- Movement heals. Dance is even better. https://t.co/zXDFoWjxtU 2016-05-25
- LED kinetic sculpture mimics motion capture trackers of a walk cycle. #animation https://t.co/AkFq3ArA59 2016-05-23
- Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit includes a list of 9 tools.
- How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain & Body (Infographic) | Collective-Evolution – https://t.co/ZN5GcaJQcX 2016-05-22
- Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays – https://t.co/oWIKVklNs3 2016-05-22
- Tiny home project aims to stabilize neighborhood to help Detroit homeless | – @urbanbotplay https://t.co/FKVrjljjNx 2016-05-22
Almost 4 years ago, I spent 4 months, spread over 2 years, studying and building/growing the human lungs in 3D. Houdini (+ amazing SideFX support) was the reason why most people took a quick breath when they see it, full screen. The doctor wished to demonstrate the fractal geometric nature of the lungs, which I think we have pulled off. What is true in the sample, is true for the whole system.
I learned how breathing works, what’s going on when it’s having trouble, and what our current treatments are doing to our bodies.
Animation is pretty awesome in helping convey complex ideas, particularly when we cannot see these ideas/systems with the naked eye. I love this subject, but since most of the animations are not yet publicly available… well… I have no pretty pictures to hide behind if my Latin speaking skills fall apart. Ever since my mother first told me what “alveoli” are, or saw pictures of the spiraling inner ear, I’ve been obsessed with the human body and how it functions or dis-eases. Being able to play around with anatomy, in a virtual world…. ugh. Kid in a candy store.
Makes it hard to imagine going back to working on a Hollywood movie or AAA title video game. Though, there’s hope that one day there would be a AAA video game about breathing.
That being said…
I did NOT make this video. The illustrator/animator nails it. Efficient and effective. I betcha it didn’t take 4 months of full-time work to make. Normal cutaway, then allergen triggers mucus production. Next, some inflammation in the bronchi walls, tightening of the surrounding smooth muscle tissue, and even more mucus.
- In radio we call moments like this "dead air". #bluescreenofdeath #yeg via @urbanbotplay https://t.co/TtTpf8HVoS 2016-05-04
- Not a movie. https://t.co/3qD7DR9G0v 2016-05-04
- Uninstalling the "tracker" in Gnome Ubuntu has giving me a new computer. #performance – https://t.co/4SfDkRQPBK 2016-04-30
- "Depression relapse prevention with mindfulness therapy 'on par' with drugs, review shows" :
- Giant time-sucking video games are bad for you and bad for gaming – https://t.co/yTur21IEJO 2016-03-27
- Blender 2.77 new feature list demonstrated by @cgmastersnet : https://t.co/Zj5Dn1Czy5 2016-03-25
- A conspiracy is making up a story to reduce the difficulty experienced in ambiguity. 1 hr 20 min talk w/ @BreneBrown https://t.co/7qoaVIXxaf 2016-03-25
- News anchor Dan Harris speaks on meditation. –
- "The advertising world can be very seductive."
- “Don’t be a butt in a seat and don’t hire butts for seats” #bottomup : https://t.co/X4F4ImeAPM 2016-03-17
- Alternative to layered EXRs in Blender? This addon for render layer passes from @loochmunz is going to save me. #b3d https://t.co/5YXblykQvY 2016-03-17
- Tried the layered EXR thing, but the idea broke when I had to re-render only one of the layers. Can't over-write only a portion of an EXR? 2016-03-17
- RT @JamesJeanArt: ✨✌️✨ Coming next week: https://t.co/AVpdzgCsW1 https://t.co/OCvGnxae1u 2016-03-16
- Re-watching this video of live 3D demos from Siggraph 2015. Reminds me of the world we will live in. https://t.co/KbheOtmTpk in reply to verbal007 2016-03-16
- SIGGRAPH 2016!! I wish!! I can't make it to ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, but I'll be watching for all the goodies that come out of it. @siggraph in reply to siggraph 2016-03-16
- AAAH!!! I miss home. @siggraph in reply to siggraph 2016-03-16
- RT @Shhlife: Continuing my series in learning how to use the open source animation tool #Blender3d viewport. https://t.co/908KDPw9oH 2016-03-15
- for text gurus – Vim cheat sheet in multiple DPIs and even a version for the color blind. https://t.co/0jJKbSQDv0 2016-03-14
- Semi-dynamic web pages, without CMS databases, are more secure and way more efficient. #jekyll #blog for @lizgallo : https://t.co/wsQ5MUg2M7 2016-03-14
- For those of us already familiar with python, is Hyde a proper substitute for Jekyll for static website generation? 2016-03-14
- Reddit sub topic on Financial Independence. [thx @brennandunn] : https://t.co/gjwweqSAKK 2016-03-14
- sudo gnome-disks … Really? It will auto-magically mount my secondary drive on startup? All this time and that's all I needed. #linux 2016-03-11
- Is there such as thing as sharing too much? Think so. https://t.co/sDHFoiWiWx 2016-03-10
- More #blogging w/ #markdown. Differences between Ghost and Jekyll. https://t.co/5hQXWiWAVv 2016-03-10
- Tao3D for interactive 3D presentations, potentially dive down & replace Powerpoint. (thx @LineloDude) https://t.co/RLAGYdOe46 2016-03-10
- Blogging with either Ghost, Jekyll or Medium? #markdown and flat files lead me to this comparison. https://t.co/bHEIr7qiYZ 2016-03-10
Last week marks the one year anniversary of when I decided to finally buckle down and dive into Blender. Looking back, can see how much I have learned and I’m quite happy with how far I have come. Comfy with all the departments. I do miss my old desk though.
