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Lewisham East Candidate Expenses

You’ve probably seen Channel 4’s report on campaigning expenses, and Zac Goldsmith’s rather bizarre attempt to ignore every rule of media training in addressing the allegations made against his campaign. In any case, once he did finally turn to the matter at hand, one of Mr Goldsmith’s key arguments seems to be that the methods […]

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Ralph Cat is a Genius

Photo: Ralph, with coursework. But not his coursework, obviously. A University Degree is a funny thing – a bit of paper that can, under some circumstances, make a difference to both one’s credibility and one’s bank account. But then all degrees – not to mention doctorates – are not created equal. Specifically, some are granted […]

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I really write like..

If you’ve ventured into Twitter lately the chances are you’ve seen messages about I Write Like –  an amusing little website that analyses your writing and tells you which notable author comes closest in style. Well, I’ve fixed it. Here’s my more accurate version.

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Mousebot, Part Three: Motors

Armed with some plans and a bunch of miscellaneous parts, the first big challenge is to get Mousebot moving. The obvious answer would be to hook up two small DC motors to the Arduino’s digital output pins, then simply set those to HIGH to move it forward and LOW to stop. This has a couple […]

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Hunter vs Water

Following the limited success of his winter campaign against snow (video here), Hunter today opened a new front in the war on H2O.

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Mousebot, Part Two: Parts

I now have a plan to build a robot for my cats to chase. So what next for Mousebot? A bit of shopping. Here’s what I’ve picked up to get started. First, the Arduino board: It’s an Arduino Duemilanove, so unlike older versions it can connect directly via USB. I bought mine from here, where […]

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Mousebot, Part One: Plans

Over the years I’ve come to know a lot about computers and how to put them together – give me the parts to make a PC and a screwdriver to short the motherboard power header pins and I could get it up and running – or installing Windows, at least – in about five minutes. […]

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