The Liverpool FC crest
Hello folks, how are you? In an effort to increase my posting frequency I thought I’d write about football today. If that’s not your thing then you may want to bail out now. If it is then make yourself comfortable.
It’s nearly the end of August and the first 2 games of the English Premier League have already gone. Where does the time go? It feels like only yesterday it was new year, but I digress. My team Liverpool FC have made a good start with 2 wins. You can’t do better than that, but it never ceases to amaze me how carried away some people get, and how quickly. There are already some idiots going on about how we’ll win the league because of this. Let’s keep things in perspective. I’m pleased with the 2 wins and it’s good to get some points on the board, but the league table means absolutely nothing at this stage. I find it hilarious that they show the table on TV round ups and actually talk about it. “They’re only one win off the top of the table Gary”. There’s only been 2 games you fool, almost EVERY team is only one win off the top!! Gah. Anyway, I’ll relax. Continue reading
Hello folks, many of you who’ve read this blog for some time will be aware that I’m one of the organisers of an annual event called OggCamp. We’re getting ready for for our 5th event in Liverpool on October 19th & 20th. So what is OggCamp anyway? Why the stupid name, and why should you care?
Put simply it’s the largest Open Source event in the UK. We gather 400+ people to share ideas, give talks, play games, make things and generally have a laugh. It’s like a music festival with circuit boards and soldering irons. We’re not just about technology though, we’re proud of the fact that our event also promotes art, politics and plenty else besides. I could spend ages trying to explain it all here but you know what, I think you should click play on the video below and spend a few mins learning more. Some weird bloke in a bright red hat can tell you al about it…
Convinced? Ok then. You need to book some tickets at http://oggcamp.org/tickets and probably look for hotels as well. All the information you could need is on our official website. The first round of tickets have been going well and we moved just under 100 in 24hrs, so don’t delay. Book yourself a place and come join us for the greatest event around
Hello folks, I thought it was about time I got back onto the blog. I actually gave a talk on promoting your blog in Liverpool recently in which I said “make sure to post regularly”. Do as I say, not as I do hehe I’ve been busy as usual in recent months with music, web development, events, OggCamp, podcasts and much more. I’ll have more to report on all of those things I hope in the coming weeks. We launched tickets for OggCamp13 last night and they’re already flying out like hot cakes. Nearly 100 tickets gone in 24hrs, not bad. It’s October 19th & 20th in Liverpool and I suggest you grab some tickets and book a hotel right now. Join us for the largest Open Source and Free Culture event in the UK!
There’s a lot of stuff to be done organising that as we’re only 10 weeks away and it’s fair to say I’ve dragged my heels quite a bit this year. It’ll all be right on the night though, I can promise you that. Apart from that I’ve been working hard in my day job, ok it’s only 3 days a week but it keeps me out of trouble, for the most part. I’m in the process of moving some large sites from MODx to Drupal 7. That should be fun. So far the boss is liking Drupal and I’m pleased he’s letting me port things over. It feels good to legitimately be able to call myself a web developer again. In music news my band’s album is nearing completion at last. It should be out in a month or so. Our drummer has gone off on holiday for a month but luckily we have all his bits recorded and we’re into the mixing process now anyway. Stay tuned for more updates on that.
So, without further ado here is what’s coming up for me in the immediate future, i.e – next week…
Monday August 12th @ 8pm UK – Although the schedule has been totally messed up the last month or so, we should be recording another Linux Outlaws focussed on the email backlog. We will broadcast the show live via YouTube and for the first time in a while, Icecast. Yay!
Wednesday August 14th @ 4:30pm UK – Live FLOSS Weekly. This week I’ll be joining Randal Schwartz to interview the people behind another great Open Source project. Taping is streamed live via – http://live.twit.tv Continue reading
Ahoy hoy, one and all! It’s been a long time since I posted about my weekly agenda so I thought I’d get back at it. I’m not sure how regular I can make these posts but I’ll do my best. I’m enjoying my new job and finding my feet as a bona fide web developer again. Still a bit rusty in some areas but I’m enjoying getting into HTML5 and some other new things that have arrived in my absence. To be honest HTML5 isn’t that new at all these days, it was around last time I coded seriously 2 or 3 years ago. I just never got into it and it’s taken off a lot more now.
