Blog

This is my blog. Sometimes in these posts I’ll talk about research or art projects I’m involved with, although I also blog about my research on the c/c/c blog. Sometimes I’ll just ramble about other stuff which is keeping me up at night. If you’re interested on blog posts only on a certain topic, there’s a tags index.

If anything here sparks your interest (or your ire!) then get in touch (twitter, email) or discuss on HN.

In-place XML tree mutation for Jekyll productivity

I wrote a reveal.js plugin for Jekyll so that I can make nice slides (especially for my ANU courses). Recently, though, I’ve been touching up the COMP1720 slides for 2019 and it’s getting really slow to build the website.

The c/c/c studio

A project plan for my CECS Reimagine Fellowship

Mapping over table rows in org-mode

I’m an Emacs guy, and so if I’ve got some simple tabular data I’d much rather keep it in an org-mode table than have to fire up Excel.

On parental leave and auto-reply messages

I’m now (as of the date of this blog post) on parental leave (thanks, Brian 😊). I’m about to set up an email auto-reply which will guard my work email address until 15 July.

A dynamic Reimagine logo

I keep harping on about the Reimagine project because I’m super pumped about what it means for the way we do Engineering Computer Science here at the ANU (see here and here for more info).

Algorithmic uni marketing billboards

In the spirit of Murdoch University’s free your think marketing campaign, I’ve put together a dynamic full-page ad billboard as my pitch for the ANU’s next marketing campaign.

Reimagining Engineering & CS at the ANU

My pitch to be a Reimagine Fellow as part of the current reimagination project in CS/Engineering at the ANU.

Class discussions on Discourse

In 2018 I (with the support of the Teaching & Learning IT team in my School) switched from Piazza to a self-hosted Discourse instance for class discussions. Specifically, I used it for COMP1720: Art & Interaction in New Media, a large-ish (~200 students) introductory code/art programming and interaction design course. This course is open to both CS and non-CS students, and can be counted towards a major in both the CS and the ANU School of Art and Design.[^artgit]

On livecoding annotations and visualisations

I’ve just finished reading Charlie Roberts’ interactive web essay on annotations and visualisations for live code. If you haven’t read it, go do that now—and make sure you have some speakers/headphones to listen to the code examples, because it would be a real shame to read it without watching/listening to his ideas in action. All the code samples (with the visual annotations) are live-editable, both running “whole blocks” and re-evaluating individual expressions with ctrl+enter.

Oils from 威海

One of my academic responsibilities is teaching our ANU Computer Science programs into our various partner institutions overseas. One of these partner institutions is Shandong University WeiHai (SDUW).