Stuff I’m doing currently.

{ ‘now’ Inspired by Derek Sivers’ /now and popularised by Patrick Rhone. }

Reading

A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto. OK I get it, you’re saying, yep a Japanese cleaning book, translated into English and placed at bookshop checkouts. So far so appropriatory (sic). But the advice in this small volume is somehow soothing. I will try my best.

Listening

Nakhane Touré’s album You will not die

Watching

BBC’s The City and the City, which mirrors the dark and light images in my imagination of the twin co-existing cities Besźel and Ul Qoma from China Miéville’s novel.

You either warm to Wes Anderson’s brand of whimsy, or don’t. But there is so much charm, poignancy and wit in the animated Isle of Dogs that you’d have to be very hard-hearted not to enjoy it just a little bit. (Warning—mild scenes of dog peril, and transplant surgery).

Project

Fantastic opportunity to visit some South Wales Primary schools as part of Techniquest’s engagment with BAS Polar Explorer educational programme. Helping to put the A in STEM. The sessions were in two parts:

  • looking at how data collected in Antarctica can be interpreted as sound. Culminating in the debut of the Antarctic weather Kitten Choir
  • photos showing life as a researcher in Antarctica

Previously

Winter 2017

Read-Ghosts of the Tsunami Richard Lloyd Parry

Listen-Chick Corea’s Return to Forever

Christopher R. Week’s What the Angel said…

Watch-AlphaGo—what might have been a rather depressing film about Google’s DeepMind project (which has created a Go program and taken on one of the game’s World Masters), instead demonstrates the possibilities of cooperation between artificial and natural intelligence. Affirming, gripping stuff.

Get Out—Jordan Peele’s film is an effective horror movie, which raises issues which haunt well after you’ve left the thrills and cinema behind.

Ronny Chieng: International Student—this is a guilty pleasure. OK it’s slapstick, but laugh-out-loud funny in its portrayal of student life.

Project-CAS hub talk on Sonic Pi and OSC—Open Sound Control at the Hay Winter Festival.

Summer/Autumn 2017

Listen-Ten years on, Cornelius has released a new album; a cause for huge celebration, e.g.track "If you’re here". Absolutely worth the wait.

Watch-The totally compelling Moonlight.

Project-With the Lead Creative Schools project at Monnow School, Newport completed now, I had an enjoyable STEM Ambassador visit to Ysgol y Castell’s enthusiastic Science club on a robotics theme.

I’m warming up for a long-contemplated homebrew project which has a title 32 views, and an aim—to spend significant time really getting to grips with Racket, and produce some online evidence of this; which may be of help to others who’ve an interest in Physical computing with the Swiss Army knife of programming languages. As a first step, plan to extend the work on the three years old interface to WiringPi.

Spring 2017

Read-The Hills of Wales by Jim Perrin, who opened a recent talk to the denizens of my local town with a jocular “You’re from Crickhowell, so you’re all Fascists then!”

Just starting (with the wonder and anticipation appropriate for a street urchin; whose nose is pressed against the window of a sweet shop he hardly dares to enter) Beautiful Racket by Matthew Butterick.

Listen—The infectious soundtrack to Sing Street

Project—In the middle of the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools project at Monnow School, Newport , having super fun, and discovering that Microsoft’s pxt environment for BBC microbit is really enjoyable and approachable for learners.

Winter 2016

Read—When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson
Read—Turtle Geometry by Hal Abelson and Andrea diSessa
Listen—These Words — The Lemon Twigs
Project—Preparing for New Year work on the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools project at Monnow School, Newport

Autumn 2016

1Q84, Book3 by Haruki Murakami.

Preparing a session CamJam Edukits — Racket-style for September’s upcoming CamJam.

Tinkering with the fabulous pandoc for making slides, and equally-as-fabulous Pollen for general publishing. If you want an entertaining discourse on publishing and fontography look at the Pollen author’s "Typography for Docs" video.

Summer 2016

1Q84, Books 1 & 2 by Haruki Murakami.

Visit to Brynmawr School. Year 7 workshop Data and beats: listening to information. Music/sounds—listening to climate data from Halley, Antarctica using SonicPi.

Spring 2016

Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

The Ladybird Book of the Hipster

Visited Llangors Primary School, late February; for a talk on robotics. Used NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity as examples of the success of robotics projects.

Topics on sensors (using a Pi thermometer displaying in a Racket ‘big-bang’ universe display). Actuators and software using an Agobo with obstacle avoider code in Racket.