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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Toilet Map and Postcodes
As part of the project I'm currently working on I've had to do lots of interesting stuff in determining locations of places without being able to rely on accurate physical addresses, GPS, map references etc.

As the project is a personal one my funds have been limited and I've been trying to track down useful mapping information in Australia that is FREE as in beer. No dice. I can find postcode info from Australia Post which is great but I needed to find relational information to be able to say this postcode is close to this one. Then I had an idea. I checked out the ABS Cenus data and found they have localities broken down to a more discrete level than postcodes and that they have mapped these localities across postcodes. And this locality table is FREE as in beer. So with a bit of smarts and some database work I was able to come up with a FREE Australian postcode to postcode relationship table which now means I can find neighboring postcodes easily. To anyone searching for this, drop me an email and I'll send you a copy.

In following along various leads, Simon pointed me to ToiletMap, an online map of toilets in Australia. Wow is all I can say!

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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