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Tinkering in the Rift

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- xx

TIME STAMP: 1380964654

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 5 / 2013 @ 4:17:34 EST

I HAVE BEEN INTO THE RIFT. AND I HAVE TO TYPE IN CAPITALS, BOTH BECAUSE I’M RENDERING, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THAT IS HOW AWESOME AN OCULUS RIFT IS.

It REALLY only works in the Rift

TIME STAMP: 1380969654

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 05 / 13 @ 5:40:54am EST

I AM A SPACE FANBOY … WAIT … Rendering is Done now. Okay. Again; I am a space fan boy ever since I was a little kid. Everything space is awesome. I was so full of myself. I actually looked down on people who couldn’t name at least nine planets. And their moons.

Now, these days there are so many inner-solar-system objects with a name, that I can’t keep track anymore. Ever since Pluto became a dwarf planet, we’ve started naming every rock in the Solar System. Still, When exploring them with an oculus rift is AWESOME!!!

TIME STAMP: 1381533780

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 11 / 2013 @ 18:23:0 EST

Gnuif, before he dives into Ciess

Gnuif dives in the rift for Ciess on VRJam, http://www.oculusvr.com/vrjam/

Here on Facebook ( ? <– I don’t know what I’m doing ) or on google ( ? <– I really, fucking, don’t know what I am linking)

TIME STAMP: 1382922420

DATE (M/D/Y @ h:m:s): 10 / 27 / 2013 @ 20:7:0 EST

Also this post on Oculus Rift Forums, that may help some people;

Actually, you can do real time image manipulation

You need to click on this to enlarge

Okay, with After Effects you can get a convincing Oculus Rift 3D view, by using the “CC Lens” (I think the CC-effects ship with After effects).
By Trial and error I found that a CC Lens, centered in the middle, with a Size of 60 and a Convergence of -100 will give the desired effect.

Now I had my Rift on loan for the weekend a couple of weeks back, so I can’t experiment with it anymore, but here is the simple setup, that worked for me.

The CC lens will emulate the HMD warp shader’s lens bending, and by creating 2 camera views in After Effects you can emulate, or recreate a z-buffer. I’m assuming that a HMD Warp shader can be easily set up with Adobe Pixelbender, but I did not have time to test that out. So here is the walk through of a poor mans HMD Warp shader in After Effects CS4

1) First create your scene, you only need 640 pixels in width, but I created mine in full width at 1280 pixels ( x 800 of course). It doesn’t really matter as we will be cropping it later on. Make sure your scene has 3D objects in it, moved along the z-axis, otherwise it would be pointless looking at it in the rift ;)

2) Drag your scene-Comp scene into 2 new compositions ( which are 640×480 ) make them a 3D layer, add a Camera and let the camera look at the scene-composition you just dragged there.
Now Position the camera’s slightly apart in each of the compositions. I have mine in the ‘left’ composition at 400,400, -1777 and in the right composition at 300,400,-1777. I assume that by playing with the x (moving them further apart) you can make the depth of your scene more profound while viewing it in the rift.

3) make a final composition, 1280×800 and put your 2 camera compositions in it, next to each other. Now apply a ‘CC Lens’ – effect to each composition and put it on size 60, Convergence -100. I found these values through testing, so they might be optimized, but they worked for me.

4) Finally, Render the scene and view it with the Oculus Rift.

5) Profit :)

image: http://xangadix.net/oculus/afx_oculus_rift.png
afx cs4 project file: http://xangadix.net/oculus/Oculus.aep

Seele vs Skrillex, a terrible recording

I really like iZotope Trash, which is a great plug-in for distortion, as is Ohmicide, which I love. It’s an absolutely crazy multiband distortion, compression, EQ and filter, which pretty much lets you do anything.
Skrillex

I really like iZotope Trash, which is a great plug-in for distortion, as is Ohmicide, which I love. It’s an absolutely crazy multiband distortion, compression, EQ and filter, which pretty much lets you do anything.

- Skrillex

We were asked to do a Projection mapping on Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, which we did, but no one was around to film it properly. That is to say, I’m still waiting for the Pakhuis people to get back to me with the footage. In any case, it gave me the opportunity to work on a Skryllex track which I wanted to do for some time, but never going to do again.

The projection was awesome, and from the little clip I compiled here you can only see bits and pieces of it. So you have to look through the video and imagine how it was. Or something like that. Maybe, one day int he future, people will send me more footage to compile a proper reel. In the meantime, you have to do with this here:

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Posted: October 30th, 2013
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HTML5 Video for the rest of us

“Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box”

– – Brett Gaylor.

