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WWW – Simple access to web pages

I’m building an interactive experience which makes use of available weather data, much like the data services made available by the BOM or the OpenWeatherMap. This means I need to be able to load data from the web, parse it and then transform 3D geometry based on real world locations and the loaded weather data.

That’s a whole load of stuff to figure out and then pull together, so I’m making a start by learning how to load data by retrieving the contents of URLs and weather specific data, just to get the whole thing going.

using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;
//using System.Xml;
//using System;

public class SimpleWebAccess : MonoBehaviour {

	IEnumerator Start()

		WWW www = new WWW ("ftp://ftp.bom.gov.au/anon/gen/fwo/IDV10751.xml");
		yield return www;
		print (www.text);


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Service Design Boot Camp at GA

On Saturday 20 August I attended the Service Design Boot Camp workshop at General Assembly in Melbourne, which was pretty cool. I’ve been interested in the discipline for some time, exploring aspects of design process, prototyping, testing and iterating with Coursera’s Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society open online course online course, but I’ve never had the chance to embrace it fully face-to-face, until now. Awesome.

On the promotional page for the workshop they said “This course is for anyone that has an interest in applying the design process to solve complex problems. It’s likely you’ll have many transferable skills or experiences that will be put to use through the course of the day.” Cool. That’s exactly what I want to be able to do.

What did we do?

In the workshop we worked through the components that make up the practise of service design:

  • Discovery: gaining empathy and understanding the needs and pain points of users.
  • Ideation: Developing a range of ideas on how to develop a solution to meet the needs of all users.
  • Prototyping: Testing and iterating, including the customer experience, “front of house” interactions, and back of house dependencies.
  • Communication: Articulating the many facets of your offering in a concise way.








“How might we..” “for…” “so that…”


Deliver – Service blueprinting and role play

Completed service blueprint for our solution.
Completed service blueprint for our solution.
We use role play to articulate the customer journey and services we designed.

Leading practitioners

My first attempts at strumming D major and E minor

Here are my first attempts at playing the D major and E minor chords. Pretty bad. I’ll continue to practice slowly alternating between the two chords and then I’ll attempt to record an Asynchronous Jam with the Class Recording: Strumming D major and E minor. Then, I’ll learn A minor.

E minor
E minor
D major
D major

Strumming D major and E minor (Badly)

Stringing my guitar and tuning it (Standard tuning)

New strings
My new D’Addario Medium Light strings. They have a full, bright tone?

It took some time, but I was finally able to string my guitar with new D’Addario Medium Light strings. This is the process I worked through. Using pliers, I gently tugged the bridge pins from the bridge, removed the old strings and then placed the ball end of each new string into their respective bridge hole. I then inserted the end of each string through the hole of each tuning-post. Next I had wind each string around its post. I found an informative video on YouTube demonstrating how to string a guitar and do a funky little loop around each post. I had to watch it a couple of times just to get the direction of the loop right.
All up, it took me about 45 minutes to finish stringing my guitar. Now it’s time to tune it.

I used Guitar Tuna to tune my guitar. It's good for guitar newbies like me!
Guitar Tuna! The polygraph test line-on-graph-paper style, individually labelled strings and Tune up or Tune down instructions made it easier for a total guitar beginner like me tune each string.

I had tried using a number of different guitar tuner apps to tune my guitar. I had even tried using the web-based guitar tuner. I felt like they were more suited to people with a bit more guitar experience than me. That’s ok. I just needed something with a little more instructional scaffolding.  That’s why I liked I Guitar TUNA! I was able to select the string on the app I wanted to tune, pick the same string on the guitar and then adjust the tuning key according to the feedback provided by the coloured line drawn by the pen on the graph paper and the Tune up or Tune down instructions that were displayed. Once the line was drawn in the middle of the graph paper and coloured green I knew that the string was tuned. I then followed the same process for the remaining strings. With more experience and the need to play songs with alternate tunings, I might find Guitar TUNA! restrictive, but for now it’s my tuner of choice.

My introduction to the Introduction to Guitar open online course

I can’t play guitar. I decided to change that by buying a second-hand acoustic guitar and then signing up as an open online student to the Introduction to Guitar course. The Introduction To Guitar course is going to be challenging and fun. I hope it’s not too painful to watch and listen to me learn how to play the guitar. Let’s see how it goes.

A public conversation with myself about learning

A public conversation with myself about learning is a collection and reflection on some of @todd_conaway’s tweets from #silt2011. One of the most interesting things for me is the familiarity of themes expressed in his tweets. Learning objectives with real-world application of skills, learning outcomes and competency based completion are all staple objectives in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in which I work.