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BeHere: Many Mobiles Making Massive Moving Motifs

A digital installation across many mobile devices On and off over the past few months I have been hatching and nurturing an idea to use mobile devices to create a joined-up experience across several device screens; something that connects people and their devices in one place as a digital art project. Since discovering Processing, p5 and Dan […]

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Visual Delights

I’ve always been amazed at the artistic creations that are put on for festivals, more or less as disposable creations that will exist for the 3-4 days of the festival and yet which may have taken weeks of design and creation. They are always worth it. Last year I attended a friend’s mini, private festival […]

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Pesky Robots

Musings on a day at the UK and Ireland FLL finals, Loughborough, 1st February 2015 The day starts fast, and stays fast. The Beechen Bots are back at Loughborough University for the FLL UK and Ireland National championships, following success last year that earned them a place in the OEC in Spain. There are 35 […]

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FLL: First Lego League UK Final 2014

It was a privilege to be a spectator at the First Lego League (FLL) UK Finals at Loughborough University yesterday, where my son’s school team (Beechen Bots from Beechen Cliff School) had qualified in this youth championship for Lego robot design, problem solving and engineering. The thirty teams had members ranging from 9 to 15 […]

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40 hours, 40 Minutes

Trying to study and learn technology/programming part time, alongside work and domestic demands has proved challenging. In part this is because to make significant progress it seems that I need a decent run at things, whether it is e-book based, online tutorials, or just hacking away on your own. I set myself a target, at […]

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TEDxBristol

Like many people, I enjoy a good TED talk. At typically 15 minutes or less, they are only ever a window into someone else’s viewpoint or wisdom, but it really is not hard to find something new, each time you go on the site that will inspire, provoke, reinforce or contradict. I heard that TED […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence. Not just the title of a great compilation album on Warp Records cataloguing some great ambient techno and IDM tracks from the early 90’s, but also, it seems, a branch of computer science. Having had a break from learning, I though I would try another MOOC, this time through Udacity rather than Coursera. […]

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2nd Year Project

So I am trying to capture what it is I want to do with my emerging knowledge. I need a project. It is clear I cannot advance very fast or to a very satisfactory level purely as a coder. There are brighter, more hungry, more available, younger people out there wanting to become developers. That […]

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Back to Square One

It’s been tough today. It’s my first proper day of study since the end of July. Following a summer break, work commitments in September and the start of this month have pushed back at the UoD. The fight back started today. It’s tough, of course, when I am ten weeks out of the habit of […]

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