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While Nintendo is refusing to take my money I might as well throw the question out there; is there any reason to buy New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe instead of Super Mario Maker 2?

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I’m making progress on the music player for my kids. Using Pi MusicBox on the Pi, I can control playback using mpc on my Mac.

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A music player for the kids

My kids, Iris and Ebbe, are four and a half, and two years old respectively. Both of them loves to listen to music and dance. Compared to when I was a kid they have access to tremendous amounts of music. If I wanted to listen to a song as a child, I had to have it on a cassette or later in life a cd. Today’s kids have access to ”all the world’s music” in Spotify, Apple Music or similar.1

The problem with the modern world in this regard is that a cassette deck and a box of cassettes is much more kid friendly than a smart device like a phone or tablet with Spotify and possibly also a smart speaker connected via bluetooth, AirPlay or a Chromecast.

Spotify has a nice solution for this in there Spotify Codes. It wouldn’t be to hard to make a whole box of cards, one for each album and/or playlist that the kids want, and teach them how to scan the cards with Spotify. The problem is that it requires them to use their iPad (or my phone, or their mother’s phone).

Why is that a problem? Because if they use the iPad they will undoubtable be sidetracked by YouTube or something similar. Sometimes having them watching videos is great. I’m certain that the reason Iris know quite a few words in English, despite being a Swede with Swedish parents, is that she’s watched a lot of English videos on YouTube. But sometimes I want them to just listen to music and not having to have a discussion about why they are allowed to use the iPad but not the apps they want.

So I’ve started toying with the idea of building them a music player that works as simple or simpler than Spotify Codes but that is a dedicated hardware device, a Raspberry Pi. The plan is for it to use either QR codes or NFC tags to control what is being played, so that way the kids can have a box of cards with artwork, similar to the box of cassettes that I had as a kid.

I think it will work.

Right now I’m going to test various setups for it and document my progress here on the blog, under the tag The Kid’s Music Player.

Some links to similar projects


  1. Yes, I am being Captain Obvious here, I know. 

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Religiös extremism, patriarkala strukturer och hederskultur ska inte bekämpas som vore de uttryck för mångkultur eller bristande anpassning till Sverige. De ska bekämpas eftersom de är ett hot mot universella värden och ett fungerande demokratiskt och mångkulturellt samhälle.

Andreas Johansson Heinö: Mångkultur utan identitetspolitik, så ser det liberala svaret ut – DN.SE

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🎞 Watched: True Detective – The Great War and Modern Memory (S3E01)

Season 2 of True Detective was a massive drop in quality compared to season 1 however based on the first episode it seems like season three is a return to form.

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Kvällspromenad

Varvsgatan,
Arvika

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Sälviksvägen 1
Fjällbacka

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Vilken censurtjänst från ett kommersiellt it-företag ska Dalarnas kommuner köpa in för att särskilja filmen Fifty shades of grey från ett BDSM-klipp på Pornhub?

Antiliberalt censurkrav från Liberala kvinnor Dalarna – Evelyn Schreiber

Bra ledarartikel om hur feltänkt det blir när moralismen ska få styra vad vi får se på internet.

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Sushi till middag, på Heat. 🍣

Södra Hamngatan 9,
Strömstad

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Vi började förmiddagen med en tur ner till havet.

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Trevlig utsikt på lunchen.

Ångbåtskajen,
Strömstad

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↪️ Reply to: Kommunanställd i Bromölla anmäler sig själv – har bett till Gud på arbetstid | SVT Nyheter

Mycket bra! Det behövs mer civil olydnad av den här sorten. Och Moderaterna, för helvete, ni är bättre än sådana här tramsregler.

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🔖 Bookmarked Massaman curry- Lättlagad thailändsk gryta – ZEINAS KITCHEN

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🔖 Bookmarked Tikka masala med kyckling eller oumph – ZEINAS KITCHEN

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🔖 Bookmarked Kyckling karahi- Pakistansk gryta – ZEINAS KITCHEN

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An incredibly beautiful sky tonight. The photo doesn’t do it justice at all, but I had to at least try.

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Strömstad 2019

Linn och jag är för närvarande i Strömstad, på en semesterresa utan barnen. Ebbe är hos Linns föräldrar och Iris hos min mamma.

Varken Linn eller jag har varit i Strömstad förut. Linn har heller aldrig varit på västkusten förut, undantaget Göteborg och för min del har västkusten mestadels varit synonym med Hunnebostrand. Så därför hamnade vi här, helt enkelt för att ingen av oss varit här förut.

Vi passade på som en del i vår Arvikaresa, så att vi kunde lämna bort barnen några dagar och åka själva. Det är sällan vi kommer iväg på saker utan barnen, så när det väl blir av är det jätteskönt. Tanken var från början att boka ett spahotell här men vi var för sega med att bestämma allt, så när vi väl fick tummen ur så var det fullbokat. Därför hamnade vi på Strömstad Camping, ett äventyr i sig eftersom jag inte varit på en camping sen jag var barn och Linn aldrig har campat. Hur som helst så bokade vi en stuga och det är där jag nu sitter och skrivet det här.

Idag har vi gjort själva resan hit från Arvika och sen har vi flanerat på ett shoppingcenter innan vi åkte till campingen. Sen satt vi länge på altanen i solen och drack vin, prosecco och öl och åt chips innan vi slutligen gick on mot Strömstads centrum, promenade bland pirerna och åt middag på The Dubliner at Skagerack. God mat och väldigt mysigt läge!

