Week Notes 13th March

After taking a few days off post dissertation submission, I have ended up using formal definitions within some Linked Data work that I am involved in.

To some degree, I have largely avoided them so that I can get on with writing the code. This project has gone in a different manner where the definition proved to be useful as a point for arguing against. I gained some clarity for the questions that we were asking and then identified that place where a disagreement lay, leading to the strategy to cope with it.

Using this, I am going backwards through various assertions and assumptions within algorithms to try and define any contribution.

Having realised that my dissertation focused on constraint, though in a softer manner than a definition, this is a harder, more mathematical version. I do not know at this stage where it might lead. It is perfectly possible that it is put down and the code is used, but it could go somewhere. Having spent most of the MSc avoiding these kind of questions, it is surprising to be able to come back to the logic and try and use it in a real outcome.


Week Notes 6 March

Last week, I mentioned the Museums project and writing a phone app to test touch through the Android APIs. An annoying bug turned out to be small and easily fixed and, whilst testing, I wrote a small Python and Gnuplot script to plot the way that the fingers moved in a 2d graph. It would […]


Week Notes 27th Feb

Last week was an intriguing one and this is written later than one might like. I’m currently working on a Museums project and am currently writing some code to track how items are touched using the internal sensors on an Android phone. It is my first Android project so is a learning experience but an […]


Software Carpentry and Reproducible Research at Oxford

Last month I instructed at a Software Carpentry workshop with the Reproducible Research Oxford group as Phil Fowler, my co-instructor, a has recently blogged about. He mentions Software Carpentry’s mission about reaching science students and comments: I think researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences have just as much, if not more, to gain from […]


Reactions to Mark Zuckerberg’s letter

Mark Zuckerberg published a somewhat rambling letter / essay on Facebook, Building Global Community. In itself, it comes across as rambling, trying not to really engage at a deeper level. Surprising for me, Techcrunch called it out in Taylor Hatmaker’s piece, “What Zuck’s letter didn’t say“, pointing out the rhetoric and the reality of Facebook […]


Turing, Strachey and Computer Generated Music

Just came across this post from Open Culture on the first computer generated music. It appears that although Turing had worked out that his computer could be made to produce music but wasn’t interested in pursuing this. Christoper Strachey played with the concept and came up with some recognisable tunes. The Open Culture blog has […]


Smoke testing Dockerfiles and their images

As a result of the work on building Dockerfiles to build Docker images that can then be run with the same build, I considered testing the files as it as being developed. This provides confidence that the file and Docker are installing the desired packages and that these packages can be run. One of the […]


Ambient Literature on Voices inside Head

The Ambient Literature’s blog has an interesting post on it about hearing voices, “Ambient Literature, Voices Inside Your Head?“. I like, and need to ruminate on, the notion of Noise but the checklist is inviting.


Trying to find a work/life balance

Something that has been, quite literally, in my mind is the question of work/life balance. I am currently working on finishing a dissertation for a Masters in Software Engineering on Behaviour Driven Development in Sonification as well as working across three different projects at work. The dissertation is on the way to first draft completion, […]


Interlinked communities gaming the search and social

Carole Cadwalladr’s article, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search“, published in today’s Observer New Review section is a thoughtful piece about the way that Right wing politics (under what ever banner they wear today) have used the Web to push their agenda. Her opening paragraph about typing “are jews..” returned the equally appalling […]