Linux Format - - PI USER -

Mak­ing ran­dom things has al­ways been in my na­ture, from var­i­ous Heath Robin­son-type ma­chines in my youth to lab mash-ups at univer­sity. My par­ents owned a BBC Model B, and I spent my Satur­days typ­ing in lines of code to make my own games.

Skip for­ward a few years where I dab­bled in ticket fraud anal­y­sis, learned to fly, and qual­i­fied as a maths teacher. I later went on to teach physics, sci­ence and art, us­ing zom­bie movies and race cars, and then ended up in my spir­i­tual home, op­er­at­ing the lasers at Pi­moroni. This opened me up to a whole new world of tin­ker­ing, and be­fore I knew it I was at­tend­ing maker events, and meet­ing a won­der­ful bunch of peo­ple.

The Rasp­berry Pi has en­abled me to bring a whole new di­men­sion to my silly in­ven­tions, and the sheer knowl­edge and friend­ship the com­mu­nity shares is in­spir­ing.

I’ve been lucky to be given the op­por­tu­nity to pass on my en­thu­si­asm for phys­i­cal com­put­ing, and I reg­u­larly get to spread the joy that is au­tomat­ing your art. Kids make tickle ma­chines, they drive re­mote con­trol cars they’ve pro­grammed, they make disco ma­chines. The Rasp­berry Pi en­ables that kind of in­spir­ing in­ter­ac­tion, even from the first blink­ing LED, that a glossy GUI never can. The feel­ing of “I made this” is such a kick.

On the way, I’ve picked up Python, got bet­ter at sol­der­ing, and been able to make all sorts of ridicu­lous ob­jects, mostly made of card­board. In fact, I’m off to give some work­shops in a field while wear­ing my “big fish lit­tle fish” rave sleeve. See ya!

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