Hi, I’m Jonathan (Jono to most)…
Since the days of dial-up modems I’ve been filling my brain with all sorts of information from the Internet, so this blog is an attempt to give something back to the online community. Hopefully you find something interesting!
I’m currently employed by Monash University in Melbourne, having recently graduated from the Software Engineering Honours degree. The project I am involved with aims to make learning about computing (both in nature and in computers) more fun and accessible to students of high-school age and eventually undergraduates. It does so by allowing students to create computer programs that control a variety of things (robots, simulated agents, video and sound to name a few) using a simple and intuitive drag and drop interface.
Prior to studying at Monash, I had the great privilege of working at NASA’s Deep Space Tracking Station near Canberra, where my role was a combination of satellite and spacecraft communications and software development. The excitement of being a part of (in my opinion) one of human kinds greatest examples of team work was balanced by long and sometimes tedious shifts of downlinking data from Voyager 2, at the blistering speed of 160 bits per second.
Music has been an important part of my life since my early teens, although it has somewhat taken a back seat to my software development interests in recent years. I play drums in The Dub Captains (who recently sold-out the Cherry Bar for our CD launch – woohoo!), and also in the occasional music theatre production under the musical direction of my partner Christine Munro, who is a professional violin player and educator. Some tunes from an electronic outfit called Alien Digit that my friend Trav Harvey and I used to perform in can be downloaded here.
Thanks for dropping by!