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Edinburgh International Science Festival

March 18th, 2014 by Chris Hellawell

Ever since my first experience of the festival, when I saw Professor James Lovelock (bit of a hero of mine) get his Edinburgh medal in the 2006, it has occurred to me that it would be a wonderful thing to be involved in.  Well it seems my daydreaming and wishing has come to fruition as I am delighted to say I have been asked to chat to a few people at the Mini Maker Faire this year, and that Edinburgh Tool Library will have a stall.

We will have a few things for you to get involved in, the opportunity for you to donate tools and sign up for a membership.  We would also love to meet our potential members so please come and chat to us, tell us what you think, what you want from the project and let’s get interactive.  We may also have sugary bribes too!

The Mini Maker Faire starts from 10am on Sunday April the 20th.

A night on the red carpet… almost

March 16th, 2014 by Chris Hellawell

I never thought I could say this but I now have something in common with Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leonardo DiCaprio. Well… sort of! This February, while they were nervously awaiting the result of Best Male category at the Oscars, I had been nervously awaiting news from OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator). Ok, so it’s not quite the same thing, and some could argue it isn’t even close to being the same thing, but think about it; both Chiwetel and I are being judged for their recent work. I share a hunger for success equal to any Wall Street Wolf. And I, like Matthew, had to lose 45 lbs for our roles.

Two out of three ain’t bad!

On a serious note though, going through the grilling that is an application to OSCR has been stressful, but also interesting and revealing. It has been of benefit to me in many ways; forcing me to look at the reasons behind the tool library and where it will benefit society. It makes you look at things from every angle and think critically about your idea. It also focuses the idea, prioritising some areas over others and helps to work out what it is you really want to deliver.

Let’s hope that, at the end of the OSCRs, The Edinburgh Tool Library ends up more Dallas Buyers Club than Movie 43.