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The Whirlpool/Hotpoint repair people seemed pretty good, but ultimately they had no spare parts left in stock. At least they refunded me the repair fee in full.

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My ~10 year old induction hob broke rather explosively. I would normally just replace this but it was flush-fitted into the worksurface and of course it's not a standard size.

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Twitter has been broken for me for the best part of the last 20 hours now. I'm kind of curious what on earth is going on.

Established a stockpile of microcontrollers due to the ongoing shortage.

A lot of STM32 parts are on back-order with up to a year (!) lead time now, so ATSAMD it is...

The hacky aeroponics system is now online, with tomatoes and chilies.

Just thinking about how the near-realtime high res satellite imagery we've seen of the Ever Given would have been unthinkable even 5 years ago.

(Imagery: Planet, Airbus, Capella Space)

Just made public my attempt to sneak some embedded rust into the electronic badge for EMF 2020. Probably would have succeeded if we hadn't had to cancel the event.

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New session: Perseverance ⟷ ExoMars TGO
Expected data: 878 MB in 18 minutes
Configured bitrate: 32/32 kbps

Data comes from this surprisingly unknown (and also really slow but pretty) JPL webapp, which has been around a while but nobody seems to have noticed.

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New space-bot!

@mrn_status will tell you when when the robots around Mars are talking to each other, or back to Earth.

It should hopefully be a lot more informative/less noisy than my other bot @dsn_status.

I also improved the rendering recently so wind farms are visible at lower zooms (including wind farms under construction). North Sea looks a lot nicer now.

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I've added some power network stats to OpenInfraMap, which is quite interesting and useful for spotting infrastructure mapping errors!

Since we're unexpectedly stuck at home for Christmas, I cooked Chinese food.

This was a good decision.

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I know, you have been waiting for Glasgow campaign for way too long -- we appreciate your patience! ;) One year later, one additional major hardware revision, and one of the strangest years in living memory winding to a close. The time has finally come!

Since I haven't mentioned it on here in a while - I have a new page with some graphs of the growth of the new variant in the UK:

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Got an email from someone at the European Centres for Disease Control complimenting my COVID stats tracker and suggesting a few changes which I was already working on.

Quite pleased with that endorsement!

Thankfully they're based on the opposite side of London so I suspect it's unlikely to be delivered at the beginning of the window.

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Turns out the downside of ordering food in bulk from a restaurant supplier is that their delivery window is from 06:30...

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