A quick review of BLUG (with weird video)

Only getting to post this now.  Last week, a couple of days after returning from Auslug, I drove from Belfast to Leuven to present my Ethical Hacking for Domino day before the BLUG event.  Don’t believe me?  Enter my Swanncam freestyle (Carl Tyler may approve).


The venue, was stunning.  The town itself is lively and friendly, taken from what little I saw of it.  The hacking day (in my opinion) went very well with a full room and even two guests to add their opinions.  Mr Bill Malchisky and Andrew Pollack.  After that BLUG began.  Its hard to describe BLUG without saying it is everything I have seen in professional conferences and more, and yet Theo runs it free for delegates.  Hands down the best LUG of them all.  Best content, venue, atmosphere, sponsors, speakers, keynote.  All of it is amazing.  I was lucky enough to be asked to present my Adminblast session, aswell as a connections101.net review with Gab Davis.  At the end of day one, I MCd SpeedSponsoring and then started the drive home.  That’s where it all started to go wrong.

My plan was to leave at 7.30pm in Leuven, and make the 8am ferry from Stranraer in Scotland.  Long drive, but manageable.

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I made it just past London and the snow began.  By the time I got to Manchester I had to pull in and book into a Travel Lodge in Knutsford (abandon all hope ye who enter here).  The next morning I tried to shoot for Stranraer for the 11am ferry.  What began was 14 hours of hell.  Going back was impossible, going forward was a nightmare.  Finally making the ferry at 11pm to be told the last one was cancelled and having to spend the evening asleep in the terminal before getting home for lunch tomorrow.  Below is some shots of the Friday as it got worse.  The nighttime part is actually a road.  You just cant see it.

With all the travel recently, I am going to pull back from the LUGs for a while, focussing on MOBUG and Hacking day presentations.  If you are in Germany, stay tuned for some announcements.


  1. Carl Tyler Said,

    March 28, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    Very good. What did you use to edit it? Oh and expect a shitty note from YouTube about use YakitySax as your music :-)

    Liked your little bit of snow too ;-)

  2. Tony Holder Said,

    March 29, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Makes you realise how people suddenly get stuck in a giant snowdrift in the middle of nowhere… Glad you got home in one piece! :-)

  3. John Lindsay Said,

    March 29, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    That middle of nowhere is where I am from but I know what you mean Tony. :-) You did well Paul getting as far as you did. There were some fantastic pictures of 7 or 8 foot snow drifts over the following few days. Last time it was like that was back in 1963 or 64. Something I can barely remember obviously. :-)

  4. pmooneynet Said,

    March 31, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Hi Carl – I used Screenflow (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm). I reckon it could be the wrong tool for the job, but I know how to use it from creating educational videos, and it works for me. What do you use?

  5. Carl Tyler Said,

    April 1, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    I use Sony Vegas, but that’s windows. I did buy a mac a while back and try iMovie, but I couldn’t get on with it. I think with all these things, use the tool that you like and are most comfortable with.

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