Hi, welcome!

I’m a PhD candidate in Sydney, and a collector of practical skills.

Who am I?

I'm Desi. I program software; build electronics; rapid-prototype physical designs with wire, cardboard, and 3D printers; write articles; design and build websites; sculpt, paint, carve, assemble, and troubleshoot things.

I'm doing a doctorate about the interactions between native Australian legumes and the insect food webs that they support. It's great! I scratch my head at problems and come up with ways to do science at larger scales and lower cost.

This website is where I put all the stuff I want to share with a wide audience, in a more permanent format. Its purpose has changed many times since I founded it, so as you look around you may find fragments of the past. I keep these because I worry about losing the history that's in this website. You may find something in them for yourself.

Things I'm super proud of

I made a rapid note-taking tool called Scratchpad, an automation program called Instant Text Automator, and heaps of other productivity tools.

I authored a creativity tool for video game developers called PlayThinker; it's a deck of cards that breaks in-game interactions into atomic parts.

I've also made lots of web software, including the Random Noun Generator and Count My Days.com, which counts down the (very approximate) number of days you have left to live.

What have I been up to?

2016 Sep 21 — I made Universal WASD Controls to add WASD movement to any top-down RPG (Diablo, Grim Dawn, Torchlight, and so on).

2016 Jul 12 — I shared my kit of 'vitamins' (objects like screws and springs that can't/shouldn't be printed) to urge other amateur 3D designers to maintain a kit of their own.

2016 May 28 — I published a scientific poster I made, as well as a guide about the design process behind it.

2016 Mar 03 — I added build plate levelling to my 3D printer.

2016 Feb 23 — I tried accenting 3D prints with nail polish. It works well!

2016 Feb 17 — I made some MP3 tracks of an egg timer ticking and ringing for use with the Pomodoro Technique.

I do other things too!

I use my stereo-microscope to take photos of flowers and insects in a project called Let's Make Micrographs!

I used to author a single-panel webcomic called Gradually, But With Love.

My game development efforts were posted at Cowface Games.

That's all there is; there isn't any more.
© Desi Quintans, 2002 – 2016.