Log in

No account? Create an account
Recent Entries Friends Archive Profile Tags My wildlife photography
If you saw Lost in Translation, you'll recall one scene where they're making a TV advert; the director's giving instructions in Japanese, translated comically briefly into English. Here's the actual translation. ^_^

Of course, sometimes, actual meanings can be wilfully discarded, as Pharyngula noted in one example from the fine people of the Telegraph. The original press release from the University of Leicester's title - "Promiscuous men more likely to rape". The title and opener from the paper's article - "Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped, claim scientists Women who drink alcohol, wear short skirts and are outgoing are more likely to be raped, claim scientists at the University of Leicester." ("The Telegraph title is factually wrong, they found no statistically significant result corresponding to that claim.")

So.. Torchwood. Still as ham-packed as ever, and sadly, still with as much science in "science fiction" to be aware that electricity can make things bright. But this season was a far weightier affair, and with some remarkable performances.. distressingly good, at times. I never thought I'd cry for a civil servant..

Over on furryravers, ice_foxx released a rather good mix of some of his work. Give it a try. ^_^ It's all under a CC NC-BY-ND license, and high quality versions can be picked up from Lulu, giving you 320k MP3s and FLACs. (I'd have to admit, Lulu's music purchasing system is rather clunky, especially compared to the iTunes Store, but it does work)

Yay! Noise.io Pro finally saw its 1.4 update released, for proper iPhone OS 3.0 compatibility. It's a surprisingly well-featured synth, and easy to get started with. Comparatively expensive, at $9, but easily worth it - and there's a cut-down edition for 99¢, if you're uncertain.

One of the most hideous games you'll see anywhere: EnviroBear 2010. "Who is driving that car? Oh my God, a Bear is Driving! How can that Be?! How to play: Grab stuff with your finger. Eat Fish and Berries. When you are FAT enough, drive into a cave to Hibernate. You can throw stuff out the windows and sunroof!" "It's fantastically manic and unapologetically absurd, and any would-be quibbles about the touchiness of its vehicular controls are instantly headed-off and negated by the bare fact that bears don't know how to drive cars."

funos linked to a website maintained by one Chuck Moore, including a frustratingly tantalising page on his S40 CPU, with 40 cores, each capable of 700 MIPS. The company's effectively terminated development of it, unfortunately, putting its future into limbo.

Duke Nukem 3D (not Forever, unfortunately) is on its way to the iPhone. =:D

avon_deer pointed out just how easy it is to be a criminal in the UK, if you insult or photograph a police officer, fail to provide your name and address, or if an officer "anticipates you may turn violent". "Section 44 of the Terrorism Act of 2000 goes even further, offering police sweeping powers to designate stop and search areas in which they can search anyone, anywhere at anytime without any grounds or suspicion. All of Greater London is now deemed to be a designated stop and search area." The issue was the subject of Panorama, on July 6. (And in a somewhat lighter hearted spirit, apparently it's risky to have a sense of humor, too: 'A shop owner has said he was threatened with prosecution after displaying joke billboards at his store in Horsham. John O'Sullivan, who owns the Candy Box, put up spoof news headlines outside his store for 10 weeks in an attempt to entertain his customers. The spoof headlines included "Crawley Girl Gives Birth to Pitbull" and "Local Youths Abduct UFO"')

Compo for Canucks: Air Canada will choose the best photos you take, from a number of destinations, including Halifax, Vancouver, London, and San Francisco, with the top winner receiving a pair of tickets to any of the airline's destinations in Canada and the continental US.

steffo42 received quite the perfect fortune cookie on the first day of Anthrocon..

Wow.. AC apparently had 640 fursuiters in the big parade. That's a lot. ^_^ Gods, ConFurence only peaked at about 1000 total attendees! And FC2010 just announced its GoHs: the quite inimitable Ursula Vernon (ursulav), and Michael Fry and T. Lewis, creators of "Over the
Hedge". Do they really know what they're getting themselves into? =:D

Not animated, regrettably, but this series of four print ads for Ben & Jerry's are a quite superbly trippy set of 60s-inspired designs. Given they ran in Singapore, though, they also have some kawaii influences too.. =:D

Ooh! Thunderbirds is out on Blu-Ray. =:D 16:9 cropped, which seems like an odd decision, but the quality does look remarkably good.I posed the query before, but with little response - does anyone have suggestions for where to find good furry shirts? Is it just a matter of having to check out each con's site and see what they have available? (I have a few from Rabbit Valley, including the lovely Coyote River design, but that's almost all of my shirt rotation, plus a Sam & Max one from Telltale) I'd especially like any with a lapine theme, or something musical/rave in tone.
Last I looked Chuck follows and occasionally posts to comp.lang.forth.colorforth, too. :)
I may have to take a peek.. ! Trouble is, I admit, Objective C probably takes priority out of practicality, as far as new languages go - but perhaps it's not all about the language; the caliber of a newsgroup must, at least in part, be measured by the quality of it's distractions. =:)
the caliber of a newsgroup must, at least in part, be measured by the quality of it's distractions

Oh yes. 9fans (a.k.a. comp.os.plan9) is one of the most enlightening things on the 'net for just this reason. For example the entire context of the phrase "tact sucks" — I think I still have a copy of the little cartoon donkey that was Choate's faces icon on my system at the time.

