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Create accounts on a Raspberry PI -or- sharing a pi with your siblings.

(The Penguin is the Linux Mascot) Some background… Linux was built in a time in which a computer must be shared.  They were far too expensive to have one per user.  Additionally, each of those computer users needed a mechanism in which they don’t have to worry about what others on the machine were up… Continue reading Create accounts on a Raspberry PI -or- sharing a pi with your siblings.

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Lessons on PI 6: Playing Audio on a Raspberry PI

There are lots of ways to get audio out of your little Raspberry PI.  The first, and easiest way to get started playing MP3 Files is this: omxplayer The PI Foundation Way The Raspberry PI foundation wrote up a little article to it here.  I wont repeat their advice, so if you want to just… Continue reading Lessons on PI 6: Playing Audio on a Raspberry PI

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Lessons on PI: Lesson 5 Make your PI Speak!

Computers that speak… There is something magical about making a computer speak.  I remember just getting started with them and my friends and I would attempt to convince the computer to say all manner of, ahem, interesting things.  None the less.  Getting early starters in on the fun is a great way to keep them interested.… Continue reading Lessons on PI: Lesson 5 Make your PI Speak!

cubscouts · kids

Pack Meeting: Paper Airplane Bonanza

Part of a new sub-series on the blogger brothers – cub scout pack ideas.  Tagged “cubscouts”. Intent A fun pack meeting. Setup The Paper Airplane Bonanza is a pack meeting where the kids build paper airplanes, then attempt to accrue points by landing their planes into targets.  The setup for this can be as involved as… Continue reading Pack Meeting: Paper Airplane Bonanza

cubscouts · kids

Pack Meeting: Snowball Fight with Recycled Paper

Part of a new sub-series on the blogger brothers – cub scout pack ideas.  Tagged “cubscouts”. Intent My belief:  Pack meetings should be fun.  The den meetings are where all the work is done, so, when the boys get together as one big group, its great for the kids to get to do something unique.… Continue reading Pack Meeting: Snowball Fight with Recycled Paper

Games · kids · programming · Websites

Vim-Adventures.com – a game for VIM Basics

https://vim-adventures.com This is a beautifully done website that makes learning vim into an adventure game.  Its fun, and kids will do it without realizing VIM is the end goal. I’m believe learning from multiple angles/professors/sources is the best path to success.  So, lets add this site to the mix, and see if it takes kids… Continue reading Vim-Adventures.com – a game for VIM Basics

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Lessons on PI – Lesson 3 (cont.): A little programming…

The conditional… or “IF” statement Programs that count really fast or create MADLIBs are a ton of fun, but part of encoding knowledge is the ability to make decisions in code.  To do that we need something that will allow the code to take two different paths… the “if” statement. The if statement checks a value… Continue reading Lessons on PI – Lesson 3 (cont.): A little programming…