Category Archives: humanity

3 reasons why you should support Ubuntu Edge

Crowdfunding has been steadily proving itself as a viable way for increasingly commercial projects to seek upfront financial support from their customers, yet up till now, no-one has attempted anything quite as big as the £32m Ubuntu Edge project. Ubuntu Edge aims to build and ship 40,000 mobile phones, all running Ubuntu. It’s already breaking […]

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In support of students

For me, it is very simple: restricting access to education is wrong.
Education is as much of an investment for a government as it is for the individual.

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I am we.

A few days before I went on holiday my regular newsletter from the Fawcett Society opened with the following: The Fawcett Society has filed papers with the High Court seeking a Judicial Review of the government’s recent budget This blog post has been brewing ever since and I apologise, mostly to myself, for not getting […]

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Thank you

This weekend @petegale, Jules and I completed Oxfam Trailwalker in 24 hours 39 minutes. We could not have done it without our amazing support crew: Tom, @clarissima, @harveymarketing and Nick. Thank you for patching us up and keeping us going. Thanks also to Ben who turned up with sweet hot coffee at just the right […]

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Design and the art of walking up hills

I quite enjoy the challenge of taking on long distances; mostly walking, sometimes bicycle. There is something enormously satisfying about getting to the end. In order to be fit enough to undertake these efforts I exercise quite regularly. I cycle wherever and whenever I can and I go for short runs when I don’t have […]

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Invite the future into the room

One morning on my train journey to work I read this article by Alex Steffen (thanks @argonaut for the link) I began drafting this post the week before the UK General Election. We are now embracing our new Tory Light government. UK current political hot topic is cuts. Turns out that we aren’t that powerful […]

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Opinions. Have them.

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

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Every year Oxfam runs a Trailwalker event in the South Downs. 4 people, 1 goal, 100km (60 miles for those of you who are old school), 30 hours. I am delighted to be able to participate this year. (I am also very nervous about doing it and slightly apprehensive about discussing it with my mother […]

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Ending Poverty with Open Hardware

The Hexayurt is a new kind of sheltering solution. To make the simplest hexayurt, make a wall by putting six sheets of plywood on their sides in a hexagon. Cut six more sheets in half diagonally, and screw them together into a shallow cone. Lift the roof on to the wall with a large group […]

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Millicent tendencies

As an update to one of my very early blog posts on this poor neglected blog I can proudly announce that I am now a fully paid up member of The Fawcett Society. Historically I have struggled with the word feminism. Studying electronic engineering with a large majority of male students I always felt that […]

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