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New(ish) paper: "Entrainment to the CIECAM02 and CIELAB colour appearance models in the human cortex"

Not so long ago I had a paper published in Vision Research.  It's on some work I did some years ago with my friend and collaborator Andrew Thwaites.  In it we look at the entrainment of magnetoencephalographic activity in early visual cortex to colour information in visual stimulus using two competing computational models of colour.  In other words, when and where people's brainwaves directly track the colour of moving images they were seeing on a screen, using two theories about how colour could be represented in the brain.

The paper is in Elsevier's "open archive", which hopefully means you can read it for free.  If not, hit me up.

I don't talk about my work too much here, but if you're interested you can read more about what I do on my more professional website.

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Podcast Viewer

I made a tool to convert a podcast's RSS feed into a webpage on which episodes can be easily streamed.

When you visit the page, you'll see a box in which to paste the RSS feed's url:

A screenshot of the page you see when you visit http://podviewer.cai.zone/

Stick in a feed's RSS URL, and you get all available episodes in a list, reverse chronologically by release date:

A screenshot of an example page: http://podviewer.cai.zone/index.php?feed=https%253A%252F%252Fstcynic.podbean.com%252Ffeed%252F

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How to link to a specific scene in a Hype document

If you've made a multi-scene Hype document which is hosted online as a web page, you can link directly to a named scene in that document using this handy script:

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Ed Brayton back on the air

A nice surprise to read yesterday that Ed Brayton is back on the air with a relaunch of his old radio show Culture Wars Radio.

I am a long-time fan of Ed's writing and particularly his radio shows. (So much so that I mirror episodes of his old shows to make sure they remain available.) Intelligent, informed, non-partisan discussion of American politics and law, particularly constitutional law. This time he has a co-host, former professor of constitutional law Dan Ray. The first episode is a discussion of the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, and a bit about Trump's legal troubles.

I'm super pleased to hear Ed on the radio again.

Check out the podcast via iTunes, or subscribe to the feed directly. It looks like Ed is supporting production of the show through Patreon, so go take a look there too.

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New paper: "Relating dynamic brain states to dynamic machine states: Human and machine solutions to the speech recognition problem"

Hey!

I just had a paper published in PLOS Computational Biology.  It's on some work I did with the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain at Cambridge University.  In it, we used a machine model of speech recognition to map phonetic sensitivities in human auditory cortex using magnetoencephalography neuroimaging data.

The paper is open-access, so you can read it here.

If you're interested, you can read more about the kind of research I do over at my "professional" website.

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Nate Harrison's audiovisual essays

A while ago I came across a widely-seen Youtube video about the history of the Amen breakbeat, which was a reposting of a recording of a 2004 documentary audio installation by artist Nate Harrison. It details the artist's view of the rise of the break, as well as what this might tell us about the effects of intellectual property on cultural development.

Can I Get An Amen? — Nate Harrison (2004)

Having enjoyed the piece's dry-yet-engaging style, as well as learning about such a specific cultural phenomenon in some detail, I sought out other pieces by the same artist. Luckily, they're posted on his online gallery, as well as on Archive.org. Several of them are somewhat-abstract video installations which are less interesting to me, but there are several other audiovisual essays which I have enjoyed, on various aspects on art, media and tools.

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Hazel rule to delete ResearchGate pdf cover pages

I download a load of academic papers in as PDFs from ResearchGate, since that's often the only place a free version of a paper is available.  Unfortunately, ResearchGate prepend downloaded PDFs with a branded cover page, which I obviously don't want.

On MacOS, it's easy enough to manually delete pages from a PDF using Preview.  But with a bit of help from Hazel, it's possible to automate it. 

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Working as a postdoc at Lancaster University

I've just started a new job at Lancaster University, working as a postdoc in Louise Connell's lab.  I'll be looking at the roles of linguistic representations and sensory simulations in human cognition.  You can read more about the lab's research aims on its website.