Together with the fine folks at Beyond Reality we’ve have upgraded our interactive video platform Marduq to a new HTML5, cross browser and cross device platform, with responsive design, web 2.0, ajax, jQuery, graceful fallback for old web browsers and all the other buzz words you usually find announcing such a product.

It even supports Wordpress embedding out of the box; Check out this clip from when we were VJs. With overlays, Comments Twitter and whatnot:

See that. SEE THAT! Ha. Ha HA haha ha. Pwnd!

So beside being an awesome HTML5-first video player, it is also an iPhone-, iPad- and Android-app that allows taking pictures and hooking them up with videoclips.

Wait, wut?

Okay, say you are reading an excellent magazine like Landbouwmechanisatie (with cool stories about farmingmachines) and you are reading an article about the New Holland t7,170 ( a Tractor ) and then you want to know more. Pull out your phone or tablet, download the app, and make a picture of the picture in the magazine (yo dog).
The picture will work like a QR-Code linking you up with a video review of that New Holland t7,170. Which you can than view at your leisure.

Not only will it show video, but as you can see you can add stuff, like titling, pictures and so on to the video, spicing it up with whatever you like, and these overlays will be triggered by the time-code of the video. So if Smith is interviewed and enters the video, you can add a little caption with his Linkedin information, background info and current GPS information. Whatever you can find on the interwubz about mr Smith.

Moar popcorn please!

Popcorn!

Now we’ve been working with time-based content in Flash for over 5 years, but in the wonderful world of HTML5 we are no longer lone missionaries preaching the gospel of interactive video, there is a whole scene at Mozilla who are working along the same thoughts as we have.

The good people overseas even launching something called Popcorn Maker. And popcorn maker is nice, and for everybody and it’s free to use, and it’s open source, and the world is more beautiful now it has arrived :)

With popcorn.js developer-people like myself can bake little gadgets and toys and playthings like this one.

Seriously

And there is more. Now shit gets serious, as I packed the Seriously.js web shader library in there. Shaders are like Photoshop-effects for anything visual in a program, but on an interesting mixture of speed an acid. And all in real time, accelerated right there on your Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). The code of those shaders looks like it’s on acid too:

//constant variables.\n' +
'const vec4 one = vec4(1.0);\n' +
'const vec4 two = vec4(2.0);\n' +
'const vec4 lumcoeff = vec4(0.2125,0.7154,0.0721,0.0);\n' +
'\n' +
'vec4 overlay(vec4 myInput, vec4 previousmix, vec4 amount) {\n' +
'	float luminance = dot(previousmix,lumcoeff);\n' +
'	float mixamount = clamp((luminance - 0.45) * 10.0, 0.0, 1.0);\n' +
'\n' +
'	vec4 branch1 = two * previousmix * myInput;\n' +
'	vec4 branch2 = one - (two * (one - previousmix) * (one - myInput));\n' +
'\n' +
'	vec4 result = mix(branch1, branch2, vec4(mixamount) );\n' +
'\n' +

But that is mostly because I suck at OpenGL. Which this isn’t. Not exactly. This is what they call WebGL, which is almost the same thing, only totally different, but at which I also suck. There is hope however, programming languages can be learned. Even these weird derivative languages that feed directly into your GPU. Sadly enough only Chrome and Safari support it. And the iPad is said to support it only in iAd, not in the ‘normal’ browser. Bastards.

In plain English: Shaders are a large part of what Instagram does, but I’m using it for real-time effects on my video playback. And yeah, it is pretty awesome like that.

Also in 3D!

But Wait!  There is more!
But this is still so extremely experimental that you might blow your computer. So please, use caution while clicking on this link. Here is another implementation of 3D on the web displayed.

You are now looking at threejs.org with a special implementation of a CSSRenderer that I cooked up over christmas.

This is extremely cool, because it allows me to render HTML boxes as text and pictures and well, as HTML in the CSS renderer and I can render cool and nifty special three dimensional effects like models, shaders and lights through threejs in WebGL. Sadly enough, video routed through canvas is pretty slow, so I need to route that through the CSS renderer, which allows only modest special effects.

But chin up, this is going to be the new interfaces for all your holoscreen setups of the future!

spiders_screen

Spider Jeruzalem already has a holoscreen, the bastard

Also, I want Google Glass. Now. No really, as in right f*cking now.

