News for February 2011

Teh Drafts I’ve been saving

“Have you ever noticed that other peoples stuff is shit and your shit is stuff?”
- George Carlin

I’ve been saving up an enormous amount of shit from the interwubz that I meant to publish here on the blog but never got around to. So I decided to publish all the rubbish in one go, and make some notes on what the hell you are looking at. This should actually have been published in 4 posts, but most is rather old allready, and to be totally honest its not funny or interesting enough to be published in parts, but together it makes a good read.

Leroy H. Vokes - Quote Wisely and Well

Leroy H. Vokes - Quote Wisely and Well

There is a meme going around on the interwubs  ( also on Facebook ) which lets you make your own band covers. It’s simple:

  1. Go to wikipedia and hit “random page“, this is your artist name
  2. Go to random quotations and pick the last 4 or 5 words from the last quote, this is your album name
  3. Go to Flickr and Explore the last 7 days, the third picture is your album art

Above is my humble first try. Leroy H. Vokes appears to be an American Indian War Veteran from the latter half of the 19th century. And “quoting wisely” and well sounds like good advice to me.

I hear VJ Void is stil trying to automate the process, I’ll let you know when he is finished ;)

Indoor Projection Mapping
by Vision Impossible

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“Mapping”, is the art of using video projection on buildings, while using the architecture in your work. Usually this is done outside. But  Vision Impossible, probably the best VJ team on this planet, has found a way to do it inside. This video was taken in Berlin and is the first indoor mapping project I know of. Amazing stuff!

Procedural Progamming

Procedural programming is the idea that you use formula’s and seeding to generate random variations in existing objects; it’s quite powerful if you want to have infinite landscapes or cities. The latter example was done quite brilliantly in the following video:

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Through A1EX.

Generative Images Through Actionscript and Processing
By Gwen Vanhee

More generated images and videos, in AS3 and processing this time, can be found on Vimeo. Eyecandy, instead of a cityscape. But beautiful eyecandy indeed:

http://www.vimeo.com/17693219 http://www.vimeo.com/14406099

More on the process here and a very handy dandy AS3-image saver class

Vanhee even manages to sell the imagery, to IBM even;
http://www.vimeo.com/10152534

Got the links through Sven.

Yahoo Smut Server

If you loose your job through budget cuts, what do you do. Well whine and bitch about it of course, or you can also re-route the image search of your employer to serve all the happy residents on the internet, disgusting and filthy images through cute thumbnails.

The puppy. Don't click on it

The puppy. Don't click on it

The Register has the whole story the picture was taken from the coverage of TechCrunch

Not so Anonymous

As you may have read earlier I’ve been strolling to the muddy servers that make up Anonymous. I wrote about the terrible software they use to do their fames dDos attacks. These “LOICS” don’t only pingflood Anonymous’ targets like Mastercard, but also reveal the IP-addresses of the 15-year olds that operate them. Sloppy work. Damn sloppy. But XKCD has this nailed in a cute comic, that says it all.

wikileaks

Taken from the amazing XKCD

Holy Shit

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Holy shit indeed.

From Kick Ass To Jack-Ass in under 4 seconds

yes, this cracked me up

Are you scared of this man?

Are you scared of this man?

Real life superheroes, just when you though the world couldn’t get even more ridiculous, a CNN feed pops up telling the tale of daring people wearing spandex and patrolling the streets of American cities. No, this is not a comic, these people are for real. I so wished I was making this up

Fear and loathing at http://www.reallifesuperheroes.com/

More from the webz
http://www.wlwt.com/news/19305002/detail.html (video)
http://bloggingouttacontrol.com/2011/01/08/cnn-interviews-the-real-life-superheroes-of-seattle/ (video)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-life_superhero (wiki, check the references… O_o )

Breaking Flash references through serialization

Here is to Google: this article needs to be found by As3 Flash and Flex programmers on the keywords: serialization, JSON, encoding, decoding,  referencing, object referencing, breaking referencing and complicated objects, Resistance is futile. Programming, actionscript. Flash hack, and the final way to un-reference objects in flash.

So here is the git of it; when you want to break references in as3 for a copy or a clone you usually need to get the stuff out of an object and put it back in again; this is hard with complicated objects, but luckily this exactly the same as serialization! for instance through JSON, which is already available in the neatly packed library Casalib

So your copy can be written as:

var copyObject = JSON.decode(JSON.encode( originalObject ))

Well now. I intended to write this in such a way that everybody would be able to understand this, but after a few days of pondering, I’ve decided that that would never work. So I’ll try to keep it brief and interesting, but if you have no idea what as3 is, or referencing for that matter; I’m not sure you’ll get this. Still what I’m writing here is about sheer brilliance and beautiful insight AND I have a picture of the Alien Love Messiah:

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Posted: February 6th, 2011
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