was a lot of fun but once my children came along the project took up too much time for me to focus on it.
Back in 2010 I thought that the birth of my first son, Scott, would be just a small blip in my journey into robotics but, looking back, it seems to have been the end of that chapter. Of course, raising children takes time, and Scott was just the first; he was followed shortly after by Max and if I thought assembly and robotics was complex to learn it’s nothing compared to raising kids! :)
At the time, I was also looking to learn something new to play around with that was separate from my work. I was expecting to have to go and get a ‘real’ job and my INTJ personality type needed some reassurance that when I was working for a company that would want to own all of my programming output I’d have something I could do that wasn’t in any way related to something they’d want. Seems silly now.
I never did need to get a real job back in 2010 and have continued with my consultancy business. The assembly stuff was fun and I’d love to get back to it, but now I seem to be spending most of my spare time painting Warhammer figures for my boys (and myself) and then battling it out with them on the tabletop.
I’m now in the process of decomissioning the L’Hexapod site and will start by merging the content into this blog under the L’Hexapod main category. Next up will be redirects from the original site and then, after a while, that site will go away. Hopefully this means that the tiny number of people that find this stuff useful will still be able to find it. An index can be found here.