Excuses aside, I can tell you that things have not stopped progressing. I’ve developed a few new unique effects, played a LOT with rendering, and cleaned it all up in compositing. I’m blown away. I really am.
One of the beautiful attributes of open software is that it grows with the community. Sometimes independently developed add-ons become features. Sometimes core features cause a complete overhaul. Through all this, the tool more and more represents the users.
Multiple times, I thought this software was reading my mind.
The sky is the limit and development is accelerating. We are talking about multiple feature release sets per year, that aren’t just bug fixes.
- Trello for task management. Online team collaboration. Click n drag assigning. [thx @DevTipsShow] : https://t.co/iagyf1Lh5A 2016-03-09
- "You don’t create a culture. Culture happens. It’s the by-product of consistent behavior." https://t.co/MJBvO4LvZa 2016-03-08
- Discovered that Bumptop 3D's virtual physics-driven desktop was bought by Google then released on Github. #UI https://t.co/kpgxwXoch9 2016-03-08
- Summaries of a few dozen books on productivity and more. Try before you buy. This is reference gold. [thx @sivers] https://t.co/AGUQ7mZNhX 2016-03-08
- Starting with CERN's hadron collider… https://t.co/5kM6RR0LQt 2016-03-08
- Testing out some regular expressions in this handy online tool. https://t.co/pyCOrcojf6 [via @Trystal] 2016-03-08
- Android keyboard "Fleksy" is now installed on the tablet. The intro tutorial already has me swooning (and swiping). https://t.co/oT6hTZ2iT6 2016-03-08
- 16 minimal blogging platforms w/ flat files and/or maybe some markdown.
- Kicking ass with science. #videogame #powermoves #Tesla #Einstein https://t.co/iSN4aQZE3N 2016-03-03
I’ve installed HP printers on a laptop prior… though by “install”, I mean that I plugged a printer in and it just worked. Ubuntu uses the open source HPLIP drivers.
This wasn’t the case for my home computer.
I was recently gifted a HP LaserJet P1005 and although it popped up in the printer list, I was unable to print to it. Ubuntu told me the print jobs were sent, but nothing comes out. Some online searching revealed the solution(s).
First, I found this article, which has a commandline sample that ensures my hp-setup command would work.
sudo apt-get install hplip-dbg hplip-gui
Apparently, this is related to a broken printer driver, which can be fixed with the following command.
This install didn’t initially work for me, as I was receiving the following error.
… hplip-3.15.2-plugin.run file does not match its checksum. File may have been corrupted or altered.
To fix this, I followed these instructions and went to the HPLIP website and grabbed the two corresponding files (.run and .asc). Now, when running the hp-setup wizard, it asks if I want to download drivers or use local files. Go with the local option and browse to the path of the files you just downloaded.
That was it. Internet saves the day yet again.
Hey YEG, that was a pretty cool open data Hackathon. The potentials demonstrated by the participants in that room had me shivering with excitement. So many useful and brilliantly simple ideas. The future is bright.
Need some evidence of the potentials of open data? I recommend starting with Jennifer Pahlka’s TED talk on Code for America.
“…platform for people to help themselves and help others.”
At Saturday’s Hackaton, I had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people, super-geeks. I appreciate techs that seem to be almost immune to any technological aversion.
So, back to Saturday’s event…
While at the all-day hacking festival, something was shared with me… and it’s only just now hitting me.
We love this open data. It’s great and more and more of this public/government data is becoming open and available for everyone to plug into.
However, I was told what happens whenever one of these independent volunteers comes up with a great way to present and grant access to these goldmines of information: The government responds by rebuilding the information tool internally, themselves. This results in the indie project being unsupported, and fading away, unfunded and unappreciated. There’s something about this that doesn’t make sense to me.
