Island in Thailand – Digital Naturalism Conference

Spent much of June on a jungle island in Thailand, attending a biology-art-hackathon-“un-conference” to build electronics projects that interact with nature. The first-ever Digital Naturalism Conference on Koh Lon island ran for six weeks of arty, ant-licking, bio-mimicking, data logging, fruit roasting, butane soldering fun that pushed my limits and reminded me how outstanding and wildly creative the maker community can be. More will be written about this but special thanks to Andy, Tasneem and Yannick for their extraordinary efforts to create a wilderness community out of thin air and coconut rope.

Here’s some photos I took during my time on Koh Lon with ~100 motivated makers:

Supply boat to Koh Lon

The island appears

The island appears

The Diva, our floating makerspace

Registration booth

Examining insects

Examining insects

Weaver ants sewing leaves into nests

Spider friend!

Spider friend!

Coconut rope workshop

Our long boat lifeline

Praying mantis, watch your head

Knit shark attacks

Night frog

Monitor lizard, strolling

Friends from Nepal

Best place for code and coffee

Sunset over Chalong Bay

Deck of Diva, our 36-meter floating makerspace

Dinasaurs on deck of Diva

Diva makerspace area

Diva’s posh kitchen

Toasting coconut and roasting durian

Durian roasting on open flame

Creamy delicious durian – so good

Table centerpiece for delicious foraged dinner

Best fish I’ve ever eaten, thanks Pom!

Andy, dressed for his interview

Seamus wearing names of my friends

Deceased monitor lizard, found on beach

Dani dissects dead monitor lizard

Dissection continues

Monitor lizard insides

Monitor lizard insides

UV body paint for Andy

Many ribs!

Robot legs with leaf prints

Breadboard print, better than leaf prints

All tremble before Dina-man!

BBQ bonfire

Dinacon cabins at Baan Mai

Main Dinacon house at Baan Mai

Big unknown bug – can you identify it?


While at Dinacon, I worked on a clock that sets itself to the correct local time using the sun. Here’s some data logging from a photocell (LDR) as well as an infrared sensor. I also looked at UV light but it wasn’t particularly helpful except in direct sunlight. Here’s two nice snapshots of the best data I logged:

Light log for Sun Set Clock – 1 day

Infrared log for Sun Set Clock – 1 day