That is al very nice and dandy, but what the f**k does that toy of yours do?

Hm. Ah! yes, it’s a little mouse recorder — it syncs your mousemovements to the time marker in the video, effectively replaying your mousemovents as you play back the video.  Needs some polishing up, but I thought it was neat, and build with popcorn. And GML. Works great on an iPad.

#update 25/2/2013: NOTE from my lawyer; I made this! All copyright is held by ME! Or rather, by Sense-studios.com, for licencing fees and inquireies, please refer to marduq.tv or sense-studios.com, (or info@sense-studios.com)

Procreation, a prelude to the 22nd century

But the children of the future had learnt the arts, Immunity of mind, body, spirit and hearts, They kept on evolving ’til they the reached the stage, When the children of the future finally came of age. For death had taught them what life was worth, And had prepared them for the task of leaving planet earth. Then a starship came from deep within outer space, And took the children of the future to join the cosmic race. YouTube Preview Image - Apollo 440, Children of the future

As some of you may have gathered it has finally come to this; I’m going to be a father now. I’m not planning to bore you all with sappy thoughts on fatherhood and sound-echo-images of the child; but I have been thinking about the world and especially the future that my daughter will be entering.

Is this thing on ?

Is this thing on ?

Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this post. Even asked a lot of people their thoughts on the subject, and found that the future is always in motion. The question I’m proposing here is simple. What kind of world will my daughter grow old in. What will be the current state of affairs somewhere near 2112 ? And of course this all was written to have a good laugh somewhere near 2040.

Before thinking about the future, one has to think about the past first, so I compiled a little list of technology that has been invented the last 100 years:

1900 - Flight, vacuum cleaner

1910 - Radio tuner, Motion Picture

1920 – TV, Penicillin, Jazz

1930 – Radio telescope, Tape recorder, Jet engine

1940 - Color Tv, Computer, LSD, A-Bomb, ( hypertext ), Microwave

1950 - Videotape, Credit Card, H-bomb, Pill, Synthesizer, Solar Cell, Optic fiber, fortran, modem, laser, microchip

1960 - Moon Landing, audio cassette, practical computing ( like the game spacewar, the Basic programming language,  the Computer Mouse, RAM, arpanet and the barcode), Compact Disk prototype

1970 - floppy disk, LCD, microprocessor, VCR, pong, ethernet, MRI, cell phone

1980 - home computer, CD-ROM, mobile phones, doppler Radar, HDTV

1990 – WWW/HTML, Java, Human Genome sequenced

2000 -the Social Web, lab-on-a-chip

2010 - Interactive Television, Mobile Computing, Emergent Nanotechnology

Keep in mind that the development of technology is actually accelerating, which means that we will be making the same technological process of the past 100 years, in the next 50 years, and again in the next 25 years and so on. Here is a graph showing how that works for computing power:

Exponential Growth of Computing

So the next 40 years will be relatively easy to predict technologically, as the basis of these technologies are already here.

The single most important development in the next 30 or so years, is a technology that is already emerging and is called 3D-printing. The significance of being able to print anything, everywhere can hardly be over-estimated. Especially considering that the printing of human tissue like meat and bone is just around the next step (also being experimented with, with great success).

2020 - 3d printing, The Web of things ( also called 3.0) , self-driving cars, quantum computing

2030 - AI reaches human levels ( Robots do everyday tasks ), Mind/Machine interfaces,  Holographic television, vat-grown meat is becoming commonplace

2040 – Nanotechology becomes widespread, (human) tissue regeneration, lucrative mining missions to nearby asteroids, Y2K38-Bug

2050 - Cultural Boiling point, Singularity, Significant lengthening of life expectancy

And this is where things get difficult, we will probably reach what some call ‘the singularity‘ in 2045, incidentally, by that time my daughter will be the same age as I am now.

You can follow the links and read up on what that means, but in short there is a fair estimate that humans will no longer be the smartest things on the planet. Computers and artificial intelligence will outsmart us by far, as a $1000 dollar computer will have the processing power of all human minds combined. Nobody exactly knows what this means, but we will be able to process and generate more information in seconds, than we have generated and processed in the 5000 years before. This too is a logarithmic scale.

After that, what happens is anybodies guess, but for the purpose of this article, I’ll assume that we just go on living and are able to keep on to an ever accelerating pace of technological advancement.

