30–09–2021

Much like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum I fixed up, the Amiga has a special place in my heart. I’m not alone in this, by a long way. For folks who were into computers in the late 80s / early 90s, the Amiga was one of the most interesting…


30–08–2021

Field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs are wonderful little devices. In a nutshell, they are a whole load of logic blocks, wired together with interconnects. These logic blocks can be wired up however you like, to create simple, or complicated circuits. Anything from a simple XOR gate, to…


30–07–2021

I don’t often talk about my work on the internet — it’s been somewhat under wraps for a while now. But just recently, I’ve had a little breakthrough, writing up my results in a paper and getting all the code and data ready for folks to review online. …


30–06–2021

The Nintendo Famicom — one of the earliest consoles, released in 1983. To most of us in the West, we know it as the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). I was lucky to pick this up in Ojamakan for around £9 and at the same time, snaffle a couple…


28–05–2021

The ZX Spectrum is quite the beloved retro computer here in the UK (and in other parts of the world too I believe). It was cheap, it looked cool and it enabled a lot of young folks to get into computing and create their own software. Designed and…


26–04–2021

Masks have become somewhat more normalised these days. I won’t go on about the, well, utterly terrible pandemic that’s still raging on at the moment, except to say quite a few things have changed — some in deep and subtle ways. I used to check I had my…


28–03–2021

The Polybius arcade cabinet is an urban legend. It’s been going around the gaming community for some time now. In short, the legend tells of a mysterious arcade machine appearing in an arcade, somewhere in Portland in the 80s. This arcade was rumoured to be an experiment in mind…


26–02–2021

Why are images still a pain? They seem like that to me. Getting a good image from one place to another seems more complicated than it needs to be. Ever since flickr changed hands I’ve been wondering how to deal with all the different images I generate and consume…


18–01–2021

For ages, I’ve wanted to do some sort of alternative Queen’s Speech. For these not familiar, the reigning monarch in the UK gives a speech, recorded earlier in the year, but broadcast on Christmas Day. Personally, I’m always a bit fifty-fifty on it, but I do love a good…


12–12–2020

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I’m telling a little bit of a lie here really. When I say fish, I really mean poisson and when I say poisson I really mean Poisson Disc Sampling. Turns out…

Benjamin Blundell

Freelance Research Software Engineer and Bioinformatics Student.

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