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Mark Keating (mdk)'s Blog

This is the index of items in Mark Keating's blog.

DbicHack14

Mon Apr 14 20:40:00 2014

It's the first one the number is the year...

So I am sat letting my brain decompress at high speed after the first ever DBIx::Class Hackathon in existence. Dbic is a project written in Perl which in very loose terms is a relational mapper for databases.

Doing the Job Right

Mon Apr 7 14:30:00 2014

You are never above anyone else...

So I classify myself as a mostly busy manager. I say mostly as some days I get the doldrums and life seems to drag and my brain plays distraction techniques with social media and the ever changing world about us. However, like most managers, I don't do nine to five and some mornings I get up at six just to clear the email backlog.

FLOSSUK Spring Conference 2014

Thu Mar 27 16:40:00 2014

The Event, the People and the Prize

Open Source Syndrome Disorder

Mon Mar 17 15:40:00 2014

Where you all at?

It has led me to think a little about the Open Source world itself. How we can have the notion of freely available source code. How we can have communities linked by a common desire to create tools and platforms that cut across their diverse environments, history, philosophy and belief. How you can have companies that are active participants or exist solely by the use of, but not contribution to, community software.

Lancaster Social

Mon Mar 10 13:00:00 2014

The Video I made in my Presentation

Lancashire Forum

Mon Feb 17 11:00:00 2014

So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu

Back in September of 2013 it was listed on the [Shadowcat news pages][scnews] that I would be [joining the first cohort][forumnews] of the Lancashire Forum. This was an initiative sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund in association with [Boost Lancashire][boost] and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and held at the [Lancaster University management School (LUMS)][lums] at [Lancaster University][uni].

Gittip

Wed Feb 12 17:00:00 2014

In Agreement with Lord 'Sushi

A word of caution, this is mostly just a random rant, an expression of what thoughts came to mind when I was thinking on a particular subject. Don't expect a reasoned piece like Riba's, this contains mostly me and a semi-knee-jerked response.

Lancaster Sustainable Summit II

Fri Feb 7 13:00:00 2014

Sustainability For All (?) (#sus4all)

Kendal Engineering Society

Mon Jan 27 09:00:00 2014

Out with the Makers

The talk I gave was a general introduction to the philosophy underpinning Open Source, how OS as a model works and why you should be using it in business. This was a very new area for the members as many of them have strong hardware skills but are new to software.

Yearly Round-up

Fri Jan 3 17:30:23 2014

Local Growth and Structured Expansion

For Shadowcat Systems 2013 was an 'interesting' year. By which I wish to bring instantly to mind the old proverb/curse 'may you live in interesting times'. We had periods of growth, change, evolution and also loss. We lost both long-standing and fondly liked staff who needed to move on in their careers, and of loved ones.

Just A Cornish Sailor

Fri Dec 13 16:30:23 2013

Is True Heroism Coupled with an Attitude Towards People?

On a Social Mission

Tue Nov 26 20:30:23 2013

Social Media for Women 2013, Part One: ...it's not about gender...

Part of my personal delight in this conference was that it would take pressure from me. I am involved with a lot of tech conferences, I organise a lot of events. There is a pressure to try and create an environment in which gender isn't a barrier or an issue. I felt that today could be part of a positive push to look beyond gender (even with the conference title) and be considered people.

The Seven Steps

Mon Sep 30 20:30:23 2013

Applying some SUMO to my Daily Life

Once again I find myself writing about the SUMO Guy, Paul McGee, and something that he has taught me. [In a previous blog post][sumo1] (['I love you sugar baby'][sumo1]) I mentioned the seven steps that [Paul McGee, the SUMO Guy][sumo] introduced as a form of SUMO,(1) a manner in which you can assess your attitude and response to anything that is an issue.

'I love You Sugar Baby'

Thu Sep 26 20:45:23 2013

I was Hugely Motivated by the SUMO Guy

I attended, on Tuesday 24th September, a Masterclass at the [Lancaster University][uni] [Management School][lums] ([LUMS][lums]) by the [SUMO guy, Paul McGee (@thesumoguy)][sumo]. This was a partnership with [BOOST Lancashire][boost] and [LUMS][lums] dedicated to forging links between business,academia and government. The name ['the SUMO Guy'][sumo] is a brand and a philosophy started by Paul and aligns with his bestselling book, it stands in typical Mancunian fashion for 'Shut Up Move On', hence SUMO. This was the first of many sayings that Paul was going to favour us with through the evening.

The Goal of Business

Mon Sep 23 19:45:23 2013

Innovation and the idea that we are not just in it for the cash

This is the second article written from my notes taken during the 'Innovation for Everyone' masterclass held at [Lancaster University][uni] and hosted by [Lancaster University Management School][lums] (LUMS). The talk was presented by Mark Freel who teaches at the University of Ottawa and Lancaster University, I should also point out that he is the 'RBC professor for the commercialization of Innovation'.

