Welcome to the personal website of Brian Cham

(vexillologist, cryptographer, software developer, screenwriter and graphic designer)

I am an award-winning Vexillologist (flag expert): I love how flags can symbolise so much meaning and bring people together.
πŸ’ͺ I’m the YouTube Co-ordinator for NAVA (North American Vexillological Association), the largest flag organisation in the world
πŸ’ͺ I gave a presentation about flag design and the NZ flag referendum at NAVA’s 55th annual conference, winning an Honorable Mention for the Driver Award
πŸ’ͺ I’ve been the finalist for some official flags (the latest one is Long Beach, California)
πŸ’ͺ I’ve been a judge for some official flags
πŸ’ͺ I was commissioned to design the flags for the fictional nations in the NeuroSpasta role-playing game
πŸ† My Earth flag was featured in NAVA’s newsletter
πŸ† My “Advance (green)” Australian flag redesign was voted the third best Australian flag proposal by the Change The Aussie Flag Facebook group.
πŸ† My Louisiana flag redesign won the Louisiana flag redesign poll on the U.S. State Flag Facebook group, beating out hundreds of other designs.
πŸ”— Feel free to browse and share my designs or see my NAVA profile!

I am a Cryptographer (code breaker): I love solving puzzles, analysing patterns and breaking secret codes.
πŸ’ͺ At the University of Auckland, I made apps to teach cryptography and steganography to students in a fun way. These were used as teaching tools in the University of Auckland and the Museum of Transport and Technology.
πŸ’ͺ I analyse the Voynich Manuscript, a 500 year old book that nobody has been able to decipher. My Voynich Manuscript work has been cited in academic papers.
πŸ”— Feel free to read my Voynich Manuscript articles or see my Voynich Ninja profile!

I am a Software Developer: I love the power of software to deliver revolutionary benefits.
πŸ’ͺ I work at Southern Cross, the largest health insurance provider in New Zealand
πŸ’ͺ I used to work at Vista, the multi-national company that makes the software that runs most of the world’s cinemas
πŸŽ“ I have two Microsoft Certifications: Azure Fundamentals and Azure Developer Associate
πŸŽ“ I have a Professional Certificate in Data Science from Harvard University
πŸŽ“ I have a Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Auckland
πŸ† At the University of Auckland, my Part IV Engineering Project was an educational tool to show model-driven development in an interactive way. It was accepted at an international conference, ranked as a top paper and published in the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
πŸ”— Feel free to see my software projects or see my LinkedIn profile!

I am a Cinephile (film lover): I love the power of film to bring us into another world and inspire the human soul.
πŸ’ͺ I also work as a screenwriter for Psych2Go, an animated series bringing awareness of psychology and mental health to a general audience
πŸ’ͺ I have over 1500 film reviews and 24 achievement badges on IMDb
πŸŽ“ I have a Degree in Film, Television and Media Studies from the University of Auckland
πŸ† I was a finalist in an international film competition run by the United Nations
πŸ† I got First in Course for FTVMS300 (New Zealand Film) at the University of Auckland
πŸ† I got First in Course for FTVMS327 (Comics and Visual Narrative) at the University of Auckland
πŸ† I got First in Course for FTVMS212 (Video Game Studies) at the University of Auckland
πŸ† I got First in Media Studies 301 and the Best Director award at Massey High School
πŸ”— Feel free to see my full filmography, see my IMDb filmography profile or see my IMDb user profile!

I am a Bookworm: I love learning new things and exploring new ideas.
πŸ† I was the #1 top book reviewer in New Zealand for All Time on GoodReads
πŸ”— Feel free to see my GoodReads profile!

I am a Designer
πŸ’ͺ I used to be a freelance graphic designer
πŸ”— Feel free to browse my designs!


Minerva mysteries

Voynich Manuscript

Recently on the Voynich Manuscript mailing list there has been a kerfuffle over a supposed Athanasius Kircher booklet find in Minerva Auctions’ catalogue. You can find the details summarised here in Ellie Velinska’s blog (don’t worry, the April Fools’ joke at the bottom is on her part, not Minerva’s). I’ll continue withΒ what I’ve dug up.