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Causal Loop Diagrams

In a systems thinking exercise with colleagues I got a nice refresh of working with Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD). A nice holistic way to think about solving problems or reaching goals. The diagram explains your train of thought. Read more about CLD here.

At home I looked for tooling to help me draw the diagrams. I found two nice tools that were free.

Ms Pac Man is still alive

Remember when video games were best played on an Arcade machine? I was triggered by a post on Arcade games to check if it was possible to play Ms Pac Man one more time. It turned out to be really easy. After looking at a couple of options, I downloaded MAMEUI64, which is a "Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator", meaning that it's software that can play original arcade games from multiple vendors.

Google text to speech

I was looking for a text-to-speech solution for one of my projects to provide narrative to an educational animation video. The video’s are explaining how to perform certain Scrum sprint events. After trying a lot of sites and software, I ended up with Google's text-to-speech. It's really impressive how the sentences are so close to being natural speech.

Old school VBA coding

Een tijd terug heb ik in Excel-VBA een tooltje gemaakt die het DSS resultaat stroom-diagram van de KNLTB volgt mbt rating bij het dubbelspel. Het was een goede oefening om meer gevoel en ervaring met VBA "programmeren" in Excel te krijgen. 

Deze code zorgt ervoor dat je alvast kijken wat de impact is op jouw rating als je wint of verliest in een dubbelspel.

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