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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|»||Minimising Water Usage when Travelling|
|»||An emotional day|
|»||The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave|
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|»||Some Recent Karma|
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|»||Getting into the Bathtub|
|»||The Bike is Important|
|»||The Palenque Rainbow Gathering|
|»||A Great Flood and a Rainbow|
|»||Going to the Palenque Rainbow Gathering|
|»||First Test of Solar Charger|
|»||Fruit is not Allowed|
|»||First day in Mexico|
|»||Making a Solar Panel Mount for a Bike|
|»||Teardown: (Probably fake) Griffin USB Car Charger (FAIL)|
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|»||How to sound like a Dalek using Pure Data|
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|»||River Song - Music Hack Day Scotland|
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|»||Living and Travelling without Money|
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|»||Learning Haskell - Part 1|
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|»||Learning Visualisation: Tools, Books, Notes|
|»||My introduction to the Arduino platform|
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|»||HF Bicycle Mobile Experiment - Part 3 - Illustration|
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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 Camp Düsseldorf 2019.
Back on the boat. Just spent two days clearing out fuel system because of diesel bug. It was visibly in a jerry can so fuel must have had water / contamination in it when I bought it I think. Meh.
Trying to dial in a Jura bean-to-cup with bad coffee is stressing me out, because I can’t make it good (GIGO). Still want to make it the best we can get from it though. It’s at the hacklab. Hope to have our own hacker cafe soon though and we can have good coffee. :D
I just got a Wemos D1 mini, which is the ESP8266 board favoured around the Hacklab. It’s a microcontroller with wifi and USB power / serial, about 1.5 GBP from China.
To program it with Arduino, the board files are here: https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino I couldn’t find this at first because the links from the Wemos site are broken. This appears to be a community maintained equivalent.
Once I got that done I had a webserver running very quickly. :)
Also a rubber stamp I made by laser etching rubber and a plywood handle. :)
Yerba mate brewed in an espresso machine seems to give good crema, and actually tastes pretty good!