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Five things to do: 4 February

Wind generators - StarCraft - Pavillon de l’Arsenale - Palladio - robotic vacuuming

David Cameron’s rooftop windmill has been derided as being puny. What he really needs is a row of these parapet-mounted wind generators. Alternatively, he could go for the the pole-mounted and so low-footprint Windspire.

University of California, Berkeley, is starting a programme on the art of competitive StarCraft. Starcraft, my wrinklies, is a wildly popular computer game. Course topics include ‘Building Placement and Base Layout’, ‘Timing and Evaluation of Resources’ and ‘Harass’. Sounds just like working for developers.

Get regular emails of shows and first nights from that big sort-of high-tech Paris architecture place, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

Maybe you’ll give the rather thin Palladio show at the Royal Academy a miss. Save a lot of dosh and learn more by trying the RIBA’s Palladio and Britain website instead.

Very useful in these snowy times is the development of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. It’s the imaginatively named Roofus that, in remote/autonomous mode, shovels snow off roofs and dumps it down the side. In other seasons it mows and cleans.

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