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  • Building R2-D2

    Posted on Wed 31 May 2017 in Projects

    With some help from the R2 Builders Club, my wife and I built an R2-D2! He drives, makes sounds, and lights up, but there's still a lot to do. For example, we haven't hooked up all the motors inside the dome and the motor to make the dome spin.

    Here's …

  • Finding Local Political Conversations on Twitter

    Posted on Wed 22 May 2013 in Projects

    I think it would be cool to find local crowds of people discussing a topic online. What are people in Brazos county saying about Obama? Who in my town is having interesting philosophical discussions? What are people in Austin saying about Starbucks?

    While working towards that goal, I did my …

  • FriendlyLocation

    Posted on Thu 21 March 2013 in Projects

    FriendlyLocation is a system for predicting the location of users on Twitter. It was the topic of my masters thesis, and I am currently converting the thesis into a paper for publication.

  • VineMap

    Posted on Thu 21 March 2013 in Projects

    VineMap is a quick project I did a few days after Vine launched. I use Twitter's streaming API to listen for links to Vines. I then geocode the location field from the Twitter's user profile. (I'm throwing away vines posted by users without understandable locations.) I put the tweets in …

  • GWJeroo

    Posted on Mon 15 September 2008 in Projects

    GWJeroo is a library that lets students run Jeroo programs in GridWorld. GWJeroo is intended for students in Pre-AP and AP classes who are transitioning from Jeroo to Java.

    I developed this in 2007 when I was a high school computer science teacher. I no longer teach, so I don't …

  • Fitz Window Decoration for KDE 3

    Posted on Wed 13 June 2007 in Projects

    Fitz is a window decoration for KDE that allows you to work (or play) faster.

    Unlike other decorations, Fitz does not have a titlebar above the window; instead, it puts the buttons on the top right corner of the window in the menubar. As a result, when a window is …

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