Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Getting Ready For John Hegley

Went to the Manchester Museum today with the boys. We were taking a look at the Living Worlds exhibit in preparation for them going to see John Hegley next week. I wish I could go along.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Manchester Jelly

Today I spent the day working from Manchester Jelly. It was quite an interesting day. I definitely felt the outsider working for "the man". I wasn't quite sure how much we were suppose to be chatting about things. The conversation came and went. Sometimes there were conversations about WordPress, VAT returns, charge out rates. Sometimes there were Trappist like silences. I think that if there becomes a core of people who turn up reasonably regularly then some common shared background will emerge and conversation is likely to flow more smoothly. Oh, and I did manage to have a reasonably productive day!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Make Vibrobot

#2 son and I have just finshing making the Make Magazine Vibrobot. We used a metal shoe polish tin as we couldn't find a metal sweets tin. The shoe polish tin was circular so the cable ties wouldn't hold the motor in place. #2 son solved the problem "use duct tape". I have taught him well!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


I've been playing with foursquare recently. It is quite good fun, but I have no friends. If you are on foursquare and you know me, you can add me as a friend.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Tooth Fairy Arrives

Son #2's first two teeth both fell out on the same day yesterday. The tooth fairy came over night. Given #1 son's common reading of Wikipedia as the Source of Truth I hope he stays off the topic.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Minecraft Mod Manager

Son #1 has got hugely into Minecraft recently. As a result son #2 is now interested in it also, but that's a different story. I've been roped in as the tech support to install all the "mods". Installing mods involves unpacking and repacking the contents of the minecraft.jar file and moving resources about in your minecraft folder. This is too tricky for a nine-year-old to do reliably at the moment. I've started writing a python script to automate the process. I had a quick goolge to see if I could find someone solving this problem already but didn't find anything.