My boat on a lake in Stockholm

I live on a boat, and have been cruising around the Baltic. Do you want to join?

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".

See also photos on flickr, and my twitter account for updates.


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.


The domain name of this site is my amateur radio callsign. I have not been active on amateur radio recently, but previously I have participated in SOTA, and I plan to install an HF radio on the boat. See the radio section of the site if interested.

Bloviations from the Phrontistery

» Trustroots
» .cat
» Gulaschprogrammiernacht 18
» Bonn
» IndieWeb Camp Düsseldorf
» Laptop Backups
» The Hermitage of Boat
» Boat Life
» Year in Review: 2017
» Brygge
» Reïmplementing PirateBox
» Winter
» Pirate Box
» Mi cueva!
» Caves, not concrete
» How to use Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Bikes "ByBike"
» ssh-agent on Ubuntu Xenial
» Hællæ
» 2 Cats 1 Boat
» Only in Norway
» Imbolc at Roslin
» IndieWebCamp Edinburgh
» Don't use the PGP Keyservers
» Hammocks for Cycle Touring
» Oiling Thinkpad X61 fans
» Nacimiento de un río
» Cycles Closing in Colombia
» Sailing San Blas
» Panama
» Vipassana
» Mother Aya, Aunt Jurema
» Dreads
» Honduras
» El Salvador
» Utila
» Minimising Water Usage when Travelling
» USA Calling
» Belize
» An emotional day
» Chino
» Bella
» The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave
» Guatemala
» An unpleasant day
» Some Recent Karma
» Babylon by Bus
» Wind and Fire
» Oaxaca Healing Rainbow
» gibt es einen buddhistischen Tempel in der Nähe?
» San Cristobal de las Casas
» Getting into the Bathtub
» Finally Moving
» The Bike is Important
» The Palenque Rainbow Gathering
» Intimate Shitting
» Gods
» A Great Flood and a Rainbow
» Going to the Palenque Rainbow Gathering
» First Test of Solar Charger
» Cancun
» Fruit is not Allowed
» First day in Mexico
» Leaving Edinburgh
» Cycle Who
» .self
» Limiting Exposures
» Making a Solar Panel Mount for a Bike
» Teardown: (Probably fake) Griffin USB Car Charger (FAIL)
» Streetmachine Gte and Bacchetta Bella test ride
» How to sound like a Dalek using Pure Data
» Bolts for Bikes
» River Song - Music Hack Day Scotland
» The Forest of London
» Free Food
» Living and Travelling without Money
» Servicing a Thinkpad x60s Fan and cooling system
» Love and Light as a Service
» Coderace, and trying an Android phone for navigation
» Constant Current Load
» Ebay MC34063 based USB car PSU
» How to kill a MOSFET
» Make a bicycle parking brake with inner tube
» Testing a Maplin Solar Briefcase and Maximum Power Point
» Cheap but not rubbish multimeters available in the UK
» Fire Slackline
» Vegan Crunk Night
» Vegan
» Nyan cat, Psytrance, Meditation, Programming
» Teardown: Vivitar Charger for Canon NB2L Battery
» The Bulgarian
» Welcome to Serendipitous Blaggagio
» Native Mobile App Development with HTML5
» Living in a Secret Volcano Base
» Torchwood Spinning Triangle
» Visualisation with Area and Circles
» List Comprehensions in Haskell
» Ways of Living
» Relaxing with beer on the CouchDB
» I accidentally the MongoDB
» Learning Haskell - Part 1
» Deleting Code
» SGC SG-211 Mini Smartuner Teardown
» Learning Visualisation: Tools, Books, Notes
» My introduction to the Arduino platform
» Python Edinburgh Mini Conference
» HF Bicycle Mobile Experiment - Part 3 - Illustration
» HF Bicycle Mobile Experiment - Part 2
» HF Bicycle Mobile Experiment - Part 1
» Github Punchcard - Visualising Commit Times
» Rewriting git commit message history across multiple branches
» Frist Post

River is a humanoid based on the planet Earth (pictured above). It likes computering, adventures through time and space, and being a cat.

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The last article I wrote was Trustroots.

The last event I replied to was Hacken Open Air 2::18.

Recent notes:
7 July 2018, 16:53

In reply to:

“but you don’t sound Scottish” …

6 July 2018, 13:55

My bus is doing 54 knots over the IJsselmeer.

6 July 2018, 13:35

Finally managed to change mac address on my phone. Apps didn’t work, but what did was allowing root over adb (in developer settings), then on laptop running adb root, adb shell, and ifconfig wlan0 hw ether <address>. It reset when turning wifi off and on though, just use it immediately.