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PyCon Tutorial Notes for Applied Parallel Computing

This post is for students of the Applied Parallel Computing tutorial that Minesh B. Amin and I will run during March 2013 at PyCon.This is a wiki-post, I’ll update it over the next month. If you are attending the tutorial you must check this post in the run-up to the tutorial. Important notes are below […]

Kinect depth maps and Python

I had the opportunity to play with a Kinect over the weekend, I wanted to test out depth mapping using the built in infra red cameras. Using a structured light approach is different to the stereopsis approach I was looking at with Kyran recently. Using the open source drivers for Ubuntu I quickly got the […]

Using ZeroFree to shrink a VirtualBox Linux Image

My development Ubuntu image inside VirtualBox was using too much space to store empty but non-zero disk blocks on its virtual drive. This sucked space from my laptop’s SSD (which is already not big enough!). Shrinking it by zeroing the blocks took a little bit of effort. Inside VirtualBox if I boot my Ubuntu 11.04 […]

Intelligent User Interfaces 2010 conference

I’m at IUI 2010, this is a mostly academic conference focused on using new techniques to make intelligent user interfaces.  I’ll update this entry as the conference proceeds. Day 1 (Sunday) – Workshops I’m in the Eye Gaze for Intelligent Human Machine Interaction workshop, there’s a full breakdown of this session’s talks here. The talks […]

Come to my screencasting SkillSwap in Brighton on Jan 27th

On January 27th here in Brighton I’m co-running a SkillSwap evening, I’ll spend 45 minutes teaching screencasting (based on a Mac) and Andy White will spend 45 minutes teaching podcasting.  We’ll cover planning, recording, editing, distributing and mics between us. We’re both aiming the talks at freelancers (so they can communicate better with clients) and […]

Recognising number plates to make drivers’ ‘social network’?

Warning – this is a rambling mental outpouring generated during my drive home today… Often when driving I muse on the future possibility of seeing an AR overlay on my windscreen telling me a bit about other drivers – principally whether or any of these drivers are nutters who will drive dangerously.  Sometimes it is […]