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.

Happy Canada day 🇨🇦


Red means fast


I had a little bit of time to kill before the neuroscience symposium, so I went and found chocolate 🍫 #yvc #phdlife #gradschool #travel


I made my first 3D print today! Now I have an adorable Gengar desk friend 🔮 #3dprinting #tech #phdlife #pokemon



The gang goes to an art lagoon. #travel #gradschool



Yesterday I hade Thai tea ice cream 🍦 and learned about dialog systems #gradcohort2018 #gradschool #tech


In San Fran for #gradcohort2018 . Currently eating my weight in nigiri 🍣 and enjoying the excellent conversation. It’s not often I get to hang out with so many women in tech.



I’ve been waiting a long time for this! My @inputclub white fox keyboard is finally here! So excited to start typing on my hako trues 😍 . . . #mechanicalkeyboard #mechkeyboard #whitefox #tech



I went to see @alvvaysband at the starlight room last week. The serendipitous highlight for me was getting to see @thisisfrankierose. They were in a few playlists that I used to listen to in highschool, but lost their music when my harddrive died. Im getting crazy nostalgia after finding them all over again.


Meanwhile in the BLINC lab: a bag of San Franciscan street lizards 🦎


I am unreasonably excited about this Grace Hopper sticker my lab-mate gave to me.


In line to see Michelle Obama’s talk. Hoping for a good conversation on global education. #yeg #cndpoli #education



UofA looking all pretty at sunset 🌅 a rainbow building with neon clouds. . . . #yeg #yegphoto #alberta #canada


I finally had the chance to make my way out to Ritchie market. I had a flight of beer 🍻 the best was a beer with notes of tea; it tasted slightly like an oolong. I had a platter of ham, persimmon, and mustard to go with it ☺️ . . . #beer #craftbeer #brewery #foodie


More progress on my fisherman sweater! I don’t like seaming, so I followed @bygumbygolly’s instructions for modifying patters for set in sleeves. Just two sleeves to go!

@brooklyntweed docklight sweater with @malabrigoyarn in archangel . . . #yarn #fiber #diy #diyfashion #crafts #crafty #knitting #knittersofinstagram #workinprogress #fashion


Doing some late-night adventuring though the buildings downtown 🌵


Late night second-hand book store haul: a magical copy of Robert Brandon’s “Making it Explicit”: the big-kid version of my favorite philosopher’s work . . . #book #philosophy #secondhand



Pulling the goalie worked!


We are not doing well.


Pretending I’m at hockey night in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 but I’m really just in Edmonton 🤷🏼‍♀️ there is a shortage of wine and cheese and commentary from @jammy_stuff


Rappelling the ceremonial puck into the game. • • #hockey #oilers #yeg


Napping away while I’m coding 🐕


Enjoying some cello suites at @yellowheadbrewery with the @edmontonchambermusic society. The best part of chamber music is how intimate the venues are ☺️ and I love it when artists talk about the pieces they perform • • • #yeg #yegarts #music #classicalmusic #arts #livemusic


There are some crazy ice sculptures at @iceonwhyte. It’s one of three international competitive ice sculpting competitions in Canada and all of the sculptures were made in 35 hours.

The detail on some of the sculptures is incredible, and the use of transparency and opacity in the ice is really neat. • • • #art #sculpture #ice #yeg #yegwinter #winter


Everything’s okay. 🍷 • • • #foodie #food #yeg #yummy


Saturday afternoon tea tasting. • • • • #tea #afternoontea #teatime #puerh #puertea


I found the best little tea place in Edmonton. It’s a wholesale tea store and the only place where you can get good Taiwanese oolong. 🍵


The nao robots are positioned a bit ominously today 😐 • • • • #technology #tech #robot #robotics #artificialintelligence #ml


My pair programming partner keeps falling asleep 🤷🏼‍♀️ he’s napping on the job 🐕 • • • #dogsofinstagram #dachshundsofinstagram #dachshund #olddog #doggie #doggos #dog #pupper



When it’s warmed up a bit, but you still just want to stay inside wrapped in blankets. . . . #dogsofinstagram #dogs #dachshundsofinstagram #dachshund #petsofinstagram #cute #animals #adorable


