As part of my PhD, I’ve developed some straightforward tools that help you form manageable goals to be more physically active that work for you.
I’d be delighted if you’d help us test them – please see the experiment page.
On Saturday, I gave a talk at the University of Birmingham Women in Tech conference, based on 3 key quotes.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
Arthur C. Clarke
If it weren’t for the people, the god-damn people … always getting tangled up in the machinery. If it weren’t for them, the world would be an engineer’s paradise.
Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
I have in me both north and south polarities;
… the deepest Analysis, with brilliant Imagination forever playing on the surface of those grave & fathomless depths.
Ada Lovelace, 1844 (Letter to Michael Faraday)
Fiddling with some Activity Recognition code, I realised that the latest versions (I’ve got v22) of the google play services lib doesn’t contain an ActivityRecognitionClient.
Investigating hooking up a heartbeat monitor to Processing
I like music, but I can’t play an instrument. I also like cakes and own an Arduino. So I put them all together to make a Cake Orchestra: a snack interface for music.
The very first things we need to talk about are Cake objects. Objects are simply arbitrary collections of variables and functions, and they are defined in classes. More
Coding is nothing more than telling a computer what to do to achieve your creative goal. It’s rather like deciding to bake a fabulous cake using a rather stupid robot. You have to assemble all your ingredients and equipment, then tell the Rather Stupid Cake Robot exactly what to do with each thing to make your cake.
A great starter for those of an artistic leaning to learn to code is Processing: a specially-designed open-source tool aimed to get you up and creating visual experiments quickly. You are given a big head start to create chunks of code, organised into “sketches”. More
I been running a series of online / IRL courses helping people to learn Creative Coding using Processing.
I’ve found that the use of metaphors can really help people get their heads around the weirder bits of learning to code.
But what about metaphors for coding as a whole? Should I go lego, marbles or cakes? More