Previously, I have travelled by bicycle. In 2013, I travelled by bike and boat from Mexico to Colombia. I attached a solar panel to the bike and made a charger for my laptop so I could write even when away from civilisation for a while. I left with the idea of going to Patagonia, but I wanted to do something else by the time I got to Colombia. I would like to go back to South America sometime. I called the trip Cycle Who. I've written an Introduction, an FAQ, and blog posts tagged Cycle Who.
In Winter 2011-2012 I went to the Canary Islands to try and hitch a lift in a boat to South America. I didn't get there but I discovered the Canary Islands. Blog posts covering this adventure are tagged "serbla".
I occasionally take on freelance software development jobs. Previously I have worked as a software engineer at internet startups on distributed systems, machine learning, and both front and back end web development. I have built a product all the way from the business model, through UX design, and front and backend development, to automated deployment and hosting network architecture.
I am available to hire now.
Sometimes I do some amateur radio, as MM0HAI. Most recently this has been on the boat, where I have a Baofeng handheld (probably the most useful), an Icom T8E, and a Yaesu FT-857. The last of these would be more useful if I installed an autotuner and insulated backstay, but for now I pull a wire up the mast if I feel like experimenting. I've not used it in earnest at sea.
Previously I have participated in SOTA (carrying radios up hills).
See the radio section of the site if interested.
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River is a humanoid based on the planet Earth (pictured above). It likes computering, adventures through time and space, and being a cat.
Would you care for a tickybox?
The last article I wrote was Book Review: A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips, Bantam Books, 2010.
The last event I replied to was IndieWeb Summit.
The Netherlands has recently made it illegal to hold your phone while cycling, so people are going to have to go back to reading books.
I upgraded to Debian unstable because firefox was broken recently, but that broke OpenCPN, which is quite important for sailing. :)
OpenCPN package wanted libcurl3, but I now had libcurl4, and apt wouldn’t install both of them.
I solved it by building OpenCPN from source. The latest version seems to work with libcurl4. These (https://opencpn.org/wiki/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=opencpn:developer_manual:developer_guide:compiling_linux) instructions worked, but then I had to get the harmonic files for tides. Got them from the github repo and put them in /usr/local/share/opencpn/tcdata/, not /usr/share as it said somewhere. You can configure it in settings, charts, tides & currents anyway.
There is an assertion failure on startup but it seems to work.
Also a rubber stamp I made by laser etching rubber and a plywood handle. :)