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DeSForM – The most inspiring thing I’ve seen in years

I am a very lucky girl.  Last week, I managed to drag myself from my Lair of Sickness to attend the now-annual 2012 DeSForM (Design Semantics of Form and Meaning) conference. And what a treat it was, if nothing else remining me of how much I’d like to retrain in this space some day(a dream of mine since attending the R.C.A. Design Interactions graduate show in a London park in 2009). The conference, held in […]

Young scientists tell it their way

UPDATE: I got the venue wrong: it Memorial Theatre, Kelburn Campus, Wellington :) More on communication! Last night saw the first of two final Tell Us A Story events in Wellington. Tell Us A Story is a VUW initiative encouraging postgraduate (read: young) science/engineering students to communicate with the public in an emotionally engaging way.  To tell their stories, not as they would at a conference or presenting a paper, but rather as they might […]

Python and science

Python, apart from being a type of roughly tubular slidey reptile known for swallowing large things, is also a programming language. And rather a good one, at that. First released in 1991, its design philosophy was all about ease, flexibility and simplicity: easy to learn and easy to read/understand.  And, since then, it’s gained a growing number of fans who are quite happy to trumpet why they prefer it over languages like, for example, Java […]

It's been a very sciencey few days

Yea, and verily. Just a brief check-in, this, to assure everyone that yes, I am alive, but I’ve had my head buried in all kinds of science-based goings-on recently. It all started on Tuesday evening, when I was lucky enough to be in the gallery listening to Martin Lord Rees speak.  For those not in the know, he’s the President of the Royal Society of London (which is 350 years old this year) and also […]