Zombies, Cakes & Goddam People

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) More

Cake Orchestra

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. LDR version Ingredients Light-dependent resistors (LDRs) Ordinary resistors & connecting wire Arduino Computer running Processing Soundcipher Processing library More

Learning to code – resources

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