Brian Ballsun-Stanton

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Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets.

Beyond philosophy, Dr. Ballsun-Stanton has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray.

His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society's cultural assimilation of its consequences.

He is a long time gamer, having helped to design the indie game Pax Draconis. He has been running an Ars Magica game for the last 6 years and has extensive experience with indie games and both 3.5 and 4e D&D.

Papers you may be interested in:


Aug
3
accepted How can I randomize a text itemization in ConTeXt?
Aug
3
asked How can I randomize a text itemization in ConTeXt?
May
12
awarded  Yearling
Apr
11
accepted How can I tell ConTeXt to automatically rotate images to fit their dimensions most accurately?
Apr
2
accepted How can I effectively diff 2 versions of a book produced by ConTeXt?
Apr
1
comment How can I effectively diff 2 versions of a book produced by ConTeXt?
Well, part of it is getting diffable output from context or some (unknown?) aspect of context that could do diffing trivially.
Apr
1
comment How can I effectively diff 2 versions of a book produced by ConTeXt?
I've tried that with very poor results. I think the answer is, as you note: "Don't" but I'm hoping to be surprised.
Apr
1
accepted How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
Apr
1
asked How can I effectively diff 2 versions of a book produced by ConTeXt?
Mar
27
awarded  Self-Learner
Mar
26
comment How can I tell ConTeXt to automatically rotate images to fit their dimensions most accurately?
Floating, I believe. I'm using the "externalfigure" command and they are large enough to not reflow. \placefigure[] [fig:i2] {The SDFN Diagram for Interview 2} {\externalfigure[Chapter4/graphs/i2_rot.png][factor=fit,frame=on]}
Mar
26
asked How can I tell ConTeXt to automatically rotate images to fit their dimensions most accurately?
Mar
26
comment How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
For this problem, I couldn't run the current version of ConTeXt standalone because I was trying to work around a bug where the equivalent of includes weren't being recognized. My answer though shows my final fix.
Mar
26
revised How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
added 146 characters in body
Mar
26
comment How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
I would love it if someone gave a better answer or something. But this is what my research indicates?
Mar
26
answered How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
Mar
26
asked How do I install context modules in the ubuntu distribution of ConTeXt
May
19
awarded  Commentator
May
19
comment Improving the legibility of a pdfTeX produced PDF on Google Docs
Updated font to Gentium, as it's a nice free font that's remarkably pretty. I invoked it with the simplefonts module and enabled it with: \setmainfont[GentiumPlus][protrusion=quality,expansion=quality] to allow for protrusion. Just providing a record here of my solution.
May
19
comment Improving the legibility of a pdfTeX produced PDF on Google Docs
Oooh, I get to follow the instructions for "installing Expert Fonts..." Thanks! :) (only a little bit of sarcasm there, genuine thanks as well.)