How I learnt to love numbers

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15 April 2010
Presentation to Girl Geek Dinners in York on my personal journey through creativity and computing, and my experience of being an artist and a geek.

Filmed as part of the UKRC/WYLLN 'Inspiring Women' project.

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  • We start off as children who are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes and be creative – “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it,. Or rather, we get educated out of it” Hierarchy of subjects: Mathematics and languages at the top, then the humanities and at the bottom are the arts. And then there’s also a hierarchy within the arts with dance and drama at the bottom.
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    1. 1. How I learnt to love numbers My personal experience of creativity and computing @iamhelenharrop @iamcreative
    2. 7. http://www.firebox.com/product/624/Postcode-Puzzles
    3. 9. I wanted to be a spy
    4. 10. I wanted to be a spy <ul><li>‘ How to be a spy’ books </li></ul>
    5. 11. I wanted to be a spy <ul><li>‘ How to be a spy’ books </li></ul><ul><li>Ciphers </li></ul>
    6. 12. I wanted to be a spy <ul><li>‘ How to be a spy’ books </li></ul><ul><li>Ciphers </li></ul><ul><li>Coded messages </li></ul>
    7. 13. I wanted to be a spy <ul><li>‘ How to be a spy’ books </li></ul><ul><li>Ciphers </li></ul><ul><li>Coded messages </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible ink </li></ul>
    8. 14. I wanted to be a spy <ul><li>How to be a spy books </li></ul><ul><li>Ciphers </li></ul><ul><li>Coded messages </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible ink </li></ul><ul><li>Morse code </li></ul>
    9. 15. Above all else though ...
    10. 16. Above all else though ... <ul><li>I wanted to draw pictures </li></ul>
    11. 17. Above all else though ... <ul><li>I wanted to draw pictures </li></ul><ul><li>I wanted to write stories </li></ul>
    12. 18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro (BBC Basic – 1981)
    13. 19. “ Do schools kill creativity?” http://on.ted.com/8GMY
    14. 20. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 My world view until circa 1997
    15. 21. <ul><li>Something Changed </li></ul>
    16. 22. <ul><li>Something Changed </li></ul><ul><li>I got creative again </li></ul>
    17. 23. <ul><li>Something Changed </li></ul><ul><li>I got creative again </li></ul><ul><li>And I became a geek </li></ul>
    18. 24. “ When I speak about computer programming as an art I am thinking primarily of it as an art form, in an aesthetic sense. The chief goal of my work is to help people learn how to write beautiful programs” Art of Computer Programming (Don Knuth,1968)
    19. 27. http://www.chris.com/ASCII/ ASCII Art
    20. 28. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/03/13/ascii-art-1948
    21. 29. 1948 !!!!!!!! http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/03/13/ascii-art-1948
    22. 30. <ul><li>Fractal art </li></ul>http://www.free-background-wallpaper.com/ background-wallpaper-fractals.php
    23. 31. <ul><li>Fractal art </li></ul>http://www.free-background-wallpaper.com/ background-wallpaper-fractals.php
    24. 32. <ul><li>Fractal art </li></ul>http://www.free-background-wallpaper.com/ background-wallpaper-fractals.php
    25. 33. <ul><li>Scott Blake ‘Bar Code Jesus’ & ‘Bar code Elvis’ </li></ul>
    26. 34. ASCII Curtain - Nienke Sybrandy
    27. 35. Robert Hodgin + Arduino http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2007/08/29/biomimetic-butterflies/
    28. 36. “ Designed with Processing, made by mom” http://roberthodgin.com/magnetoquilt/
    29. 43. Adam Marks: calltrace: a live visualization of a running computer program. each box is a function in the code, each line is a function call.
    30. 45. Add Metadata
    31. 46. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@iamcreative </li></ul><ul><li>@iamhelenharrop </li></ul><ul><li>http://flickr.com/photos/creatinginthedark/ </li></ul>

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