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Never Stop Running

Never Stop Running

You know that burning feeling you get, in the center of your chest, your very core, when you just need to get something magnificent done? Not just a frequent thing like doing laundry, or cleaning the house, but something life vindicating? Because I’ve got that lately. I’ve spent the past month taking care of all of the heat that the part-time is getting, purely for the sake of this; January should be just boring enough to finish everything off.

I say I’m a systems engineer, but generally only when I want to change subjects. The long answer is that I build machines that build universes. I have a degree that redefined what it means to be “hard-earned”; in the fields of Physics and Neuroscience. I’ve been programming since I was a tyke. I’ve been writing since I was ten years old. All of this ultimately accumulates toward the same end goal. The whole point of building simulators is to answer “what if”. Stories, games, the entertainment of the future; it’s all in systems and simulation. Everything is and always has been about that.

Back in the 1960s and 70s, before the personal computer was standing up and walking on two feet, aerospace companies like Boeing used to build tiny scale models of their aircraft before the actual prototype was ever constructed. The idea was, given that a specific part goes out and needs to be replaced on such-and-such an aeroplane, what are we going to have to pull way to get to it? What would be the cost model? If half of the aeroplane had to be pulled apart to get to a specific gearbox, then the lifetime of that gearbox might be the lifetime of the aeroplane. The design might be too expensive to fix.

Were these micro-models expensive? Absolutely. However, they were much cheaper than figuring this out only after the aircraft was built. They were worth every penny, and every replacement model was worth every penny in turn. I look at this chop-shop job, and I remind myself that. It’s my funding and my micro-model.

Yesterday, I finished off the better part of a detailed three dimensional collision detection system, with an outline to covering four dimensions if the need ever arises. It’s as modular and expandable as it can get. It was harder than it sounded, it was twice as much fun, and it’s completely self-validating. When I’m done with this, all I’ll need to worry about is penning, sculpting, composing, and storyboarding.

That, my friends, is the best Christmas present ever. Happy Solstice!

[Note: image is a rambled selfie with tonight’s desert, an orange chocolate mousse with raspberries and freshly whipped cream]

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in State of the Moment, Uncategorized

 

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The Marvel DubSmash War Of SDCC 2015 – When Agents Collide, Everyone Wins!

The Marvel DubSmash War Of SDCC 2015 – When Agents Collide, Everyone Wins!

The Insightful Panda

This past Season on Agents Of SHIELD and Agent Carter, we saw a lot of ‘almost’ Civil Wars: Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Gonzales’ S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter vs the SSR. Thankfully those two resolved peacefully and it seemed like we’d have to wait for Captain America: Civil War to see the next battle. Well, we were wrong because a new war brewed this past weekend at San Diego Comic Con when all these Agents met up at the fists lip syncing flew! DubSmash War!

At approximately 8:08 PM on Jun 10th – sometime after the Marvel TV Panel – the challenge was issued by Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) and Chloe Bennet (Agent Skye/Daisy).

What was this strange new battlefield? Hayley and Atwell (Agent Carter) and James Darcy (Edwin Jarvis) were up for the challenge, but first wanted to practice a little…

… and then, officially accepted the challenge 2 hours later that…

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Google Deep Dream ruins food forever.

Giger rest in peace. He would have had so much fun with Deep Dream.

Ken Vermette

Google Deep Dream is an interesting piece of AI software which looks for patterns in pictures, much like humans may look for patterns in clouds. Deep Dream has been trained to find a few things, like eyes, animals, arches, pagodas, and the most fascinating part is that Deep Dream can also spit out what it “saw”. Then Google opened Deep Dream to the public and people started loading tonnes of images into the system, and when you combine food with Deep Dream it turns into the stuff of nightmares.

RUN NOW OR FOREVER RUIN FOOD FOREVER! Here’s pictures of food turned to ghoulish nightmare-fuel courtesy of Deep Dream;

Via Steve Kaiser Via Steve Kaiser

Nope. NOPE. Great start. Never eating takeout again. At least nothing bad can happen to the humble doughnut.

Duncan Nicoll, thank you. Via Ibitimes Duncan Nicoll, thank you. Via Ibitimes

GREAT. FANTASTIC. I didn’t like doughnuts anyway. ARE THOSE LEGS?

Ibitimes also had this. Spaghetti & nightmares.Ibitimes also had this. Spaghetti…

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Famous Works of Art Improved by Cats

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If there’s any one thing that could improve a Botticelli painting, what would it be? Well, a big furry cat, of course! Okay, so obviously we’re not serious, but that doesn’t make this series of cat-augemnted artworks, which we first heard about over at It’s Nice That, any less hilarious. Over at Great Artists’ Mews, Zarathustra the cat wants to get the record straight — Mona Lisa was only smiling like that because she had a fat tabby squirming in her arms. The site comes with this very cat-like disclaimer: “We are real. All the artworks at this site are real. Nobody’s opinion about Us, Our art or this site will ever disturb Our suprematism.” Fair enough. Click through to see some of our favorites, and if you’re not all kittied out, head over to Great Artists’ Mews for even more cat-infiltrated art.

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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

20 Python libraries you can’t live without

Python Tips

Hi there fellas. Today i am going to list 20 python libraries which have been a part of my toolbelt and should be a part of yours as well. So here they are

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

Coolest thing since Iron Man.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

3D-printed prosthetic legs—for dogs!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized