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Friday, August 29, 2003

Yeah baby
In news to excite all teenage boys, Madonna and Britney gave each other a rather overt open mouth kiss on stage at the MTV awards this morning.

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eMusic RSS Feeds and lists
The last few weeks, I've been sending part of my working day developing RSS feeds for eMusic along with finalising the lists functionality for them.

The good news is that Lists will go live next week (Tuesday US time) and the RSS Feeds soon thereafter.

If you want a sneak preview of the RSS Feeds you can get all the details at the eMusic RSS FAQ page.

With this being completed and the recent work I've been doing creating Japanese systems for our music recommendations coming to a close, I'll be free to focus on some new things and to get set for our move into a new office here in Melbourne. We will be sharing offices with Momentum Technologies Group, a small startup building some cool tech to webcast standard video cameras.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003

So that in 20 years I can look back at this.....I just went downstairs with Oskar and looked at Mars. He was very excited and when Mars was behind a cloud he said "Mars Gone. Wheresit gone?" in his usual cute questioning way.

I also saw it last night 2 mins after it was at its closest.

Maybe its my imagination but the sky looks red tonight and did so last night. I wonder if this has anything to do with Mars?

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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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Thursday, August 14, 2003

Help find Clarence

Please help!!

0 comments | 7:41 PM

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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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Magic Finds
Firstly...Happy Birthday little (ha ha ha) brother!!!

This evening SuperSuze was looking at her referral logs and saw we both thought....a link from a uber cool typepader. Clicking through it is Big-P/Phil/Rubhub/McClusky's new site. Hopefully, he'll have a virtual site warming....with IM web cams etc.

Another slow week this week with lots of small bits and pieces making up work so far, running has been good and sleeping has been short.

0 comments | 9:52 PM

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Media Tart
Blog Change Bot got a mention in today's Age newspaper....brief and to the point....just like the old BCB. View the article online here.

0 comments | 9:53 AM

Poor Blog Change Bot getting picked on
Check out this IM I had today with someone who has been eviling the poor blog change bot.

Ben - Please stop eviling the blog change bot
Ben - I am removing all your subscriptions now
Eviler - oh sorry
Eviler - ok
Ben - by eviling the bot it means that all other user (550+ or them) can't use the service
Eviler - oh ok
Eviler - i'm sorry
Eviler - i didn't know that
Eviler - it won't happen again
Ben - shall I leave your subscriptions or do you wish me to delete them??
Eviler - leave them please
Ben - ok
Eviler - thanks
Ben - was there a specific reason/message you were eviling the bot??
Eviler - no
Eviler - i was bored
Eviler - i'm sorry

Why do people do this??? How bored can people be??

0 comments | 8:03 AM

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Sunday night....cuddling my baby daughter off to sleep....drinking a glass of chenin blanc......watching a joyful heart filled movie.....eating chocolate to my wonderful wife...

and life was good

0 comments | 9:04 PM
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

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