Thoughts


The Builder's House is Never Finished

Thoughts

You might have noticed that this site has changed a bit over the last few months. I’ve been slowly transforming it away from being a pure web-design blog and portfolio, and towards encompassing more of what I do.

The Consumption

Thoughts Education Technology

I keep telling people, parents and teachers, that the important thing is to make sure that kids get some experience of technology beyond mere consumption, and that preferably, they learn to create with it. I’m worried, though. Are we falling into another kind of consumption?

The Pixel Painter

Thoughts Elsewhere

Every time you’re tempted to complain about your tools or feel that technology is holding you back, just remember that all of this was created with MS Paint by a ninety seven year old who doesn’t see so good any more.

Motion Capture Ain't Gonna Do It

Thoughts Gaming Technology

Watching ABC TV’s Good Game cover the recent E3 convention, I have to admit I was struck by just how dull the line-up was from the major games studios. Do we really need more sequels? Do any of them have anything new to offer? How many first person shooters can we create before the genre grows so stale it can sustain its own mould cultures?

No More Laptops for You!

Thoughts Education Technology

In which I rant about the impending demise of the Australian Government’s school computers program, and try to see some positives in the never-ending game of bait-and-switch that is education funding.

Devolution Shmevolution

Thoughts Elsewhere Technology

Sometimes, in our clamour to embrace or to rage against new technology, we forget that certain problems aren’t always as new as they might seem. Those worried about the devolution of language in our digital era would do well to reflect on some history.

Chim Chim Cheree: A Study in Ten Covers

Thoughts Music

Inspired by Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix, I have been getting interested in remixes and covers of some of my favourite songs. I find it fascinating to delve back and hunt down obscure renditions of songs I like — to follow a song’s history and its changing character as it moves from one artist to the next.

And I'm Back

Thoughts

You may have noticed a large amount of, well, deafening silence around here lately.

Kamaroi

Thoughts

I was asked to talk at the 21st birthday of my primary school the other night. Here’s what I had to say.