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North Wales Community Web 2.0

During my five years in Llithfaen I was given some server space to develop the community web in North Wales which I created using joomla. On this site I promoted some experiments in broadcasting live interactive video, which was part of my connection with the ‘creative technologist’ network that was being incubated.

Visit the old homepage: I plan to renovate this site

Oldschool days

“blackheath kite festival”, “the days of rave and carboot sales”, “my first computer”, “classical music, determination and focus”, “city technology college”.



OpenKites Prototype 2013 revisited in blackheath kite meetup 2015

January team flying on the south coast with L-katz

It’s a three hour journey from south-London to Stokes bay and it felt frosty early that morning, so in the early hours I imagined flying while trying my best to ignore my numb hands. Winters were harsh when practising on the Llyn Peninsular, I lived at a high altitide so in the winter the Welsh gales prevented me from flying much at my 900ft roost between October and March. The expense of shattered frames and the gracelessness of strong wind nudged me to concentrate on music practise during the winter season instead.

I let the smartphone calculate my best route, which took me onto the Gosport ferry from the mainland to the mainland for want of a better description, a beauty of a pleasure ride, although only an eight minute cruise. It was a bright sunny day (also pretty warm) and although I missed my Sunday bus connection on the other side another friendly bus driver dropped me off a short walk from the bay. After recharging at the cafe I scanned the entire bay for kites and saw nothing but yaughts, then turned back towards the cafe and shortly spotted L-katz (Lex, Irma, Rog, Neil, and soon me on kite three of five) flying with DreamOn kites.

I had met pairs team Flying Fish at some London kite festivals as well as Brighton and Lex helped me out find an opportunity in the weather worth my travelling time, and suggested the Skydog DreamOn as an affordable tool to introduce people to team flying. It was a wonderful winter sunny day with winds around 8mph. There were small wind dropouts but nothing to prevent over three hours of team flying and learning.

Useful practises which helped me keep up with learning new information on the day with the team were the STACK guide to team communication and the team figures which I have been accessing through roy reed’s animation series as well as through the rule book updates. It has been a while since my first experiences with team flying at Leominster kite festival and I kept up and gained some happy hours on the circuit. It was a really comfortable and friendly experience with L-katz. More to come hopefully!

Figures that we practised:
Horizontal thread with stall and ‘under’ to turn down to the horizontal.
Boxes in diamond, parallel, 5-dice with square to right and square to left, also jumps and starbursts.













Promo- Breaks for Carers

Are you caring for someone and need a short break but can’t get away?

I am offering two full-time carers a weekly refreshment free at our London kite meetup at Blackheath Saturdays 2-5pm from April to August 2017 or maybe we can arrange another weekday to suit.

I am collecting a fleet of 2-line delta kites for people to borrow on the day. Also feel free to bring your own kite to the meetup to test out, if I can’t fly it there is a good chance you won’t be able to either. I can offer support to get you started, safety awareness and get you past the early pitfalls.

Also we will be learning kite-ballet this summer, solo and pairs. The kite meetup is open to all and our regulars can chill out with a picnic and watch, fly their own kites, or get involved and have a lesson.

To find out more about the sport why not visit which is the busiest kiting forum in the UK.

To enquire please contact;

Kite Making Prep Sheet

see also free plans for non-commercial use

I’m duplicating this prep sheet for an amateur team in Suffolk, and also considering building my first kite.

Searching for Open Source kite plans went well,
Now to collect the tools and materials..

Thanks to Johnny for printing out the plans in A0 for me! Received them this afternoon (Tues 6th december 2016).
Printing £12 (folded in the post, maybe rolled would support best accuracy where any small mistake changes the proportion of the build).

Choose Colours;

Also I found this post on the fractured axel community about using water to hold the parts together for sewing, how fabric is cut, and the dangers of ‘build creep!’

honchoboy on the Fracturedaxel forum says he now uses a digital printer that specifically caters for plan printing for engineers, architects etc and so insuring that 10mm prints as 10mm.

