Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

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Wonder Wednesday

May 29, 2019

It was 1992.  I was in my first year of university.  And the game Star Control II was released.  It was big, epic, and full of exploration and story and cool starship conflict, and above all else, it had a killer soundtrack.  In the game you spent a lot of time in hyperspace, and fortunately, the music for it was fabulous:

Ahhh, great memories.  There’s a reason this game appears on so many “top games” lists, and the music is certainly one of them.  I even have all the music saved within my music library, ready to pull up for fun times at any time.

Did you play?  If so, I bet you have the theme running gloriously through your head now…

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La vérité

September 28, 2017

Hahahahahaha! All too true!  | Hihihihihihihihihi!  Bien trop exact!

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Wonder Wednesday

January 11, 2017

It was 1993.  The Intel 486DX2 processor was the new hotness.  RAM was expensive.  VGA was the king with 256 colours max onscreen at any one time. And a demoscene group named Future Crew released Second Reality, a tour de force of visuals, music, and story/flow:

For a “demo”, all of the onscreen action had to be produced realtime, using stored bitmaps (rendered by home made pixel editors or raytracers), music sequencers, and vector graphics and other effects.  No movies and no prerecorded audio.  In the era of limited computing power, seeing what could be eked out of the hardware — often through tricks and hacks to bypass normal limitations — was a treat to behold.

And, I’d say, so too it remains a fun treat today, both for what it is and for it’s historical impressiveness.

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Saturday Hilarity

September 24, 2016

I received this flyer in the mail… and spent a good five minutes laughing.  And still laugh whenever I look at it:

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When Photoshopping goes horribly awry.  And then gets sent out to thousands of households.

Perfect timing too, I just taught a class last week on inserting people into photographs.  Brought this yesterday to class to show as an example… Hehe!

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Brilliant!

November 9, 2013

Wow.. the mental leap to make this new 3D printer is a big one:  use your computer’s sound card output to drive mirrors to direct a laser for X and Y axis, and use an IV-style drip for the Z axis.  Brilliant, I say, brilliant… and so did $700k worth of Kickstarter backing.  Plus, the dude’s open sourced the specs and it should cost about $100 to make one.  And this kind of laser curing is superior to a lot of the filament depositing techniques used by many of the other inexpensive models right now.  I’m excited!

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1000 blog posts!

August 9, 2012

[fanfare!]

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Curiosity: F! yeah!

August 5, 2012

On the surface, hot damn!