Cache TV guides

Wouldn't it be great if a TV downloaded and cached programme information automatically?

1 minute read

When I switch on the TV and open the programme guide, it can take up to a minute to load the programme information (the programme title, time and description). The schedule shows lots of instances of “no information” where the programme title should be: I have an internet connection in the same house as the TV. Wouldn’t it be great if the TV connected to the internet, downloaded the programme information by itself, and cached it in the TV’s memory?

Japanese collage garden panel idea

An idea for an outdoor collage art project for display in a Japanese garden.

3 minute read

After moving to a new house last year, lots of great life changes and a surreal early peak of Spring sun this weekend, I’m getting a bit of a creative pang to, well, create something visual that’s completely different. That’s different as in ‘I’ve never done this before; let’s give it a go,’ not ‘blimey, this is a ground breaking world first artistic idea.’ I’m also keen to do something creative that’s hands-on and offline.

The joy of code

A video by Daniel Shiffman and Mark Webster.

1 minute read

I have a difficult relationship with programming, convinced that code is beyond me and I’ve been winging it this far. Code doesn’t come naturally; I painstakingly grind away line by line to understand how a snippet works. I can’t say it’s a pleasure but it is satisfying when everything comes together and you write something that works. This video of Daniel Shiffman by Mark Webster might convince me to stick at it.