Now there are three ‘black swans‘ in the coming years, actually there are many more, but the problem with black swan events is that they are hard to predict. So here goes:

Faster then Light Travel

We currently assume that the fastest way that anything can travel anywhere is at the speed of light. This means that reaching the nearest star ( Alpha Proxima Centauri, 4.22 LY) or at least the nearest star of which we know has a planet ( Gliese 581, 22 LY ) takes at least 4 and 22 years. As we are unable to actually reach the speed of light the duration of a trip to any of these stars would take hundreds or even thousands of years on known propulsion methods. Even if we perfected our most promising propulsion methods, like solar sails and nuclear fission, we would at best reach something like 10% of speed of light. Proxima Centauri would still be 40 years away at that speed, and Gliese 581 would still take well over 200 years to reach.

There is however a rather serious proposal of sorts called the Alcubierre Drive ( basically a Warp engine from Star Trek ) and a more exotic theory proposed by a German fellow named Heim Theory, explaining how space-time might be expanded and contracted to actually build an Alcubierre Drive using massive magnetic forces.

Now if somewhere, someone comes up with a workable theory or prototype to reach faster-then-light speeds, within the coming decades, that would mean all bets are off instantly. If distances of say 10 lightyears could be travelled in months rather then decades, we would be able to visit nearby stars and explore and colonize our own solar system with ease. Hell, at those speeds we could travel across the milky way within 1000 years!

In this article however I’m assuming that we do not come up with a workable solution for the FTL problem, and base all forecast involving space travel, on the axiom that we only perfect existing means of space travel (ie. solar sail, nuclear propulsion etc.)

Understanding of Gravity

It’s almost incredible when you think of it, but science can’t make heads or tail of this crazy little thing called Gravity. Yes, we know that mass generates gravity, and since Einstein we know that this is probably caused because (large) mass disturbs space-time. And that is about it.

We know what it does ( keeps planets in orbits, pulls us towards earth etc. ) but we have no clue as for how and why. If somebody somewhere was to postulate a coherent theory for gravity, allowing us to manipulate and generate gravity we can start building flying cars, faster-then-light engines ( see the prior paragraph ) and start generating almost infinite amounts of energy.

Alien Contact

This is actually a no-brainer, but alien contact, like an epidemic or a world-war would alter our flow of technology. Even if the aliens were just far away and we only got a glimpse of them, we’d probably start making rockets real fast. If they were to visit us however, we find ourselves making weapons on a massive scale, real fast. Finally if they are just here, to run a galactic super highway right through our planet… well, we would be fucked.

To finish it of, alien contact, like all black swans in the list, could have happened yesterday and throw of every reasonable prediction of future technology. If no black swan occurs, these predictions might carry out in a reasonable fashion. It was quote doable for Jules Verne to predict a moon landing and a sub-marine. The internet and the rise of the information age was also quite predictable in the late 19th century. As were flight and the automobile.

The only problem is that although the concept of future technology may be right, the actual implementation and utility is usually way of. Leaving the people in the future to have a good laugh at your expense.

The book reader of the future (April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics)

The book reader of the future - April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics)

So for the remaining 70 years I’ve tried to incorporate some black swan-events on the list, extrapolated other technological trends that seem reasonable for the late 21st century.

2060 - (Commercial) Space exploitation takes of, Permanent Human presence on the Moon, Mannend mission to Mars, Man/Machine merger. Completely customized designer babies for the rich. Teleportation of molecules.

2070 - laser powered nuclear fusion, Unmanned probes to Sedna and the Kuiper belt, Replicators become common.

2080 - Picotechnology leaves the prototyping phase, Antartica becomes habitable, break-troughs in our understanding of Gravity

2090 - Manned missions to the Jovian system, Teleportation or larger objects leaves the prototyping phase

2100 - Manned mission to Saturn, Contact with an alien civilization

2110 – Invention of an FTL drive, moving into a type I civilization

Note that I’m focussing solely on technological advancements. I especially left any social, political, environmental and demographic influence out of the list, as they tend to over-complicate matters and are harder to predict with any accuracy.

A final thought

So, what kind of world will my little girl finally grow old in ? Chances are it will be a cleaner and more healthy world. There is a fair chance that limbs and other body parts can be grown back and that most common diseases are treatable. Also the life expectancy will probably be much higher.

We have left the days of the information age well behind us, the web and screens will feel the seem way old radio’s and photographs feel to us now. Computers are as inspirational and fun to be around as regular people, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we had implemented some form of equality act for robots and other intelligence, artificial or otherwise.

In this new age of abundance of information, instantaneous experiences through virtualisation and communication, our last real effort is exploration of the stars.

