Archive for category Computers

Dogfood, Nom Nom Nom

Dog food, the common noun, is reasonably self explanatory (pro tip: it’s food for dogs). Dogfood the verb or dogfooding the verbal noun, though, might require a little bit of explanation. At the root of it is this: if you make dog food, you should feed it to your own dogs. There are essentially two […]

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Who Likes Short Shorts?

I think I love almost everything about this short film. That being the case, I’ll quit my chin wagging and just get on with showing it: Mucho kudos to Dan Trachtenburg, Danielle Rayne, and everyone else envolved. No get back to it. I want more!

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Full Nerd II: Nerd Harder

It seems that people really enjoyed my post about the computer history museum. At the time I wrote it, I was worried that it might constitute just a little bit too much nerd, so I held back on my initial impulse to put in more pictures and gush enthusiastically about how awesome it all was. […]

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The Process and the Platform

The effort required to actually publish that last post was… considerable. Several factors contributed to this: I have slow internet access at my hotel; Currently, my only (full) computer is my work laptop; This doesn’t have iPhoto installed (this is mostly for reasons of simplicity, I’d probably get it if I asked). In the end, […]

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…In Which I Go Full Nerd

Jet lag is a funny thing. Right now it actually seems to be working in my favour; it’s managed to knock a couple of bad habits out of me. Specifically, these happen to be the not entirely unrelated habits of going to bed too late (then making it later by reading for a good long […]

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Magic!

Okay, you’ve probably heard about this already, since it seems to be spreading across the internet like some sort of tube based wildfire/hot cakes hybrid, but it’s still awesome. Check this out: This is exactly the sort of thing I love to see as an app on a smart phone. It’s a very cool use […]

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The Elephant in the Room

Since I haven’t been able to do any actual work on my Clockwork Aphid project as of late, I suppose I may as well talk about the background behind it a little more. Those who talk about it the most are the ones doing it the least, and all that. I’ve spoken a little about […]

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The Journey Home

Authors note: This post was actually written on Sunday. As it turns out,¬†writing¬†it on the iPad was no problem at all, but actually posting it (with the picture and links) was a different matter entirely. You know, the train journey from Edinburgh to Doncaster is really quite beautiful, for the most part. A reasonable amount […]

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Fractal Errata

Some of the particularly sharp/anal ones amongst you might have noticed that while the technique for generating fractal lanscapes I previously described works (and works well), it’s not 100% correct. Specifically, the fact that it uses the the same scaling factor for nodes created by the diamond and square steps isn’t quite right. Why is […]

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Now In Eye Popping 3D!

It took a little bit of fighting with bugs that weren’t showing up in the 2D view, and a bit of time to figure out what was going on with the lighting system in JME, but I finally got the 3D display of the fractal landscapes working. The first stage was just displaying each node […]

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