Skippy's Random Ramblings

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Steampunk in Swindon

Tas, MiniBoyGeek and I had a quick walk round the Steam Punk Spectacular at the Swindon Steam Museum (will have to do Photos of that some other time). Podpad Studios were there with some of their cool steampunk stuff, and… Continue reading →

@MiniBoyGeek is Two! off to @IceCreamFarm

For MiniBoyGeek‘s birthday, Tas, MiniBoyGeek, Lindsy, the Munchkins and Granny all went out to the IceCreamFarm!

Duplo loading gauge, Locos, and PWay

Since the the last post on Duplo Trains, MiniBoyGeek has been given a lot more Lego Duplo by both his Granddad, and other family members for his second birthday: He has now got two of the Duplo Locomotive base engines… Continue reading →

We found @MiniBoyGeek’s first Geocache 

Went to Savernake Forest with MiniBoyGeek and Tas for a walk, MiniBoyGeek helped me find his first geocache 😀

No longer a ‘Narrowboat’ but now a Narrow Ship

Simplistically, a ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship. But you could debate this for a long time. I have done. To quote a friend (and Ship Science graduate) that I have posed this question… Continue reading →

Up a windy hill

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been… Continue reading →

Look what @MiniBoyGeek made me at @CreateItCheadle! 

MiniBoyGeek and Tas went to Create It in Cheadle / Stockport and made me a new mug for work! Tamarisk made this short video showing all sides:

Git stuff and 52 Weeks of Code

Sometimes I feel that my geek credentials are lacking given the lack of code I write, yes I make cool things occasionally, I work as an EMC Engineer for a small Stockport Company, I am a Director of Squashed Fly… Continue reading →

More books with @miniboygeek

After the success of book 1, Mini Boy Geek and I have had some more books 😀 The List now sits at: Book 2 – Terry Pratchet’s “Where’s My Cow? (Discworld)” Book 3 – “Grampy Rabbit In Space” – A… Continue reading →

First cup of tea

At the beach

Water Otter

With winter coming to an end (we hope) and the hot water on our boat coming from two sources; the fire and the engine, it was looking like the kettle was going to be the only way to make hot… Continue reading →

Pecorama – Beer Heights Light Railway

While on family holiday (narrow boat was being painted at the time), we went for a day trip to Beer Heights Light Railway Beer Heights Light Railway, Considered by many the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain, the B.H.L.R…. Continue reading →

Updates to the Family Tree

It looks like MyHeritage now has a “Mac Version” of their software (this should reduce my dad’s number of computers down to one). Historicity they recommended all kinds of horrible things (running virtual machines etc.), but there application could not… Continue reading →

Some news

Bran Mabon Kay McGaw – 2014-03-18 18:57 – 3160g 6lb 15oz.

Remote Tech Support tool and Bird Boxes

To facilitate remote tech support, we need a server some place safe, like this one. We also need to give the Raspberry Pi a username and password so it can log in (this article was used as a guide). But why… Continue reading →

Family Tree

My dad has been working on the McGaw family tree for a few years now; over that time the machine he has been using has changed from a Dell Optimax running Windows XP, to a Macbook, running Windows Tiny7, due… Continue reading →

Why eBooks changed my reading habit.

I read Delkaetre’s post on why she doesn’t have an ebook reader yet; I do have a Kindle, which I use in place of my book shelf most of the time. Her reasons for not liking an ebook reader include being able… Continue reading →

Striking a Cord

I have been collecting some images for the screensaver of my work machine, I have come across these two, the first being: What do I fear? I fear stagnation and lack of progress. I fear never reaching my potential and being… Continue reading →

Looking at Boats

This weekend I have been in Swindon, and after the fun events of Saturday, I was sitting watching TV with Parents; well they were watching TV, I was playing on the computer, and at this point there should be a… Continue reading →

Uncle Phil

Squee; I am an uncle: at 9.55am weighing 7lb 9oz Baby Kaitlyn is the newest member of our family. I haven’t seen Emily, or baby yet; possibly will try to get down to Swindon early next week.

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