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PHOTO-2019-06-03-17-20-12PHOTO-2019-06-03-17-20-23Sunday 2nd June, its time for the Tenacious D concert at the Wembley Arena. Last time these guys were in the UK, we missed it but this time Debbie got me a ticket as a present.

It was a bit busy in Wembley as there was a BTS concert at the same time at the Stadium.

Tenacious D were great. They did their Post apocalypto set, and old favourites.

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Gakken World Eye & Raspberry Pi

Gakken WorldEye connected to a Raspberry Pi running a program to display a huge blinking eye.
Adafruit provide a nice tutorial on connecting the Gakken to a raspberry pi running their eyes script.
I took a brand new Raspberry Pi 3 and went here  to download the latest copy of Raspbian Stretch Lite operating system.
I then flashed the image onto a new 64GB Micro SD card
 using etcher.io.
This version of Raspbian is command line only so once the initial boot up takes place, you need to configure the wireless network access:
Once the file opens, you need to edit the contents to match the screenprint below:
Press CTRL-X and then Y to save and and exit. Then run the following command to have the file read and try to connect to your Wifi.
Now we have Internet access we can download the software to make the eye work:
At the command prompt, type the following:
  1. cd
  2. curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/adafruit/Raspberry-Pi-Installer-Scripts/master/pi-eyes.sh >pi-eyes.sh
  3. sudo bash pieyes.sh

Finally, connect the Raspberry Pi HDMI output to the input on the Gakken Worldeye and run the setup. This took about 10 minutes to complete.

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Bloodhound

Back in 2015, we came across the Bloodhound world speed record project on Indiegogo

The ambitious British engineering project hoped to set a new world speed record of 1000 Mph. We along with nearly 4000 other backers supported the project with monetary donations. We opted to have our names on the fin (along with a lot of other supporters names) in the final version of the car for about £30 as I remember.

There have been many project updates but sadly after failing to secure enough funding, they recently went into receivership and the project now looks like it won’t proceed. I’m disappointed the car will never get a chance to beat the world record and that my donation has gone but I came across the following article this weekend from an Eagle comic dated 7th August 1982. Richard Noble went on set the world record in 1983 and beat it again with ThrustSSC in 1997 at 763 Mph.

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Aquaman

Wednesday evening, we drove down to Bracknell to watch the latest Aquaman film at Cineworld in the 4DFX Screen.

We really enjoyed the film although the plot is predictable to say the least. The best bit is watching in 4D though. I got off the moving seat at the end of the film and definitely was starting to feel a little queasy. Lots of violent movement of the chairs, water spray, smoke, strobe lighting and thumping in the back of seats. Excellent!

Don’t forget to watch past the credits for the surprise at the end?

Still a great way to watch films and worth the £16 price tag. So much nicer than Slough cinema

Eagle Magazine 4th December 1982

We went to our usual Taplow car boot sale on Sunday 16th September. There wasn’t much to buy although I cam across a pile of Eagle comics from the 80’s. Debbie asked the seller how much and he replied £2.50 each or £50 for the lot (26 in total). I was only interested in the top one as it was advertising some 80’s computers and games. I thought the price was a bit steep and we carried on walking around the car boot sale.

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On the way back around for the 2nd time, there was a different man at the stall and we asked him the price again and were told £2.50 for the whole lot. We quickly picked up all of them, handed over the money and continued. On Ebay they can easily sell for £2-3 each. They are generally in good condition but its fascinating reading them and the articles on what was happening in the 80’s, computers, games and predictions for what the future might bring.

In this issue, they discuss the release of ET several months after it was released in the U.S, an article about using wave power to generate electricity, an entrepreneur who is going to develop a smaller shuttle spacecraft that could be carried on a Boeing 747, the impending release of the Philips CD (it might replace vinyl in the future!), a company making talking books (that will never catch on), Airfix models, the Intellivision console and games, the Atari 2600 and games, Big Daddy and Subbuteo

An 80’s retro fest. Cant wait to look at the rest.