Mightaswell study in the UK. Mightaswell move to Manchester. Mightaswell stay here, on this crazy island, in this noisy, dirty, confusing city. Mightaswell try and like it. Mightaswell write about it.
(I’m just a bit grumpy, honestly. I really want to find out why you like this town so much, because it is quite difficult for me – Manchester is a harsh mistress. I will explore, discover, see, hear, taste, feel, analyse and appreciate. Mightaswell, while I’m here. It will be fabulous.)
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Other things I do - FYI, or as an archive for myself.
- manchestergirlgeeks.com. I’m the co-founder of Manchester Girl Geeks, a group that organises monthly events for girls and women with an interest in science and technology.
- webthreeoh.wordpress.com. So you really like that tech stuff, huh? Alright then, check out Web Three Oh, my semantic web research blog.
- beardsofmanchester.com. We started Beards of Manchester in September 2010 and raised £2000 for Lifeshare, a charity in Manchester. It was… hairy.
- b&n magazine (bunmagazine.com). b&n used to be a print zine I started in 2006.
- Natalie over at the Shrieking Violet let me contribute a paragraph about why I still bother with print zines to the “media special issue” (November 2010)
- I’ve contributed (mainly “I’ll eat that if you don’t want it…”) to a piece on afternoon teas in Manchester on the Creative Tourist website. (October 2010)
- I wrote a piece about the Christmas markets for the November/December 2010 issue of Dan’s and Hannah’s lovely print zine Pull Yourself Together.
- I co-authored a piece on Back Piccadilly for Creative Tourist – partner in crime was Dan Feeney. (December 2010)
- I wrote a blog post about girls in computing on the Guardian Teacher Network Blog for their Digital Literacy Campaign in January 2012.
What others say – the vanity list.
- I won the award for “Best Personal Blog” in the 2010 Manchester Blog Awards. Well chuffed :)
- Radio Preston FM interviewed me about the Manchester Girl Geeks in November 2010 - here’s an MP3 of the (uncut!) interview.
- For press coverage on our Beards of Manchester project, including silly pictures of me with a beard, check out the official page. Highlight: Someone called me an “artist”.
- Creative Tourist put the word “best” next to “blog” and then talked about mightaswell. I’m not sure they knew what they’re doing, but it’s pretty cool. (December 2010)
- The Times interviewed me on the issue of women in STEM – the interview didn’t make it into the final article though, only my name was mentioned. (November 2010)
- I was also interviewed by the Manchester Evening News and, again, only a short quote made it into the article. (March 2011)
- The Guardian mentioned Manchester Girl Geeks in their feature on ‘Britain’s new tribes’, hehe. (August 2011)
- I was shortlisted for a ‘WISE Excellence Award 2011′ by the UKRC for my work with Manchester Girl Geeks. (October 2011)
- The Times wrote about Girl Geeks again, featuring Melinda Seckington of Barcamp London fame, and me. (December 2011)
- “Samantha Bail – Computer Scientist”. The Beeb’s words, not mine. Short talking head of me in a BBC Learning clip on the Hack To The Future hack day in Preston. (February 2012)
- Our Mini Girl Geek Amy namedropped Manchester Girl Geeks when she was interviewed for an M.E.N. article on the Manchester Maker Faire, so I managed to sneak in a few words, too. (July 2012)
- I contributed (by means of an interview/chat with the author) to Belinda Parmar’s book “Little Miss Geek”, which discusses the issue of girls and women in technology. It’s an excellent book and you should definitely get your copy here!