8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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Although the Apple HQ is a beautiful design, I’m don’t like how it is completely disconnected from the surrounding areas, missing a chance to make a part of Silicon Valley more urban and interesting. Instead of trying to stitch the HQ into the local area — like a office tower in Manhattan or S.F., which would create vitality as the Apple workers walk to lunch in the neighborhood, or walk to errands, and so on — it’s an disconnected island. And will the public be able to see this building, or will it be fully locked up? Also, Silicon Valley has a huge housing shortage, so why not build some housing for Apple workers on the site, perhaps for visiting workers or new employees?
That said, I highly recommend the documentary about Norman Foster called "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620785/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">IMDB listing</a>. The film recounts Foster’s career and focuses on many of his famous buildings. It was recently in the Netflix instant view library.