yesterday's technology tomorrow

Monday, February 16, 2004

Back homeAfter 16 hours of flying time, I'm back home with the family. My was it strange to hop off the plane into 31 degree heat after having been in -8 degree cold only 1 week ago.

The trip was great, Helsinki is a beautiful city and my time at eTech was very worthwhile. It was by far the best conference I have ever attended and I learnt quite a bit but I went away feeling a little let down. I guess I had huge expectations about it which may have been unrealistic.

After all the topics presented I feel as though I have a whole bunch of threads in my brain that I need to organise and give structure to in order to best make use of them. Key concepts of location, mobility (strangely not something covered by O'Reilly in his keynote), social interaction, emergent behavior and other cool things are racing around my head waiting for me to tie them together into some new projects.

I think this week will be spent re-reading the notes and presentations from eTech, making notes and trying to bring it all together, along with the next 3-4 month plan at AgentArts and trying my best to get Suzette to have some sleep and recover from 2 weeks of being a single mum.

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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