Monday, October 26, 2020

UK Doorstep Parcel Collections

Exciting news that Royal Mail will be collecting parcels from doorsteps for a small fee (via Adrian Hon, who thinks through potential improvements). Earlier yesterday, Mrs Scribe had been talking about the inconvenience of returning clothes these days, and I suggested Amazon would probably offer a pick-up service soon. I'm not overly fond of the Amazon megacorp running entire societies, so it's nice to see Royal Mail (The Queen! The Queen! etc) getting in there fast. Who knows, maybe they'll soon be nationalised along with the trains, but don't hold your breath.

But as our daily consumer routines continue to get disrupted by a mishmash of lockdown rules and rapidly evolving social culture (or even before covid kicked off), is there an argument that our delivery networks are important an infrastructure as high speed broadband, as transport, as anything else that needs to deliver something? What would society look like if everyone could post 5 things within the nation for free?

Personally I'm going to have to try out the new scheme once various lifedust settles. More projects to mess about with 🙃

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Packaging rebirths

Whenever I get something through the post these days, I always have a quick think about whether I could reuse the packaging for something. This little box arrived today - it *almost* fits a standard 6x4 print, which is good enough once a sharp knife gets involved.

A one-off project, an exhibition in a box, sent through the mail network.

But what might that actually look like, I wonder?

Friday, October 16, 2020

Masking Thoughts

Mini protest spotted in Eastbourne. I didn't ask for details TBH. Not sure it's science either.

Friday, October 02, 2020

New NES gaming.

Is buying a modern NES game a sign of a midlife crisis this side of the millennium? I don't know, not sure I care, but am having fun playing Hundred Rabbit's Donsol card game, now that I've figured out the mechanics. Based on a standard deck of cards, Donsol is a dungeon-attack game featuring monsters, healing and shields, and each round of four cards sees you figuring out an order to choose them in, and what your strategy is for facing the probability of cards afterwards. It's one of those games that you could play with cards, but letting the computer do all the maths for you takes the pain away, and just blat through a set of cards after set of cards.

Here it is running on the GPi setup I'm running for handheld emulating: