June geek socials

Below are the geek socials which I’m currently organising for June. They are open to all, and booking is only required for OtherCuisineBeer. Saturday 1st June: Trip to Bletchley Park. Meet at 9am at Manchester Piccadilly, full travel arrangements can be found in the mailing list archive. Friday 7th June: Currybeer – meet from 7pm […]

May Geek Walk – Uppermill

For anyone who reads my blog but hasn’t subscribed to the mailing list, the next Geek Walk will be on Saturday 25th May. We’ll be heading back to Uppermill for a walk, followed by lunch in The Church Inn. Meeting point/time is 11:15 next to the self-service ticket machines at Manchester Victoria. When buying a […]

Politics and law

Several people have recently asked me why I’m not a Liberal Democrat, or to join the party, or just assumed that I’ve been a member for years. In fact, I’ve not been a member of any party since my first year at university, and I’ve never even actively campaigned for the Lib Dems. I have […]

Life update

Primarily for the benefit of people who I still keep in touch with but don’t see in person very often… All the urgent jobs on my house are complete, including the unexpected expense of having to replace the garage roof when it started to break up (the original installers did a shoddy job, using straw […]

April Geek Walk

For anyone who reads my blog but hasn’t subscribed to the mailing list, the next Geek Walk will be on Saturday 13th April. We’ll be heading back to Entwistle – the location of the first walk nearly a year ago – for a walk round the reservoirs, followed by lunch in the excellent Strawberry Duck […]

Manchester Geek Socials

Last night Kirk reminded me on MSN that I hadn’t updated my blog for a long time – certainly not as often as I used to whilst at university. This is largely because not much has happened in the past few years, but I felt this was an opportunity to remind people of the geek […]

Another book clear out

I’m having another clear out of my bookcases to free up some space and have the following books free to a good home (all in excellent condition and paperbacks unless otherwise indicated): Building Web Applications with Erlang Neuromancer The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World The Revenge […]

Geek Walk Liverpool

For anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter or subscribe to the mailing list, the next Geek Walk event will be on Saturday 10th November. We’ll be meeting outside Manchester Oxford Road station at 10:25 to catch the train to Liverpool, where we will have an urban walk (with the option to dash inside should […]

Open Python books

Looking at the cap on PHP jobs today* reminded me to go and investigate Python again. I’ve played around with it from time to time, even attempted to write a client for UA, but I think it’s about time I started to learn it properly. Fortunately there’s a decent selection of open Python books available […]

Geek Walk in Middlewood Way

For the benefit of those people who read my blog but don’t follow me on Twitter, the next Geek Walk will be on Saturday 22nd September – train to Rose Hill Marple for walk round Middlewood Way, followed by real ale and lunch in a CAMRA-approved pub. Meet 11:10 at Manchester Piccadilly, under the departure […]