Pre-BarCampLondon Geekdinner with Ben Metcalfe

Ben Metcalfe challenges Mena Trott at Les Blogs 05

The next geekdinner will be on Friday 1st September 2006 with the most colourful character in London, Ben Metcalfe. Ben will be leaving London for greener and geeker land in San Francisco. If you don't know the smart, young and ever-so cheeky Metcalfe, here's a few pictures to remind you (oh and a funny movie).

Blonde and blackRed bitsPurple and BlueBlue GreenGreen BlondeSpiky blonde

Not only will we be seeing Ben off that night…. This will also be the perfect chance to meet up with other BarCampers and prepare for the long BarCamp weekend. Please note: The geekdinner is not exclusively for BarCampers, anyone is welcome including those who missed out this time around.

BarCampLondon Sep 2-3

When: Sept 1st 6:30pm till about 11pm (Remember BarCampLondon is the next day, so no late night)
The Bottlescrue, 53 – 60 Holburn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD
Nearest Underground:
City Thameslink (Holborn Viaduct) or Chancery Lane Station
Special Guest: Ben Metcalfe
Cost: 5 pounds for food

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Foiled terrorist plot at Heathrow

Manchester airport

I first heard about foiled terror plot in my aggreagtor while heading to welling today (don't ask) but have been so busy, to read about it fully. Now sat on the train looking through the news and blogs, I'm getting much more detail. One of the most interesting is from Bruce Schneier.

The most interesting part is the ban on carry-ons. First up, I thought its about bloody time – I've seen people carry things as close to a suitcase as you can get, on board. But then I read the actual list of whats allowed.

  • Pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags);
  • Travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets);
  • Prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic;
  • Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases;
  • Contact lens holders, without bottles of solution;
  • For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger);
  • Sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags);
  • Female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (e.g. tampons, pads, towels and wipes) tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs;
  • Keys (but no electrical key fobs)

What the heck! I have no idea whats caused this insane change in the rules but it must have been something pretty serious and maybe something to do with liquids? Either way, I'm in total agreement with the last sense from Bruce.

I'm sure glad I'm not flying anywhere this week.

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Geek and Geekhag podcast number 12 – Religion


Me and Sarah this time get to grips with the very difficult subject of religion in this 1 hour podcast. This might be a little shocking if your not aware of me and Sarah's position on the religion debate. And yes its not going to be as clean and as well thought out as Dave Slusher's podcast about the same subject but its just me and sarah talking like we usually do. Nothing more, nothing less.

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