Or the time Linus showed up to argue—not very effectively!—about rfork(), clone() and thread-local storage...
I should perhaps first note that I think the iPhone is a phenomenal sci-fi device, clearly not due for a few years yet.

However, if one were to use one now, extraneous apostrophes might be present, at least on an imaginary, and purely ephemeral, basis.

Just a heads up. After over 12 years of leading the Plan 9 effort, we have finally figured out that we just don't "get it."

I want to see a commercial OS with that kind of corporate sense of humor. ^_^ Can you explain to me why making money, and general corporate enterprise, appears to be held to exclude such?

Hm! What is Linus up to these days? There was that crazily hyped venture with Transmeta, and since then, not much that's reached the babbling turrets of Slashdot.
I remember learning some version of C in a microcontrollers class once. I don't remember right away where I put the books, but I dug out the box and it says it's a "CCS PIC16F877A Development Kit".

Been meaning to learn Common LISP sometime, I hear it's a pretty good language. (Although apparently there is no "LISP for Dummies" book for some reason. Which is somewhat odd, because they even make a "COBOL for Dummies" book - I actually own the book somehow, although I'll probably never actually try to learn any COBOL.)
Ah, the venerable PIC family! I've not played with them, though the coworker's in quite close with Microchip - gets the odd freebie and pre-release goodie. =:) They've always taken a very positive attitude towards hobbyist development, which I strongly approve of - that sort of tinkering mentality can always do with encouragement and the lowering of barriers.

Their range is relatively low-end, AIUI, compared to ARM devices, which can still spank anything Intel can offer - it's not for nothing they're in so many devices now. ^_^ But for plenty of applications, it hardly matters whether the clock's hundreds of MHz, or hundreds of kHz, just as long as it's a programmable device, sometimes with as much I/O as can be crammed into the package available. steffo42's played a good deal with PICs, and ISTR tilton and foofers are acquainted with Arduino too.. ^_^

Hm. Maybe we can do with a furry hardware hackers LJ community..
(Deleted comment)
Ah, that much? =:) Yep, I cut my teeth on 6502 code - so right from the start, I had to work with tight constraints. As an indirect result, I wound up on ARMs for a while, and now, again, though there's regrettably little assembly involved. (Intriguingly, I read one iPhone app's description claim VPU code.. now that's something that'd really grab me, nice as Objective C looks)

How do the processors compare in complexity to those Cray used, in the X-MP and suchlike? My vague understanding is the philosophy is somewhat comparable - many units of relative simplicity. Not sure how the Cell SPUs compare - much more complex, I believe, but I've not had direct exposure to the PS3 architecture.
(Deleted comment)
For some reason, I'm becoming more interested in the concept of reimplementing an X-MP.. =:) I wonder if any of that older technology has seen a release to the public domain yet - of zero commercial value, after all, but a fascinating study into early highly parallel processing. (And with some seriously cool industrial design =:)

I'll look for your work when I'm back in the Warren - out at the aforementioned Greys at the moment. ^_^ (you might never think but a chicken breast could be quite so good.. !)
Go on, he says, owning a copy of Koopman.
I've known of Chuck for, erm, thirty odd years now.

I can still remember the demo of his first CPU. His 4,000 gate Novix made a 68,000 gate 68000 look only useful as a keyboard controller or similar low grade use. A 5 MHz clock lead to 5 - 12ish MIPS, because things like 'return' were usually free, zero clock operations.

It is nice to see that he earned some money from some of his genius, less nice to see that he seems to have been thoroughly ripped off.
Hee! I remember the original RISC vs CISC wars from something of an ARM perspective, as one might expect.. it seemed to take a bit of convincing, for folks used to more complex instructions taking several ticks, that an ARM of much lower clock speed could actually be highly competitive with 486 and 040 designs. A tick, after all, isn't worth much, if all it permits your design is to retire an instruction. =:)

Might you know what became of Intel's asynchronous processor research? The noises sounded highly promising, at one point, but here we are, still bound to a processor-wide tick regime.

Definitely, I'd really like to see his recent work pay off. He's given a great deal to processor architecture, and I can't help but feel that the highly constrained choice of such in personal computing can't, ultimately, be a good thing, howsoever attractive may immediately be the results.
Much joy about noise.io! just purchased it and love it! And it directly exports sounds to BeatMaker, nicely filling in the void of on-board synthesis. Very impressive sounds and customizable multitouch performance interface. Very pretty to use.
BeatMaker? I'll have to have a look into that. Another of theirs, isn't it?

