A bit of rainy day prep today. Planning using micro:bits for simple Christmas decorations.

Last session we did a time consuming, but worthwhile, microbit guitar project. We’ve use them for decorations before and I thought this might be a simple intro for the new pupils in the class and a simple refresher for last years pupils.

Since I only use microbits now and then I need a wee practise too. I noticed a couple  of things using the iOS app and the MakeCode for micro:bit editor.

The app seems to have improved even since June. At that point we started finding it easy to create code and flash the microbits form our iPads. Today I tried the app on my phone and was surprised as to how easy it was to code (simply) a microbit on my phone.

The other is you can now embed makecode, the code or the emulator. This one is a dice and number picker, we made ones like this for maths games last session. Try the buttons and ‘shake’.

Maybe you could always embed code I didn’t notice it before. I am impressed by how the editor has improved over the last few years. The first few times I used micro:bits in class we stitched away from our iPads and used PCs, i can see no good reason for doing so now.

Politics #blogvember 30

A day late for the last day of blogvember.

Interesting thread.

Hope #blogvember 28
Hope Springs. I am suckered every time starting something new. Despite experience I expect things to go simply and straightforwardly well. I hope I’ll keep doing so.

I don’t own a lot of shoes but I think a lot about the ones I have. It takes me even longer to buy a pair that to get a new frying pan.

Recently I’ve had trouble getting walking boots to suit. All the ones in my price range seem to have gone to whole sizes only. The Brashers I bought repeatedly have gone, bought over and changed shape.

Here is what my brashers looked like a few years ago when I noted:

Love walking but dislike polishing, tomorrow!

Love walking but dislike polishing, tomorrow!

I now wish I had polished those ones a bit more.

I’d guess one of the biggest changes in my lifetime is the increasing amount and complexity of infrastructure.
Everything we depend in turn depends on many other things and connection, and so on, leaving us even more powerless or ignorant.
When I was young the journey of milk from farm to jug was fairly simple: farm, local dairy, milk van to doorstep. The cream floated on the top. I think of this as a metaphor for almost everything.

I’ve eaten a fair bit of toast in my life. Until I was 21 and stopped eating meat I think I had toast and bacon for breakfast most days. After that I moved on to toast and marmalade, preferably Frank Cooper’s oxford.
My tooth has got a little less sweet and in the last 10 years I’ve moved on to muesli and yoghurt most mornings. I still like toast. At school the pupils can get toast at morning break time and I usually grab a slice. I often have some with peanut butter when I get home from work. Weekend mornings I’ll have toast and egg or french toast from breakfast.

Until I had a cholesterol test I had a strong preference for butter, now I seem habituated to margarine.

I like a few other things toasted too, scones for one.

Thinking of toast I remembered a lyric, ‘a little piece of toast’ which lead to a song from when I was 20 Streetband – Toast

On the way I found another toast song I heard last year Koffee – Toast

Toast, tasty and inspirational.