Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Stumble Around Like One of Those Dumb Helper Bots With the ASIMO Costume | Gizmodo UK


Why I don't have this costume is a complete mystery to me. I am reaching out to all those who claim to love me. Buy me this costume. I see it as not a fancy dress outfit, more a costume for every day living. I am absolutely certain North 51 would welcome the new Lord Asimo Finn into their office with open arms.

Tiny Ipod


A tiny IPod

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Painting of Wicket for Erin


I decided to paint a picture for my daughters bedroom. A picture of Wicket seemed appropriate.

Tablet Newspaper (1994) - YouTube


Remind you of anything? This is excellent. Especially the fact that they picked up that people would want to share articles.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Megaupload is down, long live Megaupload!

The terrible news that Megaupload has hit me hard. I love the lack of understanding of how technology works. It borders on having mental health issues. Do prosecutors / Hollywood fools really think this would stop piracy in any way? A site is easily come by. When one site is closed, another can be created in its place. You can sue the world but it still won't matter. You can't stop the changing nature in how man lives. 100 years ago there was no such thing as comically rich music executives. Who is to say in 100 years no one will even know what that title means again?

I watched Star Trek earlier. Seeing them using the replication machines reminded me of the Maker stories yesterday. There were questions of piracy of designs for 3d items. I wonder if someone invented a replicator now, would?we?have questions of piracy? I think there would still be foul creatures trying to make money out of it even it could cure world hunger. ?

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

NESTA - Next Gen.

Following on from an article on the BBC about Raspberry Pi, this next gen report has some interesting findings.

The scariest stat which I picked out from the BBC website was "out of the 28,767 teachers who were awarded Qualified Teacher Status... in 2010, only three qualified in computing or computing science as their primary qualification"

Having worked as a computer science teacher for a year in a school that was a specialist in Computing I can concur that the uptake in Comp Sci was woeful. 2 Students for A2... The other teachers backgrounds in Computer Science was also fairly woeful (most knowing a bit about Office but still a paltry amount even about that). I couldn't speak for my counterpart that I was covering however. I suspect they were fairly up on things.

All in all what kills me is that Computer science is not a secondary level subject. Areas are often covered, a little in IT, a little in DT subjects (if kids choose Systems and Control or Electronics) and obviously a little in phyiscs and maths. However these are not taught with any intent of bringing them together.

I think the least schools can do without having to wait for the curriculum to change is to build up a "maker culture" in schools. Evening and lunchtime meetings where kids can fiddle with programming / electronics and mix it with other areas they are interested in such as art and music and learn some basic concepts that will whet their appetite for the subject. Little gadgets like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi will hopefully help in this area!

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Gertboard with Raspberry Pi - Exciting!


Can't wait to get my greasy hands on this equipment. NEED!

Friday, 6 January 2012

CSS Selecting elements that are immediate children only

I have been working on my integration skills recently with @Trullock  and have been really enjoying it. Coming from a foul tables background and not really looking at much CSS for a couple of years has left me in a bit of a rut. Especially when it comes to integrating from a proper design from scratch and not just pinching bits from all over the place. I will try and publish some more little gems I have been shown when I get round to it.

I was quite pleased with this CSS Selector. We used this both in the CSS and for getting a hold of things in JQuery.

When you want to select only immediate children of a class, id or element you can use the following:

.parent.child /* For immediate children that are classes... */

/parent > ul /* For immediate children that are elements... */

This will then stop the browser / jquery looking further down the tree and wasting time, memory and potentially finding something you don't want the style to apply to or JQuery to get hold of. 

This might be obvious to some but it was a nice little tip for me!



Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Pop Chart Lab ? The Evolution of Video Game Controllers


This is a pretty cool print. I am not sure whether all of the links here are built on actual technological fact or arbitrarily chosen due to controller design etc..

Cyclepedia for iPad


This looks like a pretty cool app for the iPad. Sadly I still am without such a device.

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