Unless we all go out blast to bits by an anti-matter bomb or sucked in to a rogue black hole.

sleep

"I never worry about the future. It comes soon enough." - Einstein

This entire post was an elaborate scam to post pictures of my adorable daughter, but you knew that, right ?

Posted: September 3rd, 2012
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24 songs that are worth $675.000 and a strange statistic involving “god” and “fuck”

Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money.
- Robin Williams
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Today I learned that Jammie Thomas has been sentenced to pay 675.000 dollar for downloading 24 songs through Kazaa. Which comes down to 22.500 dollar per 5 Mb, 128 bit MP3 file. In the days of Kazaa MP3 hadn’t the quality that we are used to now.

Twenty four crappy mp3 files. Which songs I wonder are worth so damn much?
Wikipedia had the answer:

The 24 songs

Artist/Band Song[36] Release Date
Aerosmith Cryin’ 1993
Bryan Adams Somebody 1984
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar on Me 1988
Destiny’s Child Bills, Bills, Bills 1999
Gloria Estefan Rhythm Is Gonna Get You 1987
Gloria Estefan Here We Are 1989
Gloria Estefan Coming Out of the Dark 1991
Goo Goo Dolls Iris 1998
Green Day Basket Case 1994
Guns N’ Roses Welcome to the Jungle 1987
Guns N’ Roses November Rain 1992
Janet Jackson Let’s Wait Awhile 1987
Journey Don’t Stop Believin’ 1981
Journey Faithfully 1983
Linkin Park One Step Closer 2000
No Doubt Different People 1995
No Doubt Bathwater 2000
No Doubt Hella Good 2001
Reba McEntire One Honest Heart 1998
Richard Marx Now and Forever 1994
Sarah McLachlan Possession 1993
Sarah McLachlan Building a Mystery 1998
Sheryl Crow Run Baby Run 1993
Vanessa Williams Save the Best for Last 1992

I am the XangadiX and I will review each song in 140 characters.

Aerosmith, “Crying”

The only reason to think about Aerosmith is when you might find yourself thinking about Liv Teyler’s dad. If you have to think about Aerosmith, think about the video of this song and turn the volume off.

Bryan Adams, “Somebody”

I know of a broad movement, demanding apologies from Canada for all their so called musicians; Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and … BRYAN ADAMS. He is the first who’s head should be on a stake on the shores of Canada!

Def Leppard, “Pour some sugar on me”

I had to look this one up. Now I am scraping my ears out with a blunt knife and a sleek pen I found. Is there a way to unhear?

Destiny’s Child, “Bills Bills Bills”

Everything ever produced by destiny’s child will kill most of the microbiodome in your gut and leave you with an irritable bowel syndrome.

Gloria Estefan, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”

I was 8 when this song was played on the radio. I completely forgot about the song but now it’s in my head again. Traumatizing me again. Can’t… get it … out of my HEAD … . I want my mommy.

Gloria Estefan, “Here we are”

When I looked this one up I got Justin Bieber commercials. So here is a dubsteb remix of Justin Bieber getting shot (in HD): YouTube Preview Image

Googoo Dolls, “Iris”

“And I don’t want the whole world to see me …”, maybe you shouldn’t make a song and make an ass of yourself behind your telescope. Dushback.

Greenday, “bascet case”

Actually, this is one of the XangadiX theme songs. This song is amazing, it describes the whole purpose of XANGADIX’ rantings in technicolor:

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Am I just stoned?

Guns and Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”

Axle Rose is a prophet and all nineties kids are his disciples. On second thought, the red haired Indiana boy sounds awfully outdated these days.

Guns and Roses, “November Rain”

Eleven minute entourage for the Amazing Guitar solo by Slash

Janet Jackson, “Let’s wait awhile”

I was still waiting for November rain to finish when I started this one, it’s a terrible combination. And I think I have conjured twenty-three Pokemon with down syndrome :-/

Journey,  ”Don’t stop believing”

Never heard of this. It’s terrible. It starts with “yeahiyeah”. And I know a gerbil is violently smacked to death if somebody sings “yeahiyeah” on Youtube.

Journey,  ”Faithfully”

Why donwload another aberration of these “Journey”- fellows. Putting this on your computer should cost you 22.500 dollars. In fines. Moron.

Linkin Park, “One step closer”

Once there was a band with amazing bass and guitars and drums and DJ and rap and rock and hiphop and everything nice. And then there was another band. And then another. And another and after a lot of bands, it was done. And after all bands were done, and had gone home, and the lights had gone on in the morning. And everything was well again. Then came Linkin Park.

