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Hi! I’m Titus.

In August 2014, I graduated from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences with retext, an open source system for analysing and manipulating natural language.

I'm an avid open source contributor, mostly programming in JavaScript, working on topics related to natural language processing.

I work with several start-ups building cool things, and am a lecturer teaching Data Visualisation, Web Standards, and JavaScript at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

In addition to programming, I like taking up small hobbies, like reading 100+ books in a year, watching all James Bond movies, learning how to shake cocktails, how to tie 85 tie-knots, and such.

P.S. Here’s my e‑mail. AMA.

P.P.S. And I’m also on twitter!

Work

I work as a lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, CMD. There, I teach students Data Visualisation, Web Standards, and JavaScript.

I learn a lot from teaching the things which are easy for me.

AndSafety develops user friendly mobile apps and services for companies to help increase safety in the workplace. It’s great to work with companies big and small to make a real impact.

At AndSafety I work with a small team of highly skilled and experienced people, I learn a lot.

Vidacle turns your phone’s videos into a unique story. Vidacle lets you record while it does the heavy lifting of creating an episode.

Open Source projects

Remark

remark parses and compiles markdown. It lets programs process markdown without ever compiling to HTML (it can though, or to vdom, or to react) by creating a syntax tree. This enables code analysis (for example, remark-lint) and code transformation (for example, remark-toc).

While working on remark I learned a great deal about open source project management.

Retext

retext is an extensible natural language processor with support for multiple languages. retext provides a pluggable system for analysing and manipulating natural language in JavaScript. retext was my graduation project.

This was my first big open source project and introduced me to Git and GitHub.

alex

alex catches possibly insensitive, inconsiderate writing, and was featured on The Next Web, The Daily Dot, and more, and reached the top of product hunt.

Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing.

For example, when We’ve confirmed his identity is given to alex, it will warn and suggest using their instead of his.

alex also reached quite high on 4chan’s boards, but I’d rather not link to that. ;)

Franc

franc detects the language of text, for example, whether some text is written in Portuguese or Afrikaans, English or Mandarin Chinese. In total, franc is able to detect 335 natural languages.

The thinking behind franc gave me valuable insights into natural language.