Below is an XML version of some of my latest blog posts.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <blog_post> <post> <title>Retro Pi</title> <date>22/11/2016</date> <category>TECHNICAL TOOLS</category> <body> <p>I’ve been trying to get a Raspberry Pi 3 project off the ground for a while now – specifically since the other half treated me to one last February. I’ve always had fantastical ideas for my projects. Too many great ideas, inaccessible ideas, this has put me off even plugging it in and installing an operating system. I must organise the perfect project first, I thought. However last weekend, I took it out of the box and installed Raspbian. I now plan on turning it into a retro gaming device using RetroPie because instead of having grand plans I think it’s a better idea to at least become a user instead of putting off becoming an experimenter.</p> </body> <tags>CODING, GAMING, MACHINE, OPEN SOURCE, PROGRAMMING,PYTHON, RASPBERRY PI, RETROPIE, TECHNOLOGY, USER FRIENDLY</tags> </post> <post> <title>HTML Buttons</title> <date>21/11/2016</date> <category>CODE, TECHNICAL TOOLS</category> <body> <p>I wanted to make some HTML buttons for my site on the portfolio section, and I found that WordPress very irritatingly removes indentations and new lines from my code. Does anyone else have this issue? I now make all my edits in Notepad++, copy and paste then refresh or debug in Google’s page inspector. It’s very difficult to muddle through your stylesheet when it’s all on one line. I’m going to investigate a plugin to see if WordPress can offer better HTML editing facilities.</p> </body> <tags>CODING, EDITING, HTML, HUMAN, MACHINE, NOTEPAD++, PROGRAMMING, TECHNOLOGY, USER FRIENDLY</tags> </post> <post> <title>XML</title> <date>17/11/2016</date> <category>TECHNICAL TOOLS</category> <body>Project Nebula is an amateur, unmanned, collaborative space exploration project I hope to bring to life. <p>Project Nebula serves to make space exploration accessible to the amateur. Our aim is to test a variety of high altitude balloons (with lightweight, low budget payloads) using different distances/launch sites/trajectory aims, etc. Real time data will be collected by the c-band antenna and data analysis will be carried out. Data we hope to gather will include images, trajectory, weather anomalies, communications, and potentially astronomical observations such as radio, optical and other.</p> <p>I believe the project could benefit greatly from XML.</p> <p>The aim of our project is an open collaboration culminating in making all the data gathered available open source.</p> <p>We wish to involve those who are from any background (not necessarily IT or astrophysics) and we need a streamline way to document the experience. XML is both machine and human readable, and easy to learn. This will promote the accessibility aspect of our project</p> </body> <tags>ASTROPHYSICS, C-BAND ANTENNA,COLLABORATION,COMMUNICATIONS, DATA, HUMAN, MACHINE, OPEN SOURCE, SATELLITE, SPACE, SPACE EXPLORATION, TECHNOLOGY, XML</tags> </post> <post> <title>TO BOLDLY GO</title> <date>12/11/2016</date> <category>COLLABORATION</category> <body> <p>I Googled low budget space exploration and this was the first search result:</p> <p>“India’s Mars mission has a price tag of about $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million cost of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s latest Mars program.”</p> <p><link>Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2014/09/23/how-india-mounted-the-worlds-cheapest-mission-to-mars/</link></p> <p>Doesn’t seem very low budget or accessible to the amateur, now does it?</p> <p>Since I was a little girl I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to explore space; I still do. However I’m not going to be accepted into the astronaut class anytime soon so my only option is high altitude ballooning and reaching the stratosphere.</p> <p>But what if we could collaborate? Enthusiasts from all over the world could create budget nano satellites. But how can they be launched? Is it possible to send up a rocket as a payload to be launched from the outer atmosphere? I genuinely don’t know the answers to this but I want to find out.</p> <p>First of all I want to gather data on high altitude ballooning without the risk of losing a payload. This will be real time data gathering and analysis. How you ask? All will be revealed in the next few weeks if I get the go ahead for this project. The data will be open source and I hope to coordinate the project as a collaborative effort.</p> <p>watch this <pun>space</pun> for more details on Project Nebula.</p> </body> <tags>ASTROPHYSICS, C-BAND ANTENNA, COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATIONS, DATA, HUMAN, LOW BUDGET, MACHINE, NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE, OPEN SOURCE, PROJECT NEBULA, SATELLITE, SPACE, SPACE EXPLORATION, TECHNOLOGY</tags> </post> <post> <title>THE DELETIONIST</title> <date>8/11/2016</date> <category>RESEARCH, TECHNICAL TOOLS</category> <body> <p>This might be saying something about my predilection for the dystopic, but the idea of the Association of Wikipedia Deletitionists is quite intriguing. As the Wikipedia entry says, “deletionist” can be seen as a derogatory term, however aren’t all editors deletionists in some form? Cutting out the noise from entries to produce concisely edited, factual, cited pieces only serves to benefit the craft of Wikipedia creation. Deletionism sounds elitist and policing but why not have standards? If you wish to cultivate information sources all information should be as accurate and relevant as possible. Why should readers have to filter through the rubbish to pick up some key facts about a subject? Why are we subjected to hoaxes and false information that serves only to spread mass hysteria? An encyclopaedia should be factual. Any other waffle is best left for the pub if you ask me.</p> <p>Have a read and let me know what you think</p> <link>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Deletionism</link> </body> <tags>CITATION, COLLABORATION, DATA, DELETIONIST, EDITING, ENCYCLOPEDIA, HUMAN, OPEN SOURCE, RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY, WIKIPEDIA</tags> </post> </blog_post>