Under resans gång har jag meckat lite med att posta platsinformation tillsammans med bilder, så därför har det blivit lite extra blogginlägg vilket är kul. Exakt hur jag ska använda platsinformationen på sikt vet jag inte men det är kul att ha det sparat, särskilt när vi är på nya ställen som nu.

Jag försöker även tagga alla inlägg härifrån med Strömstad 2019.

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Checked in at Porten mot Väster

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Checked in at Stolt spejare

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Checked in at Hamnen i Strömstad

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Så många båtar och en underbar sommarkväll.

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Using AI to suggest someone might want to rethink a comment – before posting – may seem like a small thing but, if it gives people pause, even for a second, it could contribute to an environment more conducive to maintaining good mental health and should be applauded.

❤️ Moral responsibility – Colin Walker

I agree 100%. Good move on Instagram’s part.

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I’m glad the Nintendo Switch Lite wasn’t available at the Switch’s original launch as I would probably have opted for it since I didn’t think I’d use it connected to the tv much, and because I probably would have been cheap. I still don’t use it in tv mode much but for those times when I do, I really love that I can do it.

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Checked in at Strömstad Camping

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Incheckade och nya anlända till vår lilla stuga på Strömstad Camping.

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Checked in at Rosellmagasinet

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Lunchstopp på väg mot Strömstad. Att spontanstanna så här, dessutom lite utanför vår planerade rutt är ovanligt för oss. Ovanligt men kul!

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Cortex #3: Good for Brain Health – Relay FM

I’ve been relistening to the first episodes of Cortex and it is interesting to do so with hindsight and to see how straight the line is from this monologue by Grey to Project Cyclops.

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Om könsrock 26 november 2015 kl 06.00 – Snedtänkt med Kalle Lind | Sveriges Radio

Det här avsnittet av Snedtänkt kan vara det roligaste någonsin! Just det här citatet är extra intressant idag, bara några år senare när humorlösa personer inte bara finns utan även har möjlighet att styra en nätmobb.

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Accidental Tech Podcast: 331: The Technical Burden of Users

In my opinion, that kind of interaction with a tv device or a watch or something similarly limited is the best kinds of interactions.

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The third “handyman” project of the summer, a playhouse (is that the correct term) for the kids. The foundation is almost finished now!

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🔖 Bookmarked H.I. #60: The Beautiful Game — Hello Internet

Greatest. Statement. Ever.

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↪️ Reply to: Accidental Tech Podcast: 332: Fuzzy Muppet Felt

I am so glad that I’m not as picky about monitors as John and Marco. In my world there are tons of good external displays that cost almost nothing.

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↪️ Reply to: The Incomparable | Bane on a Plane (Episode 466)

It’s so interesting, the panel here thought that it was pretty well hinted at who was the actual villain of this movie, whereas I thought it came completely out of the left field. The scene mentioned here, by contrast, I thought brought me out of the movie because it was so obvious that this was how the movie was going to end.

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Fimpa rökförbudet | Ledarredaktionen on acast

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🎧 Listened to: Fimpa rökförbudet | Ledarredaktionen on acast

Bra diskussion om det vettlösa nya rökförbudet. Jag har aldrig rökt och vill aldrig göra det men förstår inte varför vi ska låta politiker och särintressen uppfostra oss. Låt vuxna människor själva fatta beslut om saker!

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↪️ Reply to: @smokey

Thanks! That means that if the Rube Goldberg Machine that is my Shortcuts for posting from iOS works, this should show up as a reply to your reply to me.

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Hillbilly Elegy

📖 Read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

I’ve been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it around the time it was published, so I was glad to see that I could listen to it in ”BookBeat”, the audiobooks subscription service I’m currently using.

The book was very interesting and easy to listen to. I knew very little, if anything, about hillbilly culture before listening to this book. I also feel like I know pretty much nothing about the white American working class coming from the horses mouth, only from people on the right or left not coming from the group in question.

Though I’m not a conservative, the part about how the hillbillies problems go deeper than what social policies can change and that part of the responsibility for the problems, and thereby the solution, lie with the people themselves spoke to me. It seems like Vance is the old school type of conservative or republican, the kind that was more prevalent before the party was hijacked by a buffoon and those power-hungry enough to sell out every single principle they have as long as they feel like they can use the buffoon in question for their own personal gain. The kind that I respect.

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@verso Are there any more episodes of your Westworld podcast, after the reactions to S2E10? The feed appears to not have anything newer that that episode.
I finished season two of Westworld yesterday and I desperately need you and Don to help me through this!

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I had totally forgotten that not only is Pokémon Go really fun, it’s also incredibly addictive.

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Preparing the headsets for our VR exhibition.

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🎞 Watched: True Detective – The Long Bright Dark

Linn and I have been wanting to find a new show that we can both get into and this one seems very promising.

Great acting by McConaughey and Harrelson and nice chemistry between them. Also very nice work by the make-up department.

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📖 Read ”Kvinnan på tåget” by Paula Hawkins

Judging by the reviews on GoodReads, this is a really divisive book. Either people love it or they hate it. To me it was quite middle of the road. I watched the movie a few years ago and liked it and the book was okay.

I mainly have two problems with it.

  1. The characters are unlikeable. All of them. The closest I cqme to caring about either of them is that I pity Rachel.

  2. It’s too long. If it was shortened by about 20% all the necessary points in it could still be hit, but it would be a quicker read.

And lastly, I don’t get why this gets compared to Gone Girl.

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