2017 Round ups

It's the end of the year and I thought I would do the traditional blog series running through the culture I've enjoyed and the technology I've used. So over the next few weeks I'll be writing up my thoughts on the this years games, films and music.

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Three months with the Google Pixel

My Nexus 5 finally died 4 years of near constant use. It was one of the best pieces of technology I have owned, reliable, functional and powerful. If they still made them I wouldn't have hesitated in purchasing an identical model with updated software.

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The piBot 1.0

After 6 months of the parts I bought in march sitting on my desk I've finally built my robot.

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A city break in Lisbon

I've been stunned by Lisbon. I am not a city break person, most of my favourite holidays have been in smaller towns. I love Verona, had a magical break in Veja De La Frontera and could bore you to pieces about Valparaiso.

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Building a robot using the new Raspberry Pi Zero W

I’ve wanted to build a robot for as long as I could remember and with the price of the electronics needed to do so falling exponentionally now feels like the right time.

My initial plan is to build a small two wheeled rover that I can control using the arrow keys of my computer. The new Raspberry Pi Zero W is absurdly small and includes wifi and bluetooth which makes it perfect for this type of project.

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How the trumpquake has shaken our faith in democracy

The realities of what Trump is and what he represents are so shocking those on the democratic left that it is hard to rationalise. Worse is the thought that even in a stable, free and representative democracy he can win. We reject it, we begin aportioning blame. Some on the liberal left have been openly calling for the intellegence communities to remove the President, that would be the end of Democracy in the United States.

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Rogue One: revenge of the spin off

Now that Star Wars is an annual event, going to see the latest film on opening night is becoming a family tradition. The Science Museum has an excellent Imax screen and it's a great cinema to go see the films with other nerds. To give fair warning this is me jotting down how I feel about the new Star Wars film. If you haven't seen it some of my thoughts might spoil the film for you, so if your worried don't read this until you have.

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The end of hope - the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election

Trump won and won well.

Early analysis of exit poll data seems to show it was white people who swung the election. I was wrong about Hispanic voters saving Clinton's campaign, as many as 29% appear to have voted for Trump and deportations. Instead white people look to have discovered block voting. I thought that Obama's presidency had shown that America had largely come to terms with it's often dark history. I was wrong

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