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Rob Miles

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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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Happy New Year from Hornsea

We’ve got a tradition of going out to the seaside on New Year’s day. We didn’t do it last year, but this year the weather was so nice that we couldn’t resist it. So we headed down to Hornsea to see the sea. We managed to make the morning perfect by finding the Hornsea Floral Hall, where they were serving bacon butties. The thing about a bacon sandwich is that once you’ve heard someone mention one,… Read more →


New Year Resolution Time

As the year ends it is time to think about new year resolutions. One of mine is that I’m not going to make the very old joke about getting a different computer monitor. The other is to try to be a bit more assertive in the new year, or at least to stop apologising when cashiers in shops ask me “Do you have a loyalty card?” when I try to buy something. Up until now I’ve always said “Sorry, I’m afra… Read more →


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A couple of days ago we went to see “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. It’s really, really, good. You should go and see it. A light touch, a strong story and some amazing graphics. Spiderman as you’ve never seem him. In many different ways. Read more →


Invisible hearing aids and other frauds

I was very upset to discover today that a shop in Cottingham (where I live - the village not the shop) has taken away their “Invisible hearing aids - 475 pounds a pair” sign. I really wanted to get a photograph of that sign.The way I see it, advertising things like this is fraught with fraud potential. “I say, there’s only one hearing aid in this box” "That’s because the other one is switched on”.… Read more →


Non Sale Sale

We went to what was supposed to be the sales today. But we didn’t find much that was worthy of the “sale” label. I think every reduction that could have been applied to the prices had already been applied. Read more →


Bank Heist Fun

As part of our Christmas present, number one daughter organised a trip to an escape room in Hull. This was a room with a difference. It turns out that there is no problem escaping, you can leave the bank at any time. But, you’ll want to take away a few souvenirs in the form of wads of cash, gems etc etc. The puzzle was a very good mock up of a bank branch (remember them), even down to the pens cha… Read more →


Unboxing Boxing Day

Today I got to open up the box and start work on my big Christmas Present. It’s a lovely big Lego Truck. I must confess that I bought it for me when I saw it at an amazing discount on Amazon. It’s the biggest build that I’ve ever done. And I’m having big fun. Read more →


Working Lights

Well, the lights have stayed up for another day. I think they’ve reached “Peak Sag”. I’m rather pleased with how well they work. It’s basically a one dimensional particle system with particles that change size and position. I’ll post the code on GitHub at some point. Read more →


Neopixel leds and power supply fun

When you try to make hardware it sometimes turns out that every bit is the difficult bit. Like today for example. Yesterday my latest Neopixel lights arrived. They are on a strip of 8x32 pixels on a flexible pcb. It’s awesome, with power demands that I’m not that happy thinking about. The plan is to do something vaguely “Steam Punk” with them, perhaps involving my recently purchased top hat.To cel… Read more →