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the brain behind bloks is a Pi Zero
 
Introducing Project Bloks: making code physical for kids

When we were kids, physical things like toys and blocks helped us learn—inspiring curiosity and imagination in a fun, playful way. Today, we’re announcing Project Bloks. Its goal is to create an open hardware platform for tangible programming experiences to help kids develop computational thinking through physical play. Learn more on the Research at Google blog, linked below, and at g.co/projectbloks
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Some kids need the kinesthetic element these provide.  I find I code better with seeing things run visually than I did when I tried it the old fashioned way.
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One of my favourite TV show - Total Recall 2070
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuR_yTKCnYI
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Another good show that was killed way too soon. I'm still looking for it on disc. All the episodes can be watched on YouTube, if you can live with the low resolution. 480p (max) looks like shit.
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Watched interesting video about https://www.soundtrap.com on line music collaboration platform, didn't know it was so popular with schools.The video sound was a bit poor, +Soundtrap.
https://t.co/QqRdVSGcMP
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JB has 30% keyboard, etc. Just got this bluetooth keyboard $48.40, which you can switched between 3 devices, seem cool so far.
Just using it for linux desktop, but have pair it fine with my phone.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/accessories/logitech/logitech-k380-multi-device-bluetooth-keyboard-blue/883771/
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So no doesn't have to use it
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I understand +Leo Laporte concern of new image tag in amp, but it seems custom tags/elements are not new.
http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webcomponents/customelements/

There is a draft w3c spec.
http://w3c.github.io/webcomponents/spec/custom/
This article describes how to use document.register to define custom elements in HTML.
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Support and use of custom tags as a container within your own site is different from Google requiring use of a that custom tag on publishers' sites as part of AMP.

The <img> tag doesn't require JS to function, unlike <amp-img>. <img> has its deficiencies, especially in a mobile/responsive design world, which make alternative tags like <amp-img> an ugly necessity.

Some feel that perhaps using a standard <img> tag, while defining special attributes to provide the same level of responsive support would keep within pure HTML standards while enabling the enhancements Google seeks to provide. If you strip away the AMP JS dependencies, you would still have a functioning image.
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ASUS CHROMEBOX2-G007U i7-5500U / 4GB / 16GB SSD
Amazom.de has it as a i7-4010, but I think this is a mistake.
http://www.amazon.de/Asus-Chromebox2-G007U-Desktop-PC-i7-4010U-Graphics/dp/B0119TK2H6


Really interested in the price of the i3 and the i7 ASUS chromebox2 in the USA.


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WOW! A Core i7 ChromeBox.  
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Project Bloks brains is a pi zero
 
Introducing Project Bloks: making code physical for kids

When we were kids, physical things like toys and blocks helped us learn—inspiring curiosity and imagination in a fun, playful way. Today, we’re announcing Project Bloks. Its goal is to create an open hardware platform for tangible programming experiences to help kids develop computational thinking through physical play. Learn more on the Research at Google blog, linked below, and at g.co/projectbloks
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I've been following google's experimental dartino project which uses the dart language. https://dartino.org/ They support rpi2 and this cool STM32F746G-DISCO dev board. My local element 14 has them for au$82
http://www.st.com/stm32f7-discovery
32F746GDISCOVERY - Discovery kit with STM32F746NG MCU, STMicroelectronics, STM32F746G-DISCO
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This may not be dart relevant any more.
Oilpan v1 has been completed, dev (51) and beta (50) chrome channels are now running the oilpan gc.

https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/blink-dev/Ne9zlFq3HcY/xVuAtxuGCAAJ

Links to desgin and other docs in this post
https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/blink-dev/hpT5qoRqFD8/LGAoxymGCAAJ
Google Groups allows you to create and participate in online forums and email-based groups with a rich experience for community conversations.
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AFAIK GC of V8 and Oilpan (GC of Blink) are cooperative separate processes.
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I am a fan of a few twit show and like to cast the live stream to the TV from time to time. The only app that I could use to cast twit was unreliable, I ended up having cast my phone's screen to the TV.

This new app, Twit cast, is a few dollars and seem to work fine so far.
Will see how it goes tomorrow mornig and report back.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tragicfruit.twitcast
Cast your favorite TWiT shows to your TV. Before downloading, remember you ...
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Twit live stream on the chromecast worked well this morning.
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Sold out - I got a their newsletter email about it being instock, if you are after a pi zero the subscribe button is at the bottom of the http://thepihut.com page.

Just order a pi zero from the http://thepihut.com/, didn't need an sd card, so got this kit
http://thepihut.com/collections/raspberry-pi-zero/products/raspberry-pi-zero?variant=14062725188
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Jb has chromecast for $39, wonder when the new ones will be out.
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/accessories/google/google-chromecast/546938/
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