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China Shenzhen Dangerous Prototypes Hack Camp & Maker faire

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Back at the beginning of April Ryan, Richard Barnaby and Myself from RLab (Reading Makerspace) had a crazy impulse control failure and booked on the Dangerous Prototypes first Hack Camp and oh my god was it a trip of a lifetime!

The Continuing Professional Development (ah hem holiday), consisted of some of the most amazing tours around insights into conducting business in China through all the development cycles which included a Tour of the Huaqiangbei electronics market (just wow!) with a group of pros who source tools and components there on a regular basis. Talks covering how to bargain, what to eat, getting around, how to import/export. The course was so well laid out and hospitality via Ian and Jin was simply above and beyond – these guys are just so super great.

So anyway, here is a snippet of our 10 days in China/Hong Kong in what I am calling a Blogamentory (my perspective), but there is some more professional stuff from the guys on their own site you’ll dig into here

Thanks again guys and for those of you that get a chance if there is a next time be quick! its awesome!


My Big Owie

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I’ve had an owie with my spine since 2003, who knows how or what started it off but it began as a small disc bulge. I used to do a huge amount of activities and was an instructor in a great many things back in my younger years like Archery, Rock Climbing, Range Shooting, Horse Riding, Canoeing and Kayaking.

I’ve been tricking myself into not having scary surgery for nearly 2 years now and came to crunch time when we went from a single problem to a fusion to a fusion and disectimies (plural).. I have to say a huge thanks to all the nursing staff, family and friends who have supported me through all this and here is the first minute or so that I woke up in intensive care (and sweetly fluttered my eyes at the nurse to let me have my phone, I was a little spaced out).

The great news is I felt good no leg pain at all, na da, zero so lets see how it goes when the swelling goes down and the wound actually heals.