In my novel Force For Good, the teenagers create a supercomputer out of Raspberry Pi’s and use it to fight back against gangbangers.
Three years after it was accomplished in fiction, the instructions on How To Make A Raspberry Pi SuperComputer are online at Instructables!
Looks like I am on a Raspberry Pi binge again. I checked my email this morning and found this:
Augment Your Reality With The iTorch raspberry pi flashlight projector
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:
RASPBERRY PI KEEPS WOWING US EVEN TWO YEARS AFTER LAUNCH
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.