They did rather a good job, I think - not just the sheer power available, which is quite a feat, but also the wide range of supplied presets, so if you just want to pick it up and noodle around a bit, it's easy to get some quite cool sounding results immediately. Delve into the editor, though, and you can change about as wide a set of parameters as you might hope for.

(And then there's iSyn and Jasuto - the former's a VirSyn creation, whilst the latter's more of a Reaktor-styled creation, linking together different modules graphically, to create the end audio result. Quite cheap, too, as I recall - yep, they're both £2.99 or local equivalent. =:)

I want to see a full school orchestra equipped with iPod touches, playing with these. =:)
Just looking at the reviews on BeatMaker's Store page.. mostly, folks do seem quite taken with it. Would you say it's worth the money? Not cheap, at $20 (!), but on the other paw, in terms of music software, that's not exactly extortionate. =:) (Agh, that guy on furry_musicians did just have to go and remind me about that July offer on Komplete 5.. erf. It'll be uncomfortable trying to afford that, given the main impending purchase, but that is a really good suite - I'd love to have it all properly paid for and legitimately registered, and that price brings it just about within reach.

And in the noise.io website registration terms & conditions:

By the way, as no-one ever reads these rules, we can add that by checking the "I Agree" checkbox, you also agree that Noise.io rocks :-)


Edited at 2009-07-12 09:59 pm (UTC)
I just bought iSyn somewhat earlier and have given it a brief whirl. It appears to have a simple note editor but I wasn't quite really sure how to use it after about 10 minutes. I'll probably have to read up on it.

BeatMaker is absolutely the best music app I've found on the iPhone yet. Like FL Studio, you build your song up in blocks, then arrange these blocks on a timeline. A block can be an entire section of a composition, percussion track, or a single instrument. It's all up to you. This is an amazingly efficient way to put together any type of music.

Just had to run pop onto AppStore to buy Jasuto. This is exactly the app I was looking for and it's surprising how even after hours browsing the AppStore for music apps, I'd never even seen iSyn or Jasuto pop up ever.

Jasuto is indeed like having a portable Reaktor! I love how nodes sort of float and the virtual wiring oscillates when carrying a signal.

Komplete 5 looks nice! Debating but not in a huge rush. I have more than I need with Fl Studio and a dozen back issue DVDs of Future Music (the freebie sample collection they include with each issue).

I've also been collecting graphics apps for the iPhone, Painbook, Brushes, Vigho, Photogene, TypeDrawing, and ColorSplash so far. \

I recommend checking out ModBox. It's free and you can listen to thousands of original demoscene tracks, directly downloaded by the phone. I definitely recommend checking out the works by Laxity, Radix, Lizardking, Reed, and Virgill as a start.
Yeah, about those liberties being suppressed? Monty Python was supposed to be taking the piss, y'know?

See, what you've gotta do is get together a huge lineup of pensioners, all wielding 1-meter rulers. Y'know, the wooden ones that teachers used to whack you with in school? Have these oldsters at the protests, and anytime a police officer gets uppity, granny whacks him with the ruler.

And when the cops ask, "What are you here for?", they can shake the ruler in their faces and say, "To keep YOU little shits in line! Now mind your business!"

What's he going to do? Put the beatdown on a granny in front of the camera?

"Compo for Canucks: Air Canada will choose the best photos you take, from a number of destinations, including Halifax, Vancouver, London, and San Francisco, with the top winner receiving a pair of tickets to any of the airline's destinations in Canada and the continental US."

What's second prize, two pair?
*grin* Not your favorite airline? =:)

Pity the competition's only open to Canadian residents - I could happily give a shot at some city vistas. Actually, maybe that'll be something for a future London trip.. take the TZ5 along, and see what sort of snapshots of life I can come up with. It's a fascinating place, of course, with so much history in evidence as a matter of routine, endlessly recycled throughout the centuries. Not quite Ankh-Morpork, but maybe not so far off.. =:)

Whatcha up to on SL these days, btw? Noticed you said you'd sold your land, so is the store gone, or did I just misunderstand?
Air Canada isn't anyone's favourite airline. Certainly not the favourite airline of anyone who's flown with them...

Terry Pratchett did once say that A-M was a combination of London, Rome and New York. See if you can Photoshop in a few corrupt cops and soem Republican-era buildings and you're pretty much set.

SL? Little. RL has been way too full of interest. And yes, the land's gone, the store's gone, though I may set up elsewhere if I ever get to feeling enterpreneurial again. In the meantime I am redesigning all my robots, just to keep my hand in.
I'm going to guess that Thunderbirds was originally done to film rather than video given the era, which would make the HD transfer much simpler. Film was also wider in shape to start with, so very little would have to be cropped, without the risk of resolution loss.

Or at least I'm guessing it's something like that, or a Blu-ray release would have been pointless. =:P