I’m mostly doing PHP stuff with MODx, yet another Open Source content management system. Not one that I’ve used before really as a Drupal man, but we’re getting along OK. I’ve also convinced the boss to let me write a new web app in Django and you know how I love that. It’ll be good to do some Python coding again. Anyway, enough of this rambling, on to the weekly agenda!
Tuesday July 2nd – On Tuesday I shall be spending most of the day at The Cavern Club in Matthew Street with my band 20lb Sounds. We’re helping the good folks from SAE with a live session for their students. We’re being sound engineering guinea pigs essentially. That’s cool with us though
Wednesday July 3rd @ 7pm UK – It’s our July Liverpool LUG meeting this Wednesday night at Liverpool Social Centre in Bold St. You should come along if you’re in the area and like Linux, or just geeky stuff in general. We’re a very open and friendly group. We seem to spend most of our time talking about films and music anyway. Continue reading
The Maker 1.51 On Mint 14
Recently I was lucky enough to co-host an episode of FLOSS Weekly about The Maker, a hybrid CMS/editor tool primarily aimed at Mac OS. Though it’s written in Python and uses wxWidgets for the GUI, so you can run it anywhere those are available. Before the show I was unfamiliar with the project I’ll admit, but Randal Schwartz and I had a great conversation with developers Gerald Spreer and Ian Barrow. Gerald was even kind enough to email me about getting this working on Linux and publish a new version with added templates so I would be up to date before the show. Since the show aired I’ve had an email from a listener wanting to know exactly how I got it working on Linux. It’s not a particularly difficult process, but here’s how I got it working on Linux Mint 14.
First you’re gonna need Python of course. Chances are you have this installed but it’s easily available, whatever your distribution. In Linux Mint 14 I had Python 2.7.3 already installed. You need a version of the Python 2.* branch as Python 3 (or 3000 depending who you ask) doesn’t work quite yet. Most projects are still working out whether to port to Python 3 so it’s not unusual.
The WEA Logo
Hello all, it’s been a really long time and looking back over the last few posts I’ve hardly written anything all year. Apologies for that. I would say I’m going to change, make a concerted effort to post more, turn over a new leaf and treat you better baby, but you know what? I’d probably be lying, with the best intentions, but still unlikely to come true. I’ve promised to get back on the case so many times now it’s getting embarrassing so I’ll skip that part. If it happens it happens, and I hope it does.
Life has been fairly busy for me this year. First there was teaching work, learning about lesson plans, schemes of work, registers and all the other exciting (not so exciting) stuff involved. I ran 3 courses a week for WEA from January to now. Two in IT skills, one in online radio and podcasting. I enjoyed it and liked helping the students wherever possible, but damn the paperwork is a killer. For every teaching hour I seemed to spend another one or two planning and doing paperwork, and you only get paid for the teaching hours. All my courses have now finished for the time being. I may do more in the future but I’m in no rush. I got some teaching qualifications and that’s always useful to have. Well I say I got them, apparently the certificate is still in the post. During my time teaching with WEA I got more and more involved in the office stuff back at HQ, eventually developing into a new part time job with them. One that involves overhauling and redeveloping their website, looking after social media accounts, community building, producing video and audio, marketing, event organisation and much more. It’s all very cool and I’m enjoying the new role very much so far. I’ve only been doing it a few weeks officially but it means spending 3 days a week at the Cotton Exchange in Liverpool. A pretty nice building to work in and only 15-20mins walk from my flat. I used to work from home most of the time and I’ll still be doing some of that, but a change of scene and gaining a little separation between work and home lives is doing me good. Continue reading