yesterday's technology tomorrow

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Baking, cooking, coding
A lack of posts in the last week is mainly due to a fairly busy week focused on otherthings.

Blog Change Bot has been going really well with over 400 subscribers within the first week which is well beyond expectations. As mentioned previously we made it into Daypop's Top 40 and also Top 10 at Blogdex.

Having spent the last few years designing and developing internet based systems some of which have been well used but most have been lightly if at all used. I believe this is because we have been building systems and "hoping they will come" and no one has shown up....much like a party at 10pm :-).

So its been REALLY and I mean REALLY motivating to see all the very kind words people have blogged about this latest creation. I can totally see why people build things for free to get recognition and use of cool useful tools.

Being a month of creativity, I've also created a new web service for work and have been doing some good cooking. A few weeks ago, Epicure had an article on pies with a good, no, make that fool proof, recipe for pastry. I've been using it a couple of times a week for apple pies, pasties, meat pies etc. Never having been much of a pastry (as opposed to dough) maker its been very fulfilling to get my pastry working right every time. I've also finally got my yorkshire puddings rising!!!! The secret has been to stand the eggs and milk in warm water to before making the batter.

So its been a pastry and yorkshire pudding week after some yummy leek soup on the weekend from loobylu and big-p and little aj (even if claire did try to poison us with her so called 'chives").

I've just watched a short video on pizza from I Carusi and have found the recipe for their dough so I'll give that a go this week.

As readers of Oskar's blog would know, his sleeping patterns have taking a turn for the worse recently so we've been trying some advice on putting him back to bed in the middle of the night....the first night we put him back to bed 74 times between 7:30 and 8:30pm and then 40+ times been 4:30 and 6:00. Last night was much better with 17 times around 7pm and then 12ish times around 4am so hopefully things are on the mend and we'll be sleeping better again. love for running is back. After a few weeks of faster running on my longs runs I ran the fastest 10km I have done for a few years in the middle of a long run on the weekend so things are looking flash for the 1/2 marathon in 7 weeks.

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Playground Finder Flink Labs - Data Visualisation

neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com