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Dan Q
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Geek-of-many-hats.
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Following a recent medical issue, I've been bedbound for a few days. Which would have driven me nuts, had I not found something to occupy my mind. In this instance, I chose to write some software to illustrate the use of the Monte Carlo method to approximate the value of pi!

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Late last year, I had solar panels installed on the roof of our house. Four months on, I've started to be able to collate the first set of data on how successful they've been.

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Last month, I attended a humanities-themed hackathon, and brought a computer. Which I used to do awesome things in very little code, and ultimately won a prize. Here's the story:

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While exploring the +Squiz UK CMS code, I discovered that their Chief of Engineering Greg Sherwood has (among other early developers on the project) have immortalised themselves in a CAPTCHA. Not the way I'd choose to be remembered, but hey:

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Last week, I rescued two lost pregnant women from a blizzard on the side of an Alp, while out #geocaching.

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For the last 4+ years, the other Earthlings and I have used a socialism-inspired system of means-assessment to share our household finances. I think it'd work really well in any family with multiple earning adults - here's how it works:

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This weekend, I made #PizzaCake : a stack of four pizzas baked together in a cake tin. It was... disappointing. Here's the full story:

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Changes to the National Curriculum are likely to result in children being taught computer programming skills from a young age. I think that's a great idea, but not because we need more computer programmers: there's a deeper reason. Read my blog post:

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Do you know the secret of #magic? I do, and the secret isn't "secrets":

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Awesome thing to do with your 1000th vlog.
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