Peter Rubin, “MaxaVision” died

Peter was a VJ, so old school that he invented the school. He was a revolutionary, a husband, a widower, a father, a grandfather, a beatnik, a provocateur, a hippy, a guru and an artist. He was so much more to so many. But to me he was mostly my friend.

He was found dead in an apartment in Berlin yesterday on November 8th.

My thoughts are with Seth and his family, friends and loved ones.

https://veejays.com/en/blog/algemeen/in-memoriam-peter-rubin/

Posted: November 9th, 2015
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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"

Why I loved Windows 8 Modern UI

“Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about … ?”

- “Angry” Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski


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Touchscreen!

Boy, did we have fun at Microsofts expense the past two or three years, didn’t we? DIDN’T WE. Haha. They had their metro interface, replacing the “start”-button. Ow wait, we can’t call it the “Metro interface” anymore, as it is now the Microsoft design language or Modern UI. My bad.

But for years every single blogger in Technorati has been typing and spitting on the proposal for a new Windows start menu, ie. tiles. It was ugly, bad, chaotic, stressful and clumsy. Whats more, people wouldn’t be able to find the start button anymore, so people would not be able to find their programs anymore.

Now I’m a great proponent of making computers harder to use. That way less and less people will be on the Internet, and we can finally have some peace of mind. But even so, the Metro interface was actually easier to use then the original start menu. Every keyboard in the world — except for those used by Mac Heathens, mind you – has a windows button. Use it. It actually opens the start menu. *angelic choirs*.

So, do I love Modern UI, because I hate macs and found the start button? No. Ow, well, because it further complicates computer use then? NO, it does the opposite actually.
No. The real reason I love the tile interface so much, is …

click on more to see why.

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Posted: May 8th, 2015
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Unedited Rants and Blurps, but with pictures!

“With every day that passed, the boy’s heart became more and more
silent. It no longer wanted to know about things of the past or future; it was content [...] ”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Wow, has it really been 2 years since I posted something here?
That must be a records, even for me.

Ow wait, I’ve posted that writing practice on Windows 8 just now, but that doesn’t count, because that article has been laying as a draft in my pages-box for about a year now. Maybe two. I just finished it and then posted it. Because Microsoft needs to know, that somebody loves them still.

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So this would be where I summarize what I’ve done the past two years with my life, and what my plans are for the upcoming period. Not sure if it will be another two years. Let’s be honest, blogging might go out of style very soon. But before that happens, I’d like to share a thing or two.

First of, I have a son. *applause*.
Yes!
If you followed this, you now know I have two kids. I’m raising both of them to be complete assholes and change the world for the better. Or see the world burn and laugh hysterically. Maybe both.
Being a dad has taught me lots of things. For instance it has taught me not to update this fucking blog so often. Once every two years or so is fine.

To you I say: Tits or GTFO!

Posted: May 8th, 2015
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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

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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SEELE vs van Gogh

The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirth.

- SEELE

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Last month SEELE 01 and SEELE 02  - visual only -,  installed another part of the Human Instrumentality project at the ‘van Gogh’ museum in Amsterdam. To it’s meaning we can only speculate. Here at XangadiX HQ we will monitor the progression of the project with great care.

Now click play:

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Here an image of how it looked at the museum (with the orchestra at the bottom)

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more images after the break:

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Posted: July 8th, 2013
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Beautiful Propaganda

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.

[...]

…In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

I love a good show.

So here is our new king having a hand to hand with Armin van Buuren. Van Buuren who is playing a song with the dutch Concertgebouworkest for a large crowd at the moment.

Now in the news broadcast, nobody could hear the performance, all they heared was a Bolero played by the orchestra, so I went digging.
I wanted to know how this should have sounded. So I found a release by Armin van Buuren 16 hours ago with his new song Intense. Now I’m not a hundred percent sure, but I think that the news reel should have looked like the Youtube video further down this article.

I promised you propaganda. And you will have it.
But first let me link Nada up with a reference to Edward Bernays, whom I always quote in matters of propaganda.

Now Here, propaganda:

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Now this little clip goes out over the interwubz and is seen by millions of youngsters around the globe. Especially in America and Australia at this time, since the youngsters over there are only starting to figure out House music.

How much will this little press-moment bring us in actual dollars euros ? Is Armin getting more booked now? Hell yeah! But how much more? Will I be selling a couple of more Veejays?

questions… questions…

What I wake up to every morning

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

~Franklin P. Jones

wake_up

"eeegaa!"

And then she starts pulling my hair… and I start to tickle her. And I’m awake.

Posted: March 20th, 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.

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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!

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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

Because Awesome

lest we forget.

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Posted: November 9th, 2012
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