About me

I’m Philip Hunt, a computer programmer living in Edinburgh. I’m a founder member of Pirate Party UK, and I recently stood for election to Edinburgh Council in the Liberton/Gilmerton ward — the by-election took place on the 9th of September.

I can be contacted at cabalamat [at] googlemail [dot] com.

I previously used the strapline “La liberté consiste à pouvoir faire tout ce qui ne nuit pas à autrui”, which comes from the Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen and is a declaration of my personal philosophy: people should be allowed to do anything they like, as long as they don’t harm others.

Among other things I believe in freedom of speech, but that freedom doesn’t include the right to an audience: I have a moderation policy for this blog.

Humour is generally not marked on this blog: if you think I’ve said something stupid or offensive, I may have been joking. Or maybe I’m just an arsehole.

7 Responses to About me

  1. George Carty says:

    Could you move the postings from your old blog here? (I can still access your old blog through the Internet Archive).

  2. cabalamat says:

    I would like to put the posts from my old blog here. Unfortunately to do this I would first have to store them in a file format that WordPress can upload (my old blog used home-brewed blogging software, so I would have to write conversion software).

  3. George Carty says:

    Could you give me some details of the WordPress file format? (Is it a species of XML?)

  4. cabalamat says:

    Yes the WordPress export format is XML. If you would like more details of it, I can email you the export file that this blog produces. (Or you might find it easier to set up your own WordPress blog, export its data and look at that file).

    Note that WordPress can import from multiple formats; so an import file doesn’t have to be WordPress format.

  5. George Carty says:

    OK, my e-mail address is GJCarty2002@yahoo.co.uk

  6. stuffwhitepeoplecareabout says:

    Wow, this is a great blog. It is very detailed.

  7. thomclarke says:


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