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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.

Please feel free to get in touch —

Or follow my tweets, sigh at my Facebook updates, watch my Youtubes, look at my Flickr, or hangout on my G+ profile.



I glued together various tools to render a complete Linux desktop into a TTY terminal. Complete with mouse and keyboard input. I made it to be used over MoSH (SSH) so that I can use a complete modern browser on very low bandwidth connections. It got to the front page of Hacker News.

Source on Github

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 it 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.