I found a Sewing machine at a charity shop for £30, zigzag and straight stitches seem to work on rip-stop polyester, although the tension parts on the machine are a bit worn and not sure if it will handle my high strength thick polyester thread. Anyway I can get help with using one of the machines at Arts Network Lewisham.


See also My Kites: Spares and Repair


The following shopping list is based on work at


I have included here a hot Cutter as used in a youtube timelapse video of the sixthsense being made. It has replacement blades available  €108,90 including tax. I have read that a very sharp knife and probably scissors will work on icarex fabric which does not fray, although it does if I pull at the edges.

Glue plastic and carbon fibre (superglue)
A water based glue for the kite fabric (or use just water for a temporary hold).

Retailers and their estimated Shipping costs:
I have come accross some issues in shipping from the USA, so am comparing the nearest and cheapest suppliers.

Estimated Cost of Build in Pounds per eight kites including VAT:
SAIL: £289.33 or £36.12 per kite + a water-based glue if needed
BITS PRO: £249.97 or £ 31.25 per kite
BITS BASIC: £175.36 or £21.92 per kite
FRAME PRO: £827 or £103.4 per kite
FRAME BASIC: £373.14 or £46.64 per kite

TOTAL PRO: £170.77 per kite before shipping
TOTAL BASIC £104.68 per kite before shipping

Estimated Shipping Cost in Pounds:

metropolis-drachen; up to €125.79 €13,90 /more than €150,00 €8,90 /more than €250,00 €3,90

bilboquetsport shipping €14 offered for any order of €100 or more, large order free shipping

kitehouse shipping €15,00

benson postage £2.50

levelOne shipping by arrangement email request sent
First I will run through the checklist for the STD Pro frame. Secondly I will cost the STD Basic frame and the connectors;

STD Basic

Sail: Icarex, mylar, dacron.
Leading edge: Structil 6mm
Upper spreader: Structil 6mm
Lower spreader: P300
Spine: Structil 6mm
Stand Off: 3mm carbon
Ballast on tail: 25g

STD Competition

Sail: Icarex, mylar, dacron.
Upper leading edge: P200
Lower leading edge: P300
Upper spreader: Structil 6mm
Lower spreader: 5pt
Spine: P200
Stand Off: 3mm carbon
Ballast on tail: 25g


Upper leading edge: Black Diamond Nitro 71,5 cm
Lower leading edge: Black Diamond Nitro Strong 82, 5 cm
Upper spreader: Structil 6mm 54,5 cm
Lower spreader: Black Diamond Nitro 78,1 cm
Spine: 5pt (101cm) 91 cm
Inner Stand Off: 3mm carbon 28,5 cm (without connectors)
Outer Stand Off: 3mm carbon 27,5 cm (without connectors)
Ballast on tail: 25g

Continue reading “Kite Making Prep Sheet”


Welcome back to oldstyle here

-A website about kites and musical instruments, micro-enterprise, machine assisted learning, and open source things.

What might be of interest to me here?

I am interested in the importance of co-design for community building within the arts and health category and have a history of working towards the development of a therapeutic practice that will embrace complexities to develop a neural-plasticity required to recover from some of the damage caused by the over-simplification of ‘what is wellbeing?’.

I have followed a course of culture beginning as a young musician and witnessed the adoptation of creative technology as I moved through my working life. I have been critical of early adoption of too simple web interfaces and have been mostly excited about the unexplored futures of broadcasting, art performance and assitive learning as well as exploring outdoor environments.

I am interested in design that assists, but also does not imply a new dependency. I prefer to learn from something and move on, but this does not mean buying some new hardware only to be used once. This is about sharing in the spirit of open source, reusable things that can be customized to scale.

I will be publishing some stories, situational anecdotes about what I have learned through certain adversity and through the lens of curiosity and wonderment.


techfolder kite team is an environment for gesture control of sound and animation. est 2010

OpenKites by Zachary De Santos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Smartphone Terminator 2015

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Zachary De Santos 2015-2016
Smartphone mummification



#Synapse; Smartbark.

Smartbark uses; to replace ones smartphone materially with bark from a dead tree. Tags gesture, memory, a framework for spontaneity