Avatar

Liz Upton

Executive Director of Communications – 914 posts

Liz was an award-winning journalist before becoming one of the founders of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. In her spare time she restores fountain pens, plays the piano, and thinks up new ways to encourage toddlers to ingest fish.

All across the UK, you’ll find train departure boards on station platforms that look like this: They’ve looked this way for as long as I can remember (before they were digital dot-matrix displays, they were made from those flappy bits of plastic with letters of the alphabet and numbers printed on them, which whirled round … Continue reading →
Sometimes we come across a project that just scores a perfect 10 on all fronts. This is one of them: an art installation using Raspberry Pi that has something interesting to say, does it elegantly, and is implemented beautifully (nothing presses our buttons like a make that’s got a professionally glossy finish like this). Quick … Continue reading →
We spent the weekend knee-deep in marinade. (Top tip: if you’re brining something big, like a particularly plump chicken, buy a cheap kitchen bin. The depth makes it much easier than juggling near-overflowing buckets. And when you’re finished, you have a spare bin.) If you’re a serious barbecue jockey, you’ll want to know about Bryan … Continue reading →
It might be that I am unusually particular here, but there is nothing (absolutely NOTHING) that upsets me more than dirty toilets. Yes, I know this is the epitome of a pampered-person’s phobia. But I have nightmares — honest, actual, recurring nightmares — about horrible toilets, and I’ll plan my day around avoiding public toilets … Continue reading →
Long-time readers will remember Penguin Lifelines, one of our very favourite projects from back in the mists of time (which is to say 2014 — we have short memories around here). Click on penguins for fun and conservation Penguin Lifelines was a programme run by the Zoological Society of London, crowdsourcing the tracking of penguin colonies … Continue reading →
It’s a bank holiday here in the UK, so we’re taking the day off to spend some time with our families. If you’re desperate to read some content, I’ve got good news for you: there are thousands of posts about the Raspberry Pi that you can leaf through right here. Head over to the archive … Continue reading →
It’s 11 years since Steam’s Orange Box came out, which is probably making you feel really elderly. Portal was the highlight of the game bundle for me — cue giant argument in the comments — and it still holds up brilliantly. It’s even in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection; there’s nothing that quite says … Continue reading →
The Royal Mail is issuing a series of six stamps celebrating 50 years of British Engineering this week (available from 2 May). We’re absolutely made up to be one of the engineering projects chosen: we’re in some exalted company. This series is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award, … Continue reading →
Today’s a bit of a milestone for us: this is the 2000th post on this blog. Why does a computer company have a blog? When did it start, who writes it, and where does the content come from? And don’t you have sore fingers? All of these are good questions: I’m here to answer them … Continue reading →
Mike MacHenry built a project that’s pure pi(e) for Pi Day. Introducing: the Pie Pie Chart (powered by Pi). This is a simple little project, the sole purpose of which is to make a pie that outputs visual data to tell you how much of it’s been eaten. Which it does admirably, as you can … Continue reading →