M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Curmudgeon x

Biography

Buck Borasky, Frontier Programmer – making space for octothorpes since 2007. Former Boy Genius, Sit-down Comic, Thought Follower, Curmudgeon-in-Residence.

Open Source Bridge 2016 Birds of a Feather

Proposals for this user

* Live Coding Music / Improv

We have two proposals on the list involving live-coding of music, http://opensourcebridge.org/proposals/1697, which uses ChucK, and http://opensourcebridge.org/proposals/1707, which involves Sonic Pi. Put the two of these together and we could have a laptop orchestra.
Birds of a Feather session 2016-04-12 16:43:41 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Open Source Bridge 2016

Sessions for this user

* What Hath Von Neumann Wrought? Programming before programming languages

We program today in a rich environment, but that wasn't always the case. We celebrate the pioneers of programming languages: Grace Hopper (COBOL), John Backus (FORTRAN), John McCarthy (LISP), Kenneth Iverson (APL) and Peter Naur (ALGOL). But there was a time before programming languages. How did people program back then? I'll show you!
Theory
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Proposals for this user

* When Harry Met Iannis 2016

Iannis Xenakis passed away on February 4, 2001. When he arrived in Heaven, he sought out his mentor, Olivier Messiaen. Messiaen said, “Iannis, there’s someone here I want you to meet.” The two walked over to a small sidewalk cafe, and there sat Harry Partch. And so from this fanciful meeting in Heaven, “When Harry Met Iannis” was born. Now I'm not a carpenter like Partch was, and I don't have access to conductors or orchestras like Xenakis did, so I'll have to synthesize instruments and performers. The software that makes this possible is an open-source language called ChucK. I'll talk a bit about the Partch music theory, Xenakis' use of game theory and the ChucK language. But mostly, this talk is about the music and not the tools that made it. And you'll be the first to hear "When Harry Met Iannis 2016" in its entirety.
Practice 2016-03-15 03:35:20 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Open Source Bridge 2015

Sessions for this user

* "R" You Ready for Some Football? Hacking Fantasy Sports with Open Source Software

You've probably heard about "robot jounalism" - computers writing finance and sports stories. Well, there's just one teensy little problem with robots writing finance and sports stories: investors and fantasy sports gamers don't want the data turned into text! They want their data raw, right and fast. They need clean, timely data to make objective decisions using tried-and-true statistical methodologies. So I'm not going to talk about robot journalism - I'm going to talk about fantasy sports: getting the data, analyzing it and using statistical decision-making tools to enhance the probability of winning.
Hacks
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Proposals for this user

* Science Writing for the Small Screen with Osjourno-Webapplate

Science writers targeting the small screen are faced with a number of challenges. To address them, I've developed a workflow centered on RMarkdown authoring tools and the Mozilla Webapplate web app deployment framework.
Cooking 2015-03-08 03:24:05 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Open Source Bridge 2014 Birds of a Feather

Proposals for this user

* Hacks / Hackers June Meeting

Hacks / Hackers June meeting
Birds of a Feather session 2014-06-03 16:26:52 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

Open Source Bridge 2014

Proposals for this user

* Reproducible Journalism for Firefox Phones

Reproducible research, data journalism, mobile first - what happens when you mash them all up and deliver them to a Firefox phone?
Cooking 2014-04-04 03:37:52 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

* When Harry Met Iannis - 2014

An exploration of music composed and synthesized by open source software. This piece has been through three incarnations - 2001 (Perl and Sfront), 2004 (Lisp and MIDI) and 2009 - back to Perl and Sfront (https://soundcloud.com/znmeb/sets/when-harry-met-iannis-2009). It's time to revisit 'When Harry Met Iannis' - better algorithms, more modern languages, and more complex instruments.
Cooking 2014-04-12 06:00:39 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky