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Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Eight: Happy New Year!   Hao xie nian! The holidays are upon us, which is wonderful news, albeit the end of our element14 celebrations. And here we are, welcoming in the Year of the Monkey, and a brand new badge to usher it in.   Now that it's the Year of the Monkey, all you need to do to win our time-limited badge is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Year blogs. The badge will only be available to earn until February 2 ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Seven: The Lantern Festival   Nimen hao! Admittedly, the Lantern Festival actually takes place on the closing day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, but it feels a little too important to leave out, and there's lots of fun to be had with lanterns, we're sure you'll agree.   But first, it's the Year of the Monkey, so in order to win our time-limited badge, all you need to do is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Year b ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Six: Zao Jun   Nimen hao! We're now sprinting toward the Year of the Monkey, and it's time to start preparing for all the visitors and feasting! And who better to help out than Zao Jun, the Kitchen God?   But first, it's the Year of the Monkey, so in order to win our time-limited badge, all you need to do is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Year blogs. The badge will only be available to earn until February 23, after w ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Five: Guan Yu and Me   Nimen hao! Perhaps you remember our Christmas advent calendar shenanigans, when members of the element14 team all gave away their deepest, darkest secrets, and we asked you to guess which skeletons belonged in which closet?   Well, one of my fun facts was a long-time love of kung fu, and I mention it now in the midst of our Chinese New Year celebrations as today's patron is someone I'm very familiar with from ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Four: Red Dog Day   Nimen hao! Yesterday it was lions, and today it's dogs! We're well into our run up toward the Chinese New Year now, and this is a part of the festivities that I, for one, wish we had built into Christmas over here in the west. But more on that in a moment.   As you know, it's the Year of the Monkey, so in order to win our time-limited badge, all you need to do is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Yea ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Three: Lion Dance   Nimen hao! One day closer to the Chinese New Year, and today we're feeling inspired by an art form that's an equally integral part of Chinese culture as the New Year itself. Lion dancing!   And as you know, it's the Year of the Monkey, so in order to win our time-limited badge, all you need to do is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Year blogs. The badge will only be available to earn until February ...
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. So before you carry on reading this, make a note in your diary or Google Calendar or whatever reminder system you use that you need to order those flowers/chocolates/feather-lined handcuffs or whatever else it might be ahead of February 14.   Done that? Good. Potential matrimonial crises averted, and just another of the many services we aim to provide our members with here at element14.   Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that of a ...
element14 Share the Love Promotion & Competition - Terms and Conditions This opportunity is organized and sponsored by element14 (the “Organizer”). The application period will be open from 01 FEBRUARY, 2016 – 29t FEBRUARY, 2016 23:59 PM BST Entries will be reviewed and winners selected for the Share the Love competition by members of the element14 team, from registered members that have earned the Share the Love badge prior to the closing date. Applicants who have been c ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day Two: Hong Bao   Nimen hao! As we draw another day closer to the Chinese New Year, we're ready with our second look at how electronics engineers and makers can get the most out of the Far Eastern festivities.   And as you know, it's the Year of the Monkey, so in order to win our time-limited badge, all you need to do is stop by to read and comment on each of our New Year blogs. The badge will only be available to earn until February ...
Celebrate Chinese New Year with element14!   Day One: The Lunar Calendar   Nimen hao, wo pengyou!   In celebration of the Chinese New Year, which begins on February 8, we're launching a brand new badge for all you cheeky monkeys to get your digital hands on. Over the next week we'll run a fun, frolic-filled blog post each day around various aspects of the New Year on the run up to one of the world's most celebrated holidays.   And as you know, it's the Year of the Monkey, so ...
element14 Community 2015 has been a seriously busy year for us, and we're looking forward to an equally hectic 2016! Since Christmas, we've been investigating, with your assistance, how various tech concepts and platforms might evolve over the next 12 months., but now it's time to look inside. To finish off our Year in Review, and our Year in Preview, let's put the spotlight on the Community itself, and open the floor for you guys to help shape its growth over the next year and beyond. How D ...
Your New Years Revolutions Tomorrow we wave goodbye to old man 2015, and welcome in a brand new year full of hopes, dreams and possibilities. And, for us here at element14, lots of great new electronics projects! So to usher in the New Year, we want to hear all about the projects you want to accomplish in 2016, and we'll come back around this time next year to see how they've come along. Sticking to New Year intentions isn't always that easy, but I'm confident that you guys will manage to ...
element14 Blog Posts There's simply so much content on the element14 Community that is almost sounds nebulous saying "top blog posts". Every project and conversation and competition could be included here, so what exactly is it that we're looking for in our Year in Review round up? Well, I'd like to chalk it up as an entertaining read. Something informative, fun, engaging and inspiring, which you're likely to have read while on a coffee break, or waiting for some code to compile (I know how yo ...
Was there a defining moment when electronics became a fascination, grew into a hobby, and eventually turned into a career?   Pinpointing that exact moment of realisation might be tricky, but I'm willing to bet a lot of us found our way toward the dim glow of an old LED through Christmas periphery. Whether it was an electronics kit, a video game console, a home computer or a techno toy that you broke/took apart/fixed.   The Not So Great Gargon At a guess, I'd say this was a gift that f ...
We've gathered up a list of great Star Wars projects and posts from right here on element14 to get you ready for the new movie, but I'm going to subject you to a bit more shameless self-promotion as I dazzle, impress and astound you with my own Star Wars project from around 20 years hence.   Luke's Lightsaber Admittedly, this isn't an electronics project. At least, not yet. But I'll show off my prop replica of Luke's lightsaber without the slightest provocation, and I do, one day, intend to ...

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