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Layercache – My First FOSS Baby

I was confronted with a pretty common programmer’s problem at work a few weeks ago. I inherited a script which was taking 20+ seconds to render a map for a mobile site. 20 seconds is a long time in a … Continue reading

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Re-learning unit testing with Selenium 2 and phpunit-selenium

Now that I’ve finished re-building my house (almost) I’ve got two or three years of programming projects to catch up on. One of the most pressing is updating the Motif.org.au site with the new reading tests that have been developed … Continue reading

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TEDx Sydney 2012: A Deepender’s Perspective

TEDxSydney started off on a high note for me, as I arrived already feeling like a hero.   The Deepend Light Lounge (aka our late christmas party) had gone on deep in to the previous night which meant it was … Continue reading

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Open Frameworks, Computer Vision and Doctor Who

Something I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while is Open Frameworks (http://www.openframeworks.cc/) which is a C++ platform for creative coding. The gallery is full of interesting installations such as the mirrorĀ AudienceĀ  which has dozens of robot mirrors spookily … Continue reading

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A different kind of development

Has it really been a year since the last activity here?! Well there’s a good reason: another kind of development has been occupying my time – I bought an old house and have spent an intense year renovating it. What … Continue reading

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Flash Invaders – Dusted Off

As the first of a series of dusted off games and trinkets, here’s a game I wrote a few years ago, which never got the final graphical treatment but the gameplay works up to about level 50 something. I drew … Continue reading

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Dusted Off

Family distractions. Hard drive crashes. Unexplained bouts of actually going outside. These things are all likely to cause “codus interruptus” – something both annoying and embarrassing that we developers tend not to discuss nor even admit too. Find out more … Continue reading

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Brain control interfaces (BCI)

Something I’ve been keeping an eye on lately is brain control interfaces i.e. devices which let you control things with your mind. There seems to be a sudden flurry of activity this year in this area with a small handful … Continue reading

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MOTIf – online tests for language impairment

The first spin off from the SciPilot launch pad was Motif – an online test interface for language impairment studies. This was the brainchild of Dr. Genevieve McArthur and Prof. Anne Castles from the school of MACCS at the Macquarie … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to SciPilot. I promised myself 2009 was going to be the year of finishing things, so this site is partly dedicated to that cause. I have so many half-finished projects lying around that they’re starting to clutter my brain. … Continue reading

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