I’ve been using Macs all my computing life, and relied heavily on headless Linux boxes for most of my computing career (I must also admit to two stints as a Windows user, during internships at FAST Search&Transfer and SpaceX respectively). Besides a small Linux laptop, which I got as a failed experiment, I’ve never before […]Read more "Switching from OS X to Linux full time, software hints"
I fully admit to being an information and interaction junky. I feed on bits and pats on the backs to the point of bloating, and with my schedule when I’m working I need to be on point. I try to take a media fast once a year for about a month for a personal cleanse, […]Read more "Staying Focused"
Motivation I’ve been obsessed with gadgetry since I was a little girl, much before I got into hacking and making which was the inevitable progression. I got a pager before I made more than 5 friends (I recall primarily paging myself and ignoring my mother), and was on my fourth palm pilot, second laptop, and […]Read more "Google Glass–using, hacking, loving"
Philips makes a series of wireless controlled, multicolored light bulbs which I purchased. In the month or two I’ve had the bulbs I’ve fallen in love with them! Best of all, they have a great API integrated. After plugging in the bridge, connecting it to my wireless router, and plugging in the bulbs I can control them fully with Philips’ native iOS client from my iPhone or iPad, where I renamed the bulbs. The app works via a REST API, and there’s an iOS SDK you can use to interact with this easily via Objective C. The future of really is made of JSON! They also have an easy way to get started learning the API and controlling your bulbs from web browser.Read more "Hacking Philips Hue, wireless controlled multicolored LED lightbulbs"
As in 2012, I participated in the NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon, this time as a participant rather than an organizer.Read more "NASA Space Apps Challenge 2013"
circleof6 for Android is out now! Download and spread the word.
My first Android application was a real trip, and I’m extremely happy to have developed the exact same application under both iOS and Android to be in the unique position to make a fair comparison.Read more "Android vs. iOS development"
My TED 2013 audition talk on circleof6app.com went live today. It was an extremely tough story to tell, so please take the time to rate the talk or leave a comment if you take the time to watch it. That’s the easiest way you can help the project get more exposure.Read more "circleof6 TED audition talk live"
For those of you who are unaware, for the last five years I’ve been doing a project to watch the top 100 American films according to the American Film Institute. And after five years on the project I finally watched them all. Citizen Kane was up top and the last film I watched was the Birth of a Nation.Read more "AFI Top 100 Project, Postmortem"
I’m proud to have been the developer behind Circle of 6, which has just won the White House’s Apps Against Abuse Challenge. I spent part of this week in a conference call with US Vice President Joe Biden, who is well informed and extremely passionate about bringing a stop to violence against women. He spent 5 minutes speaking about our app, which was surreal and heartfelt. It has been more than worth it to spend some Sundays working on such a meaningful project with a great team; and glad to see our work will be appreciated. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date and join the pledge to end violence against women. The app will launch in January 2012.Read more "Circle of 6 winner of White House’s Apps Against Abuse Challenge"
I gave a short presentation Friday about pv-astro at the Swiss National Supercomputer Center’s User’s day. We also got to hear a few talks, including about Lucio Mayer’s recent work on a realistic simulation of a Milky Way type galaxy similar to our own. Finally we got an update about the machines at the center being upgraded in October. Some people like fast cars, motorcycles, and airplanes. Me however, I like big machines, with lots of cores and an obscene amount of RAM.Read more "pv-astro poster, simulating the Milky Way, and supercomputer lovefest"