My name is tom denton; I’m a mathematician, teacher, musician, art-school drop out, cooperative-type, and probably some other things, too. These days I spend my days as a Machine Educator with one of the big Machine Education firms, since 2014. (All thoughts and feels expressed on this site are my own, so I prefer not to name my employer here.) As of 2019, I’m working on audio machine learning to improve low-bandwidth communications. And in my spare time, I work on bird song classification.
Previously, was a postdoctoral researcher at York University and the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada. I was a Fulbright Scholar for 2012-13 working at Maseno University in Kenya, focused on math education and outreach. Over the last few years, I’ve written math papers, co-founded a technology hub in Kenya, helped start and run math camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, co-authored a free linear algebra textbook, written some music, and lots of other things, too.
The blog takes its name from a Talking Heads song, Found a Job. The characters in the song don’t like what’s on the television, and so they start making their own stories. If you don’t like what you see, imagine something new.