yesterday's technology tomorrow

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Nokia, Character Sets and a Sore Back
Yeah!!!! We just received funding from Nokia and eMusic. This means there'll be some pretty interesting work in the coming months as we try and merge recommendation technology, data mining, music content and mobile devices. My mind is awash with ideas of some form of P2P distributed agent-based profile and recommendation system to be used with next gen mobile phones and entertainment devices (set top box things).

I've been learning heaps about Double Byte Character Set issues while we work with some clients in Japan to create a Japanese version of our products.....hours spent fiddling with encoding types have finally paid off with some big wins today.

On Sunday I hurt my back between getting out of bed and reaching the kitchen (5 meters). So hurt that it is still in pain. On Tuesday I did 8km running and I think it just hurt it more. Yesterday I have a fantastic Feldenkrais session which worked wonders. I can highly recommend this form of therapy to anyone who is in tune with their body and needs some work on improving their body's movement. Its sooo different to massage which is about the only thing I usually get. Hopefully running will be back on the agenda this weekend as I missed a Time Trial on Sunday.

Happy Birthday to my Dad who turned 60 on Monday. We (really Mum) threw a surprise party for him which was great...lots of people gooing and gaaing over Jasmine and Oskar.

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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