This week for blinc lab Monday movie madness is “2001: A Space Odyssey” 🎥 🍿


Failed attempt at eggs Benedict 🍳


Homemade bagel -> breakfast sandwich. Everyone needs garlic in the morning 🙆🏼‍♀️ . . . #keto #breakfast #ketobreakfast #coffee #food #foodie #foodporn #eat #instafood #delicious #stuffed #yummy #yum 😋



We projected blade runner onto the lab whiteboard. 🤖


Enjoying a little cappuccino at @transcendcoffee while I work out what experiments I want to run. ☕️ Probs my my favorite espresso in Edmonton. #yeg #coffee #espresso #fountainpen #notebook #stationary



My dad made me a hat 🎩 for Christmas 🎄🎁 #family #christmas #holidayparty #sendhelp



Helped my aunt decorate her house for Christmas 🎄 and hung out with her cats 🐈 Sir William Starburst was looking especially relaxed today.

#catsofinstagram #cat #cats #interiordesign #decor


#knitting and #coffee . The brownie is made with prince of darkness espresso and is probably the tastiest thing ever. #yarncraft #yarn #knittersofinstagram #crafts #sweaterweather



Working on a modified @brooklyntweed docklight jumper ✨using @malabrigoyarn arroyo in archangel. Swapped the lace out for a simple cable inbetween the fisherman’s rib. #knittersofinstagram #knitting #knittinglove #knitagram #sweaterweather #diyfashion #fibercraft #crafts #yarncraft


Good morning. Here are some waffles.


I swear there’s a mountain in there somewhere. 🏔⛷ #ski #canada



The ominous fortune cookie has a point 🤔


Hey @abethcrane, I found a HoloLens being used for visualizing the @cloud.dx tricorder data at @sucanadasummit.


I got to drive in a Canadian #autonomouscar today! 🚘 🇨🇦 # sucansummit



@hyperloopone hype at @peterhdiamandis’ @sucanadasummit talk. #tech #singularity


I’m at #sucansummit listening to @peterhdiamandis talk about exponential thinking and disruptive technology. #tech #ai #singularity


Food and Family 🙆🏼 but mostly food 🦃 #thanksgiving


Dog 🐕


Fall in the front yard. 🍁🍂🏡


Autumn at the UofA is so pretty. 🍁🍂🎃



Birthday Praha 🍷 #food #foodie


Birthday Praha 🍷 #food #foodie


Another year, another symphony under the sky with Edmonton symphony orchestra! Getting ready for some outdoors Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Bruch. 🎼🎻🏞 #yeg #yegarts #music #livemusic #symphony #classicalmusic #tchaikovsky #wagner


Uncle Tetsu! 🍮 time for cheesecake. It took us half an hour for Beatrice and I to get them, but it was totally worth it.


Back in #yyz 🌃


I made a fire. 🔥🔥🔥


I made a dog friend. 🐕


Pre-flight walk around.


Go time. ✈️🌞


Landing in Billings; en route to the #eclipse ✈️


On an adventure heading to the #eclipse 🛩 🌚🌝 #eclipse2017


Landed in Great Falls, Montana for immigration ✈️ Apparently over 30 small aircraft came down in the morning heading to the eclipse 🌚🌝


There are supposed to be mountains in this picture. Clearly BC is still on fire. 🏔


Family festival tarp burrito to keep out of the torrential rain for the @edmfolkfest. We managed to stick it out until the end! #folkfest #music #folk #efmf17


10 tarps back for Friday folking. 🎼🎻✨#folkfest #efmf17 #music #folk #



Another year, another @edmfolkfest lottery. #folk #music #efmf17 #folkfest


Festival cardigan knitting progress. 🏔🎻🎼





Edmonton's summer music never ceases to impress. #yeg #blues #music


I made it to the top. #climbing #canmore 🏔


Approach in cougar creek. Getting ready for #climbing . 🏔 #mountains #canmore



When you're cycling with the gang, but also want to chat. #yeg


Harvest time.





My bubble tea kind of looks like sushi.


