#GGDOttawa: Art, Life and Programming

When I was doing my undergrad in Edinburgh, in around my second year, I was at a ceilidh, and a guy asked me out on a date. And I said, “sure”. Then, he asked my roommate if I was single, which was a little bizarre. And finally, he tried to “get to know me”. We […]

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Upcoming Talk

I’m super excited that I’ve been asked to speak at the next Girl Geek Dinner. I have a couple of talks prepared and so the plan is to modify one of them – the underlying theme to everything I’ve been talking about (and doing) lately is about how technology is changing things, and how can […]

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Twitter: Influence and Engagement

Introduce myself: my name is Cate and I’m a second year Masters student in Computer Science. There’s all these different parts of Computer Science, but how I like to describe myself is that I try to create things that answer the questions that people haven’t thought to ask. What does that mean? Well, you could […]

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Visualizing Engagement on Twitter

Next Thursday, I’m giving a talk on my research to people from the communications department. Outline below. When we talk about how we quantify success in social media (and Twitter), we need to consider how we’re defining engagement. Does someone following us mean that they are engaged with our content? Maybe – but maybe not. […]

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Questions from my Art, Life and Programming Lecture

Should I switch to mac? Is it hard to get used to? Yes, switching to Mac was the best thing I ever did and does wonders for my productivity. I have found it much easier to develop on Macs than on Windows. Are there places children shouldn’t go on the internet? I think this question […]

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Holiday Science Lecture Presentation: Art, Life and Programming

Here’s the slidedeck! Because I’m presenting in French I’ve kept text to a minimum: Art, Life and Programming View more documents from Cate Huston. Posts with detailed notes about what I’ll be covering and the videos (which won’t work from Slideshare – boo!): Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Art Part 3: Life Part 4: Programming

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Art, Life and Programming: Programming

Earlier, we talked about how programmers weren’t perhaps what you expect. Code isn’t either. Programmers used to program using series of 1’s and 0’s punched into cards (crikey!) but that’s not the case any more. Program code has got more and more high level, and some languages are actually quite readable by humans! Some programming […]

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Art, Life and Progamming: Life

Proportion of People on the Internet

This video shows the evolution of special effects in cinematography. Because the movie studios are often at the edge of computer graphics work, it illustrates the evolution of 100 years of technology. Credit: flickr / takomabibelot, flickr / Kuzeytac ( So, SO busy…), flickr / HuTDoG83 Through human history, there have been various inventions and […]

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Art, Life and Programming: Art

Credit: flickr / e-strategyblog.com, flickr / david.nikonvscanon, flickr / Joaquín Martínez Rosado What is art anyway? A painting in a museum? A sculpture? An iconic photograph? All of that and more? Art is a product of human creativity, and there are various medium we can use for it. Technology is changing art, because it provides […]

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