January 20, 2009
Blogging For Bletchley - Meeting in London, Tues Jan 27thDo you use a computer?
Do you have a blog?
If the answer to both of these questions is "yes" then Bletchley Park needs you!
Bletchley Park is a country estate in the South East of England where two very important things happened:
1. Some very clever people cracked the German Enigma code, which allowed the allies to intercept vital information and even spread vital disinformation that led directly to victory in World War II.
2. The same very clever people did this by inventing the world's first electronic computer
To my mind, this makes Bletchley Park the centre of the post-war universe. It's a very important part of our modern heritage.
Bletchley is now a museum and tourist attraction. But years of neglect and a crippling lack of funds have left the place in a shcoking state. I struggle to think of any nation worth their salt who would have let such an important part of their history end up as run down.
Bletchley needs love and attention. It also needs about 10 million quid to make necessary repairs and to restore it to its former glory.
You can help by spreading the word on your blog, and by asking other bloggers to spread the word, too. Every single one of us owes Bletchley a massive debt of gratitude for creating the very industry that feeds and clothes us (and runs our XBox 360's). The least we could do is say a few words and alert our readers to Bletchley's plight.
Dr Sue Black, Head of Information & Software Systems at University of Westminster, has been campaigning tirelessly to save Bletchley Park. Sue has kindly agreed to come along to the Extreme Tuesday Club at The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London to tell us all about the campaign and to educate us on what we can do to help.
If you're in town and are interested in blogging for Bletchley Park, please drop in. Sue's talk will start at 7:30pm (it won;t take long, leaving plenty of time for socialising afterwards).
If you're too far away to make it, I'll be videotaping Sue's talk so you'll get to see it, too.
Coincidentally, Sue's PhD was on the ripple effect in code (y'know, you change one bit of the code and it ripples out to dependent parts of the software). Let's see if we can't start our own ripple through our network of blogs and get the word about Bletchley out to as many people as possible.
Posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago on January 20, 2009