Analogue clock for python turtle  Today I discovered the turtle library for python. If you are old enough to remember the educational programming language Logo then you might remember spending hours in your school's BBC microcomputer lab playing with this electronic turtle. Logo provides a way of drawing line graphics and patterns using simple commands such as 'forward' and 'right'. Logo is a good way of teaching and learning 'Computational Thinking' or the basics of programming. Today you…

Analogue clock for python turtle Today I discovered the turtle library for python. If you are old enough to remember the educational programming language Logo then you might remember spending hours in your school's BBC microcomputer lab playing with this electronic turtle. Logo provides a way of drawing line graphics and patterns using simple commands such as 'forward' and 'right'. Logo is a good way of teaching and learning 'Computational Thinking' or the basics of programming. Today you…

Seasonal change for the day clock  Today was a lovely summery day in old Blighty. It was good to generate some vitamin D but I guess that was our summer over for another year. If you blink then you miss it. It reminded me that my day clock needed updating. The old autumnal leaves I posted originally back in December no longer seem appropriate. So today I added a rolling background image that changes with the seasons. There is a different image for each time of year: Spring Summer Autumn and…

Seasonal change for the day clock Today was a lovely summery day in old Blighty. It was good to generate some vitamin D but I guess that was our summer over for another year. If you blink then you miss it. It reminded me that my day clock needed updating. The old autumnal leaves I posted originally back in December no longer seem appropriate. So today I added a rolling background image that changes with the seasons. There is a different image for each time of year: Spring Summer Autumn and…

More groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi  Following on from the last post about groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi I present my latest program another random walk.  It is a random walk similar to last time however with this one there are three degrees of freedom (rather than horizontal and vertical) and rather than a line the object displayed in a coloured 3D box.  This code is for BASIC V running under RISCOS on the Raspberry Pi. Copy the code or download directly. The code: 10 REM Blocks 20 REM…

More groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi Following on from the last post about groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi I present my latest program another random walk. It is a random walk similar to last time however with this one there are three degrees of freedom (rather than horizontal and vertical) and rather than a line the object displayed in a coloured 3D box. This code is for BASIC V running under RISCOS on the Raspberry Pi. Copy the code or download directly. The code: 10 REM Blocks 20 REM…

Weird things spotted in Whitby today  I went to Whitby today. Whitby is a lovely town on the North East coast of England. Whitby is a place where you can be who you want to be. Whitby is home to the famous Lucky Duck; was the place where Count Dracula first arrived in England; and is home to the superdecade games chatbot - Mac. You will see many strange things in Whitby. Today I saw some and managed to get a few on camera.  Kleptoparasitism is a thing. This is how gulls feed. Just because…

Weird things spotted in Whitby today I went to Whitby today. Whitby is a lovely town on the North East coast of England. Whitby is a place where you can be who you want to be. Whitby is home to the famous Lucky Duck; was the place where Count Dracula first arrived in England; and is home to the superdecade games chatbot - Mac. You will see many strange things in Whitby. Today I saw some and managed to get a few on camera. Kleptoparasitism is a thing. This is how gulls feed. Just because…

Groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi  In a spare moment whilst I was waiting for some food to cook I decided to play with the BASIC on the Raspberry Pi. I'm using the brilliant RISCOS for the Pi which comes with BASIC V and about a gigabyte of RAM. I decided to create a 'random walk' in an attempt to create something that would look like an abstract map of a city. I am quite pleased with the results. Pictures first and then the code.  It's supposed to look sort of 3D sort of.  It really pelts…

Groovy patterns for Raspberry Pi In a spare moment whilst I was waiting for some food to cook I decided to play with the BASIC on the Raspberry Pi. I'm using the brilliant RISCOS for the Pi which comes with BASIC V and about a gigabyte of RAM. I decided to create a 'random walk' in an attempt to create something that would look like an abstract map of a city. I am quite pleased with the results. Pictures first and then the code. It's supposed to look sort of 3D sort of. It really pelts…