No Doubt, “Different People”

Aah… the tank-girl days of Gwen Stefani, very nice indeed. If you are into Stefani. Even if you don’t like the music that much anyway …

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No Doubt, “Bathwater”

meh.

No Doubt, “Hello Good”

What’s with all this No Doubt. Have you any idea what these songs are worth? ( 22.500 dollars apparently ) Only ‘different people’ would have been enough. Damn, that’s an expensive misdownload.

Reba McEntire, “One Honest heart”

OMFGWBBSAFF?!!! …. What is this terrib … aAAAAaaaaAAAa… FUCK CANCEL! CANCEL… BEGONE! DIABOLUS! AWAY!  …

Richard Marx, “Now and Forever”

Awh freck! My dick has hidden itself well within my belly. Now I’ll be incontinent for three whole days again. Darnit!

Sarah McLachlan, “Possession”

Wait wut? Ow, no. I fell asleep just now. Did I miss something?

Sarah McLachlan, “Building a Mystery”

Zzz.

Sheryl Crow, “Run baby, run”

A baby cannot run. That’s the whole point of being a baby. If it could stand up and walk around it would be a Toddler, now wouldn’t it. Stupid.

Vanessa Williams, “Save the best for rest”

I hate Tennis. And I didn’t knew Vanessa Williams could sing! And she can’t. In fact, although the video and music would have you believing otherwise; she doesn’t actually sing.
Vanessa Williams makes your ears bleed. Which is quite something else altogether.

Well now, that little exercise has cost me 675.000 dollars. Appearantly browsing youtube was costly back in 2007.

This is madness.

A Strange statistic

And now, for that fascinating statistic I have been promissing:

fuck_god

This is a google trend index for the search volumes of the word “god” and the word “fuck”. Amazingly they have been keeping pair for the last 8 or so years. Although “fuck” seems to be winning these days …

y?

Posted: August 25th, 2012
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Write ALL the code in Javascript

“Hi. You’re going to call off your rigorous investigation. You’re going to publicly state that there is no underground group. Or we are going to take your balls. Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we connect your calls, we guard you while you sleep. Do not fuck with us.”

Tyler Durden, Fight Club


http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3pcw1x/

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It is everywhere now. Javascript.

I’ve been bumping my nose into more and more javascript these days. It seems that slowly but surely everybody is writing javascript now. I was to blame Steve Jobs and the whole HTML5-frenzy some three years back, but truth be told, it all started earlier.

Maybe been as early as that whole AJAX bandwagon that rolled out in 2005. But truth be told, javascript was around when I was typing away tables in HTML back in 1999. Then it was this nasty, ugly and bulky language. It was only good for knitting long strings of functions together in an inedible garble that had to be rewritten for every single browser. And Macromedia’s Dreamweaver made the ugliest javascript of all.

So I went on, learned Flash, learned a couple of more programming language and then starting to find more and more javascripts doing these little things… Connecting a mousewheel to Flash apps… Hooking up urls-anchors to Flash pages… providing google with analytics information, providing a nice hover for my menus and so forth. All the while all that javascript simply lay there. As dust piling up in the corner of the web. This massive amount of Javascript.

Everywhere.

Of course it didn’t take long before somebody came along and actually wrote a good metalanguage upon javascript to make it more browser – and more coder - friendly. First there were things like javeline, ajax.org and mootools; but soon JQuery became something of a winner. Finally javascript was able to do those nice manipulations of the dom swiftly and elegantly; The little things on webpages; making menu’s hover and images flip, animate and flurp.

JQuery made my day. I actually wanted to write a post: “‘JQuery’, or why I stopped worrying about Flash and started to love Javascript”, but I never did, because I hadn’t anything to add to the discussions that wasn’t already said on some other blog. The title remains very nice though, glad I finally could use it in a sentence.

Later I found out that they are recreating everything I did the past 5 years with Marduq in Javascript under the umbrella of Mozilla in Popcorn. – Very nice to find some like minded people and they do it it very fine indeed – so you’ll find some crazy popcorn experiments here, soon.

Then I heared they have brought javascript to the server. You can write Javascript in a V8 engine residing on your server and connect, or call to it, through the clients app (be it mobile, desktop or whatever … ) in node.js. No need to sidestep with Ruby, PHP, Java or ASP … !

