[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Barcamp Bournemouth 7

The Marshmallow Challenge
Here’s a game that I haven’t played for 20 odd years, so I decided to run it as a session at #bcbomo7 on 18 Apr 2015.

Equipped with many packets of Marshmallows and packets of Spaghetti, the teams were challenged to build the tallest possible structure they could. The rules are pretty simple:

Use only you own marshmallows, and spaghetti, and nothing else.
Do not eat the other teams’ marshmallows.
Do not cut holes in the ceiling.
Do not cook the spaghetti.
The structure may not have any external support.

We had about 30 minutes …

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[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Barcamp Bournemouth 7

The Marshmallow Challenge
Here’s a game that I haven’t played for 20 odd years, so I decided to run it as a session at #bcbomo7 on 18 Apr 2015.

Equipped with many packets of Marshmallows and packets of Spaghetti, the teams were challenged to build the tallest possible structure they could. The rules are pretty simple:

Use only you own marshmallows, and spaghetti, and nothing else.
Do not eat the other teams’ marshmallows.
Do not cut holes in the ceiling.
Do not cook the spaghetti.
The structure may not have any external support.

We had about 30 minutes …

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[13 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
I need a Business Plan!

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t do things is that they don’t know how. If they did know how, would that make it easier for them?
That’s definitely true of writing business plans, and although there are scores of books and websites out there which all claim to help, the “business plan” still seems to be a huge challenge. So here’s my simple recipe. And all you need is just three (good old fashioned) sheets of paper.

Growth
Year on year growth of 20% would be great. If you don’t have …

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[4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
LeedsHack 2014

Quite unexpectedly, I was able to get to LeedsHack again this year having missed it for the last two! I say “unexpectedly”, because it was on 2-3 Aug 2014 which was one of my very rare vacant weekends, being sandwiched between working in Switzerland at the end of July and going on holiday to Portugal in the middle of August! I knew LeedsHack was happening, but I had the feeling that a free weekend at home in London was what I needed when my life involves a bit too much …

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[8 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
The London Outer Orbital Path Part 5

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West Drayton to Uxbridge (a second attempt to reach Uxbridge)

If you’ve been following the steps in our adventures around the LOOP you will have seen that we were a little despondent after the flood we encountered on the previous leg. That explains why there was a gap of some four months before we ventured out onto the LOOP again.
All in all, our adventures along the London LOOP have not been going as intended. We were, in equal measure, discovering …

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[1 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Citizen Cyberscience

Saturday 22 Feb 2014 was the final day of the three day Citizen Cyberscience Summit. The family and I were there, to discuss the use of Autonomous Airborne Drones as part of a 5 strong panel discussion.

What particularly surprised me, is that when I asked the audience “how many of you would be prepared to fly in a pilotless aircraft?” more than half of the people in the room put their hands up! I’ve talked about drones a number of times, and people in the software developer community will know …