Clinton Montague

Developer, learner of things, functional programming enthusiast, hacker, and all round inquisitor.

Random Hacks of Kindness Oxford 2011 – The Humanitarian Project (IATI) Data

December 5, 2011

I was lucky enough to: a) hear about a global movement called Random Hacks of Kindness; and b) live in a city where one of the events was taking place. Throughout the world on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of December, there were rooms full of geeks, probably fuelled with pizza (we were, […]

Interactive particle system with Ardiuno and Processing

December 1, 2011

Quickly threw this together when I got home from work. Pretty impressive (if you ask me!) considering I’m a novice with both Processing and Arduino. Demo The LEDs on the Arduino let you read out the light level (read as an 8-bit binary number) so that the more light that the photosensor receives, the higher […]

My new toy

November 29, 2011

I’m going to use it to make crazy art like things. I started off by making this rather pointless contraption to test it out:

Introducing HexClock

November 13, 2011

I’m not really sure where the inspiration came from, but today I woke up wondering how you might be able to visualise time in a new and weird way. Perhaps it was the recent binary day, the last of my lifetime, which made me think of the idea for HexClock. Maybe it was just because […]

It’s 0xFFF day tomorrow!

November 10, 2011

Just sent this email around to the team at work: If you don’t know what that means, roll your eyes and think to yourself “bloody nerds” If you do, convert 11/11/11 11:11:11 binary into hex. (If you didn’t and you’re still reading this, it’s probably time to roll your eyes again.)

My Lego minifigures collection

I saw that they were selling them in Tesco for £1.97. £1.97!! (If you could type capital numbers, those last ones would have been). It would have been rude not to. Especially as I already owned this guy from the first series: I’m sorely tempted to go crazy and collect the whole set.

The first language switch: Week 2 – Io

June 19, 2011

What I’ve learnt / haven’t learnt about Ruby Well, there’s still a hell of a lot to learn about Ruby, but I feel that I now have enough of a grounding in it to start to know what I don’t know. I do know the basic structure of the language, how to read it, and […]

Reflections on a week with Ruby

June 18, 2011

Well, my date with Ruby is almost over. Tomorrow, the 7 languages in 7 weeks study group moves onto Io. I’ll tell you what though, I’ve learnt more about Ruby, it’s syntax, and how it generally feels to use in the last couple of days than I had done while attempting to learn it before. […]

7 languages in 7 weeks

I have been very lucky in two respects over the last couple of days. Firstly, I had a book recommended to my called 7 languages in 7 weeks. The basic idea is that you’re taken through seven different programming languages in seven weeks. The author skips over things like how to install the environment, what […]

Lunch-time hack: Day 3 – Visualising forces between repelling particles

June 9, 2011

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