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Just the right 6B soft pencil for a Makey Makey pencil & paper controller #makeymakey #makeymakeymonday

Giles Booth found just the right 6B soft pencil for a Makey Makey pencil & paper controller:

First up I tried an HB pencil (I guess this equates to a No. 2 pencil in the US). No luck. Then a rather cool solid graphite pencil of my daughter’s. This almost worked, but wasn’t reliable. Then eldest son lent me his 6B Koh-I-Noor art pencil. This was The Business. Our new pencil and paper gamepad works a treat. (Don’t ask me what a 6B pencil is in US currency, but it’s soft, baby, darn soft.)

I tweaked the Scaredy Squirrel Scratch game code so the game is started by a spacebar rather than clicking the green flag, so I could add a start button too. Awesome!

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