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There’s No Need to Eat CrowPi2

If someone had gifted me with something like this when I was a teenager, I would have thought that all my Christmases had come at once.

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I cannot prevent myself from having a knee-jerk reaction to want to relate “CrowPi” to “Crow Pie.” This is unfortunate, because — as we shall see — the CrowPi2 is awesome, while even the thought of Crow Pie leaves a nasty taste in one’s mouth (no pun intended). As it says on Wikipedia: “Eating crow is a colloquial idiom, used in some English-speaking countries, that means humiliation by admitting having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. The crow is a carrion-eater that is presumably repulsive to eat in the same way that being proven wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow.” Be this as it may, I just found an interesting recipe for Crow Pie on Recipelion.com. Following some preparation that starts with “stuff the crow” and seems modest enough, but that is probably harder that it sounds (especially if you haven’t dispatched the crow before you commence), the body of the recipe appears to be relatively straightforward: “Line a pie plate with pie crust and then line the crust with slices of hard-boiled egg. Place crow meat on top. Layer gravy over the crow. Place second pie dough crust over top. Bake at 450 degrees for 1/2 hour.” It sounds yummy. Why don’t you give it a try, and then email me to tell me how good it is? In the meantime, while we’re waiting, let’s turn our attention to the CrowPi2 Kickstarter. This little beauty is brought to us by the guys and gals at Elecrow.com. Check out this video on YouTube.  
This Raspberry PI-powered STEM-inspired treasure trove is really rather tasty. It comes equipped with an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1090, which — for this type of device — isn’t too shabby at all. It’s also equipped with stereo sound and a 2-megapixel camera. Where things start to get really cool is when you lift away the detachable wireless keyboard to reveal the goodies inside. These include 22 kinds of common sensors and modules, along with associated software and a variety of training aids. You can use the CrowPi2 as a simple notepad computer, but where it really scores is as a platform to learn things like Scratch, Python, Minecraft, and even Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an intuitive step-by-step manner. From the video, I now know that what I really want is to use the CrowPi2 at the heart of a fruit piano, and that’s not something I expect to hear myself saying very often. I tell you — if someone had gifted me with something like this when I was a teenager, I would have thought that all my Christmases had come at once. How about you? Can you think of a young relative whose life you want to change?

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Now that you mention it, I have a nephew who might be interested in something like this. Of course, I’d have to check it out thoroughly first and there is always a danger that it might never get to him.

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