All posts by Maxine McCabe

A sneak peek at our spooky Halloween installation







The Edge team are putting their finishing touches to the Halloween Pi prototypes and, believe me, they’re spooky! (The prototypes that is, not the team.)

Using the combination of a Raspberry Pi, some computer generated special effects, a laser cutter and a whole heap of creative talent, these guys have built something I’m sure will put a chill down even the toughest of spines. Beware: the installation will be on show somewhere in The Edge over the next couple of weeks!

Tickets are still available for this four day workshop so if you’re looking for a creative way to learn about Raspberry Pi programming, or just another excuse to spend a few days with our awesome team register for the workshop today. At the end of the four weeks you’ll have an installation like this one (or of your own design) to scare your friends and family with – don’t tell my flatmate, but I’ll be putting mine in the pantry so he stops stealing my food! Tickets are limited so if you’re keen, don’t delay.

Destruction, reconstruction, and bakery treats.

When you are the child of a telecommunications technician, you grow up around piles of decommissioned telephones, copper wire and sometimes entire telephone boxes (never police boxes, though, so my love of Doctor Who remains a mystery). Armed with a screwdriver (not sonic) I developed an interest in dismantling things – all things – and gradually started to find the skills necessary to put them back together, with varying degrees of success.

It’s a habit I carried through to adulthood. I like building and fixing microphone cables, half my wage goes to IKEA furniture, and last weekend I had a fair go at changing the tyre on my car. It was messy work and as hard as I tried I just could not channel Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters and prevent my nice, new, white shirt from becoming the next victim of my inept driving. Nor could I save my face, hair, wallet and everything else I came into contact with over the next three days. Just like Google, you could have tracked my entire week’s activities to the minute by the footprints I left behind.

Now, as The Edge’s latest Communications Intern, I get to share my love of destruction, creation, and self-reliance by working on the communications plan for the Creative Community Computing project. If you don’t already know about it, read this blog post from past intern Sophie Meixner – she sums it up beautifully.

After a week of tackling communications objectives under Beck’s gentle and experienced guidance – as well as the adventures in cake that seem to be a recurring topic for interns at The Edge – today was much more hands on. With help from Andrei, The Edge’s Outreach Catalyst and the driving force behind Creating Community Computing project, Abidi and I decided it was time to document the dismantling and rebuilding of an HP Compaq 8100. I unscrewed, unplugged and unbolted my way to victory only to realise that I’d accidentally dismantled an office chair instead.

I’m not great with computers.

After the false start we successfully turned a working computer into a working computer (is anyone familiar with the Myth of Sisyphus?) and I felt ready to embark on achieving world domination, one RAM upgrade at a time.