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New coffee shop opening in Folkestone

Apr16
The Hub cycle shop bike repair bike hire bike repair bike hire folkestone herald the hub cycle shop loaf
Don't think it's a secret but STAY TUNED for more details.

In other opening / closing news, read in the Folkestone Herald that The Hub is closing. The cycle shop is going anyway, don't know how this affects Loaf cafe which is connected.
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Picture frame pi is BACK

Apr15
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There was a loose connection to the raspberry pi [[camera module. Fixed that and it is back on the internets again...

From April 2014


Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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No sign of the badger last night

Apr15
Spoke to a neighbour who had also seen the badger in our front garden, while I was out "gossiping on the front step", as Clare would have it. Actually I was taking out the recycling, and then as it was still so nice I mowed the lawn. Our front lawn is looking pretty good right now, and our back garden is looking quite tidy too. At least it was before Harry and Tommy and their cousins spent the day playing in it, will see when I get in from work today...

UPDATE: oh yeah I can see!
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My love affair with the Golden Gate chinese is over

Apr13
I usually phone my order in to the Golden Gate Chinese in Cheriton, it is my favourite in the area. Was my favourite. Estimated half hour wait before collecting my food, but when I got there they had not started processing the order and it was another forty minutes after that. I know it was Saturday night and they were likely to be busy, but that's why I phoned. I'm going to stop going there now. Probably.
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Accident on the M20

Apr13
We were caught up in this for a couple of hours yesterday when we tried to take Harry bowling. We got off lightly though, at least we were not either of the people hit by the lorry or jumping off the bridge, and then luckily we didn't witness the carnage either.
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Badger in our garden

Apr13
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From April 2014


Hmm not a great picture, I definitely need to get the raspberry pi pi noir infrared camera soon.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Picture frame pi appears to have gone bang

Apr12
It took it's last picture yesterday morning and now it's not responding on the network. Also the led on the camera is permanently on. The annoying part of having it set up like this:

From April 2014


is that if it disappears off the wireless network I'll have to take it out of the frame again and plug in a keyboard and screen to see what is up...

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Nest thermostat comments

Apr11
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Lots here on the Telegraph website. Hmm am I becoming a Telegraph sort of guy, agreeing with the points of its readers? It's looking more and more like Nest have made a lot of assumptions in its claims about how big the savings would be - seems to me like my heating bills might go up if I used the Nest thermostat rather than down - perhaps people in america do not have timers on their heating, and they just have their air con and heating on 24 hours? YEAH There would be some savings there, but if you're mean like me and just have it turned off most of the time, this system is only going to turn it on more often.

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nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
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Got a refund on my Nest Thermostat already

Apr10
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Clare took the Nest thermostat to the "click and collect" point in Hythe, where you can take your parcels to go to be delivered, or to be collected by major retailers. And the money is back in my account already! Ready for me to pay the gara bill today :-(

Glossary:

nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
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Chas & Dave: On The Road 25 Oct 2014

Apr10
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Chas and Dave 25th Oct (tickets)
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I thought Dave out of Chas and Dave had retired?


Chas & Dave make a welcome return to Folkestone with the On the Road Tour. The 2014 tour and new album, That's What Happens celebrate the duo's 50th anniversary. Catch the legendary rockney pair live; along with brand new music expect to hear the hits Rabbit, Ain't No Pleasing You, Margate & London Girls.
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Arduino microview is very neat

Apr10
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Arduino Microview.

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arduino: arduino is open source hardware prototyping, it's how I do my diy electronics
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Has this not already happened?

Apr10
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Human race to split in two.

Also why is pope to step down the top read story on bbc.co.uk/news today? Was that not ages ago?
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Returning my Nest Thermostat

Apr10
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I know it only claims to be a thermostat. Also now I've read more reviews I'm suspicious. Lots of the 5* reviews are saying things like "duh, well I can read, I'm not an idiot so I knew it wouldn't replace the water timer". Also I'm slightly concerned by this review I think that would apply to us:

... the UK Nest version requires a second device (the Heat Link) to operate in the UK, rather than being directly attached to the wiring (like the US version). This is a deal breaker for me as I feel it's a step backwards (two separate devices mounted on my wall, replacing my current single device? - sorry, but no thanks.) I appreciate this may be good for some installations (where the boiler is outside of the dwelling, perhaps in a garage), but I want my Nest installed in place of the existing thermostat. Even if I was to have the Heat Link installed in the location of my current thermostat (hallway), and have the Nest thermostat installed elsewhere (lounge), Nest would require a plug socket and have an ugly cable trailing up the wall to power it.


Doesn't sound like in our situation we would have just the thermostat floating on the wall like in all the pictures. We need the heat link and probably trailing wires. I assumed the heat link would go inside the airing cupboard wired to the boiler and that would talk wirelessly to the thermostat. Not 100% on this, but by the time I'd figured that out for sure it would be too late to send it back, so I'm sending it back now. Hopefully Nest will figure out what the UK really needs and have a "double timer" for the water too. Or maybe I'll take the money I've saved, get an electrician in to fit my lightwaverf relay to my existing boiler (I think there are separate controls for the heat and water) and then I can control it all with software...

Nest have also withdrawn their smoke alarm. I would say it's not going super well for them right now, but they do seem to have some super fans who will carry them through.

Glossary:

nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
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Things to do in Folkestone

Apr9
Just found this from http://www.camperbay.com. Written by someone at work I think. I don't know how many vw camper hire websites there are that people from work work on, but here is another...
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Knew I should have got an infrared camera already

Apr9
Clare just saw a badger out the front, and I missed it. Would have been GREAT to have some evidence to show Harry and put in his homework journal, as the topic this week is wildlife, particularly minibeasts. A badger is more of a maxbeast though.
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Paul Clarke's - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do js, node, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, time travel, stained glass...