Christchurch Raspberry Jam – July 2014 – HTML/CSS

Source code for StarlifterDigital.com

Source code for StarlifterDigital.com

Hi Raspi fans,

June’s Bring Your own Project Raspberry Jam turned into an HTML/CSS jam so I thought why not do more of that for July. If you want ot brush up on your HTML/CSS skills before the jam check out the following resources:

The next meeting is from 6-7:30pm Wednesday, 30th July 2014 at Treshna in the EPIC building. The external doors at the EPIC building will be locked, so send me a text message on 027 326 7676 and I’ll come let you in. Please R.S.V.P. to benet [at] starlifterdigital.com by 5pm Tuesday, 24th June so that we know how many people are coming and how much gear we need.

Many thanks to our partner PiShop.co.nz and our continuing supporters Treshna and Metasolutions. As a show of support to Christchurch Raspberry Jam PiShop.co.nz is offering members trade/wholesale prices on all Raspberry Pi related purchases. Simply visit PiShop.co.nz and use the coupon code RASPBERRYJAM on check out.

See ya then,
Benet ‘Dr’ Hitchcock

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – June 2014

Mini Picade

Mini Picade – Image courtesy of Wired.com – http://www.wired.com/2012/12/raspberry-pi-roundup/

Hey there,

The June Raspberry jam is just around the corner and this meeting is all about you guys A.K.A. Bring Your own Project. So bring in whatever you’re working on at home or if you need help with anything Pi or Gnu/Linux related come on in!

Thanks to Mike who brought in the Python game he’s been working on. Good times man!

The next meeting is from 6-7:30pm Wednesday, 25th June 2014 at Treshna in the EPIC building. The external doors at the EPIC building will be locked, so send me a text message on 027 326 7676 and I’ll come let you in. Please R.S.V.P. to benet [at] starlifterdigital.com by 5pm Tuesday, 24th June so that we know how many people are coming and how much gear we need.

Many thanks to our partner PiShop.co.nz and our continuing supporters Treshna and Metasolutions. As a show of support to Christchurch Raspberry Jam PiShop.co.nz is offering members trade/wholesale prices on all Raspberry Pi related purchases. Simply visit PiShop.co.nz and use the coupon code RASPBERRYJAM on check out.

See ya then,
Benet AKA Dr Hitchcock

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – May 2014

Minecraft Pi being hacked with Python. Source: http://arghbox.wordpress.com

Minecraft Pi being hacked with Python. Source: http://arghbox.wordpress.com

Grrrrrrrrr Raspians! (That’s the sound of a Zombie from Minecraft, right?)

Anyone who’s been to our Christchurch Raspberry Jams will know that the meeting regulars are big fans of Minecraft. So we thought it was about time to do some Python programming in Minecraft. Why the heck not!

You can do all sorts of things in Minecraft with Python. Create a Nokia-esque Snake game, create a giant clock or build an entire building from the command line!!! So bring as much Pi gear as you can and we’ll supply the rest. We’ll also have 2 tech lord Python programmers on hand to help with any questions.

The next meeting is from 6-7:30pm Wednesday, 28th May 2014 at Treshna in the EPIC building. The doors at the EPIC building may be locked, so send me a txt message on 027 326 7676 and I’ll come let you in. Please R.S.V.P. to benet [at] starlifterdigital.com by 5pm Tuesday, 27th May so that we know how many people are coming and how much gear we need.

Many thanks to our partner PiShop.co.nz and our continuing supporters Treshna and Metasolutions. As a show of support to Christchurch Raspberry Jam PiShop.co.nz is offering members trade/wholesale prices on all Raspberry Pi related purchases. Simply visit PiShop.co.nz and use the coupon code RASPBERRYJAM on check out.

See ya then,
Benet AKA Dr Hitchcock

P.S. Congrats to Jam regulars Steve, Elliot and their family on the epic win at the Hoyts Stars Wars dress-up comp, May the 4th (be with you). Hopefully they’ll bring their Light Saber to the next jam :D

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – April 2014

Ninja Pi Crust outline

Hey there Raspians!

We’re well into Autumn now and it’s time for another Raspberry Jam meet-up in Christchurch, New Zealand. This meeting I’m going to be demonstrating what I’ve been up to lately with my new hardware from Sydney based Ninja Blocks, the Ninja Pi Crust.

