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New Book – Beginning Game Programming with Pygame Zero

Friday, February 14th, 2020

This is my second professionally published book, published by Apress. Beginning Game Programming with Pygame Zero. The is a fun way to learn computer programming by creating computer games. This is designed as a book to give you all the skills you need to start programming your own games, from designing the game, creating the […]

Using a gamepad or joystick on a Raspberry Pi with Pygame Zero QJoyPad

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Pygame Zero is an easy way to get started in game programming. It used Python Pygame, but makes getting started easier by reducing the amount of code required. I’ve previously created a tutorial getting started with Pygame Zero programming. One feature that is missing from Pygame Zero is support for joysticks or gamepads. It is […]

Amazon Dash Button Home Automation with Raspberry Pi, Sengled home automation lights and pi-power Energenie Power Sockets

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

I have recently been upgrading some of my home automation. I already use Energenie Pi-Mote to control some electrical power sockets, I’ve now replaced some of my light switches with Sengled home automation light bulbs. Initially I’ve been using my Pi-power software running on a Raspberry Touch Screen and some timed actions to automatically turn […]

Raspberry Pi Birthday Party – Birmingham 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

I was again involved with the Raspberry Pi Birthday Celebrations in Birmingham. This years event was held at the STEMHouse in Birmingham. A makerspace / startup space designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to create a product. There was a strong influence of 3D printing and games programming at the event, including my own […]

JLL Piano – Raspberry Pi Music Clip player

Monday, October 15th, 2018

This project is called the JLL piano. This is a school project that my daughter created for her music homework. She needed to create a project that related to Jerry Lee Lewis and she created a mini piano that plays a short clip for a different song depending upon the key that is pressed. It […]

Programming games with Pygame Zero

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Recently I’ve been programming some games using Pygame Zero. Pygame Zero is combination of libraries and other code that interfaces with Pygame to make it easier to program graphical games (or other applications). I’ve created two games so far one of which is designed for the Picade, Raspberry Pi based mini Arcade Machine and the […]

Raspberry Pi or Arduino NeoPixels (Smart RGB LEDs with ws281x) – including Raspberry Pi 2

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

I’ve recently been having fun with some NeoPixels on the Raspberry Pi. NeoPixel is the name that Adafruit uses to refer to “Smart RGB LEDs with WS2811 / WS2812 integrated controllers”. I’m sure you’ll agree that NeoPixel has a better ring to it and as that’s the name of the Python library that I’m using. […]

Raspberry Pi 6th Birthday – Birmingham Raspberry Jam 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Today is the weekend of the Raspberry Pi 6th Birthday. In the past the birthday has been celebrated with a large Raspberry Jam in Cambridge (organized by Mike Horne and Tim Richardson). I have been to the earlier birthday celebrations, supporting workshops run by others, giving presentations and running workshops. For 2018 the birthday celebrations […]

World Book Day – Raspberry Pi and Pimoroni InkyPHat Badge

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Today is World Book Day. For the last few years I’ve been supporting my local school by helping run their book sale. Last year I dressed up as The Wizard of Oz complete with Wearable Electronic flashing bow tie. This year I am a little more subtle as I won’t be wearing a full costume, […]

ESA European Astro Pi Project – Mission Zero – Code that ran on the International Space Station

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The ESA European Astro Pi Project – “Mission Zero”, involved school children creating code that actually ran on the International Space Station (ISS). My son joined with a friend (both aged 9 at the time it was submitted) to create a Python program that ran on the International Space station during February 2018. Here’s his […]


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