Finally, I was looking this weekend into some weird interface devices for veejaying and came across a program called “Control“. So I was looking at the website over at http://charlie-roberts.com/Control/ and started to read. Now Control is is basically a scripted interface for mobile devices to create Midi controllers (long story, very cool  ) and found that the scripting language of the whole thing is ………….  friggin javascript. JavascriptJAVASCRIPT…. JAVASCRIPT EVERYWHERE!

Posted: May 20th, 2012
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MegaUpload and the Megabox

“when fact is fiction and TV reality”

– U2 – bloody sunday

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through Vlotman,

I don’t read a lot of news, but when I do, I read it on Russia Today (True story), and I came across this interesting piece of information about MegaUpload; “Did the music industry destroy MegaUpload”, and it tells a nice story about how Kim DotCom was trying to set up something called “MegaBox”, at which artists could publish music and retain 90% of the profits. Kim even promised artist compensation for free distribution. In other words, the deathblow to all major record labels. A complete cut out of the middle man. This idea of course, made a lot of people very angry, and they accidentily filesharing (without SOPA no less).

And you can say about the floating fat man what you will, he still gave us the megacar ( back in 2000 :p ) when he was still called ‘Kimble’. Another wannabe german hacker turned ‘entrepeneur’. Still, this “MegaBox” sounds like a damn fine idea!

Let’s see how America is going assange on his ass (coming up).

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also:
what the BBC is making of all of this. or, nah, what 50-year-olds think cyberwar is like. pah.

Posted: January 28th, 2012
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Masks of the Anon

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

- Henry Ford

moa

'Masks of the Anon',Free after David Macks 'Skin Deep' issue from the Kabuki Series

Half of the internet has been blacked out, and the other half is busy talking about it. One would think that such an event would send a clear signal to the powers that be. Allowing corporate forces to control the free flow of information is not, I repeat not a good idea.  How many times do we have to repeat ourselves before we learn that corporations and industries don’t act in the best interest of ‘the people’.

learn more at wikipedia
help to stop it

#Update: Explenation of the implication of SOPA at Khan Academy

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Posted: January 18th, 2012
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Complexity – Secret Life of Chaos

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

- Douglas Adams, the restaurant at the end of the universe

This is worth an hour of your time:

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#UPDATE, BBC has removed this video, so I’m switching to the Chinese video sites;

try: http://www.56.com/u18/v_NTY0ODgxNzU.html
or : http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/_VwaafYgKoY

Here is the chatlog on this one; includes tags and videos:

* FatChat
<00:16> Complexity_-_secret_life_of_chaos_-_bbc_2010
<00:25> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF7gdlTrCQY
<00:55> carbon, water, air ...
<02:34> okee, klinkt vet :)
<02:38> ORDER and CHAOS
<02:54> vette visual
<04:11> /wiki alan_turing
<04:36> http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
<04:50> enigma ?
<05:39> mathematical equation for human intelligence
<06:56> morfogeism ?
<07:34> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphogenesis
<07:39> self-organisation
<08:29> citaion needed
<10:04> citation needed
<10:08> vette pic!
<12:48> fucking matrix
<14:18> female hormone injections ?
<14:24> what hormonens?
<14:55> xlife
<15:31> vette visual
<16:20> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pavlovich_Belousov i think
<16:21> pic seems ligit :p
<17:39> ?!
<17:55> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belousov-Zhabotinsky_reaction
<17:56> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Belousov-Zhabotinsky_Reaction.gif :D
<21:47> nice industrial visuals
<24:01> on newtonian physics
<24:06> wiki\
<24:26> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton
<25:09> zou het klokken kunnen syncen op 2 verschillende plaatsen ?
<25:09> = note, dan ebberts; after effects expressions
<26:24> nice visual
<26:34> CHAOS!
<26:36> KAOSSSss
<27:10> lol juressic park reference!
<27:47> Lorenz
<28:14> http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_Lorentz
<28:49> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Norton_Lorenz
<28:51> last one is the right one
<29:32> butterfly tornado guy
<29:50> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect
<30:51> quote: end of the newtonian dream
<33:41> spontaneos pattern emergence?
<35:05> coupling or feedback
<35:40> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Theory
<35:43> whahahaha
<35:49> video feedback :)
<36:16> bwahahahahahaha
<36:23> vette installatie met de lucifer
<37:03> spooky bit
<38:24> diffusion ?
<38:31> quote pattern is waiting to happen
<39:06> mandelbrot
<39:19> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot
<39:28> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Mandelbrot
<41:52> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_similarity
<42:05> boom van pascal
<43:02> fractal
<43:12> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal
<44:08> lol
<44:11> thumbprint of god
<44:52> z=z^2 + c
<47:42> wow
<48:34> far fetched :p
<49:19> evolution
<49:29> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution
<51:19> the Computer
<52:08> wie is dit ?
<52:15> follsom ?
<52:27> folsen ?
<54:07> wow ?!
<55:14> self organisation
<57:37> and god said the word, and the word was god
<57:50> johannes ?
<58:54> BBC4
<58:54> subs

