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The Diagonal Method vs. The Rule of Thirds

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I am an occasional photographer and I became interested in how compositional techniques could help me produce better pictures. I've been using the rule of thirds , not least because my camera has an easy to use overlay for it. However, what…

Project 365

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Back in June 18, 2010, I started taking a photo a day, as part of the Project365 flickr group. I did manage to almost always take one photo per day, but it wasn't until 2013 that I actually fiddled with and uploaded them all . I wondered if I…

L Systems

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I first encountered LSystems during university; this was in the mid-90s when fractals were becoming mainstream. However, it was only in 2009/2010, when I needed a toy problem to learn Scala and JAX-RS with, that I started writing renderers. The…

When backend is frontend, and back again

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If you're building a mostly-frontend dynamic site, but want to make it share-able on Facebook/Twitter with a nice preview image, then here's one new (slightly weird) way to do it. I was playing around with a Sham Tartan generator because, well…

Tautona: Visualising similarities between Slack channels

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I hadn't done any lo-fi text analysis for ages, and since we've been using Slack at my job for a little while now, it was time to get munging! My MVP was really simplistic, but actually surprisingly good. I didn't record the output of the…

Looking for Bobby but found Paris instead

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Go to any local attraction and you'll see people taking selfies with statues, towers, all sorts of sights. Once, walking past tourists taking pictures of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, I reckoned that some of those will be posted on Twitter. I…

Playing music when someone is typing

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It all started when Carmen asked me (something like): "couldn't you play that music from Murder She Wrote at work whenever you're typing?" Given I was on a plane at the time, with nothing much else to do, why not think about it? Requirement: Play…