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  • A Year In China

    In the short comedy sketch by British comedians Mitchell and Webb entitled, “Are We The Baddies?”...
  • 外来的语言

    Here is my entry into our school’s essay competition. The title can be translated as “Foreign Lan...
  • 在威尔士的最高山睡觉

      我在中国九个月,还有我在中文的学校两个月。所以我希望我中文开始有用。 我老师给我们作业:说一说奇怪的故事。所以我想写下这里然后大家觉得我很酷因为我知道中文:D 有更多从我大走路这里。...
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About Me

picture "Picture of Tom BH" Hello, I’m Thomas Buckley-Houston, but you can call me Tom. I am from Bristol, UK, but I’m currently traveling the world.

I’m a full-stack web developer, you can see the code I’ve written on Github.

In the real world I like to meditate and spend time at Gaia House. I have a degree in Religious Studies and like to read, write and podcast about spiritual matters.

Email me: Or follow my tweets or watch my Youtubes.



I built a text-based browser for the modern web, it can render everything from CSS3 to WebAssembly apps. It's primarily for those that suffer slow and/or expensive Internet. It's been on the front page of Hacker News 3 times: May 2016, Jan 2018 and July 2018. The source is on Github.

The Sponge Relay

The Sponge Relay

When I started travelling in 2015, I took a sponge from my apartment. I then exchanged that sponge with the host of my next destination. I've repeated this seemingly odd ritual in almost every country I've since visited. See the latest archive of all the exchanges.

BBC Radio Bristol

BBC Radio Bristol

From 2013 to 2015 I was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Bristol's Thought For The Day. They wanted me to be their Buddhist voice, but I'm not strictly a Buddhist, so we agreed that I'd be their "Buddhist Meditator and Psychotherapist". I posted the texts of each one, which you can read here.

Walking Wales

Walking Wales

In the Autumn of 2014 I walked solo 270km from North Wales to my flat in Bristol. Somewhat of a pilgrimage I managed to document the adventure on video, which you can now watch on Youtube.

Peas: Platform as a Service


Possibly the most complex software I’ve ever written. This is a Heroku-inspired service that allows you to host and scale your own 12 Factor Apps. It got on the front page of Hacker News.

Source on Github

TEDx Talk

Dharma API

I gave a short talk at TEDx Bath about vulnerability. It used pictures of cats with their heads sticking through pieces of bread, people laughed.

You can watch it on Youtube.

The Dharma API

Dharma API

This is an ambitious project to try and archive all the dharma talks (Buddhist-themed teachings about meditation) on the Internet. There’s about 17 thousand at the moment. It’s written using Ruby’s Sinatra to adhere to traditioanl REST specifications.

Visit site or view source on Github.

wNOP — Compiz-enabled Linux

wNOP - Compiz Linux

I was, for a while, actively involved in the Puppy Linux community during which time I developed a popular derivative called wNOP that automatically configured the OpenGL Window Manager, Compiz-Fusion, ‘out-of-the-box’. So I am told, tens of thousands of copies have been downloaded.