I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and prosthetics.

When I'm not playing with robots, I hang out with the indieweb community, drink tea, and scubadive.

Walking in Toronto


Looking for Yarn

I spent my first weekend in Toronto looking for two things: coffee and yarn.


Hogmanay

I went back to Edinburgh for hogmanay this year and it was pretty excellent.


Passau

My last stop on the Danube: Passau, Germany. It's a tiny town which is notable for it's gothic and baroque architecture.


Melk Abbey

The sight I was most excited about: Melk Abbey. It's *very* baroque.


Vienna

The most imperial city of my trip: Vienna.


Kloster Nurnberg

An austrian monastery established in 1114.


St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

A gothic cathedral in Vienna. It's got a really good clock.


Imperial Treasury Vienna

The Viennese treasury. Filled with ridiculous things: The Holy Roman Empire's Crown, one of the largest emeralds in the world, etc.


Budapest

Unexpectedly fun city of the trip: Budapest.


Belgrade

An odd foray into Serbia: It's a weird city with sad history.


Iron Gate Gorge

This is the first lock I went through down the danube. It's got a fairly interesting history.


Tarnova, Caras-Severin

A stop in Romania to say I stopped in Romania. Went to see an oddity: a church built in the 1970s.


Vidin

My last stop in Bulgaria before getting on a boat and heading down the Danube.


Sofia

Day one on my trip down the danube: Sofia, Bulgaria. I walked around some of the popular sights, seeing orthodox cathedrals, Serdician ruins, and an actual yellow-brick road.


Anna and I went to pekoe tea the other day. For the first time I was able to sit down and enjoy tea there. We both had a couple of green oolong teas which were served gong-fu style.


I Graduated With a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

This year I completed my Undergraduate studies, graduating with a first in Artificial intelligence and computer science from the University of Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, due to refurbishment I didn't get to graduate in McEwan hall. As a result, the only time I've been able to appreciate McEwan was during my second year Probability exam. It wasn't really a good occasion to be staring at the murals on the ceiling.

As a surrogate we used Usher hall, the venue most of the symphony and chamber music events are held in.

Given how diminutive the informatics class is, we got bundled up with the school of Engineering. As a result, we had two honorary degree speeches. I forgot what the engineering guy did. The Computer Science speaker got the deal to develop minecraft for the X-box.

I guess that's vaguely interesting.

One of the quirks of the University of Edinburgh is that we don't wear mortarboard cap. Instead all graduates share the same hat. When walking across the stage, the vice-chancellor bops each student on the head.

Fun-fact: Piers Sellers offered to take the hat into space. Given space-ships occasionally explode (and the hat is sort-of important) a university emblem was taken to space and later sewn on the hat.

I got booped on the head with a space-hat.

I was fortunate enough to be able to get enough tickets for both my parents and grandparents. My family came over a couple weeks prior and we traipsed across Ireland and the highlands together.

I had one ticket left-over and Jammy had a free-morning. As a result, I was able to get Jam-Jam, father of polar bears, first of his name, to come along to my graduation.

Through Jammy's coaching, I was able to get booped on the head and collect a degree without falling in front of everyone.


Albums!

Here's an example of a collection of images, or an album. So I've started this as a means of collating a group of related items.

I wanted the extension to be as minimal as possible. As a result, I treat a collection post the same way as any other post: there's no additional information or details associated with a collection. I manage this by making albums that are simply 'responses' to other posts on the site with the in-reply-to field. This lets me give all the individual images additional information, by letting them be their own posts. It's a bit of a hack and I'm kind-of using in-reply-to fields for something other than what they were originally intended for.

It's just a mock up, really, but it does what I need it to do. I still need to figure out what the most sensible way to display all this is. :/