Anti-filter bubble

Hey! Kids!

  • Do you dislike Google or Bing serving so many adverts to you every time you search?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable with the amount of information gathered about you with your searches, and don’t want a search engine to build a profile on you and store your history and ip addresses (privacy concerns and search engines)?
  • Do you hate having your search results manipulated, and reinforcing your existing world view (Filter bubble) and making it hard to get new information?

If the answer is yes to all or some of these questions, perhaps it is time you changed your search engine!

You should use duckduckgo.

With plenty of easy features to get the results you want. You can save your settings anonymously in the cloud, and integrate into your favourite search engine (mine’s Chrome, and I google services all the time, so they’re still watching…)

Configuring Your Browser

Google Chrome

To make the omnibox work with duckduckgo, do the following

  1. Open your settings
  2. under “search” heading, click button that says “manage search engines”
  3. Scroll down the enormous list of “other search engines”. I imagine duckduckgo is not already on there, so you’ll have to add it.
  4. At the bottom, in the three input boxes put “”, “”, “” and click done.
  5. You might have to find it in the list, (open search manager again). Hover over the entry so that a “make default” button will show, and click on it.

Voila, you should be able to anonymously search for stuff you want to search for!



Wolf Pack

Documentary of siblings – six brothers and one (largely invisible, at least to the camera) sister – who live confined to one tiny apartment in New York with their parents.

Education Philosophy Politics

Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments for Teachers

In an 1951 article for the New York Times, ‘The Best Argument for Fanaticism – Liberalism’, Bertrand Russell lays out what he sees as the supplementary Decalogue for teachers. Can it be used by parents too?

  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
Education Family Personal

Ant and Bee!!!!

Thanks to a thoughtful gift of a family friend, Diana Birchall, we have discovered the joy that is Ant and Bee.


Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours

There’s nothing like having a homeless person camp out in their car on your street during the winter to find out about strength of your community.

Miscellaneous Personal

Michael From Accident Compensation Department

*Ring Ring!*
*Click pause click*
“Hello this is Michael from Accident Compensation Department, phoning in regards to an accident you or someone in your household has been involved in” 


What’s Installed on the Pi?

To find what packages you’ve got installed already on your Raspberry Pi, type in the terminal window

dpkg –get-selections

if the list is too overwhelming, you can limit the search to the particular family of packages you’re looking for, like msql

dpkg –get-selections | msql



Intelligent Chicken Coop: Technology

Thinking about what I need to accomplish the chicken coop project! Ahhit is hard to know how to start…


Intelligent Chicken Coop: Features

What features do I want? Right now I think I need the following.


Chicken Door

To allow for the door to open and close automatically, I thought of the simplest solution…no microprocessors or automation at all.

I toyed with the idea of chickens using a chicken flap. Like a cat flap, but for chickens.