Moar:

The original FatChat(tm) on Marduq
A new interpreter for wiki using popcorn

Stop the Clock! (part 2)

“What a Mess”
- – Jon st. John as Duke Nukem

So I’ve waited half my life for this game, and yesterday it announced that I started the “final battle”, and then it was done. Now I don’t usually do game reviews, since I only play Doom, Duke Nukem and Assassins Creed, but I’ll make an exception this time. So, did it live up to it’s expectation? No. Was it a good game? It was fair. Did you have fun? Yes, I laughed my ass off, but I’m kind of weak for this kind of humor.

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Duke Nukem has a terrible game engine. Just look at the picture above, does the girl turn you on? Does she look sexy? No. I’m looking at a friggin’ poser-model, which is badly lit. Most of the game does that to you. It is there, but it just isn’t. You know what I mean?
It has no open space-levels. No striking sound design. No volumetric audio. No realistic facial expression, No volumetric lighting. No Causting. Mediocre scripted action sequences. And Terrible acting.

But most annoyingly, the graphics are from a different era. We’re just up and about these graphics nowadays:

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2004 called, Duke, and they want their engine back.

Still Duke Nukem is fun to play. As promised, you can interact with a lot of elements in the game (although I haven’t found a commander Keen Arcade machine). The game is quite easy to walk through, even in ‘hard’ mode and it’s funny as hell. Walking around with a shotgun, shooting pig-cops and kicking a Cycloid-Terror-Alien (or whatever these bosses are called) in the nuts is fun. Especially with the Duke wisecracking a reference or two. Splattering enemies with a machine gun is fun too, especially when you can go in and rip their heads off.

It’s all nostalgia. I played the Duke3d for nights on end, over an IPX network (and got blasted to bits by Schurem over and over again). I guess that  is my main concern; my illegal copy doesn’t allow local-network gameplay. These people aren’t actually thinking that I would pay for this crap? I want a game and a laugh, I’m not here spending money on this out-of-date-bullshit-excuse for a game. It’s nostalgia, dammit; a reminder of the fun I had when I was 15. Besides, I didn’t pay back then either; got my copy straight from the Twilight CD’s. Hell yeah. Back then it allowed for local network play too.

It’s a pity, because I would have had the most fun, presumably, shrinking Schurem and stepping on him (and get blasted to bits again by him after a respawn). Alas, in this day and age I need to login to Steam and register with payed-for credentials. Steam shouldn’t allow games that old on their network anyway. If you are about to bring out a game that is 7 years overdue, you should include an IPX network mod. I’ll dig up some serial cable again and get the computers together. Truth be told, the single player of Duke3d wasn’t that great either.

I’m serious about the price by the way, as Ravage puts it on GameFluke:

Duke Nukem Forever should also not be garnering a full-blown retail price of $60.  Instead 2kGames should have opted to release this as a bargain title at at less than 1/2 the price. [...].  Its clear Gearbox Software had one mission when they were brought in:  Just finish the damn game even if it sucks.

( italics by XX )

So with this part of my life finished I can look forward to real games. I hear the beta of Battlefield 3 will be available late september …

Posted: June 30th, 2011
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This is brilliant.

Little pic I found on the interwubz. This is brilliant.
No really, Makes me wonder why I never thought of this.

Utter Briljance

Utter Briljance

Posted: June 28th, 2011
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Stop the Clock!

“[ George Broussard ] … first announced the [ Duke Nukem 's ] title’s development in April 1997″

chessclock

Bang! Stop the clock!

Duke Nukem Forever was first announced in ‘97.

Fourteen Years, and Two Months
have I waited for this game.
That is nearly HALF my life !! (43%)

Here the Razor Release. First one I saw. NOT CHECKED YET Seems to be working :)
this better be good.

* XangadiX is going to kick ass and chew bubble gum
* XangadiX is all out of gum
Posted: June 10th, 2011
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