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Daniel Brown

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A computer scientist with interests ranging from Distributed Systems to Evolutionary Computation.

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Flying Videos

I started a YouTube channel this week for me to upload videos I record whilst flying. I suspect they’ll be quite boring to most viewers, but I’m hoping to refer back to them at some point to see any progress with my airmanship. I’ve embedded my first video above. It’s a few laps around the Read more →


Air Law and Operational Procedures

I passed my first two CAA exams today; Air Law and Operational Procedures with marks of 94% and 91% respectively. Went for a flight afterwards and did a few circuits and a PFL from the downwind leg. Was only up for 40 minutes as the airfield shuts at 6pm and the lesson before mine lasted Read more →


Consumer Grade Flight Simulators – Not For Me

This video was recorded before I got my rudder pedals, and is no indication of my ability to perform a take-off 😛 As I wrote in my last post: this year I have been making an effort to get in the air more often and get closer to attaining my pilots license. This month I bought some equipment Read more →


Onward Toward Solo Flight

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about my flying. After spits and spurts of flying since my initial taster lesson last year I decided to make it my goal to be in the air every two weeks in 2017. I’ve stuck to that so far and now have 35 take-offs and landings under Read more →


A “Social” Experiment

This weekend I was trying to resolve an issue with an accidental purchase one of my relatives made on ViaGoGo. We realised the mistake the same day as the purchase, and I set about trying to get a refund. Being the somewhat impatient person I can be with matters like this, and knowing that different channels Read more →


A Simple Transaction Log

A little while ago I was curious about how software that uses Transaction Logs works, so I built a toy to-do command line application to get some hands on experience. Transaction Logs are used when you want to have metadata detailing each action that has taken place on a system but then actually use those logs Read more →


Personal Challenges for 2017

Mark Zuckerberg recently unveiled Jarvis, a simple AI to control various facets of his home including his lighting and more amusingly his toaster, which was a result of a challenge he set himself late last year to be completed by the end of 2016. The Facebook CEO is well-known for setting himself a “personal challenge” each year — Read more →


PepperHQ

In early September I decided I wanted to find a new role in which I could make more of an impact than at my previous jobs. After having spoken to the very enthusiastic CTO of PepperHQ, Andrew Hawkins, about a role as the Senior Software Engineer of the Pepper Platform I decided it would be the Read more →


DannyBrown.blog

I first created this blog in September 2011 in preparation for the start of my undergraduate degree — the idea being that I would chronicle my time at university both in terms of what I learnt and the fun I was having. Not being able to get a wordpress.com domain using my name (there are 1,574 Read more →


Falling with Style

I took Charlotte for a ride along on a flying lesson for the first time on Sunday. I may have neglected to mention that the lesson was focused around learning how to recover from a stall. As you can see from the images below, she didn’t find that entirely amusing. Afterwards she complained about feeling Read more →