Hackspaces

Saw this yesterday, this very fine article about how the UK should stop doing what it has always done and do something to help launch ‘spaces across the country. Which I agree with. In fact, it doesn’t even need to get as expensive or complex as what is described, we just need some way to […]

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Project Bootstrap – Working your way back up from the bottom rung

Following on from my last post, my plan is to come up with some ideas, basic business plans and other help for those who would like to start their own businesses, but have nothing. Obviously there are plenty of immoral ways to earn incomes, but I won’t be dealing with those. What I want is […]

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Project Bootstrap – Backstory

On Thursday I had one of those unpleasant jobs where the man whose house we were working at was despairingly poor. Sadly I was there to ensure we could get in and change his electric meter to a pre-pay whether he agreed or not. The chap was still in bed, despite it being around lunchtime, […]

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Prison voting solution

So yet again the Government is making a mountain out of a molehill, saying we will leave the EU Human Right framework over giving voting rights to prisoners. OK, so if we assume that giving people locked up no rights to vote, that they deserve to be un-emancipated while inside, and the UK want to […]

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fizzPOP update

Lots has happened with fizzPop recently. Head to our website to see for yourself. www.fizzpop.org.uk

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Moved to Android

So, I’ve moved from Blackberry to Android. I loved Blackberry & the ease of workflow was fantastic. Android is completely fractured by comparison, with multiple Apps to do the same thing – Internet & Chrome, Notes & Notepad & Quicknote… Also, the actual making of a phonecall is far more difficult in the absence of […]

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SPAM (the energy drink from Holland!)

Yes, it’s got an odd name, but blimey! This is the greatest energy drink so far. Tastes good, comes in a nice yellow and black can. And it’s called SPAM. So far it’s only been seen by me in The Netherlands, where it is made. Red Bull and most of the energy drinks have a […]

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Ryobi 18V ONE+ lithium battery disassembly (for repair)

So it turns out that no-one on the internet seems to know how to open the new Ryobi batteries. You know, for repairs and stuff. I have one that, er, sort of got left in the rain, and stopped working. To open it, you’ll need to get a Torx anti-tamper driver, size whatever fits. Undo […]

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The Old Print Works, Birmingham

fizzPOP’s potential new ‘space The space available at OPW is huge, but mostly shared. Location-wise, it is here. Yes, nearly all that building is the OPW! The first shots below show the bit that would be exclusively ours, once drywalled, and then I walked down the corridor taking shots to give an idea of the […]

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The drone wars

Last night I read an interesting article about the US process for ‘targeted killing’ of pretty much anyone. The photo at the end of the article, of a man with massive trauma to his chest and huge blood loss, was shocking. Even worse, as I scrolled down, the top of his head had been blown […]

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