Ninja Blocks create tiny cloud enabled computers that can sense their environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors & can affect their surroundings by controlling lights, power sockets, and other actuators. I bought one so that if my wife and I were ever out and about and were worried about something being accidently left on at home, for example a hair straightener, we can turn it off remotely. There are many other uses just check out their website for more info.

The next meeting is Wednesday, 30th April 2014 at Treshna in the EPIC building. Click here for more info.

Many thanks to our partner PiShop.co.nz and our continuing supporters Treshna and Metasolutions. As a show of support to Christchurch Raspberry Jam PiShop.co.nz is offering members trade/wholesale prices on all Raspberry Pi related purchases. Simply visit PiShop.co.nz and use the coupon code RASPBERRYJAM on check out.

See ya then,
Benet AKA Dr Hitchcock

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – March 2014

Raspberry Pi FM transmitter tutorial

Hi there Pirates,

We’re well into Autumn and the days sure are getting crisper. What more would you want to do than bike around the orange leaved parks with your fellow bike gang cranking tunes as you go.

Well this Raspberry Jam we’re gonna work through the Raspberry Pirate Radio tutorial at Makezine. So bring your Pi, a fresh SD card, a portable FM radio and we’ll provide the rest. There’s gonna be a little soldiering as well as flashing an SD card.

So come techy and geeky, fun and freaky; we’re gonna have more fun with Pi and it won’t be the same without ya ;D

Many thanks to our new partner PiShop.co.nz and our continuing supporters Treshna and Metasolutions.

See ya then,
Benet AKA Dr Hitchcock

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – February 2014

Icecast screen from StarlifterRadio.com

G’day mates,

Well I’m fresh from a holiday in Australia and ready for another Raspberry Jam in Christchurch.

Attendees at the last event were quite interested by RaspBMC and how it works. I wonder if anyone had a chance to set up their own at home?

This time I’m going to be hosting a tutorial on setting up your own Internet Radio Station using Icecast and Ezstream. With this stack you can listen to your music library anywhere on your local network and with some trickery anywhere else online.

So come young and old, techy and geeky, fun and freaky; we’re gonna have more fun with Pi and it won’t be the same without ya ;D

See ya then,
Benet AKA Dr Hitchcock

Christchurch Raspberry Jam – January 2014

RaspBMC

Happy New Year!

Did you get a Raspberry Pi for Christmas? Do you wanna hang with other like minded Raspberry Pi peeps? Then come along to the first Christchurch Raspberry Jam for 2014.

We had quite a diverse group attend the November meet-up, including developers looking at using the Pi for commercial uses to school students looking to learn more about Gnu/Linux & Programming as well as a Dad considering using one as his home entertainment centre.

This time around I’ll be demonstrating how RaspBMC, the Raspberry Pi version of home media software XMBC, works.

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Raspberry Jam – Christchurch – Meet Up #1

Raspberry Pi WiFi Radio

Hey there!

First up thanks to all the cats who came to the initial Christchurch Raspberry Jam meet and greet. It’s just lovely to see local enthusiasm in the Raspberry Pi.

For official meeting number one we’re moving to our regular space, Treshna @ EPIC. Bring your Raspberry Pi, passion, geekiness and a friend for some low/high tech radness. I have just recently built a WiFi Web Radio with a Pi utilising the Pandora Internet Radio service, complete with an LCD screen and physical push button controls. I’ll be bringing this along for people to have a look and a poke at.

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Raspberry Jam – Christchurch – Meet Up #0

Raspberry Pi and SD card

Howdy yo!

So anyone who knows me at least a little remotely knows I’m a huge fan of the Raspberry Pi computer. It’s small, cute, versatile and super fun. And after finally getting settled back in Christchurch after a fabulous 3 years in Melbourne I’m gearing up to share the RasPi love around this fair city.

Back in the UK where the glorious Pi was born people have started gathering under the banner of Raspberry Jam. So come Wednesday 30th October we’ll be having our initial Raspberry Jam meet-up to see who’s interested in the Pi, what people have been doing with their Pi’s and encouraging other people to get involved.  The lovely folks at MakerCrate by the Pallet Pavillion have offered us the use of their space.

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Scratch Pad

Scratch Pad

Hey there!

Have you ever wanted to just quickly type out a few short ideas. Not necessarily to have to save for later but just to get down on pad, or screen? Well, inspired by an article from Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga I had a little play and made myself a simple, distraction free place at: http://starlifterdigital.com/scratchpad.html.

Feel free to use it for all those little moments of inspiration.

Enjoy,
Benet.