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Marduq IV: We are away …

“This is Fleet Command. Reporting Mothership pre-launch status.”
Command on-line
Resourcing online
Construction online
Cryogenic subsections A through J online
K through S online
Scaffold Control stand by for alignment
Alignment confirmed. Stand by Release Control.
The Mothership has cleared the Scaffold.
We are away.”

- Homeworld, 3b Mission: Kharak System (Sierra)

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"The Mothership has cleared the Scaffold. We are away"

Tinkering in the Rift

These remarks have a timestamp.

- 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

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)

The Rolling Jubilee

If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.
- Jean Paul Getty

Yesterday, Maxavision pointed me to a simple, yet brilliant idea, that the folks at Occupy Wall street are into now. It’s called Rolling Jubilee and it’s awesome.

Here is the git of it; as you know, we’ve been dragged into this so called ‘financial crisis’, because the Banks were selling and repackaging debts. Then selling these debts to each other and taking out insurances on the debts. Now I don’t need to go into this to deep, you can find how the derivatives markets work elsewhere, all you need to know is that banks trade debts to each other under the price of the actual debt.

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So you can buy a mortgage of say 100.000 dollar for only 20.000 dollar, as you also buy the risk of not getting the money back from the original debtor. These debts are actually available on the free market. So some people from the metamovement came together and thought, why don’t we start buying up those debts and then proclaim them void. In essence freeing up 80.000 dollars!

Let that sink in for a few seconds.

And now check this: The going rate for debt is 1:20, which means that $50.000 will buy you a whopping $1.000.000 worth of debt. Katching!

They started to buy college debts (probably one of the next bubbles) and proclaimed then null and void, freeing debtors across the united states, for far less then the actual debts.

There is a catch. There always is.

As the debts are so entwined and packaged by the Banks, it’s next to impossible to know whose debts you are actually buying. So you might be freeing a debtor who really doesn’t need it, and leave the more tragic cases untouched. Still, with the vast hordes of the internet, it should become possible to sift trough the records and start finding one’s own debt, buying it at banking prices and then proclaim them null and void.

Problem

through Nation of Change

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
Categories: media, nerd, philosophy, web, weird
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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/

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

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
Categories: general, nerd, technology, vj, web, work
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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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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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Domino D-day

“Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true”

- Polish Proverb

tic-tac, tic-tac ...

tic-tac, tic-tac ...

Se here are some facts to amuse you all.

I want you to take a long hard look at this image, and think about it when you watch the evening news tonight. What you see here is the debt that European countries owe each other, primarily Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Greece. And yes, they form a nice Pentacle, that is nice too.

Now take special note that the outgoing arrows are debts owed to countries not in the diagram; Italy owes $511 Billion to France ( 511.000.000.000, – ) or 20% of France’s GDP. Spain owes $220 Billion, ireland 60% and so on.

So if Greece fails, we might deal with it, but if Portugal Falls, Spain Falls. If Spain Falls, France and Italy will go down; if italy goes down France will go completely bankrupt and pull in Germany, Britain and Holland. etc. etc.  Now the question is not if, but when, this will happen.

Have a nice summer.

Posted: May 18th, 2011
Categories: media, politics, web, weird, work
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Error optimizing byte code

Frustration

Actually it will, but that is beside the point...

Or, why I would sometimes like to kill and maim in the world of virtual machines. Why can’t we just all program C++. Y U NO MEMORY LEFT?!!11

When you are like me, you are writing vast, bloated pieces of Flash because you keep thinking up ridiculous requirements for your games. Let’s take our new ANWB/TNO game for example (we’re still in the market for new names, apart from “CARamba!”)

Now the first problem is connecting over a thousand road pieces. Most of it by hand, since it is all quite intricate stuff. But when I reached about half the map, my script that tries to find out what directions the car should take exploded. Stack Overflow. Kablooie.

So I could build the map up unto 15 seconds of script execution time. Which was about half the map. Now Gnuif is brilliant but still took almost a week to rewrite the code in such a way that we were able to bring execution times back to under a second. Nice going.

Then I finally fixed the Map but flash exploded in my face with it’s mysterious 5005: end of bytecode.

So I was like WT-fucking-F?!

It appears that the Java virtual machine, Java being the language in which flash is written, has a memory buffer limit of 128MB. Also for compiling. Which basically means that if you try to compile BIG flash files it blows up in your face.

Of course there is a trick. There always is. They Write about it over here and Google is actually quite helpful

[...] To do that in Windows: right click on my computer -> properties -> advanced -> environment variables -> make a new variable:

JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS

and add this value:

-Xmx1024M

Then log out or restart.

There was an issue when I opened Flash CS4 after the restart. I got the message:
“Error initializing Java Runtime Environment. You may need to reinstall Flash.”
I had to change the value from -Xmx1024M to -Xmx256M (or -Xmx128M). A value of -Xmx512M and higher causes every time the error “Error initializing JRE. You may need to reinstall Flash”.

After I set up the variable “JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS” with value “-Xmx256M” everything started working fine.

Sigh. Ow Adobe, why are you making my life so much harder ?

Posted: April 5th, 2011
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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.

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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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