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Sunday, April 11, 2004

Happy Birthday Jasmine

Happy 1st birthday to my darling daughter, it has been a privilege to spend the last year with you during the day and night. Enjoy this first of many many happy birthdays.

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Friday, April 09, 2004

Message for Future Ben
Dear Future Ben, when you need to strip html using a Regex use <(.|\n)*?>

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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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Reworking a search for Jew
Jew or jew and here's why.

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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Welcome Silas - Man of the Forest
Congratulations to Andrew and Jackie on the birth of Silas Carson born 50 mins ago at 6:20pm on 4th April. Enjoy parenthood!!!

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Friday, April 02, 2004

Slightly DisappointingFinally, Kinja has launched. This is the project/company that Megnut has been working on for 15 months (but it seems like 2 years+). Anyway, given her prior effort at Pyra making Blogger and her rep, I was expecting something amazing.

Update - I've thought more about what they are doing and I need to look at it from the perspective of their target audience, that is, people who don't no what an RSS feed is or don't care not someone like me who can handcode RSS feeds. So....with that in mind..I like the display of the aggregated digests..its nice to look at and makes sense. I miss not have personalisation/recommendation features on the digest pages and I'm looking forward to understanding if this will come and if so how it will be done (text analysis or collab filtering stuff). I'll give it some time to see what happens...

It is interesting to see that the launch has been delayed significantly (like over 1 year) from when the initial dates were mentioned. During this time, many RSS/Feed aggregators and personalisationish services around blogs have been launched and iterated over stealing some of their thunder.

Also interesting is that Meg is leaving at the end of the month. Only a month after launching a product you have worked for 2 years on??? That seems weird and smells of a conflict among the chiefs or such.

Anyway....well done Meg and good luck with your next venture.

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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

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