Innovation, Innovation, Innovation...

Sat Sep 21 20:30:23 2013

...that's what you need

This week I attended the 'Innovation for Everyone' masterclass held at [Lancaster University][uni] and hosted by [Lancaster University Management School][lums] (LUMS). The talk was given by Mark Freel who teaches at the University of Ottawa and Lancaster University, I should also point out that he is the 'RBC professor for the commercialization of Innovation' - a fact he was obliged to tell us to great interest.(1)

Lancaster Social Network

Sun Sep 15 16:30:00 2013

The Latest Place to Meet (Tweet) Up

On Wednesday, 11th September 2013, I attended the Lancaster Tweet-up organised between [Jane's Social Media][jane] and [Lancaster ESTA][esta]. These meetings have been running bi-monthly for the last two years to the delight of the local business fraternity.

Think #Fresh

Fri May 24 15:00:00 2013

Jane and Rebecca Wowed the Room

In two previous blog posts, [one about Jane][previous] and the other [on the preview of her new project] [previous2] I spoke a little about Jane Binnion of [Jane's Social Media][janes] and the work that she does. Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the full video (for which a [three minute taster can be found online for free][video]) of Jane's new venture which has been prepared by the local company of [Quay Creative][quay].

That Sam I Am

Thu Mar 28 23:00:00 2013

The Things that Impress About Sarah

I was at the Lancaster Tweet-Up on Wednesday evening (27th March), organised by Jane Binion of [Jane's Social Media][janes] and Michael Hallam of [Lancaster ESTA][esta], where I saw the talented Sarah, of [Backroom SAM][sam], give a short presentation on her company.

#think

Thu Mar 28 22:45:00 2013

Social Media Policy in Plain English

[In a previous blog post][previous] I spoke a little about Jane Binnion of [Jane's Social Media][janes] and the work that she does. This week I had the pleasure of seeing the three minute taster of Jane's new venture which has been prepared by the local company of [Quay Creative][quay].

Praising the Perl QA Sponsors

Mon Mar 18 21:25:00 2013

Praising Those Who Dared

I would like to take a few moments of your time to thank all of the sponsors of the Perl Quality Assurance Hackathon so far. [If you would like to sponsor the event then please visit the donations page][donate].

QA Hackathon Close of Applications

Fri Feb 22 19:35:12 2013

Applications Close: 3rd March, 2013: 23:59:59 GMT

As many of you know, or by now you certainly should know, the Perl QA Hackathon will be held in Lancaster, United Kingdom, from 12th-14th April 2013.

In Search of an e-Reader

Sun Jan 27 12:15:00 2013

In Search of an e-Reader

Mark Keating talks about the decision to buy an eReader and move to electronic books

Send-A-Newbie 2013

Mon Jan 21 11:15:00 2013

Once Again We will Send Neophytes to YAPC::EU

Announcing Perl QA Hackathon

Fri Jan 11 13:25:00 2013

Improving the Tools

A brief discussion on my latest conversion to MarkDown, the whys and wherefores

An Astonishing Year

Tue Jan 8 11:11:00 2013

The Year in Review

Mark Keating takes a look at the year 2012 for Shadowcat Systems

Converting to Markdown

Wed Jan 2 15:55:00 2013

Transitioning my Text

A brief discussion on my latest conversion to MarkDown, the whys and wherefores

On the subject of news...

Sat Dec 29 22:45:27 2012

On the subject of news...

All about my wish to get more news on the SC site in 2012

Socially Acceptable

Sat Oct 20 21:05:27 2012

A discussion and an introduction

My general thinking about a social media policy for the workplace and about Jane's Social Media

Ada Lovelace Day

Tue Oct 16 16:35:27 2012

'What a Difference a Day Makes...'

Thoughts about the Ada Lovelace day and why we only have one day for women

NWE.pm: Hack and Learn - September

Thu Sep 27 22:35:27 2012

Hashes, Scalars and Arrays

Starting to learn a bit of Perl in the congenial hack space

NWE.pm: Hack and Learn

Thu Aug 30 16:35:27 2012

Meeting of Many Minds

Briefly thinking forward to the meeting of the local Monger group on this August evening

An Extraordinary Honour

Sat Aug 11 20:30:27 2012

Seeing the best of Cluj

Mark Keating talks about presenting as the guest of Cluj.pm Summer Meeting and MiniConference

A Bit of Hip Hop

Sat Jul 7 13:55:27 2012

So Hip it Broke[1]

Mark Keating talks about the second North West England Perl Monger's Hackday on Saturday 30th June

The Hackday Roundup

Mon Jul 2 18:00:27 2012

Hackday Roundup

Mark Keating talks about the second North West England Perl Monger's Hackday on Saturday 30th June

Hardware Perl Mongers

Wed Jun 27 12:00:12 2012

Logos and websites a go-go

Mark Keating talks about designing the logo and the website for Hardware.pm and some thoghts about going forward.

