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 technical 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've also made lots of web software, including a Random Noun Generator and an auto-linking story engine called Ligature.

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.

What have I been up to?

2015 Aug 26 — I wrote Do Per Line, a program that steps through each line of text in your clipboard and outputs it to Windows, wrapped in any keystrokes or mouse actions you need.

2015 Apr 02 — I redesigned this website and retired Writer's Block, the software I wrote more than 10 years ago to run this website.

2014 Aug 18 — I looked for trends in 5 months of full-time science job listings in Sydney.

2013 Nov 29 — I wrote The big guide to working with PDFs for students and knowledge workers, which covers how to repair faulty PDFs and how to work with them efficiently.

2013 Nov 28 — I hacked together PDF Note Automator, which automates the process of making export-ready PDF highlights in Adobe Reader.

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 – 2015.