[Wolves] Lightning Talks

Adam Sweet adamsweet at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 11:43:44 UTC 2020

Don't worry about it for tonight Andy, just join if you're around. As
for the future, I'd be interested in hearing about the hospital radio
from a technical point of view if you know any of that stuff.

Ha, I can do a talk on chilli/veg growing and cooking at the next one
maybe. If it's a chilli seedling that sprouted there's a good chance you
won't get any chillies this year as the season is too short now, but you
might. If you can keep it alive over winter you should get loads next
year as the plant won't need to spend 4-6 months growing to the point
where it can start producing chillies.

Basic instructions as follows. Keep it as warm and give it as much
sunlight as possible and it will grow well. As a seedling, keep the soil
damp but not wet. When the roots start to come out of the bottom of the
seedling pot, move it up to a 3" pot.

They like light, easily draining soil. All/multi purpose compost will
do, I also add perlite and vermiculite to help with drainage. Once
you've repotted you'll probably need to water once or twice a week,
adding some tomato fertiliser weekly to one of the waterings at a
quarter of the recommended strength and allow the soil to dry out in
between watering. Don't keep the soil wet, the roots need access to
oxygen and will die off if they're wet all the time. They're better kept
drier than wetter. They recover quickly from drying up but will suffer
in constantly wet soil.

When the roots come out the bottom again, move to a 6" pot. Once it
starts to produce the first flowers use 1/2 strength tomato fertiliser
weekly. When the roots come out the bottom again, move to a 9-12" pot.

Follow that and you should be pretty well supplied with chillies :)


On 09/06/2020 13:45, Andy Chamberlain via Wolves wrote:
> Hi Adam,
> Not sure what I could offer apart from Hospital  Radio, Northycote Farm
> and Bereavement Support, we have just started Virtual Bereavement hubs.
> Any talk I would give would not be particularly technical but hopefully
> of interest.
> I am particularly interested in hearing your talk on growing peppers as
> I have had some seeds in compost for about 6 weeks and I think one has
> germinated!! Also cooking with them would be interesting too.
> Regards
> Andy
> On 09/06/2020 11:15, Adam Sweet via Wolves wrote:
>> Thanks Dave, I'd be interested in that.
>> FWIW, if anyone wanted to join the conf but was going to have to miss
>> out because of the condition I placed where you must offer a talk to be
>> able to join, then please just join anyway. I realise at least for this
>> one that it was a bit short notice to prepare something, not everybody
>> will be able to offer a talk every time and I'd rather have you attend
>> than not.
>> When we do this in future though, I think monthly, that should be
>> sufficient time to come up with a talk title and be able to talk for
>> 5-15 mins on something.
>> Ad
>> On 08/06/2020 22:05, David Jackson via Wolves wrote:
>>> I like the idea of these different talks, and I can take on the task of
>>> "the basics of electronics", pointing more to the field of digital and
>>> logic rather than radio, I am sure there are some from the radio club
>>> have way more experience of that part of electronics than me. However as
>>> I have only ever joined your meeting once before I would appreciate the
>>> chance to listen to other peoples talk this Wednesday with a view to
>>> doing my talk on a future meeting. Just to give me a chance to see how
>>> these go, and get to know everyone a little better before I jump in the
>>> deep end.
>>> Dave (Deejay)
>>> On 05/06/2020 16:18, Adam Sweet via Wolves wrote:
>>>> So, here are some things I could talk about:
>>>> * The command line for beginners
>>>> * Network monitoring with Nagios
>>>> * SNMP and how to monitor your network with it
>>>> * Diet and exercise for geeks
>>>> * Taking care of your back when you sit down all day
>>>> * How to grow chillies (and other vegetables)
>>>> * Setting up a website with Linux
>>>> * Network file sharing with Linux (NFS, Samba and SSH)
>>>> * Guitar basics
>>>> * The basics of cooking good food well
>>>> * Introduction to OpenBSD
>>>> * The FreeBSD and OpenBSD pf firewall
>>>> Some things I'd like to hear others talk about:
>>>> * Containers (LXC, Docker, podman etc)
>>>> * Kubernetes, what and why
>>>> * ESP32 (firmware, language runtimes and power saving)
>>>> * HomeAssistant
>>>> * Python programming, maybe C, C++ and Java too
>>>> * Introductions to other distros e.g. (Open)SUSE, Elementary OS
>>>> * Basics of electronics
>>>> So, go ahead. Feel free to post a list of things you could demo or talk
>>>> about and let me know which of the above you'd like to hear about.
>>>> Only rule here is you should offer more than you request...
>>>> Ad
>>>> On 05/06/2020 15:37, Adam Sweet wrote:
>>>>> On Weds we discussed the idea of holding regular lightning talk
>>>>> evenings, perhaps once a fortnight or once a month as a prelude to
>>>>> holding longer format talks in future.
>>>>> By lightning talks we mean 5-15 minute introductions to a topic
>>>>> that you
>>>>> know something about and can explain to others. Ideally, that would be
>>>>> something geeky or to do with technology but it doesn't have to be, it
>>>>> could be some other area you know about like music, cooking or
>>>>> gardening
>>>>> since we're a diverse group and have lots of interests. Perhaps
>>>>> something along the lines of:
>>>>> * Your preferred Linux distro
>>>>> * A particular software application that you know that others might be
>>>>> interested in
>>>>> * What you do in your line of work (sysadmin or dev tools, the
>>>>> language
>>>>> or IDE you use, what technologies you use)
>>>>> * Hardware (PC, server, embedded, Arduino, ESP32/ESP8266, radio)
>>>>> * Radio stuff
>>>>> * A particular musical instrument you play and how to get started
>>>>> * Gardening or some other hobby you might have
>>>>> Obviously, being a 5-15 min talk it doesn't need to be a deep dive,
>>>>> just
>>>>> an intro and answering some questions.
>>>>> We're an interesting bunch and we have a lot of expertise in different
>>>>> areas of technology and a lot of interests outside of technology so
>>>>> I'm
>>>>> sure each of us can come up with something.
>>>>> So, for this coming Wednesday's virtual meeting, I'd like everyone to
>>>>> think of something they could talk about for 5-15 mins on and we'll
>>>>> choose enough to fill maybe an hour.
>>>>> Don't be worried about talking about stuff you think everyone will
>>>>> already know, or won't want to know, or getting something wrong, or
>>>>> being heckled, we're all in the same boat and most of us have known
>>>>> each
>>>>> other a long time.
>>>>> I think we'd all like more LUG content, talks and presentations in
>>>>> particular, but nobody actually wants to give them, so we all have
>>>>> to be
>>>>> prepared to contribute and this is a low barrier to entry.
>>>>> So, that's the price of admission for the next virtual meeting. If you
>>>>> want to join the conf, then be prepared to talk about something. Do a
>>>>> bit of prep so you know what you're going to say, maybe prepare some
>>>>> slides or do a screen share to show stuff. If we have more than an
>>>>> hour's worth, then maybe you won't have to do yours until the next
>>>>> time,
>>>>> but at least you'll have to volunteered and we'll have something in
>>>>> the
>>>>> bank for next time.
>>>>> I'm going to post a follow-up containing a list of things I could talk
>>>>> about and a list of things I'd like to hear others talk about.
>>>>> Ad

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