Author Archives: Skud

Making your events more accessible is not that hard

I often hear that making an event more accessible, or even providing information about accessibility, is “too hard” for event organisers. I contest that. I make basic efforts toward accessibility for almost every event I run, mostly in the form of documentation, and it’s not that time-consuming or difficult. I estimate I spend about 20 minutes on it for a small event at a new venue, and less than five minutes if we’re running a second or subsequent event at the same place. It’s hardly Continue reading →

Read this interview with me about leading AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore

As I mentioned earlier today, I’m off to Europe shortly for AdaCamp Berlin, then in November I’m going to India for AdaCamp Bangalore. I’ll be leading both events, which means I get to welcome everyone and set the stage for the unconference, make sure the sessions and workshops run smoothly, and that the culture of AdaCamp meets its usual high standards. The Ada Initiative just posted this announcement and interview where I talk a bit about my experience with AdaCamp, running various community events, and Continue reading →

Travels: London and Berlin (Oct 7th-20th, ish)

I haven’t mentioned this on here yet so I thought I’d better do so before I actually, you know, board the plane. I’m heading over to Europe next week and the week after. The main reason I’m going is AdaCamp in Berlin, which I will be helping run, but before and after that I’ll also be spending some time in the UK and running this Growstuff event, to get stuck into some serious code with some of our UK-based developers, in London on Oct 18-19. Continue reading →

Why I just stopped using IM (hint: fucking Google)

tl;dr – if we usually talk on IM/GTalk you won’t see me around any more. Use IRC, email, or other mechanisms (listed at bottom of this post) to contact me. Background: Google stopped supporting open standards for IM a few years ago. Other background: when I changed my name in 2011 I grabbed a GMail account with that name, just in case it would be useful. I didn’t use it, though — instead I forwarded any mail from it to my actual email address, the Continue reading →

Open food interoperability: entities, unique IDs, and semantic equivalence

This is a post I made on Growstuff Talk to propose some initial steps towards interoperability for open food projects. If you have comments, probably best to make them on that post. I wanted to post about some concepts from my past open data work which have been very much in my mind when working on Growstuff, but which I’m not sure I’ve ever expressed in a way that helps everyone understand their importance. Just for background: from 2007-2011 I worked on Freebase, a massive Continue reading → Continue reading →

Two frogs in a bowl of cream

A story I got from someone who says she got it from an older Dutch woman. I wouldn’t mention the Dutch woman thing except that this story just seems so Dutch to me. Anyway. Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. They swam and swam trying to get out, round and around in the cream, for hours. Eventually one frog gave up, stopped swimming, and drowned. The other frog kept swimming, refusing to give up. Finally the frog’s activity, splashing around in the cream, Continue reading →