There is a candy store in Edmonton with portraits of the kids from Charlie and Chocolate Factory. #yeg #chocolate #yegphoto


Prairie flower 🌸 #yeg




Patriotic doggo. 🇨🇦🐕 #canada #yegphoto #yeg


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@attaccaquartet performing for the @edmontonchambermusic's summer solstice festival. 🌞🎻#ssmf17 #yegphoto #yeg #yegmusic #yegarts #music



@edmontonchambermusic Other great Edmonton music venues: Corbett Hall . #ssmf2017 #yeg #yegarts #yegmusic


Things I am liking: the use of @yellowheadbrewery for the @edmontonchambermusic summer solstice festival. #yeg #yegarts #ssmf2017


Blossom season in Toronto is beautiful #yyz


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.


I played trains with Danny and Felicia at tabletop and created a glorious green-machine railway empire.


The local elementary school made and delivered christmas cards for the community and it's adorable. #yeg


People lined up for summary execution at the @edmsymphony. #starwars


I met this adorable tiny dog the other day. Its tongue hangs out. #yeg


Uh, so I saw this truck today. #yeg


The UofA is looking pretty today. #yeg


On the prowl with the #doge beast.


The saddest sandwich. #yeg #yegphoto


I can't tell if this is supposed to be a cheeky commentary on the #edinburgh fringe.


Open PCB surgery to try and extend my poor #cherrymx keyboard. #mechanicalkeyboard #tech


People keep destroying bus shelters. I don't understand it. #yeg #yegphoto


UofA is really good at thematic landscaping. #yeg #alberta


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.


Greetings from Passau.


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.


Greetings from wine (Wachau).


Greetings from Vienna.


Greetings from Budapest.


Stop one on my post-university adventures: Sofia.


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.



Field trip to the highland wildlife park. The polar bears were eating meatcicles.


@summerhallery #EU flag at half-mast. Scotland in Mourning. #brexit #EDI


Taking my grandparents to the cat cafe was a success. Seems like a few friends were made. @maisondemoggy


Finally got to se an SR71! Fastest plane ever at a top speed of 3,540 km/hr. Why so fast? It's rated for after burner use 100% of the time.


Rebuilt Colossus: first digital computer.


Ahhhhh. Enigma machine!!😁


Bombe machine internals. Apparently the volunteers that maintain it have enigma code breaking competitions with GCHQ annually.


A thing to represent a thing that Churchill may or may not have stood on at some point.


I made a friend at the old Fargey family farm. 😁


Circular hill forts!


I know how to use a computer.


Pretty nice place to get stuff done. If only coursework didn't get in the way of holidays.


Loving the Robin Hood themed #hack . #hacknotts


artschool


Brainstorming how to improve use of small closes. #WalkHack #EDI


Goodbye #Canmore . Goodbye #rockies time to head back to #edinburgh .


70s night with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. #yegarts


Enjoying this Symphony Under the Sky pre-show #yeg


Found another adorable #3dprint in the lab.


The most adorable 3dprint I've found in the lab. It's a tiny elephant.


Yet another well placed tarp for the Edmonton Folk Fest.


Of Monster and Men hitting the main stage.


In case you needed a reminder, Edmonton is beautiful.




We will win the Edmonton Folk Fest tarp this year. It has been foretold.


openhandsurgery


I think this is the coolest invoice I've ever seen. Kevlar and Carbon Fiber.


Can't imagine a better place to hold a folk festival than cradled by the Rockies in Canmore!


Some stilted police officers keeping the peace at the Canmore Folk Fest.


Found this critter on my way to the lab.


Went for icecream

Includes:

  • red velvet icecream
  • dark chocolate icecream
  • almonds
  • coconut shavings
  • raspberry chunks

Type 2 diabetes, here I come.


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. :/


Found this gem when going through photo's yesterday. Portrait of the Fargeys circa 1900.


Going through the old family photos with my grandfather. We're looking at archival. Happened upon this beauty: a photo of parade in front of buckingham palace circa 1975.


Perhaps the next disturbing 3D creation we print.


Deliciously sarcastic fortune: "your graceful qualities make difficult things seem easy". Yes, I did drop it in my tea.


On the prowl.


Killer dog napping.


Round two in the lab's disturbing 3D prints competition.


For our next instalment of things that don't look like they should be alive: this half-human half-elephant thing someone in the lab found in their shoe.

The more you look at it, the more disturbing it gets.


I won the 50/50 at the free will showing of Coriolanus! With ticket 2345, no less!