You’ve reached the online home of Jens Raaby, a Software Engineer at the BBC and
former MSc student at the University of Copenhagen.
You can find my journal posts below. I mainly write about technological topics,
with the odd foray into my other interests. The post frequency tailed off when I
moved to Denmark in 2012 and I started being quite busy.
I’ve just migrated this site from Wordpress to Octopress - a static site generator. Everything seems to have moved across smoothly, but I’ve probably broken some links somewhere. If you find something broken, please leave a comment.
I never got round to posting these sketches I made last year when I first got my iPad. They are not masterpieces, but I can show them to people and not feel ashamed. The tools and working methods available on the iPad drawing apps are very impressive, especially with an app like Procreate where you have very advanced brush controls, layer blending and so forth.
Almost immediately after watching the iPad 2 keynote in March 2011 I wrote a post in which I ‘reviewed’ it. I considered the benefits and drawbacks of replacing my ageing laptop with a lithe keyboard-less tablet with a clear focus on media consumption and entertainment.
These are my brief notes based on a talk given by James Coplien (@jcoplien), at the Copenhagen Ruby Brigade meet up hosted by Zendesk on 19/03/2012. It was great to see a talk given by someone with so much passion and now I feel I have some idea of what DCI is.
Today I took a few photos but nothing different enough to the earlier images. Instead I dug out a photo from July and did some editing with Snapseed, a handy but fairly limited photo editor which has Nik’s control point technology for local adjustments.
The subject is a glasswinged butterfly in Chester zoo. It was a couple of weeks after I had purchased my macro lens and my first encounter with an interesting stationary insect.
It was tough to think of what to do today. Fridays are always tiring and involve a rush to get things finished before the weekend, then a 3 hour trip from Hinxton to home. This image is of the last thing I see before my Friday night slumber (no, my vision is not that bad, I just thought I’d deliberately not focus so you can’t really tell what it is).
I really don’t like the piece I uploaded yesterday. At the time I felt like I was unlikely to think of anything more interesting to draw, so I just doodled a bit. One of the reasons for this ‘week of images’ is to force myself to create something every day. It doesn’t have to be something I think of as great, but the more time I put in, the more rewarding it is.
Working as a programmer involves thinking at multiple levels of abstraction. You might be coding a web application, but at any one point it could be data modelling, presentational markup or low level architecture changes. Sometimes it is hard to think of something to draw or photograph. It shouldn’t have to be a real or obvious subject all the time. Therefore I just let my stylus wander and this is what came out.