[BangPypers] [OT] Introducing myself

Jonathan Toomim jtoomim at jtoomim.org
Mon Jan 7 17:43:27 CET 2013

Hello all,

My name is Jonathan Toomim. I'm a neuroscientist, electrical engineer, 
programmer (with a strong preference for python), and entrepreneur. I'll 
be moving from San Francisco to Bangalore on February 11th/12th. I have 
never been to India before, so I will probably be rather bewildered and 
lost in the city initially. If anyone felt like helping me get situated, 
showing me around, or introducing me to relevant people or groups, I 
would be grateful. I'm on a modest budget, so I'd rather not waste time 
and money by being unnecessarily logistically inefficient out of ignorance.

In particular, I'll be looking for a place to do work. In California, I 
spend a lot of time at hackerspaces, especially Noisebridge 
<https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge>, Crash Space 
<http://blog.crashspace.org/>, and Nullspace <http://032.la/>. I like 
working there because (a) I'm more motivated and productive than if I 
stay at home, and (b) much of my work requires or is facilitated by 
having easy access to soldering irons, oscilloscopes, dissection 
microscopes, laser cutters, and the like. I was hoping to find someplace 
similar in Bangalore. I've found the website for Jaaga 
<http://www.jaaga.in/>, and they look like they might be close, but they 
appear to have more of a focus on arts and crafts and less of a focus on 
tech than I would like. Does anyone have any experience with Jaaga? If 
so, what's your impression of the place? Does anyone know of any other 
places I might find appropriate?

I'm bringing two python-related projects with me. Once I'm settled in, 
if funding holds up, I will be looking to hire a couple of coders, one 
for each project.

One of them is Brain Workshop <http://brainworkshop.net/>, a popular 
open source (GPL2) brain-training program based on the dual n-back task 
written (inelegantly) in python and using pyglet for graphics and sound.

The other is my company HEG Research (which is currently comprised of 
one person: me), which makes and sells systems for near-infrared 
hemoencephalography neurofeedback 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemoencephalography> (or HEG for short). 
HEG is where an instrument measures brain activity (as indicated by 
cerebral blood oxygenation, measured optically), and the subject is 
given real-time feedback, which s/he uses in order to learn to increase 
that activity. The software I use (and wrote) to provide the feedback 
and record the data is HEGStudio <http://hegstudio.sourceforge.net/>. It 
is also open source (LGPL) and developed in python, though the hardware 
you need in order for it to be of use is neither.

I look forward to meeting you all.


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