Tim Gittos

I'm an Australian currently living in Austin, TX in the USA.

I currently earn a living programming, though I wouldn't call myself a programmer. If I had to attach a label to myself, I'd use the term autodidact.

I love learning, and my favorite things to learn about are programming, computer graphics, AI & machine learning, robotics, painting and creativity.

Blog Some thoughts and experiences I've decided to share.

Failure

Failure is a necessary and good part of life, but it should be done in private, not in public

Last updated 05 Jun 2014

Hello World Open 2014

Just as I have to travel, a cool little AI coding competition opens up. I can't do it, but you can!

Last updated 16 Apr 2014

Device Ownership vs. Hosting

I saw this design experiment today that really resonated with me, a guy who buys gadgets and hardly uses them

Last updated 19 Mar 2014

You Build a Wall One Brick at a Time

After promising to "show up and do the work" in 2013 and failing to deliver on that, I finally do it and its awesome!

Last updated 14 Jan 2014

Hack Weekends

I have a pile of small-ish projects I want to work on that could be done in a weekend. Here I outline a strategy I've been thinking about to get them done.

Last updated 10 Dec 2013

You're an Adult - It's OK to be a Quitter

Theres a lot of acrimony towards quitting things when youre a child, so its possible to feel like quitting isn't an option. When priorities change and the stress starts to build up, it's OK to quit whats not important.

Last updated 18 Oct 2013

Adventurin

SXSW has prompted me to go live with one of my ideas. In this post I go through some of the history of the idea just before I reveal the project.

Last updated 03 Sep 2013

SXSW and Side Projects, Oh My!

Now that the SXSW high has worn off, I look back at what I saw, and the resulting side projects.

Last updated 02 Apr 2013

80/20 Expertise

Malcom Gladwell said it took 10 years, or 10,000 hours to achieve expertise. How would the Pareto Principle apply to this assertion?

Last updated 09 Jan 2013

Do the Work

One of my goals for 2013 is to "show up and do the work". What exactly does that mean?

Last updated 06 Jan 2013

edX Foundations of Computer Graphics postmortem

I have just finished the 6 week course from edX, "Foundations of Computer Graphics". In this post I give my feedback on the experience and share some tips for people who are planning on running through it in March, 2013

Last updated 20 Dec 2012

Mind the Taste Gap

The taste that gets you into a passion can also cause you to abandon it, if youre not aware of the gap between what you like and what you make

Last updated 06 Nov 2012

Becoming a Game Developer

I have long had dreams of writing my own game, and the success of Minecraft and other indie hits has ignited that passion again. While Im learning, I plan on blogging my progress at a new site, Confirmed Crit

Last updated 27 Jun 2012

Free Online Education is Blowing Up

Following initiatives from Stanford, MIT and several new startups follow suit and open up university level college for free.

Last updated 19 Apr 2012

Things that Suck

Concentrating on things that suck in your life can help you solve meaningful problems.

Last updated 16 Dec 2011

Time

A beatiful short film and an insightful Hacker News comment resonated with me enough to inspire me to share it here.

Last updated 08 Nov 2011

Games as Platforms

Another online blog post has me thinking about products vs. platforms, this time in regards to games. I guess this makes a complete circle with my previous post?

Last updated 18 Oct 2011

Platforms and Sandboxes

The tenuous link between technology business strategy and role playing games. I'm serious.

Last updated 12 Oct 2011

A Case for Brevity

Everytime I try to write a new blog post, I think to myself "why am I even bothering?" This post explores that thought a little.

Last updated 10 Oct 2011

Now On Jekyll

Unhappy with the usual Wordpress flow, I've upgraded my website to run on Jekyll, a Ruby based static blog generator.