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Solder girls, hard time and celtic podcasting

Jamillah Knowles | 11:24 UK time, Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Hi all!

This week on Outriders we return to our roots and include a podcast and a blog for starters. Then a chat with some ladies who are creating their own hackspace away from the guys.
You can hear more about these things on the ­podcast of course but if there is a link or a name that you missed, this is where you can find those people and places.

tcy66.pngFor openers this week I got a lovely email from "Eddie Pearson" of ­The Celtic Underground podcast and blog. As some of you can tell, that's a screen name but an apt one at that. Eddie told me that he had reached his 100th podcast - something definitely worth marking. Most podcasts are made by individuals who spend their time on their passion whilst still running a family and holding down a job, so 100 podcasts is no mean feat. Take a listen to the podcast even if you are not a die hard Celtic or even soccer fan, there's more to The Celtic Underground than you might think.

jjj66.jpgOur Chris Vallance joined us this week too with tales of a blogger who has experienced more than most. Shaun Attwood is a blogger - ­Jon's Jail Journal is a fascinating diary of the years he spent in the Maricopa County Jail - one of the toughest America. The blog continues - but having completed his sentence and returned to the UK Shaun has now produced a book about his arrest and time in prison: Hard Time, a Brit in America's Toughest Jail.

mz66.jpgAlso this week I had the opportunity to talk to the solder-girls at ­Mz Tech. It's a place of general geekery and a chance for women to learn peer-to-peer the basics of electronics or to get some help and inspiration when it comes to developing their own projects. After last week's talk of hackspaces being fairly male dominated, I asked the women of Mz Tech to explain to me why they were not so keen to revisit some of the hackspaces and how an all female environment for tech works so very well.


jk-thumb-240x240.gifUntil next week!
~ Jamillah


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