I’m a PhD candidate in Sydney, and a collector of practical skills.
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.
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.
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 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.
2016 Feb 13 — I studied the effects of fan quantity and fan shrouds on 'short' layers in 3D printing.
2016 Jan 17 — I wrote a guide to walk newbies through making Sharpie-coloured 3D prints.
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.