David Parker


Lecturer of Computer Science at the University of Hull

Blog posts

Festival of Daring and Excitement 2019

Another academic year has whizzed by and it always seems to accelerate to a final sprint in the summer. Subsequently, the new year is upon us and we have just finished Induction (Welcome/Fresher’s) Week for the 2019⁄2020 intake. The grand finale to the week is the student’s introduction to the Bored? Games! events: The Festival of Daring and Excitement. Here is a little account of what went on. Read more →

Staying Cool

A little while ago I was designing and printing an update to my printer to allow it to use one less motor for controlling the z-axis. The basic printer design uses two lead screws to raise and lower the x-axis. It still does, but now it only uses one motor to control both screws instead of the original two. But that is not what this post is about. Instead it is about staying cool under circumstanc… Read more →

Smart Switch

I quite like gadgets. So it should come as little surprise that I have been drawn by the bright future promised by smart bulbs. By their nature, in order to retain access to their smart functionality they need to be ‘on’ even if they are not shining. This presents a problem when faced with several decades of habit of flicking the power switch when you walk in to and out of a room. Being ‘smart’ yo… Read more →

UK and Ireland Programming Competition 2018

Today we fielded our first teams to the UK and Ireland Programming Competition. In it teams of up to 3 are given 1 computer and 0 internet to solve up to 12 secret programming puzzles in just 5 hours. http://ukiepc.info/2018/ Read more →

The Three Thing Game

A new music cover to entice the masses to Three Thing Game. This is for the 3rd and 4th November 2018 event. https://threethinggame.com/post/2018-10-01-the-autumn-event/ Read more →

Playing Games

To cap off our induction week we ran a Bored? Games! event. Specifically the Festival of Daring and Excitement. Still wondering? Let me explain. Read more →

Robocode Challenge

During induction week this year I put together a lab activity based around Robocode (https://robocode.sourceforge.io/). The students were introduced to it on Wednesday afternoon and had lab slots during Thursday to further refine their creations. Today we got to find out how they all did in an epic showdown. Read more →

The Printer

I have mentioned my 3d printer a few times on the blog now and I have been meaning to document the various modifications and the overall journey that I have taken with it. So here it is. Read more →