Stick it in the past!

Stick it in the past!

July 20, 2014  |  Music

I finally got our Scottish independence track up-loaded to Youtube! It’s taken ages, from taking the original raw mix, re-writing the melody and adding instruments to shooting the video. I’ve learnt lots on the way, from audio mixing, song writing to video creation and editing – It was fun. Please enjoy: Stick it in the past

Metabolic dilemmas

Metabolic dilemmas

March 14, 2013  |  Coding

I now have a functional model of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bowel and rectum! Makes for some fun class and variable names… My current stumbling block is modeling calorific usage and the metabolism. Energy used and how fat, protein, body water and glycogen all balance out and are used, possibly this is going a little too far. I think I need to stop re-factoring idly, and concentrate on this, the last of the physical components I need for my human simulation.

Marvin

Marvin

February 24, 2013  |  Coding

I’ve been silent a little too long…

The TinyMUD port was a draining experience, so I decided to leave late night coding behind me for a while… I’m now working on a game, a life simulator, it’s dark and altogether depressing.

My prototype code (a few days old), is currently managing to simulate 80% of the human body, I have the digestive system mostly in place, and then plan to move from emulating the physical to the mental.

It’s fascinating and requires real-time graphing to analyze the model (I don’t have graphics yet – Opting to build up the model/simulation first), using graphite to handle this, really nice “tool”. Will post some more detail as it grows into life (quite literally).

Jenkins & redmine tool for team process conformity checking

Jenkins & redmine tool for team process conformity checking

July 22, 2012  |  Coding

Most software teams use some kind of project management tool, Redmine or Trac for example. Maintaining the validity of tickets/issues is a major pain, particularly in relation to time tracking and ensuring that activity logs are made routinely and spent time versus estimated time are kept in sync.

Typically someone on the team, “the project manager” ends up having to constantly re-enforce the need for people to log time and keep fields correct, this I think is a waste of ones life! Ideally the whole team would just take an interest and do this work, or use a system, e.g. Kanban where the process/tool itself tracks this information without the need for human input. If this isn’t possible, I propose an auto-build/integration server for the process itself…

I’m currently writing a script to integrate into Jenkins and track a Redmine project through its REST API. The script continuously monitors the state of the project and causes “build” failures when a violation occurs, e-mailing the team and if possible the person who caused the problem. Ideally to drive change through making the problem visible, once the project has settled we can turn it off, although it might be useful for checking other non-code aspects of the project, so we will see.

 

TinyMUD ruby port progressing well

February 5, 2012

The title says it all! With some welcome help the port of TinyMUD to ruby is approaching 100%. I’m looking forward to putting it up on GitHub and launching it on my server for a wee party (it would be great if James Aspnes would “attend”)!