Welcome to Spivey's Corner

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This Wiki provides course materials and a discussion forum for the lecture courses that I give to Computer Science students in Oxford.

Some pages will contain course material, and I will protect those pages from editing, so that everyone can see the material as I presented it. But each protected page will have an associated discussion page, and you are welcome to add comments there, or to make additions to any of the other pages. To make edits, you will need to create an account for yourself, but anyone with an Oxford email address is welcome to participate, in a way consistent with the code of conduct.

Your host at leisure


Project ideas

  • A separate page has a list of projects that I'd currently like to supervise.
  • Another page has some older project ideas. Some of these have been done and the results are publicly available; others don't seem so relevant now as when I first suggested them.
The three pussy-cats





Exam papers

Proudly hosted on Lenovo

Pages for tutors

Bona fide tutors should create an account, then send an e-mail to Mike, who will add them the the tutors group and give them access to the tutors' section of the wiki.


  • Notes about experiments with hardware hacking.
  • A rag-bag of mixed amusements and diversions.
  • A page of random links to curiosa of the internet.
  • Various tutorial notes written about specific problems.
  • Some tech tips of variable accuracy.

About Spivey's Corner

Welcome to Spivey's Corner

In view of the name, I should make it clear that this Wiki bears no relationship to the community of Spivey's Corner, NC, despite the fact that the latter is home to the U.S. National Hollerin' Contest.[1] To paraphrase the Wikipedia article, this Wiki ...

was inaugurated in order to revive the almost-lost art of "lecturin'", a sophisticated vocal tradition that served as a means of short-distance communication between individuals as well as an amusing form of entertainment, before the widespread adoption of PowerPoint.

Those more interested in hollerin' than in lecturin' may prefer to watch a short documentary about it.

When viewed on a webfont-enabled browser, the running text on these pages is set in Roboto Sans, with Roboto Mono for computer code, and Roboto Slab for titles.

  1. Some people have skeptically alleged that Spivey's Corner is no more than a Photoshop-enhanced figment of my imagination. A Google map proves otherwise.
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