Introduction In the process of building a new personal website, I hunted around for static website engines. My previous website used an engine called habari, but development of the Habari Project is discontinued and I was interested in writing posts in markdown instead of plain HTML. So let’s get a few questions answered immediately: Why a static engine? What is markdown? A static website engine converts an intermediate syntax into HTML.

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If you’ve ever noticed the 3D images of brain structures on Wikipedia, you may have been curious where they are sourced from. It turns out that they are generated from a freely accessible Japanese database, the Life Sciences Database Archive. This database is licensed under Creative Commons. It includes anatomical models that can be downloaded as well as other public databases including gene expression databases. The anatomical models can be downloaded and browsed online at the Body Parts 3D site.

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I recently attended a great symposium for time researchers in Tokyo. It was a fantastic to have a chance to exchange thoughts about new theories of psychological time and to see some very elegant experiments. The conference website is here: Time in Tokyo Symposium. For the Symposium, I prepared a theoretical discussion of the specious present, considering how we may explore neurophenomenology with reference to recent neuroscientic findings. The slides for the talk are available here:

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NDVI is an acronym for Normalised Difference Vegetation Index. It’s a very interesting measure of plant photosynthesis and health derived from measuring the difference in near-infrared and visual reflectance. I’ve recently been exploring its use for plant monitoring; here are a few calibration images. [NDVI=\frac{NIR-VIS}{NIR+VIS}] The original image is on the left, with NDVI on the right These images were shot using a full-spectrum modified Sony A7 camera with OM Zuiko 21mm/3.

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Publishing fMRI results usually involves the presentation of slice images that show regions of increased BOLD (Blood Oxygen Dependent Signal). However, fMRI data is inherently three dimensional and often it is difficult to visualise or appropriately present data in 2D formats. Therefore, it can be useful to implement a method for displaying graphics in 3D form. Luckily, there are some good javascript libraries that interact with the HTML5 canvas attribute to present 3D objects.

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Psychophysics experiments often require passing messages and signals between different computers and devices. There are a number of methods that are generally used and the limitations of these methods are often a source of consternation for researchers. Experiments designed to probe human temporal perception are particularly sensitive to timing errors in the apparatus. Therefore we have been developing a high resolution signal acquisition device for sending and receiving signals and doing some basic processing.

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Francesco Giorlando

Musings on research, tech and medicine.

Researcher and Clinician

Australia