The past two months have been insane! I’ve been speaking at and attending various conferences, going to more evening meetups and just generally being very busy. I’ll be trying to do several roundup post to cover the most interesting things I’ve been to the past few weeks!

LRUG

Last October’s LRUG featured a great talk by Sam Aaron (@samaaron) and and Xavier Riley (@xavriley) about how to live code music with Sonic Pi. It looks like so much fun; I really need to try it out and see if I can actually make some music myself! The entire talk is up on the Skills Matter site, so check it out!

Pokemon TCG Launch Event

Last Tuesday I got invited to the launch of the new expansion of the Pokemon Card Game: XY — Phantom Forces. It’s been ages since I last played TCG, but we got to play two of the new theme decks (Burning Winds and Bolt Twister) with trainers on hand to help out explain some of the rules. It definitely was a fun evening with Gengar themed cocktails and even a Pokéball pizza!

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Video Games Live

I love modern orchestral music, be it for movies, TV shows or video games, and I’ve been wanting to go for ages to Video Games Live. I weirdly enough first heard about it 7 years ago in 2007, while queuing outside the Apple store, by the guy in front of me who had just gone to see the concert the previous weekend. I then missed out on tickets the year after, and then had to wait 6 freaking years until they were back in London! I really enjoyed the concert, although I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t a full orchestra. Still: hearing the Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid and Journey themes all live was so awesome!

LEGup Meetup

I always find the London Educational Games meetup fascinating. Even though I’m not working on an educational game, FutureLearn is obviously very learning focused and I find it’s interesting to see what we things we might learn from the games industry. This month’s meetup featured Santeri Koivisto of Teacher Gaming, the team that created MinecraftEdu and KerbalEdu. Here are my sketchnotes from the event:

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Ada Lovelace Day Live

I’m still hoping the videos of all the talks of Ada Lovelace Day Live will be available, cause it was such a fun and inspiring evening! The highlights for me were: learning all about bridges from Roma Agrawal, a civil engineer from the team that built the Shard, finding out about how the remains from Richard III were discovered from Dr Turi King and hearing Konnie Huq rap about social media.

Me Wantz: Couch Book Rest

Books November 9th, 2014

I love this idea. Of course the first thing that comes to mind to me is a book rest, but obviously you could use it for other stuff (gadgets, wine, remotes, cat, etc).

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It’s available for £97.13 from the etsy store KeoDecor, but sadly they don’t ship to the UK.

I’m not familiar with the musical this movie is based on, but this looks like fun!

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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The Story of Them

Books November 4th, 2014

Since it was Halloween last Friday, I thought I’d have some fun with my Twitter stream that day and pretend I was in an apocalyptic version of London. What started out as a handful of tweets turned into a fullblown story by the end of it, much to the confusion/worry of some people. It was a lot of fun and I’m now wondering how I can do better next year!

Enjoy:

It’s Halloween! I’m not really celebrating it this year, except for attempting a Hipster Belle outfit today (and not even a very good Hipster Belle), but that doesn’t really count, does it?

Anyway, to celebrate I’m sharing my favourite Halloween items. Enjoy!

Eeeek Necklace – £10

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Spellbound Dress from Modcloth – $89.99

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Pumpkin Ring – £21.52

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Ghost Earrings – £15.42

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Bat Wing Headband – £18.63

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What are you doing this year Halloween?

Brrrr, it’s full on Autumn now! Despite the brief warm stint we got recently, it definitely feels like it’s time to wrap up and bring out the proper winter coat and gloves.

I got asked by ModCloth what my best layering techinque is to keep warm, so I thought I’d share that with you: a simple yet elegant ruched dress paired with a stylish blazer and a nice warm coat. I’ve got several blazers and dresses that all combine well together, so I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to my collection.

In this case, I’ve chosen the emerald green This is Fête dress, the plaid No Matter Putt blazer and the red-orange Pumpkin Patch Pose coat:

Autumn Outfit


Autumn Outfit by missgeeky

I love the elegance of the This is Fête dress; the colour is stunning and the neck line looks interesting without revealing too much. Plus ruched dresses are the best – they look stylish and are flattering on almost everyone!

I also love the Pumpkin Patch Pose coat; it’s exactly the right type of autumn orange. Can you imagine wearing this while running through a lane filled with autumn leaves? Perfect.

And obviously you need to pair it with some simple accessories to finish off the look. Here I’ve gone for the Right Here heels, the Cents and Sensibility bag (awesome name!) and the Hedgehog Pledge necklace.

So what do you think? What is your favourite layering outfit?

Insane:

Can’t. Wait.

Sigh. I’m going to have “I’ve got no strings” stuck in my head for the entire day now, aren’t I?

Miss Geeky Elsewhere

Interesting Links

  • The Bézier Game: I’ve never gotten the hang of the Bézier tool in Photoshop; this game attempts to help you master it.
  • IamA underwater archaeologist: Awesome reddit Q&A thread with underwater archaeologist Peter Campbell. After reading that, I wish I had his job.
  • As A Father Of Daughters, I Think We Should Treat All Women Like My Daughters: “It didn’t always used to be this way. I used to only have sons. Things sure were different then. How merrily I used to drive down country lanes in my old Ford, periodically dodging off-road to mow down female pedestrians (you must remember I had no daughters then). Was what I did wrong? How was I to know? I had no daughters to think of.”
  • Toothless by alicexz: Adorable painting of my favourite dragon:

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I’ve been looking for cool art for our “new” flat (I’m still saying “new”, but I’m realising it’s been 8 eights months since we moved… woah) and I came across this piece by artist Jenni Sparks:

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She was asked to create a map of London that subverted the idea of the traditional tourist map, and instead showcased the culture and personality of each part of the city, as well as the best places to go. It’s a bit tricky to see in the image above, but the map is full of cool details. Here’s a closeup:

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The map is available form Evermade with prices starting at £75.

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