Weatherspoon’s Don’t Like Veggies

We went shopping today in Watford as we wanted to pop into a Lego store. Decided to have breakfast at Weatherspoons, The Moon Under The Water.

Sat down, placed out online order for a large veggie breakfast and a normal breakfast. The pub was quiet at this time of the morning. The food didn’t take long to arrive.

I started eating my sausage and thought it didn’t taste like their usual veggie sausages and then noticed some bacon tucked under my hash brown. They had given me a meat breakfast.

The staff briefly apologized and offered me a free drink and replaced the breakfast but not happy as such a fundamental mistake. No reason was given for the mix-up so we ate quickly and left.

Collect+

In these difficult times with non essential shops closed its been a godsend to order goods online and have them delivered at home via Royal Mail or couriers. Some items I order on a regular basis wont fit through my letterbox and I know Royal Mail wont leave outside my front door so services like those offered by Collect+ are potentially very useful.

Royal Mail deliver the goods to a Collect+ location near your home (typically local shops) , theory notify you when they’re ready for collection and you turn up with your ID and collect. That’s the theory.

Just been checking one of my Ebay deliveries that hadn’t arrived and I noticed on my Ebay account that the item was showing as delivered to the Collect+ location (GPH food stores) on the 19th March. I had not received any notification that the item was ready for collection. The local shop had forgotten to scan the parcel again when it first arrived with them so I get no notification Sadly, this has happened on many occasions with Collect+ and particularly with this shop.

The gentleman behind the counter offered no apologies or reason for this and merely scanned the package as he should have done 5 days ago. I then received a notification instantly and was able to take the parcel away. Not a positive experience. Will probably not use Collect+ and/or GPH Food Stores again as its just too unreliable. As a footnote, the parcel before this one, was sent back to the supplier as I never received a notification and had to order a replacement )delivered elsewhere).

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Rubik’s Cube Solver

This has been around for a while now. We didnt want to dismantle our existing EV3 kit which was built as a R3ptar so we purchased another set in new and sealed condition from Ebay for about £200.

My partner quickly built the Mindcub3r from the instructions here: MindCub3r for EV3 (mindcuber.com)

It took her a few hours and she left it for me to do the software installation part the next day.

The build was fairly straightforward but I spotted a couple of small pieces that were out of place and corrected these to ensure the model moved as expected. I then downloaded and installed the Lego Mindstorms software and followed the instructions above.

When I ran tried downloading the required software from the PC to the brick it kept erroring and complaining that it could not find various blocks. I wenbt back through the instructions again and realised I missed the step where you install the RGB Color sensor software. This was done and the software successfully downloaded to the brick.

After a quick trip to Smyths toys to purchase a genuine 3×3 Rubiks cube for £9.99, I tried to run the software on the robot for the first time. The brick beeped but nothing happened. After a few basis checks we noticed a low battery icon the brick and replaced the new (cheap) batteires with some Duracell batteries and ran the program again. This time it did its reset procedure and then asked for the Rubiks cube to be inserted. It scanned the cube, did its calculations and solved the now mixed up Rubiks cube.

It works most times but not always and I attribute this to ambient light levels and some movement of the Rubiks cube in its cradle. Over the coming weeks i will try some modifications and see if I can get a 100% success rate. Its still so cool to see it in action solving the Rubiks cube. Now to try to solve it by hand!