[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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[19 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]
Health and Exercise – The Rewards

I’m the same as you. I go through episodes of healthy eating and exercise, and then I regress and end up taking a couple of steps backwards for every step forward. If we’re not careful, a self reinforcing feedback loop can arise and we all end up back where we started, if not worse off than before!

However, around 10% of people readily have the perseverance to overcome this dilemma.
It is said that “WeightWatchers” (not that I’ve ever been there) thrives by providing repeat services to the 90% of people who …

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[14 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Was Darth Vader a 16th Century Samurai General?

Don’t you think there is a remarkable similarity between this Samurai outfit (made of polished black steel) and the outfit worn by Darth Vader?
http://www.city.sendai.jp/kyouiku/museum/syuuzou/03_buki/index.html

The five piece Samurai outfit was donated to Sendai City Museum by The House of Date [Dah-teh]. The size and style of the ornate gold crescent fitted to the helmet indicates that it would have been worn by a very senior general indeed.

There is no information on the Sendai City Museum web site to suggest that George Lucas has ever visited their museum, so it’s pure speculation …

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[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Kate Adie’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Journalism

In early February 2016 I was fortunate enough to meet Kate Adie OBE, a well known BBC journalist.
Addressing a room of about 200 people, Kate gave an excellent account of how she progressed from being a relatively ordinary student, to her role in BBC local radio and then BBC regional television, before securing her mainstream position at BBC News. On moving from BBC local radio in the North East to what she thought was another radio job with BBC West, she was astonished to learn (on day one at BBC …

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Not a Vision

HackCambridge took place over the weekend of 31 Oct and 1 Nov 2015 with the objective of getting a bunch of geeks to contribute ideas which might help the citizens of Cambridge to lead more satisfying lives. Anybody who knows Cambridge will quickly understand that this involves (largely but not exclusively) getting cars, buses and bikes to move along the highways more efficiently.
Many serious hacks were completed and presented, and although mine was clearly tongue in cheek on the one hand, I was also trying to make a serious point. …