The Second NWE.PM Hackday

Mon Jun 25 21:50:27 2012

Come and Join Us on the Happy Hack Trail

Mark Keating talks about the second North West England Perl Monger's Hackday on Saturday 30th June

Oh noes, someone else uses Velociraptor!

Sun Jun 24 17:35:27 2012

What is in a name?

Mark Keating shares a few brief thoughts about the use of the Velociraptor as a name for Perl 5

YAPC::NA::2012 Round-up and Review

Thu Jun 21 17:20:27 2012

May you live in interesting times...

Mark Keating looks back at YAPC::NA and the fun we all had.

YAPC::NA::2012 Frist Prost

Tue Jun 5 16:00:27 2012

Looking forward to the event

Mark Keating looks forward to YAPC::NA and the fun he expects to happen.

The year for NWE.pm

Wed Jan 25 10:25:27 2012

The Year for NWE.pm

Mark Keating talks about his local Perl Mongers group and the challenges they are creating and solving in the year ahead.

Embrace the Community - extra

Mon Jan 16 17:10:27 2012

An Open Model for Business

Mark Keating gives more insight to his talk at the Manchester Free Software Society

The 2011 Review of the Year

Mon Jan 2 21:00:00 2012

Mark Keating looks back at 2011 for Shadowcat

mark keating gives a retrospective of the year for Shadowcat Systems and what it held

Manchester Unconference 2011

Sun Oct 9 10:30:00 2011

Matt and Mark attend the Perl stand and Matt presents talks

Shadowcat Systems staff attended the 2011 Manchester Unconference on behalf of the North West England Perl Mongers, man the stand and present talks

nwe.pm July Technical

Thu May 26 14:25:00 2011

Castaway, Theorbtwo and a 3D Printer

A pair of Perl persons pop along in person to print

TPF Marketing Committee Chair

Tue May 3 14:00:00 2011

Mark Keating to chair the committee

Mark Keating joins the TPF Marketing Committee as the Chair

Perl and GSOC 2011

Tue Mar 22 06:49:00 2011

Perl and the Google Summer of Code

Mark keating discusses the Perl and the Google Summer of Code

Perl QA Hackathon 2011

Tue Feb 15 14:47:35 2011

An update on the event

Mark keating discusses the recent activities of the organisers for the Perl QA Hackathon

Perl Oasis 2011

Thu Jan 20 20:07:35 2011

A laconic start to the year

Mark keating reflects on the Perl Oasis conference

NWE Hackathon 2010

Mon Nov 22 20:01:35 2010

Hacking, Snacks, Pies, Pizza and Beer

Mark Keating reports on the November Hackathon sponsored by Shadowcat Systems for the North West England Perl Mongers

NWE.pm 2010 Hackathon

Sun Oct 24 21:14:35 2010

Once more into the breach

Mark Keating discusses the North West England Perl Mongers 2010 Hackathon

NWE.pm October Social

Sat Oct 23 21:01:35 2010

Beer, Curry and Perlers

Mark Keating reports on the October Social for the North West England Perl Mongers

Marvellously FairFX

Tue Mar 9 10:50:00 2010

Simply the best exchange service I have ever used

Mark Keating adds his endorsement to a great internet service

Presenting Perl

Sun Feb 28 23:55:35 2010

A location for audio/visual media

A new webiste for material that Perl authors create/produce and present at conferences and workshops

Beermats

Fri Feb 26 10:50:35 2010

A Matt to put your beer (or drink) on....

Latest Shadowcat promotional items are on the way

The Magnificent Dave Cross

Tue Dec 29 13:23:12 2009

A very modest[1] man in need of praise

Mark Keating's talks about the great Dave Cross as a thank-you

Nanowrimo Write-in 2009

Mon Nov 23 16:28:30 2009

A Report on the Shadowcat Systems sponsored write-in

Mark Keating's takes a brief look at the Nanowrimo sponsored write-in held at the SC offices in November

Nestoria Interview for LPW

Thu Oct 8 14:45:25 2009

Reprint of the Nestoria Interview

Mark Keating was interviewed by Nestoria on their blog, here is the transcript of that interview.

London Perl Workshop 2009

Thu Sep 17 14:14:35 2009

Announcing the Best Event on the Calendar

Mark Keating's full announcement for the London Perl Workshop 2009

Ironman Challenge Badges

Thu Sep 3 13:40:35 2009

Behold for there are many of them...

Links to the Ironman Badges used in the competition

YAPC Rocks and Perl'rs Roll

Fri Aug 14 10:15:35 2009

Which means Perl is Alive and Well and most certainly Kicking

A brief look back at the Yet Another Perl Conference Europe 2009 held in the beautiful Portuguese city of Lisbon.

