Welcome to the website.
This is an update of my presentation about art-science as an interdisciplinary activity, and why I like to do it, which I gave at Napier Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation. Not very text based, so might not be clear on its own.
I've been working with LPJ-Guess recently. It's a digital vegetation model, but that's not important to this discussion. What's important is that it has it's own, non-standard config syntax. Editing this can be confusing, without the tools that we take for granted, like syntax highlighting, and outline editors etc.
A while back I built a controller for doing home Sous Vide (write up to come...). It controls a hotplate under a pan of water and uses a digital temperature sensor to attempt to maintain a constant, precise temperature. I hacked together a simple control system, and found that it worked very badly for controlling a system with so much lag. I tried a bit of tweaking, but it was still not very good - a tendency to overshoot massively, and take a long time to cool down.
I often find that I want to do more advanced queries of airports/cities than search engines allow, e.g. find me large cities which I can fly to from both these places and not have to travel more than 50km at the end. I'm using this as an excuse to learn: