Sunday, February 01, 2015

I pretty much killed my dog on Christmas Eve

I pretty much killed my dog. She was sick, but it doesn't abate the responsibility I feel.

Shelley, or as I later found out, Ashiga's Pride, was my greyhound.

She was shy, to the utmost degree - not many greyhounds are vocal, or particularly active. Shelley was all of this and much more: a couch potato to the Nth degree.

I only knew her for a short time, but her quiet unassuming nature meant that we had an instant bond.

Unlikely a lot of greyhounds, she had no prey instinct. She got along just fine with cats, other dogs and much more. The concept of being a Velcro Dog was very well understood - if we travelled, she tried to.

By the end, she was ill. The thing that makes me feel sick though is not the tunor that was slowly taking her life, but the display of trust she put on every step of her last day.

I knew something wasn't right, but had attributed it to a side effect of post operative medication. I was wrong. A trip to the vet turned into a one way ticket.

At every step, I took the rational choice - minimize pain, suffering, best long term outcome, minimal expense (no point spending thousands to give a dog 24 more hours of pain).

What I can get over is how disconnected I was. I never treated it like I was losing something, just a series of decisions with no consequences beyond the obvious.

I still can't reconcile how sick she was with the dog I know.

I feel so terribly responsible - she followed me from the start, and kept so calm even as I encouraged the vets to give her the life ending drugs. I watched her relax into the arms of death - it was not peaceful, Neither my partner nor I believed she was really dead - we kept patting a corpse, trying to ask it for forgiveness.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More 3D printed buildings

China might be already a fair way down this path, but it's good to see the execution of these kind of ideas spreading.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Interesting coverage of Monrovia, Ebola, and OpenStreetMap

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Missing Maps, Ebola and Learn OSM

I've spent a large amount of time over the past weeks mapping for Ebola. You can see some of my work, along with many others in Freetown, Kayes and more.

Often it has been an article of faith that the requesting organisations find mapping contributions useful; with feedback few and far between. For example, we saw some usage during Typhoon Haiyan, but it's hard to know if you are being truely effective.

This past fortnight, that doubt has been firmly put to bed. MSF has launched Missing Maps, proactively calling on the global community not to donate money, but to donate time.

Additionally, a thread on the HOTOSM mailing list has nicely overlapped in demonstrating value - and of course, personal anecdotes go a long way to making things relatable.

Given this renewed push from the people consuming open street map data in crisis situations, I began to wonder how I could turn my efforts from "dedicated mapper" to something more magnified.

I was lucky to have Nick Tailguy commit to a refreshed OSM Tasking manager guide and talk to the mailing lists - I've since contributed a number of small edits that will hopefully go on to encourage new mappers to confidently contribute in times of need.

To really kick it up a notch, I'm considering outreach to universities in ebola impacted locations - but I could really use the help of a dedicated few to push me further here; if the idea truely has value.

Monday, November 10, 2014

TIL: Sewing machines are just an early 3d printer

Darn you, internet. $25 for a sewing machine?  THIS PRICE POINT IS COMPELLING. Why, I could... uh... make... pants. Or even better, my sock budget has just been blown out of the water.

Those two use cases are about one more practical, day to day use case than I can come up with for owning a 3D printer as an average person with no particular manufacturing skills, needs or ideas.

I look forward to the first 3D printed sewing machine, or fabric based 3D printer.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New project: CloCkWeRX/campbelltown


By CloCkWeRX

Campbelltown City Council Development Proposals

November 5, 2014 at 9:30AM

via GitHub

Monday, November 03, 2014

New project: CloCkWeRX/scenic_rim


By CloCkWeRX

Scenic Rim Regional Council Development Applications

November 3, 2014 at 1:45AM

via GitHub

New project: CloCkWeRX/greater_geelong


By CloCkWeRX

City of Greater Geelong Development Applications

November 3, 2014 at 12:28AM

via GitHub

New project: CloCkWeRX/port_adelaide_enfield-1


By CloCkWeRX

November 3, 2014 at 12:23AM

via GitHub