Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

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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!

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QotD

June 6, 2012

“I don’t understand what it is about the idea of a “medium” that people find so confusing; it’s a conceptual space where works that share certain characteristics may occur.  Nobody is going to approve of the entire continuum.  …  There are also niches, as in any ecology.  You can certainly find things you don’t like, but those things aren’t anti-matter; when they come into contact with things you do like, there is no hot flash which obliterates both.  This totalizing dialogue, where “everything” and “everyone” is this or that, and here are the teams, and morality is a linear abstraction as opposed to its three dimensional reality is a crock of ******* ****.”

— Tycho @ Penny Arcade