philjones (ThoughtStorms)

Guess I'm a typical online geek.

My personal homepage (with more info, and links to various projects and art works) is at :

I'm interested in, well, everything this wiki is about. But in summary ...

My current obsession, which I'm trying to figure out how to make a career from, is DesktopFabrication / SoftwareThatMakesStuff

TopThoughts is a list of some of my "best" (ie. longer, more coherent) writings.

My Software

A lot of my software can be found on GitHub :

Some projects that have pages here include :

Also :


I love music and occasionally write weird programs to compose it. (PhilsMusic, MusicalStuff)

I helped found Optimaes to understand more about money and economics.

I spent most of my 20s in academia thinking about ArtificialLife, PhilosophyOfMind, and particularly IndividualRecognition

I rave about OrganicArchitecture and how good dense, complex urban environments are ... possibly because I (sometimes) live in Brasilia


I used to have SleepApnea and didn't get enough oxygen. But after having my tonsils removed and losing weight, this is much improved.

Several years ago : PhilIsStupid


I hate photos of me, so if I have to post one, might as well be somewhere interesting. (Atacama Desert, Northern Chile, Jan 2004)

See also GreatWallOfChina for old photo

Weirdly fascinating :



Hi Phil, I just suggested the Eclectic wiki because that is the one I run! ;-) would you be interested in setting up the personal wiki tour? I think that the use mod tour would be cool also! Best, MarkDilley


5) Rights to contents ...

: The IntellectualPropertyPolicyOfThisWiki states that it's a requirement that you put anything you post here into the PublicDomain.

Actually by and large your areas of interest match a lot with mine, but I am not into Social Justice as much as you do.

Cheers (and responded)


Are you taking a short (or long) break from SdiDesk? I do think the current version is a meaningful step forward. Too bad with the regular expression performance problem :(

-- MS

Actually I got side-tracked on a number of other things : the new script for PhilsBlogRoll, some contract work for the government which I need to learn Zope / Plone for, some blog writing ... and I had this idea that I wanted to produce a DebugCast ie. a ScreenCast of me fixing a couple of the bugs that people had reported. The problem is that these debugging sessions turned out to be very long and crashed the machine when I tried to make them. Instead of fixing the bugs I've been trying to fix the screen-casting process. Not so productive.

I'm not taking a planned break exactly, but SdiDesk is not getting 110% of my free time as it was in the weeks immedietely before and after the last launch. But it's also not going into hybernation like it did last year either. New releases won't be long.

As for regexes. It's no big deal. I'm managing to do what I need with my own code.

-- PhilJones

Hi Phil,

I have moved house since I last corresponded. Saw exciting contribution in Sdi wiki and go have a look if you have not done so already. So can I expect a good diff in next release and that it will be available in early Jul05?

cheers from David the MS

Thanks, hadn't seen that. Yep, looks very interesting. Will check it out. (Once I've finished writing a toy programming language to show to my students tomorrow ;-) Hope the house move went OK. Also, are you checking out the new blog where I'm doing some public thinking about SdiDesk's future :

-- PhilJones

Hi Phil,

Thought I get an update from you re: SdiDesk new release.

-- David 22 Jul

Hey Phil, interesting thing this here, cu -- MattisManzel :)

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