Geolocation Strategies

Surprisingly often you'll find yourself needing to know the physical location of a user - be it to calculate which time-zone they're in, when the sun sets, or even which building they're in for a guided tour. Such a question has multiple different answers and ways of approaching it, so I decided to blog about the ones I can think of for future reference. Location-By-IP-Address The first method tha… Read more →


Connected Humber Hardware Group Meeting on Thursday

We’re having another meetup of the Connected Humber Hardware group at c4di on Thursday,. We start at 6:00 pm and talk about lots of stuff. I’ll be bringing along some Arduino kits for those who want to get started with embedded development, along with a few things I’ve been playing with….. Read more →


Visiting Sky Leeds

I had a great visit last Thursday to the Sky Offices in Leeds for their Insight Day, a day based around finding out a bit more about working for Sky and the types of projects that their teams are working on. Their offices are really cool, modern and sleek and it seemed like a great working space with a big cafe and a flow of different teams of people having meetings and moving between the three Sk… Read more →


Hornsea Radio Rally

When I was a lot (and I mean a lot younger) Radio Rallies were a big thing. Lots of fascinating components and bits and pieces for sale. You could watch the progress of half-finished projects as they moved from one person’s “Bring and Buy” stall to another over the years. This was in the days when talking to someone a long way a way (perhaps even abroad) was not a thing that anyone did because it… Read more →


Creating 3D Printed Text Masks

I’ve been refining my light printing technology, based on the “Do it for Josh” light (which is still available by the way). The first version used a printed mask and transparent letter inserts that were stuck inside it. It worked OK but it was a pain to assemble and the letter inserts kept falling out. So I’ve designed a new version in which the letters and the masks are all printed in one. The cl… Read more →


This blog post is not about cucumbers

I keep getting these emails from people expressing their admiration of some of my blog posts. Which is rather nice. However, these uplifting messages are invariably accompanied by a request to put a paid piece on my blog about some service that they are offering. Today things just got silly. A while back I did a blog post about a visit from Phil and Stuart who worked for the BBC and did a lovely s… Read more →


Four hours of sheep rustling

Wallace & Gromit's Fleeced the Boardgame Esdevium Games A while ago I write a review of the Wallace and Gromit Fleeced game. In it I mentioned that some people were complaining that the game could go on forever with no winners because everyone just spent all their time rustling sheep from each rather than trying to win. Well, that’s what we did last night. For four and a half hours. Great fun thou… Read more →


Go, revisited?

I’ve had a few people ask if I was ever going to add to my last blog post about my feelings on Go. It may have moved about 20%, mostly because I recently went back to Python briefly. It feels safe It’s been a few years since I’ve written in a compiled “modern” language. Going back to python after a few months made me notice all the benefits you get of that - mostly, things like variable name chang… Read more →


Visiting Sky Leeds

I had a great visit last Thursday to the Sky Offices in Leeds for their Insight Day, a day based around finding out a bit more about working for Sky and the types of projects that their teams are working on. Their offices are really cool, modern and sleek and it seemed like a great working space with a big cafe and a flow of different teams of people having meetings and moving between the three Sk… Read more →


Hull Fair

Hull Fair is huge. They say it’s the biggest fair travelling fair in Europe. It’s when all the travelling fairs from all over the country get together to have one last bash before winter. People come from all over to see it and go on the massive rides that they have. Me, I just go on the Ferris wheel and try to take some pictures. In the olden days the wheel used to tower over the fairground. Nowa… Read more →