Hi, I'm Matt Turner. I'm a PhD student in experimental physics, I run a 400W laser cutter, I
speak Thai and
pretend to speak a couple other SE Asian languages, and I like to make stuff (especially Thai food).
You can contact me at .
I'm graduating soon. I'm interested in job opportunities where I can be involved with hands-on research and development.
Publications, talks, and profile links.
I found some funding for a 400W laser cutter/engraver for our lab. Here's some stuff I've done with it.
Building a Segway for about $300.
A blog of my thoughts about religion, and particularly the church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as the LDS or Mormon Church); representation of the LDS Church in the media; and possibly someday some related musings about physics.
A blog of random thoughts, projects, and kitchen adventures.
A Python script to generate epub ebooks from the books made available online by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University. I wrote this to make ebooks from the available Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, but it will work for any of the books on the website. When you run the script, it will ask you for the bookid from the book's url. For example, for Temple and the Cosmos, http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/books/?bookid=103, the bookid is 103. Alternatively, you can pass the bookid directly as an argument, e.g.
python GetBook.py 103
The script requires that you have Python (2.7, not 3.x) and µTidylib installed. (If you
have a Mac
or Linux box, Python is probably installed already. Apparently µTidylib is a pain to install on a Mac though.) This is a work in progress, so let me know what problems you run across.
I've had a number of requests for the epubs themselves. I don't know whether or not it's legal for me to distribute the generated epubs, so I'm not doing so at this point.
A web app that allows you to create RSS feeds for your private blogs on Blogger. The feed contains only the titles and links to your post, so your blog content stays private. Those who are authorized to view your blog can use the plugin to view the post content from within Google Reader. Currently in beta testing, so let me know if you'd like an invite.
I couldn't find a good map of the missions of the LDS Church, so I made one. A .kmz file (for use in Google Earth, etc.) is here, and you can view it in Google Maps here. The data was generated from an unofficial list on the LDS Mission Network website. Each marker is centered in the city for which the mission is named, not at the location of the mission office.
I like to make Thai food. Here is a PDF menu my wife made of the dishes in my repertoire. (Thanks, Michelle!) Invite yourself over for dinner sometime.