The Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel Of Fortune

Hello all,

It’s been a while since my last update but regular readers will know I’ve been suffering with serious health problems since September of this year. To be honest I hadn’t written much for over a year before that but it’s great to finally have a legitimate excuse for slow updates. There are some developments to share at last and I won’t rehash the things I’ve already written about. If you want the full story then you can read the following:

Previously on Dan…

So, when we last left the story I was waiting for some kind of diagnosis from The Christie in Manchester and news of any possible treatment. I was called for more CT scans and blood tests a couple of weeks ago and then I met the consultant there earlier this week. Read more ›

Posted in Health, Update

No News Is Good News… Or Something

Hello all,

This is just a really quick follow up to let you know that even though it’s been a month since my last post I don’t really have anything new to report. I’m still waiting to see a doctor at The Christie in Manchester and get some kind of real diagnosis or prognosis. Hopefully then I can find out where all this goes from here and make some plans.

I did finally get called to Manchester this week for CT scans and blood tests. I’m not holding my breath on getting the results any time soon but at least it’s something.

I do feel a little better and I’m glad to say the surgical wound on my side is almost healed but it’s still far from 100%. I have to get it packed and redressed every 2 or 3 days. I’m exhausted most of the time but not really in any pain, so things could be a lot worse.

They say “no news is good news” but in this case it’s just frustrating.  I can only hope it doesn’t take too much longer and as soon there’s anything significant to share with you I will do.

Bye for now,


Posted in Update

Talking About The Situation

Hello everyone, it feels like it’s been a long time since I really wrote anything meaningful on this blog. Life can be pretty full on sometimes, usually when you least expect it. I tend not to post about personal or sensitive topics but today I’m going to break that tradition a little. In the last 3 weeks things have changed quite dramatically for me and I’d like to talk about them. Also, it’ll stop any rumours that I’m dead and perhaps stem the constant messages enquiring about my health. It’s lovely that people care and quite touching really, but it can also be a burden dealing with the volume of correspondence. I’m not arrogant enough to believe I am a celebrity or that I need a PR department. However, in recent weeks I do feel as though I’ve been explaining the same things over and over again to different people. A press release of sorts was needed. I hope this post will serve as that. So let’s talk about the situation…
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What’s Happening With OggCamp Dan?

The first OggCamp back in 2009

The first OggCamp back in 2009

It’s a question I hear a lot and I’m glad you asked. I’m currently on holiday in France but OggCamp business presses on regardless. Thanks in large part to having a bit of free time and available WiFi. I thought I’d also take the opportunity today to publicly answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

You’ve probably seen that we announced the date and venue a few weeks ago. After many months of wrangling I’m really pleased to say we’ll be back at the John Lennon School Of Art & Design in Liverpool on Halloween weekend 2015. That’s October 31st & November 1st. Obviously I’m thinking we’ll need a Halloween theme of some sort for the artwork. That also brings me neatly onto some organisational differences this year.
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Posted in Event

Linux Outlaws: Going Out With A Bang

Hello everyone, my last post here was to inform you all of the impending retirement of Linux Outlaws, a podcast I’ve produced with my friend Fabian Scherschel for over 7 years now. It prompted many nice messages and comments and that’s really touching. I’m writing today to tell you that our last stand (aka the final show) will be live this Monday Dec 15th @ 7pm UTC.

We’d like to get as many people on board as possible for the final live recording and take your questions via IRC, Twitter and email. We’ll also be accepting audio questions and comments before the show if you want to send us an email with an audio file attached. Please keep it under 2 minutes long as we’ll have a lot to get through and we can’t accept anything over that. Around a minute would be perfect. Ask us anything you like, related to the show or not. Anything goes. Simply email before Monday Dec 15th.
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Posted in Event, Podcast, Update

Linux Outlaws – Nothing Lasts Forever

Old LInux Outlaws cover art circa 2008 or 9

Some Classic LO Artwork

Hello everyone, damn it’s been a long time since I wrote here hasn’t it? Sorry for that. A quick look at the previous post shows it was back at the end of February. A mere 8 months ago. It’s been a busy year and I wish I could say I was returning today to bring you good news but I’m not really. Don’t panic, I’m not dying or anything (at least I hope not) and it’s nothing to be apprehensive about. I just wanted to share some news with you. Read more ›

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