How would we build galactic-scale beacons to attract the attention of extraterrestrials?

Back in the day, I ran the old SETI Online program on my computer (over 56k dial-up!) to help to try to detect signals made by another civilisation. Best as I know, we haven’t found ET yet, but until today I’ve never even considered what effort it would take us to send such a beacon out to the galaxy.

This interesting presentation by James Benford on Youtube (paper) has a bunch of thought-provoking ideas about this.

BuddyPress Translations 1.6f

Version 1.6f of BuddyPress Translations has been released. 1.6f comes with an updated Slovak translation.

Continued big thanks to all the polyglots who contribute the translations for BuddyPress; maybe we should see about adding automatic download of language files to a future version of BuddyPress ;)

#i18n, #translation

Achievements 3 for WordPress now available

After an extremely long time in development, I’m very pleased to be finally able to announce Achievements 3 for WordPress. Go grab it from WordPress.org!

Learn more about the plugin on achievementsapp.com.

#achievements, #scotch

BuddyPress Translations 1.6e

Version 1.6e of BuddyPress Translations has been released. 1.6e comes with new French and Hungarian translations, and the latest versions of all the other translations (noticeably, Spanish!).

Big thanks to all the polyglots who contribute the translations for BuddyPress.

#i18n, #translation

I’m joining Automattic

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked at The Telegraph since April 2011; it was my first “real” development job, and as I said in an email to my (ex-)colleagues earlier today, I’ve enjoyed my time there and I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish together. However, I’m after a new challenge, and so I’m moving on.

I’m extremely pleased to announce that I’ve joined Automattic as a Code Wrangler, joining their VIP team. I’m very excited to be working for such a great company, which is full of awesome and inspiring people, and I can’t wait to get started! :D

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy christmas and a great new year; 2013 is going to be awesome!