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by clivef
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Best and worst song lyrics
Replies: 17
Views: 2604

Re: Best and worst song lyrics

It is not possible to distinguish good lyrics from bad, as the previous posts demonstrate. ... This is not true. The sting (st) is actually the base SI unit for bad lyrics. It is equal to the awfulness of the international prototype lyric, which is a printout of the words above stored in a blacked ...
by clivef
Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Best and worst song lyrics
Replies: 17
Views: 2604

Best and worst song lyrics

Best:
He always beat me at Subbuteo,
'Cos he flicked to kick and I didn't know
--My Perfect Cousin, The Undertones

Worst:
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabokov
--Don't stand so close to me, The Police
by clivef
Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Academies can employ unqualified teachers
Replies: 11
Views: 2651

Re: Academies can employ unqualified teachers

I expect 95% of teachers couldn't name one of the 33 standards or define one off the bat. They might be able to vaguely grope at something like 'has high expectations'... It's lucky then that you get QTS for meeting these standards, not for being able to reel them off when asked ;). I'm a very good...
by clivef
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Academies can employ unqualified teachers
Replies: 11
Views: 2651

Re: Academies can employ unqualified teachers

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19017544 ... If they are truly great this shouldn't be a problem Apart from the fact that they haven't demonstrated that they meet any of the standards (33 - count 'em!) as required by the Education Act to teach young people. The best subject knowledge in the wor...
by clivef
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)
Replies: 101
Views: 13106

Re: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)

<r>... you should ask him what smoke he uses, because it's dense, velvety, wonderful stuff and does brilliant things to a pig.I will do. I currently get my oak shavings from Felixstowe Ferry smokery - they come from the fishing boats there when they are being repaired. It tastes good and I like the ...
by clivef
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We need Standards!
Replies: 64
Views: 10907

Re: We need Standards!

<r>Quote from kme on November 20, 2011, 00:34<br/> ... the only one that makes sense... everyone so obsessed to limit and control... Some seem to almost panic ... better not have a license....The last thing we need is some Stalin type deciding what is "good" for the masses...And I'm sliding down tha...
by clivef
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We need Standards!
Replies: 64
Views: 10907

Re: We need Standards!

The releases will of course be named things like Coulis, Jam, Pavlova, Bellini and Ripple
by clivef
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We need Standards!
Replies: 64
Views: 10907

Re: We need Standards!

Last post crossed with Jack's - the content of the "Vanilla SD Card" of course has to be decided, this is an important issue that needs some thought.
by clivef
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We need Standards!
Replies: 64
Views: 10907

Re: We need Standards!

I'm guessing that standards on the Raspberry Pi will consist of popping in an SD card containing a "Vanilla Pi" image sanctioned by the Foundation and available from all good torrent shops webwide.

If you do not want to use that then you can use something else. Good eh?
by clivef
Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)
Replies: 101
Views: 13106

Re: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)

<r>Quote from E on November 19, 2011, 20:03...Nose-to-Tail is actually on my Xmas list, Do get this, it's a true classic and a genuinely useful cookbook. There's a second volume too but the first one is the original and best IMO. I met Fergus once at the Abergavenny Food Festival. He was with friend...
by clivef
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)
Replies: 101
Views: 13106

Re: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)

<r>Insofar as this is predominantly a tech forum I've noticed that it has a higher than average foodie* subculture (and I mean serious foodies such as writers and restaurateurs as opposed to, say, bloggers taking pictures of chicken legs in Nandos on their iPhone).<br/> <br/> So while we wait for pu...
by clivef
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publicity stunt...
Replies: 56
Views: 7543

Re: Publicity stunt...

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from abishur on November 18, 2011, 18:06<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> <br/> If I were to do a publicity stunt, I think I would do something along the lines of demonstrating how much pollution is produced powering a typical laptop[/quote]<br/> <br/> People will look back in a five...
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 9741

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

Quote from abishur on November 18, 2011, 15:20
This is the most secure system in the world, it will take me a minute to get in.

Clickity clackity, click.See alos TV Tropes . And the 'clickity clackity' sounds like rapid fire typing :D
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 9741

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

Quote from Plant on November 18, 2011, 09:26...We wondered if there are any "hacking" games for kids to play offline?A classic!
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Kids Excited...
Replies: 56
Views: 9741

Re: Getting Kids Excited...

<r>Quote from obarthelemy on November 18, 2011, 11:00<br/> More than boobs, bullying and stalking, what my brother is complaining about is that the more time his 6yo son spends in front of a screen (TV or PC), the more hyper he becomes. He's instituted "no-screen" every other day, and reports that n...
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publicity stunt...
Replies: 56
Views: 7543

Re: Publicity stunt...

<r><B><s>[b]</s>Picture 1<e>[/b]</e></B>: Leather iPad cover | <B><s>[b]</s>Picture 2<e>[/b]</e></B>: 4 x Model As<br/> <br/> <B><s>[b]</s>Tagline<e>[/b]</e></B>: One smart cover. | Four smart computers.<br/> Same price. Take your pick.<br/> ----------------------------------------------------------...
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publicity stunt...
Replies: 56
Views: 7543

Re: Publicity stunt...

I was thinking more of a tattoos - I reckon that we\'ll see the first one before the end of the year (maybe not on Dave :) )
by clivef
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publicity stunt...
Replies: 56
Views: 7543

Re: Publicity stunt...

by clivef
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Fans & early adopters: Your opinion needed!
Replies: 22
Views: 2914

Re: Raspberry Pi Fans & early adopters: Your opinion needed!

<r>Done. Good luck with the research.<br/> <br/> And I still think that a monthly \"part-work/collectables\" magazine in WH Smiths with a \"free\" hardware thing on the front would be awesome, E.g one month you get a tiny webcam and inside all about how it works, how to use it and program it, and a ...
by clivef
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30767

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from Galaak on November 13, 2011, 10:57<br/> Yes, but I'd like to underline an important point. Not every people using a RasPi will be teaching to club or school. ...Which is exactly why there will be a user manual available when the second phase is launched next year. I'm a parent first an...
by clivef
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30767

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from jamesh on November 13, 2011, 10:36<br/> The Python excerpt and any 'amazing stuff in only a few lines of code' seem to me to be the wrong approach. It doesn't give the person typing it in the vaguest clue of what is actually going on.The Python thing was a tongue in cheek comment not a...
by clivef
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30767

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from Galaak on November 13, 2011, 00:52<br/> Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22<br/> The audience is different now and it will be a long haul, but it will be worth it. <br/> <br/> Is the audience that different ? Even if some things change, kids still like Playmobil, Lego, Ba...
by clivef
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30767

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from Galaak on November 13, 2011, 00:30<br/> Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22<br/> <br/> In the meantime, here is my favourite code from when I started learning Python.<br/> [snip]<br/> <br/> I'm not sure I would begin with that code for a kid. ...You wouldn't - it contains...
by clivef
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 30767

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from Galaak on November 12, 2011, 18:05<br/> I'd like to teach python in console mode only (no X, I mean Ctrl Alt F6) but I find it unforgiving for a kid if he's mistaken about indentation. But maybe I don't use python command line editor properly. Please let me know if it is the case.<br/>...
by clivef
Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: It beats watching Lazy Town with the kids I guess...
Replies: 1
Views: 829

Re: It beats watching Lazy Town with the kids I guess...

8am Saturday morning and I found myself jumping between a discussion on whether Minecraft is Turing complete and the code for ROT13 in brainf**k.

Three coffees later I'm still not sure whether this is a good thing or very very sad... :D

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