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Paul Weeks
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Geek dad, IoT, maker movement, exercise, APIs. That sort of thing.
Geek dad, IoT, maker movement, exercise, APIs. That sort of thing.

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Half Marathon Comparison Using Azure, Google Maps, Python, MongoDB and Javascript
This time last year I blogged about a half-marathon I had run where I paced it badly and slowed down massively at the end.  I did the same race this year and ran a faster time but more importantly paced it more consistently and so enjoyed the experience mor...

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Giving Alexa a new Sense - Vision!
Amazon Alexa is just awesome so I thought it would be fun to let her "see".  Here's a video of this in action: ...and here's a diagram of the "architecture" for this solution: The clever bit is the Microsoft Cognitive API so let's look at that first!  You c...

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Using IBM Bluemix Watson APIs to Optimise my CV (Resume)
I kept seeing adverts for IBM Bluemix popping up on my social media feeds and online adverts so I thought I'd take a look and see what it was all about.  You can sign up an account and get 30 days access for free so that was all good for a home hobbyist lik...

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Alexa Skill Using A Custom Slot
In a previous blog post I wrote about using the Alexa Skills Kit "slot" concept to send information to the function that processes Alexa requests.  This used a built in slot type of "AMAZON.Movie"; effectively pre-defined to expert the user to utter movie n...

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First Look at the BBC Micro:bit
This blog was supposed to be about getting my kids to code and explore electronics.  Recently it's focused on other things so it was great recently when my eldest daughter brought her BBC micro:bit home from school. Read all about the initiative here but ef...

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Amazon Alexa Skill with Python and Strava API
In my last post I described how I'd followed a step-by-step guide to create a Amazon Alexa Skill for my Amazon Echo Dot .  This used Node.js and was basically an easy "join-the-dots" guide to creating your first skill and getting it certified. Building on t...
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