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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Interview gameThe Rules
1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3. You'll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Here are my answers to the questions from Phil

1. Tell me about an embarrassing moment.
Hmmm... I must have blocked them all out as I can't think of many. Ok.. a quick call to Dad and I have a suitable moment. I was in Year 10 and Mum took me shopping for a new ensemble at Myer Menswear and I walked out of the store with (oh my god I can't believe I/Mum ever bought this!!!) aqua canvas shoes, aqua pants and an aqua top. I thought I looked pretty cool until the following week when I wore it to a school casual day :-( aqua everything didn't cut it with the "Edwin jeans and black jumper Saturday arvo at the Underground's under 18 disco" crew. Needless to say that was the end of shopping with Mum. Very soon after, I purchased my first pair of Levi 501s (paid for by me), Reeboks (very very very very trendy at the time) and a blue and white striped rugby jumper. Looking back I can see this was the start of my jeans and coloured tops fashion which has continued through to today.

2. Describe the moment you realised you were an adult.
Its been a transition to adulthood more than a step or moment. I think a lot of me is not very adult (just ask Dad and Suzette) if I think of adulthood as loosing my childishness and playfulness. I guess the behavior I consider most defining of my adulthood has been taking responsibility and acting professionally in most of my dealings (while maintaining that fun side), so the two events that I would say were most defining of my adulthood were 1. Learning to look after Oskar Tex when he was very little and 2. Taking responsibility for the my staff at AgentArts especially when we had to close down our Melbourne office and focus on the US.

3. What fashion era or trend do you reject with contempt and why?
Easy! The skater/bmx'er look of boxer shorts with your normal length pants hanging down around your knees. I just hate it!! Its such a cheap and nasty look and I can't imagine it helps you pull a 360 or some other move with ease. Guys....pull your pants up or get some boxer briefs.

4. Favorite Legume?
Another easy one. Suzette taught me to love lentils. I have very fond memories of when we were courting and I used to head over to her flat after work and have yummy lentils with her.

5. What question do you hate being asked?
For the last 2 years I have been fortunate enough to work from home and have been able to watch both my children grow and interact with them all day. Working for the startup I founded 5 years ago has had its ups and downs and a lot of my friends, especially the more conservative and non creative ones think that my job is not real, mainly because I don't have to be in the city in a big building working for the man from 8 until 6. So the question I hate the most is asked by these people each time my company looks like it might be reaching a tight spot and it is "'ll have to get A REAL job now?". F%$&@# ignorant idiots!!! I like to think of an 8-6 job in front of a computer being an IT team leader or such a very very average job. Its definitely what I see as selling out who I am if I were to ever go back to that life.

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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