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Cutting Through a City Grid

March 26th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Cutting thru a city grid is the same distance as going around the perimeter. There is no time saved if you never actually travel diagonally.  Just something that irks me when people opt to zigzag through for a "shortcut" rather than walk the "long way" along the perimeter.
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SuperYo Yoyos

March 25th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Found the SuperYo yoyos I used to have in 4th grade. Now to figure if I liked Sonic Spin more or Renegade.
http://yoyoexpert.com/forums/index.php?topic=44265.0;prev_next=prev
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Chiisana Boukensha

March 22nd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Chiisana Boukensha by Masato Coda
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Blissful Solitude Ambient Mix

March 21st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Blissful Solitude Ambient Mix compiled by Fluidified
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Most Blockchain Startups Worthless

March 19th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Good article on why most Blockchain startups don't really have value and are more rails for other tech like AI, etc.
https://medium.com/@jamie247/99-of-blockchain-startups-are-bullshit-4cf11a549895
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Oie ni Kaeritai (Cover)

February 10th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Oie ni Kaeritai (Cover) by Blake Robinson
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Virtual Reality via 3D Projection Mapping

January 24th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
Rather than wear VR/AR headsets, it's more interesting to me to try to bring VR literally into the real world using 3D projection mapping.  No one has to wear any fancy goggles; anyone walking by can see exactly what you see and step into the same world you're in.  Imagine walking by your favorite supermarket one day to find that it's been transformed into massive crater in the ground.  Forget the supermarket.  Imagine if the giant castle before you started to collapse as a monster emerged from within.  Best of all, everyone around you can see it and hear it with you.  Contrast this with VR or AR currently where everyone else around you only sees you running around with a headset, playing more or less with an imaginary friend world.

No, 3D projection mapping is not just a big movie screen.  Below is an example of 3D projection done literally on a castle to make it appear like it is moving, crumbling, transforming... Yes, the exa...[More]
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A Way to Know If We're in a Simulation

January 6th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
This is inspired by a dream I had that was mildly unsettling.  In the dream, you were in a house with a few old-school moving pictures on the wall - the kind that required a handcrank to animate except the owner found a way to keep the pictures moving on their own for a long time, to the point the owner had long passed away and the pictures were still moving.  Over time, the mechanical devices keeping the pictures moving start to wear out, and the pictures start to slow down.  What becomes odd is that if you look closely enough, you start to notice that every so often, a frame goes missing or blacks out, as if the universe flickered and the camera captured a moment of nothingness.

Of course, that dream could have been a lot of other things, such as mechanical issues with the camera that shot the footage, but what it got me wondering was, if the universe was a simulation with a frame rate, whether we could capture the flickers in between the frames to prove it.  Thi...[More]
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Fast Radio Bursts Pinpointed

January 4th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
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