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Conway’s Game of Life, interpreted in sound.

February 6, 2013


Some videos you find on Youtube fill you with questions. Questions like ‘why did I just spend 2 minutes of my life watching that?’ or ‘what is this?’ Sometimes though, you find videos that fill you with the right kind of questions. Questions that lead you through lots of different ideas and possibilities and inspire […]

Gloomy education? (Creative writing and card games)

October 11, 2012


This isn’t a rant about the state of modern education. Rather, I want to talk about a somewhat melancholy card game called ‘Gloom’ (info) (amazon). Gloom is a game of “inauspicious incidents and grave consequences” – a game where you control the fates of a band of misfits and malcontents, playing cards to make their […]

RaspberryPi birdfeeder webcam

May 31, 2012


This isn’t so much a Howto (as other people have already written that up very nicely) but a post on what I am using one of my Pi’s for. The first gotcha is that for some unknown reason, the default, recommended, reference debian image is built without support for USB webcams… Nuts, but there you […]

BBC BigScreens

October 26, 2011


It all started, as it often does these days, with a tweet: From Louise Angell (@louise_angell) #bbcbigscreens are keen to hear from developers/artists interested in creating interactive games & apps for our platform. Get in touch! – (19 Oct 2011) At that time, I was already talking with a number of interesting people about creating […]

Developer Happiness days – why happyness is important

February 25, 2009


Creativity and innovation One of the defining qualities of a good innovative developer is creativity and a pragmatic attitude; someone with the ‘rough consensus, running code‘ mentality that pervades good software innovation. This can be seen as the drive to experiment, to turn inspiration and ideas into real, running code or to pathfind by trying […]

DSpace and Fedora *need* opinionated installers.

August 18, 2008


Just to say that both Fedora-Commons and DSpace really, really need opinionated installers that make choices for the user. Getting either installed is a real struggle – which we demonstrated during the Crigshow, so please don’t write in the comments that it is easy, it just isn’t. Something that is relatively straightforward to install, is […]

Trackbacks, and spammers, and DDoS, oh my!

August 18, 2008


The Idea Before I give you all the dark news about this, let me set out my position: I really, really think that repositories communicating the papers that are cited and referenced to each other is a really good thing. If a paper was deposited in the Oxford archive, and it referenced a paper held […]

A method for flexibly using external services

May 29, 2008


aka “How I picture a simple REST mechanism for queuing tasks with external services, such as transformation of PDFs to images, Documents to text, or scanning, file format identification.”Example: Document to .txt service utilisation Step 1: send the URL for the document to the service (in this example, the request is automatically accepted – code […]


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