Miscellany Archive

  • I spent a lot of time in the lab last month, taking measurements with an Anritsu 37xxxC series VNA. It would've taken me even longer if I hadn't made this little python script to control the VNA over GPIB.

    Anritsu VNA Python Script

    I spent a lot of time in the lab last month, taking measurements with an Anritsu 37xxxC series VNA. It would've taken me even longer if I hadn't made this little python script to control the VNA over GPIB.

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  • The oldest human remains found in Australia are that of the Mungo Man, believed to have lived about 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch. So the Aborigines have been in Australia for at least 100 times longer than the Brits. As far as colonists go, China knew about Australia before the Dutch, […]

    A super quick history of Australian settlement

    The oldest human remains found in Australia are that of the Mungo Man, believed to have lived about 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch. So the Aborigines have been in Australia for at least 100 times longer than the Brits. As far as colonists go, China knew about Australia before the Dutch, […]

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  • I’ve only recently become aware of the concept of Hyperconnectivity: where everything that can be networked together, is. We are already seeing changes in the way we communicate: a lot of “Web 2.0” apps are essentially hyperconnecting us (as human nodes) to each other. I am intrigued by the question: […]

    Hyperconnectivity and society

    I’ve only recently become aware of the concept of Hyperconnectivity: where everything that can be networked together, is. We are already seeing changes in the way we communicate: a lot of “Web 2.0” apps are essentially hyperconnecting us (as human nodes) to each other. I am intrigued by the question: […]

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  • Something that’s causing a storm-in-a-teacup at the moment in my hometown is Nightkey – a new ID system that uses your fingerprint to create a biometric link between you and the ID you supply. It’s being sold as an “anti-antisocial behaviour” solution. I was outraged when I found out about […]

    A Hyperconnected Night Out

    Something that’s causing a storm-in-a-teacup at the moment in my hometown is Nightkey – a new ID system that uses your fingerprint to create a biometric link between you and the ID you supply. It’s being sold as an “anti-antisocial behaviour” solution. I was outraged when I found out about […]

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  • As I’m currently in Japan, the tension between China and Japan is a hot issue at the moment. I was talking to Jo’s host father yesterday and he asked me what I thought about it, which made me realise I didn’t know much on the issue. So I decided to […]

    Hoppers and Gargoyles

    As I’m currently in Japan, the tension between China and Japan is a hot issue at the moment. I was talking to Jo’s host father yesterday and he asked me what I thought about it, which made me realise I didn’t know much on the issue. So I decided to […]

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