It’s not really about “fairness”. It’s about failing to recognize that the idea came from a method. Ideas like this usually grow from a fertile garden of even MORE ideas. It’s about encouraging this open data culture, speeding it’s development.
Finally, just wanted to highlight Trystal.net, which is based on the speedy node.js, this text editor is… well… how does one glorify a text editor? Well, after playing around with it for a bit, I’m pretty excited about the direction it’s going. Document writing in a more procedural fashion. No more scrolling through pages of documents and re-organizing content is super simple with tried and tested keyboard shortcuts. Super efficient document creation / conversion. Looking forward to seeing where Terry takes this.
Don’t take my word for it. If you are feeling adventurous, create yourself an account and Open file -> my files -> home … then play around a bit after reading some of the docs. It won’t take more than a few minutes to get comfy with this way of document creation.
- Vincent van Gogh didn't really get going till he was 27 years old. https://t.co/MYz2lyB8ns 2016-02-27
- "It's about the movement, not you." #reminder #TedTalk : https://t.co/zzbSQmudqG 2016-02-27
- What Gives Your Business Model its Glue? — Made with Creative Commons – https://t.co/aZe3wGHYJF 2016-02-27
You may have realized that I’m primarily a Linux user, but this post is for anyone managing files on a Windows computer or server.
I have used SequoiaView for managing file space on Windows servers for almost a decade. This tool allows you to visualize your disk usage by creating boxes that represent files and folders. The larger the box, the bigger the file. Colors represent the different file types and can be customized.
If you’re wondering where all your drive space went, this is a priceless tool.
That being said, I’ve been stuck on this tool for years and it was time to see what other tools have become available. Well, I was happy to find an open source alternative that is properly named Windows Directory Statistics (on SourceForge).
Here’s a usage example.
I ran this on my laptop’s Windows partition (dual boot), and saw this massive file taking up WAAAAY too much room. Selecting the large blue block, I saw that it’s called hyberfil.sys. A quick online search revealed this to be the file that Windows uses when it’s put into Hybernate mode… which I never use (sparing my SSD the overuse). The online search also revealed a solution on How-To-Geek.
As an administrator, I ran the following command:
powercfg -h off
… and now I’ve got 12GB back!
Have fun managing those videos, MP3s and game installation folders.
- Seeing Clinker tonight at @BrianWebbDance. Examples of his work, Share prompted by @ewerx : https://t.co/AdmVZzqbvv 2016-02-24
- Dreaming of combining the Ming Micro with the Pixy cam. #opensource #hardware #video #audio #8bit #kickstarter : https://t.co/yjByxqcvrV 2016-02-22
- Sketcher – Digging this procedural/growing painting application for android. https://t.co/hkpwuOHlEX 2016-02-22
- RT @nanomunk: LOST MEMORIES reminds to get it on paper first. #film #impermanence – https://t.co/LqUGhuqTXQ 2016-02-22
- RT @nanomunk: Lost Memories 2.0 – 15 min sequal – alive with texture # NSFW #disconnected – https://t.co/dK7jV1SicD 2016-02-22
- 7 Forgotten Women Surrealists Who Deserve To Be Remembered – #art https://t.co/eLgZamvhkG 2016-02-22
- RT @urbanbotplay: This is your brain on nature – more evidence of the importance of access to green space, the great social equaliser https… 2016-02-20
- Growing sketched lines in this paint application for Android: https://t.co/hkpwuOHlEX 2016-02-18
- A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion. #indieartist [thx Warren]: https://t.co/DgcX3MHxJC 2016-02-17
- What happened to Perl? It's best known for it's motto of "There’s More Than One Way to Do It". Perl vs Python : https://t.co/Gnzhlmf9NW 2016-02-16
- You Are What You Read: 14 Thought Leaders Share Their Bookshelves | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – https://t.co/TkTzeTj0QJ 2016-02-16
- Loving map app that allows for caching of maps for offline viewing… and many more features – GPS – Sygic – https://t.co/Ii1tLUQZ7k 2016-02-16
- So there ∗is∗ a way to encode H264 video in a way that can be scrubbed. VFX – FFmpeg – https://t.co/wNRiD3eK86 2016-02-16
- Nearly 62,000 images in this Pinterest collection for you character artists out there looking for reference. https://t.co/GxTu5Q1i2y 2016-02-11
- Cities: Skylines starts to represent northern cities with the edition of snow! #videogames #YEG – https://t.co/KE3FgPaDUh 2016-02-05
- Creating that active workstation? Some chair/stool/desk/mat options for ergonomic goodness. [thx @urbanbotplay] https://t.co/iMSIALZOln 2016-02-05
- 17 Free Stock Photos Sites – #collection – https://t.co/DqwhZky5IT 2016-02-04