Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Python Programming With Little Stemettes

hamster eating grape

Slightly last minute, I found myself putting together a workshop in python for a Stemettes event. The constraints: It has to be in python. I don't really code in python much (light scripting, which I don't do much of). It has to relate to banking. There are lots of people coming to help. These people do not know how to code. The girls ...

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Teaching Chaos

Chaos Theory

My friend Linda teaches drawing at University (amongst a wide assortment of things), and she was explaining a fascinating exercise to me. Requirements: white paper, charcoal, eraser, glue stick & tolerance for dirt. This is all about developing lots of strategies for recovering from errors and changes, and stumbling upon expressive, aggressive marks and effects that you ...

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Procrastination Project

Reverse Whack-A-Mole

There is something I'm working on that I'm really excited about, that if we have hung out in person I may well have talked about, but it has been going nowhere. So "I'm working on X" has really only been true if "work" is defined as "not getting around to and feeling really guilty about". This was ...

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The French Ski Problem

skis mountain

In 1988, there was a revolution in the ski industry. Previously, skis had been straight-edged and the skier controlled them through force and incline. The new shaped skis were parabolic, with a side-cut edge that caused the ski to turn when introduced to the snow. Pressure causes the ski to bend: more pressure, more bend, ...

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

5 Reasons to Build a Native App


Notifications This is a really common reason to want users to have a native app, but the question is - do users actually want alerts for this product? And if so, how many? For example news apps - they could sent an alert for every new story but that would be excessive! It's important to be selective. If the ...

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Responsive Web Design – GGD Sydney, August 2013

responsive design

Daphne Chong talked about a recent project. Usually been backend, but recently did a new an interesting site for twitter and the elections. First time looking at responsive design, found it really interesting. Example of the Sydney Morning Herald. As you make the view port smaller, you have to scroll. If you pre tent to be an ...

Friday, April 25th, 2014

5 Strategies For Making Progress on Side Projects

cress keyboard

I get asked on a regular basis how I manage to maintain a blog (and other side projects) on top of my job, especially since I almost never write anything specifically about my job. I actually wish I was better at and more productive on my side-projects, but that might be step zero - to let ...

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

6 Signs of Over-Engineering

tangled mess

  Sub parts of the Thing are described as "shared" or "reusable"… but no-one else is using them. The Thing has lots of unit tests, but few (or no) integration tests because they are so much harder to write. No one can explain clearly what the Thing does, because the generalised use case has obfuscated the actual problem ...

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

My Completely Unscientific GitHub Survey

I have to get a github account. I

I was a software engineer without a GitHub account. I know, shocking, because everyone is supposed to have one - and actually the reason why I had to get resulted in me receiving a set of questions which assumed I would have a GitHub account, but Twitter account was optional. I didn't have a GitHub account ...

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