I read an awful lot and particularly like blogs. Big blogs. Blogs that talk about a wide array of things and in many cases, inspire me. Some I like so much that I devour and read everything such as Coding Horror by Jeff Atwood, Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky, Patrick McKenzie’s blog about his IT business exploits or the varied posts by Scott Hanselman. And now I have found another: Cue Neil Fraser of Blockly fame.
What I find so amazing about the internet is that despite how much time I spend on it being whisked left, then right, as my interests and left mouse button take me, I can still happen across things that I have never heard of, but are yet incredibly well known in their circles. I am even more surprised in this case because I do have an interest in education and ICT. Anyway…
I have just finished reading everything since 2002 and unlike the past, this time I kept track of all the entries that I really enjoyed reading for one reason or another. If I had to describe Neil though (and I don’t know him, nor have we conversed), he is exactly what you might expect someone from Google to be like: inquisitive, highly intelligent and willing to do things, and this is reflected in what I have chosen to focus on below.
I’ve grouped up my favourite posts so in a sense, I suppose this is a sort of museum of curated entries. Hope you enjoy them!
“Bad Ass” ***
- 13 Feb 03 – Handling Ex Employees
- 16 Oct 04 – Dealing with British Telecom
- 23 Dec 10 – Bailing out People
- 10 Dec 11 – Catching Muggers
- 28 Dec 11 – Chasing Thieves
- 31 Dec 13 – Handling Non Believers
“General Bad Ass” ***
- 15 Mar 03 – Danger Pay
- 5 Oct 03 – Sitefinder
- 5 Mar 05 – Telling It like It Is!
- 26 Feb 08 – Fixing The Unfixable
- 11 Oct 10 – Saving Historical Items
- 14 Jan 11 – Assisting Inmates
- 13 Apr 15 – Helping Inmates
- 14 May 04 – Mechanical Joint
- 31 Jul 04 – Etch a Sketch Robotic Control
- 26 Oct 06 – Extracting Images From Night Shots
- 7 Apr 07 – Carving Links Out Of Soap
- 16 Apr 07 – Painting a Mandelbrot Scroll
- 1 Mar 08 – Calculating Group Sizes With Incomplete Information
- 17 Feb 09 – Building Turbines With PC Fans
- 28 May 09 – Bagpipe Playing Robot
- 18 Oct 09 – Attaching Phones to Telescopes
- 28 Oct 10 – Funky Pumpkins
- 7 Jan 11 – Foucault Pendulum
- 8 Jun 11 – Driver Test Questions
- 16 Jun 11 – Star Trek Phaser
- 29 Oct 11 – Street View Costume
- 7 Oct 13 – Bird in Flight
- 6 Sep 14 – DIY Spot Welder
- 4 Nov 14 – Can Gunfire Move You On The Moon?
*** Please excuse the title but I honestly don’t know how else to describe some of the things he does and has done. He’s amazing!
Written by Stephen Moon
email: stephen at logicalmoon.com