The piweekly newsletter is a compilation of news from the Raspberry Pi community, including updates from the Foundation, developments in the technical realm and reports of various notable ongoings, as well as links to interesting projects from individuals and organisations around the UK and the rest of the world, not only technical hardware and software projects but also community events and initiatives.
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This week it seems that the internet has been invaded by one bear, Bionic Babbage. We would like to congratulate Dave Ackerman for the success of his breaking the world record for highest armateur live photo. If you didn’t already know, Dave is a Raspberry Pi enthusiast whose hobby it is to send Pis up on helium balloons to take pictures of the Earth. This time Babbage Bear (the Raspberry Pi mascot) manned the mission and took pictures along the way, before reconstructing Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking freefall. All this on a budget of £300 (compared to Red Bull’s £30,000,000).
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
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