Category: cool

  • Moons of Sallys

    Click the image to play Moons of Sallys, inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad. (More of a toy than a game really – you can just fly rockets around). I’ve nearly finished reading Stanislaw Lems’ The Cyberiad for a second time. I’m an old-school sci-fi aficionado, and it’s possibly one of my favourite books in…

  • Games of Life

    I got my first smartphone, a Nexus S, back in early 2010 when I was living in Cambridge, UK. Impressed by the novelty of the beers there, I started snapping photos of taps and bottles: When I uploaded these to Picasa, I discovered, gloriously, that my phone had been saving location data, and Picasa automatically…

  • Test Strip Hero

    You know when a compulsively cool idea occurs to you, and you can’t stop yourself from doing it? I’m thinking of playing other parts of the world, too.

  • Glasgow to Skye 2011

    From Glasgow-Skye and Back 2011 This past Thursday (March 17th, 2011) I was invited by Julie Rico to speak at the Glasgow Interactive Systems group (GIST). My topic was “How Users Learn Wrongly From Ambiguity in Gestural Interfaces”. I basically talked about some interesting behaviour I’ve observed of the past couple years with gestural interfaces…

  • Live from the Mekong

    In the summer of 2007, I traveled through Southeast Asia while keeping a travel blog here with my awesome high school friend Taylor. We told all our friends and parents and had about twenty readers a day. We blogged through pictures, text and video and I found it to be pretty fun.

  • Aviation Technology Program

    Back in Grade 10, I was enrolled in the “Aviation Technology Focus Program”. Over 8 months, myself and about 20 other students built a full-size four-person kitplane, supplied by Murphy Aircraft.

  • Mars Society Expedition Alpha

    I was part of Mars Society Canada’s two week Expedition Alpha to the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. Designated the ‘Hab Engineer’, I managed the gray water system, as well as set up a solar power panel. I also filmed footage that was shown on the Space Channel. The above photograph was…

  • Saving My Face

    So, before reading this post, read about Second Life to get an idea of what I’m talking about. For a long time, I’ve been trying to get my avatar (below) to match my face. You can go two ways in SL – be fantastical or be yourself. I’m currently lazy, so I opted for the…