Sometimes, it’s good to find the origin of prayers – and they can be unexpected and wonderful. I am using the following prayer for the blessing of my marriage to my partner Joseph: Franciscan Blessing May God bless you with discomfort,At easy answers, half-truths,And superficial relationshipsSo that you may liveDeep within your heart. May God…Continue reading The Origin of “A Franciscan Prayer” – a Non-Traditional Blessing
The other day I needed to remove double line breaks from a list to quickly put it in a spread sheet. Similarly, today I needed to change a list like: Heading Item; Item; Item; Into Heading Item Item Item In order to put it into a spreadsheet. Here is what I did: I pasted the…Continue reading Change a list with colons to list with new lines in linux (fedora)
This blog contains a discussion of website models for Open Source projects with Software as a Service (SAAS) element, and uses four real projects as examples.
I heard Jonas Öberg speak about blockhash and elog.io (since mothballed) at Fosdem2015. The general purpose of these tools is to allow users to make attribution of CC licensed images easy. First they identify CC licensed images when they are used on-line, the tools then match the image with a record in a central database…Continue reading Image and Attribution Identification Game using Blockhash and Elog.io
We had a tricky session at techie heaven a few weeks ago, where we didn’t have enough leaders to run normal activities. I instead bought some popcorn and sat the kids in front my favourite documentary, RIP: a Remix Manifesto by Brett Gaylor (2008). Thanks to Brett for telling me about the additional resources (below) which we used along side the video.
The game teaches the basic principles of asymmetric encryption in a fun way; that is a public and private key. Additional topics such as key servers, the web of trust and “back-door” snooping are also touched on.
I am now a few weeks into my work at Techie Heaven, a church run youth group / hangout zone / part-time-hackspace in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The myth of the “Digital Native” It’s super encouraging to see the kids so engrossed in technology, and we have great fun messing about and learning new stuff. However, I…Continue reading Separating brand from function – a game for kids.
In my new house the yard is north facing and shaded by the buildings around it. Currently there is a good deal of damp in the yard, with green “stuff” on a the paving and on the fence. The crazy paving is a little … crazy: the hard, non-porous cement between the stones forms an…Continue reading My damp north facing yard