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  1. BarCamp Nottingham

    July 29, 2011 by cat

    Just a few photos from last weekend’s BarCamp Nottingham. Ruby-Gem was doing a great job of looking sexy (also a great host as always)! As always wonderful to see friends and meet new folk! Good intro to Lace Making by Liz (HackSpace Nottingham member).

    Nottingham hackspace is wonderful – great mix of workshops, social space and open spaces too. Thank you for having us and my masses of wool!

    Also a big thank you to all of the sponsors – North 51, Esendex, The University of Nottingham Computer Science Department and The Brookson Enterprise Freelance Fair. Without them the event would never happen.

  2. WoolFest 2011 – Shopping

    June 25, 2011 by cat

    Yesterday I went to WoolFest 2011, up in Cockermouth.

    It involved 5hours of driving, parking in a field and coming home to hungry cats, but it was fantastic!

    From Krafty Koala I bought a new roll for my Double Point needles (owl themed), owl stitch markers, “Ash Cloud” Sparkle sock yarn, “Lilac Dreams” 4ply, “Gail” shawl pattern and “Scroll lace scarf” pattern.

    From Yarn Addict Anni (the designer of the Trinity shawl) I got Twinkletoes sock yarn, “Elegance scarf” pattern and “Fame handwarmers” pattern.

    From Laughing Hens I got some baby alpaca 4ply.

    From Toft I got a wrist warmers kit (awaiting the pattern – she’d sold out of it by late lunch on day one!).

    From Wingham Wool Works I picked up 3 500g hanks of Guernsey 5-ply.

    From DT Craft and Design I got a Kool Aid dyeing kit.

    I also got a Woolfest 2011 Project bag. Surprisingly this holds all of the above!

  3. DigitFest 2011

    June 15, 2011 by cat

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    Last weekend was DigitFest 2011. I was there as a steward – helping to cat herding visitors to various events and joining in activities that I would never have done without it.

    I drew on iPads. I painted with light (well I’ve done that before..). I saw Holotronica. I enjoyed beatboxing. I danced. I laughed. I met new people.

  4. Mitch Benn Revisited

    April 6, 2011 by cat

    This is another from the series I took at Mitch Benn’s Ninjagig from a couple of weekends ago. Just thought I’d share it. Found it while looking through trying to cheer myself up (currently a little unwell).

  5. Mitch Benn – #ninjamitch

    March 27, 2011 by cat

    This afternoon I couldn’t get tickets to see Mitch Benn playing while in Manchester. This was the third time he would have come to Manchester and I would have missed him. I, well, tweeted about my sulkiness about it.

    Mitch tweeted back to Kian re:our lack of tickets offering to do a gig in our living room before his gig this evening. So, it was on. We started phoning around and tweeting about a gig at our house. Eventually it was confirmed at being put on at King’s Arms in Salford at 8pm.

    Grabbed a little brother and friends. Got some dinner and headed on a Salford direction.

    Once we arrived we had a chin wag with Mitch. Many, many friends arrived and got a few drinks, then the silliness and fun began.

    Sean Fisher got a twitvid of “I’m Proud of the BBC”

    At the end of the night I got a hug from Mitch and assurances that next time he’d play in my living room.

  6. Manchester Geek Up October 2009

    October 14, 2009 by cat

    Last night was this month’s GeekUp Manchester. Due to a few issues with the venue (including GeekUp being double booked, shifted around at a drop of a hat, and last night being told as we arrived that they had a private party until 10:30pm!) we’ve moved to Pitcher & Piano, Deansgate Locks. That’s right, we’ve moved next door. Better WiFi, nicer snug, better lighting and less music!

    I’ve put a selection of my photographs from last night.

  7. ScottyGu :: The Guathon

    September 29, 2009 by cat

    Firstly, I would like to thank Phil Winstanley and Mike Taulty for hosting and arranging today’s showcase and pubbing (with a big thank you to Phil for letting me know about it and letting me come along with cameras in tow!).

    So, at the Printworks Odeon, Manchester today I went to Guathon. I was there to see a showcasing of ASP.NET MVC2, Visual Studio 2010, .Net 4.0 and SilverLight 3 given by ScottGu. Honestly, I’ll leave folks with much more knowledge and with interesting things to say discuss those (although there seemed to be a few cool things that are coming in the new shinies)- I went along to photograph the event.

    After the showcase I managed to get a quick photoshoot in (around Scott answering further questions about his various projects…).

    Scott Gu
    Single strobe (Canon Speedlite 580EXII with built in fill card used) camera left ~1-2ft off subject on the desk set @ 1/32th power.

    The rest of the gallery from the Guathon.

  8. Manchester Geek Girl Diner 3

    June 9, 2009 by cat

    Last Thursday I went to the Old Abbey Inn in the Manchester Science Park for the third Manchester Geek Girl Dinner. I took Kian as my date – its a women only event unless the men are brought as a date.
    Ruby_Gem organised a lovely venue for the “BBQ” and talk. Sadly on the day the BBQ broke so dinner was oven cooked instead – still good food though.

    The speaker was Lesley Allger from BAE Systems. She spoke about her various roles during her ~30 years that she’s worked with BAE Systems. From “shop floor” engineer to team management to head of her own team. She spoke of key mile stones which effected her time with the company and how she has learnt to manage geeks (and manage her own shiny lust!).

    At the end of her talk she mentioned some of the company stats which illustrated how few women go from engineer to “executive engineer” (a broad term used for a specialist or project manager, I believe).

    The discussion that followed the talk was broken up by diner – burgers, chicken, stuffed mushrooms, corncobs and veggie kebabs. Al of the food I had was lovely (definitely worth going there again!).

    After food was consumed and drinks were had we continued discussing how to change the perception that women were only there to fill quotas. My personal opinion on this is that I think it really does revolve around getting into schools at an early point (say around Year 4 – Year 6 [8-11year olds]) and educating kids about what interesting things they could do – not just girls do art/beauty treatments/teaching and boys do science/tech/building. Doing workshops and activities that get kids involved could well be a good foot in the door to getting more women interested in the future.

    I would like to add many thanks to BAE Systems for sponsoring the event and *squishes* to Ruby_Gem for organising a great night out!

    Hope to see some of you tonight at Manchester GeekUp!

    My gallery

  9. At This Space – Last chance!

    May 1, 2009 by cat

    Tomorrow (Saturday 2nd of May) is the final day of the photographic exhibition At This Space. I hope you all get chance to drop by and I really hope that you enjoy it.

  10. Break-in

    February 25, 2009 by cat

    On the 28th January we were broken into. Sadly, my laptop, Wii and 360 were taken. They also tried to take the film scanner, but left it without a power supply. They have also damaged the TV amp.

    This does however mean that I’ve lost about 6 months worth of work.  Everything I’ve done since about August (except certain shoots that have been printed off-site) is gone. This also includes my Project 365 which I was about 8 weeks from concluding!

    In the past month we have replaced the scanner power pack, my laptop, the kitchen window and we’re in the process of sorting the other stolen things. Project 365 will restart on March 16th – my 21st birthday!

    Also got a back-up solution being tested atm. Now time to get on.