Category Archives: Community involvement

My second trip to Albania, and OSCAL

I took a liking to Albania on my first visit, and met up with the local hackerspace, Open Labs, who invited me to come to their annual conference, OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania). I happily booked transport and hotel for this, including a few days either side of the conference for general holiday and OpenStreetMap […]

Co-ordinating and logging informal runs and rides

In my post about Little Stoke Parkrun, I suggested that a computerized system for co-ordinating and recording informal runs, so that people could do something like Parkrun, but without anyone being able to demand anything from them on the excuse of them being an “organization”, would be useful. I’m a programmer, and have some ideas […]

EMFcamp (and some geek clothing)

I attended my first geek festival earlier this year: EMFcamp. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely go again. As I was travelling, and camping, in Marmalade, my six-wheeled Land Rover, I helped Makespace (the hackerspace of which I am a member) by transporting several people and lots of stuff there, including a marquee. Only […]

Exploring some social and political issues

My politics don’t seem to fit neatly into classifications such as “right” or “left”, or indeed “centre”; I tend to think of myself as small-c conservative, but this is probably either an illusion, or just referring to an earlier stage of my development. But my lack of simple scalar political alignment isn’t a matter of […]

My annual day of extraversion

For most of the time, I’m fairly introverted, and tend to guard my personal space quite strongly, and am slow to contact strangers, and get uncomfortable in crowds of strangers, particularly when I have little in common with them. However, I can be more outgoing, even with a lot of people around, at least if […]

Limerick Hackerspace

Yesterday evening I went to the initial meeting for setting up a Limerick Hackerspace. I think there were 15 people there in total. Discussions are now going on in our google group. We’re putting together a list of what we want from such a space, and have already been mentioning possible sites.

OSS Barcamp 2010

I’ve signed up for OSS Barcamp 2010. I’ll think about giving a talk at it — I’ll have to see which of my projects I feel are shiny enough nearer the time.

Irish Hackerspace Week

As I said I would, I went to some of the TOG‘s talks for Irish Hackerspaces Week, and was, of course, shown round their premises, a very suitable place for such a group. The talks I attended covered electrotextile hacking, Arduino, and the Processing environment on Monday night, and Sugar and lockpicking on Tuesday, all […]

I’m going to Irish Hackerspaces Week (well, some of it)

I’ve booked B&B for a couple of nights in Dublin, to get to some of Tog‘s talks in Irish Hackerspaces Week. Should be good for general networking too, and to exchange ideas with people, and to discuss project ideas (such as my vehicle tracker project).


On a recent trip to the UK, I saw a roadsign that made me stop and think: I like signs and symbols to which I can attach unexpected meaning. I remember visiting a friend who was spending a year in a religious community, and getting into theological and philosophical discussions, as one does. I had […]