For a recent birthday, I was gifted a Pocket Operator PO-12, and I’ve been annoying the family with it ever since. It’s essentially a pocket sized drum machine and, although its limited feature set would suggest that it won’t be at the centre of any EDM albums anytime soon, it’s a simple, and very effective way of creating some cool drum patterns.
Pocket Operator. Annoying my family since June 2016. pic.twitter.com/YzVdYtGocy
— Ronnie Brown (@rnnbrwn) June 19, 2016
There are a number of models, each of which has their own particular speciality, and can be synced together to enable the creation of multi-levelled tunes.
Speaking of fun, Euro 2016 has been underway for just over a week now, and I’ve enjoyed watching football again – after a break of a couple of years.
Unfortunately, however, it has been marred by a number of incidents involving fans from a number of different countries. From the (allegedly) Putin-approved skirmishes between Russian and English fans, to their Stadium battle, and then Croatia’s ludicrous in-fighting.
It’s all been rather unpleasant and a reminder that Europe is not really a fun place to be of late:
- NY Times: Britain Asks if Tone of ‘Brexit’ Campaign Made Violence Inevitable
- Guardian: Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant poster reported to police
- BBC: European migrant crisis: Shipwrecks ‘kill up to 700 migrants’
It’s in this context that the UK heads to the polls on Thursday to decide if it wants to continue being part of the European Union. Friday is sure to be an interesting day!
#52whiteboards is a colleague’s ongoing project to complete – you guessed it – 52 whiteboard drawings over the course of a year. John Lloyd is the supremely talented artist and I love seeing what he does each week.