Karen and Wallace

Tue Jul 28 14:20:35 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen pray raise your glasses and Toast...

To celebrate the Marriage of Wallace Reis (Wreis) and his partner Karen, on 8th August 2009, this page will show a running commentary from the irc channel for well wishers who canot be there.

re-Sponsor-bility

Fri Jul 24 12:30:35 2009

It is your moral duty...

The beginings of some thoughts about sponsorship and a call to duty for those who are able

YAPC Images Collection Four

Wed Jun 24 11:38:32 2009

Pittsburgh by night....

A wander up to Mount Washington and the grandeur of the city at night. A collection of images from YAPC::10::Pittsburgh taken between 20th-26th June 2009. Caution may be slow loading times.

YAPC Images Collection One

Wed Jun 24 10:44:19 2009

Hot in the city, hot in the city....

Wandering around Pittsburgh on the Sunday before the conference. A collection of images from YAPC::10::Pittsburgh taken between 20th-26th June 2009. Caution may be slow loading times.

YAPC Images Collection Two

Wed Jun 24 10:44:19 2009

We're not the People's Front of Judea, we're the Judean People's Front

The people at the Dinner and Anti-dinner, and a little later in the common room. A collection of images from YAPC::10::Pittsburgh taken between 20th-26th June 2009. Caution may be slow loading times.

YAPC Images Collection Three

Wed Jun 24 10:44:19 2009

The speakers, the makers and the money shakers...

First day of talks and the people presenting. A collection of images from YAPC::10::Pittsburgh taken between 20th-26th June 2009. Caution may be slow loading times.

Introspective Inverted

Sat Jun 20 15:11:35 2009

And the reason is...

While Matt Trout takes a look at his contribution to the Perl world, Mark keating takes a short look at Shadowcat's clients

NWE.PM May Social

Mon Jun 1 13:04:19 2009

We few, we happy few, we band of...

So, sometimes the best laid plans of rodentery and sapients go flying out of the window like a simian with its genatalia immolated.

YAPC::EU::Lisbon...goodness

Mon Jun 1 12:48:19 2009

Aloha Portugal here we come

A quick chat about the Lisbon Perl Conference and notes on arrival dates

Ican haz Purl...Happy!

Tue May 26 10:58:11 2009

Spaghetti Westerns will never be scripted this way again!

A discussion on some of the comments people leave on articles whenever anyone mentions Perl doing well at something, the Good the Bad and the Ugly ways to think of Perl

It's All About Education and Research

Fri May 15 19:10:21 2009

The teachers are coming to get me

There is an issue that came to my mind recently when thinking about how long one has to support items after they have been surpassed or deprecated, and that is the issue of Education and Research.

It's All About Support

Fri May 15 12:27:35 2009

How long must I suffer in the "Dead Zone"

Some thinking on the idea of support and how long we continue support in a system with its focus on development and practicable deprecation

Paper Woman

Sun Apr 26 02:45:00 2009

Now there are female badges...

The hows, whys and wherefores of the Paper Woman

Cyberman

Sun Apr 19 00:00:00 2009

Who is the Cyberman?

The growing Cartoony Men mystery pulls in yet more cultural mythos with a British TV classic

Iron Man (Modern)

Thu Apr 16 15:00:00 2009

Who is the Iron Man? (or is that what is the Iron Man?)

The growing Cartoony Men mystery suddenly gins some meaning in its exposition.

Tin Man

Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 2009

Who is the Tin Man?

The growing Cartoony Men mystery deepens without actually becoming any clearer

Stone Man

Sat Apr 11 00:00:00 2009

Who is the Stone Man?

The Stone Man mystery, who the hell is this other toon, how many bloody toons are there?

Paper Man

Wed Apr 8 00:00:00 2009

Who is the Paper Man?

The Paper Man mystery, who the hell is this cheerful toon

Enlightened Perl Organisation

Sat Mar 21 00:00:00 2009

The Genesis of the Name

A recollection of how we came about to use the word Enlightened in association with Modern Perl

Mything Time

Sat Feb 28 00:00:00 2009

What did we do, how much did we do, at work today?

A short analysis of the idea of time and motion in the workplace

NWE.PM Tech Meet February 2009

Thu Feb 26 00:00:00 2009

North West Perl Mongers First Technical Meeting

The first technical meeting by the fledgling nwe.pm was held at Lancaster Uni on 25th February 2009

Acts of Navigation

Tue Feb 17 00:00:00 2009

Some Initial Thoughts

A few thoughts on the manner in which people navigate sources of information

Business to Community

The Need for a Business to Community Network

A brief outpouring of thoughts on the necessity for a business to community integration and the idea of how this is a commercial not social network