Remote desktop for Raspberry Pi  Avid readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of the RISCOS pi operating system for Raspberry Pi. I mainly use it for the nostalgia factor however I also keep a set of note on it in addition to some programming. I also have a need for the Linux distribution as well. I currently regularly use Raspbian flavour of Linux for the following tasks:  A home web server  A home weather monitoring station  A rolling news feed  Media player  These are all jobs…

Remote desktop for Raspberry Pi Avid readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of the RISCOS pi operating system for Raspberry Pi. I mainly use it for the nostalgia factor however I also keep a set of note on it in addition to some programming. I also have a need for the Linux distribution as well. I currently regularly use Raspbian flavour of Linux for the following tasks: A home web server A home weather monitoring station A rolling news feed Media player These are all jobs…

Today we celebrate two years in space  On the first of May two years ago we launched Project Poximathe world's first internet based space mission. Project Proxima is a hypothetical light-speed space mission to the Proxima Centauri star system. The aim is to create a teaching tool that helps explain the vastness of interstellar space (it's big). Today Proxima has traveled nearly 19 trillion km - that's about 47% of the today distance.  A lot has happened in the time since launch: perhaps most…

Today we celebrate two years in space On the first of May two years ago we launched Project Poximathe world's first internet based space mission. Project Proxima is a hypothetical light-speed space mission to the Proxima Centauri star system. The aim is to create a teaching tool that helps explain the vastness of interstellar space (it's big). Today Proxima has traveled nearly 19 trillion km - that's about 47% of the today distance. A lot has happened in the time since launch: perhaps most…

Castle Defender is a brilliant new game for the BBC micro  Every now and then a new game is developed for vintage computers. Built by computing enthusiasts these games are often better than the original offerings from the time that the machines were first popular or include titles and ideas that come from the modern age.Castle Defender is the BBC micro's first ever tower defence game and it is really very good. Programmed by Chris Bradburne with graphics by John Blythe this game is superbly…

Castle Defender is a brilliant new game for the BBC micro Every now and then a new game is developed for vintage computers. Built by computing enthusiasts these games are often better than the original offerings from the time that the machines were first popular or include titles and ideas that come from the modern age.Castle Defender is the BBC micro's first ever tower defence game and it is really very good. Programmed by Chris Bradburne with graphics by John Blythe this game is superbly…

Some weather apps  Yesterday's post started out about the Raspberry Pi Sense Hat and ended up looking at the Barometer app for Lumia 950. Today I'll look at a couple more useful weather apps for your Lumia 950.Thermometer I have been using GPS Thermometer Free from Jappi-Soft. This app uses your current location at matches it with publicly available weather station data to show the outside temperature for your location.  GPS Thermometer Free on Lumia 950  The paid version includes a live…

Some weather apps Yesterday's post started out about the Raspberry Pi Sense Hat and ended up looking at the Barometer app for Lumia 950. Today I'll look at a couple more useful weather apps for your Lumia 950.Thermometer I have been using GPS Thermometer Free from Jappi-Soft. This app uses your current location at matches it with publicly available weather station data to show the outside temperature for your location. GPS Thermometer Free on Lumia 950 The paid version includes a live…

Is there a difference in air pressure between your head and toes?  It has been a lovely day in England today with highs of 20 degrees (that's 68 F) and a gentle breeze. It has been the sort of weather for relaxing in the sun with a cool drink and a sun hat and maybe a good book because it is not often we get the chance to produce some vitamin D in this country. But I couldn't just sit around all day. During the peak of the midday sun I retreated to the relative safety and coolness of my geek…

Is there a difference in air pressure between your head and toes? It has been a lovely day in England today with highs of 20 degrees (that's 68 F) and a gentle breeze. It has been the sort of weather for relaxing in the sun with a cool drink and a sun hat and maybe a good book because it is not often we get the chance to produce some vitamin D in this country. But I couldn't just sit around all day. During the peak of the midday sun I retreated to the relative safety and coolness of my geek…

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