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Niseko 2013/14 End of Season GoPro Edit

I’ve been slowly chipping away at piecing this video together. Just some of the random collection of shots from winter in Grand Hirafu (Niseko), Japan.

Song: American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
Camera: GoPro Hero 2 (Think I need to upgrade when the 4 comes out)

Just Ordered a KANO Computer
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Yesterday I ordered Kano as a birthday present for my little brother (14). In short Kano is a Rasberry Pi based, DIY computer, designed to teach kids about computing and coding. My brother is Autistic, but shows great interest in computers and operates them with intuative ease. My thinking is that is we can build on this and find a way to develop his computer skills and make them for something more practical, say, for future employment?

Kano’s offering is an easy to build PC (like Lego), easy to operate and will teach people how to code, through creating and playing games. My Brother is amazing at MineCraft. So Kano would be ideal for him to learn code whilst playing MineCraft. As shown in this video.

I first saw Kano on Kickstarter and wanted to invest but I didn’t have enough money at the time. And by the time I had some funds, I’d missed it.

I’m so excited to see how he goes with Kano, as are Kano.

We exchanged a few emails talking about my expectations and motivation behind buying Kano. They seem very keen for as much feedback as possible to further improve Kano if needs be. Here’s the gist:

We’ve had a few autistic children try the kit with good results so far — they found it very engaging.

…We would be extraordinarily grateful for any feedback you can give us when you get your kit, and especially for how you think the kit could be improved to be more engaging for autistic children. – KANO

I hope everyone will give Kano a look and consideration for people in their life who my benefit from learning computer coding.

GoPro: Snorkel Diving in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Saw this underwater structure whist snorkeling and just had to go for it. Does anyone know what it is?

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a 4km trail of small shrines. Each of the torii is donated by a Japanese business. The donations help maintain the site and pay for new torii. The shine is built to honor Inari, the God of Rice. We visited the shrines on April 4th 2014. This was one of the most amazing places and sights…

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Volkl Wall 2014 – Ski Review

The wall is Volkl’s team park and pipe ski. The Wall I own is 177cm, 115mm-87mm-115mm and Centre-Mounted with Marker Jester Pros. I have skied the Walls all season at Mt Buller, Australia. I’ll preface this review by stating it’s one of the best skis I have skied. The Wall is a rigid and responsive ski on the…

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