In my novel Force For Good, the teenagers create a supercomputer out of Raspberry Pi’s and use it to fight back against gangbangers.
Looks like I am on a Raspberry Pi binge again. I checked my email this morning and found this:
Wouldn’t it be great if we let kids in school work on projects that they were interested in?
It wouldn’t have to be computer-related. Instead of drill and practice for standardized exams they could make an augmented reality device, paint a picture, make a Rube Goldberg machine, make a movie, a cartoon, write a novel. I think anything like this would be better than the deadening, creative killing process we put kids through in most schools.
In my novel Force for Good, a tiny computer called a Raspberry Pi, plays an important role. I was happy to see the following article that describes how young people all over the world are making creative use of this ingenious device:
I was in a quandary today. I needed another name server and didn’t feel like forking over big bucks for another machine. And then it hit me, what would “Ordinary” do? He happens to be a computer geek and one of the main characters in my novel “Force for Good“.
I rummaged in a canvas bag and dug out a small plastic box. It was my beloved Raspberry Pi. I rushed down the stairs to the basement and took a deep breath while gazing at the blinking blue and amber lights. The soft whir of the fans whispered in my ears and I was trapped. The Raspberry Pi would take its place in the Muggington pantheon of silicon this day.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Raspberry Pi is an ultra-cheap but perfectly functional computer. A few minutes later I had the little beast connected to the network and after a few more hours it was a new web and name server on my small homegrown network. In fact, that $35 dollar Raspberry Pi might have directed you to this blog post.
What a strange, odd life we humans lead.