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Perpetual

August 9th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Everything is perpetually falling - the moon, the stars, planets...  And perpetually dying.
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オトノナルホウへ→

July 24th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
オトノナルホウへ→ by Goose house (@GoosehouseJP)
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Anata No Eranda Kono Toki Wo

July 13th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Anata No Eranda Kono Toki Wo by Shikura Chiyomaru
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Face without Sentience

July 9th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
An idea I've had for a while as a horror film:

Someone you know closely, seemingly all your life, one day turns around to face you and then just starts screaming in absolute fear, screaming non-stop forever at the top of their lungs, hour after hour, day after day, eyes wide and face frozen, with no change in expression, no reaction to anything, as if no longer alive, no longer conscious, no longer sentient.
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Different Night Skies

June 1st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
That feeling of knowing we see the same night sky, the same stars and constellations, no matter how far apart we are, will one day be replaced by the feeling of realizing we might not even see the same moon.
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Caratacus

May 1st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Caratacus by Dirk Ehlert (@DETUNEde)
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No Evidence is Not False

April 21st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
They might as well say there's no proof nuking someone triggers war because every use in the past resulted in world peace.

No Evidence US Strikes Send a Message to Rivals

All these "no evidence" claims that keep coming out are arguments from ignorance.  Not having evidence does not automatically mean false.  It doesn't mean true either.  It's just unknown, unproven either way.

This kind of blind reading of data without logic or interpretation is what gives quants / scientists / statisticians a bad rep.
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New Phone for 2017

April 19th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Finally getting a new phone after 4 years... this one promises 10 times my current battery life!


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Death is Only Natural

April 6th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Death is only natural... That is, until you find a cure. Then they'll kill you to have it.
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Retinal Occlusion

March 31st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Random Stuff | #
For those curious what it's like seeing with retinal occlusion... (aka RVO, RAO, CRVO, etc)

The first time your eye goes out, everything is white.  This happened for my left eye in the spring of 2012.



Sometimes...[More]
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Nandemonaiya Cover

March 27th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Nandemonaiya Cover by Dion and Raon Lee (@raon_leee)
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Cutting Through a City Grid

March 26th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
Cutting thru a city grid is the same distance as going around the perimeter. There is no time saved from zigzagging through the middle if you never actually travel diagonally.
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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 example...[More]
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Buzzing From Keyboard Piano

January 8th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
So I don't forget in the future.  If there is buzzing from the piano keyboard via headphones or speakers, it is likely from the MIDI cable plugged in.  Removing that or having your recording play from a USB thumb drive instead will fix the buzzing.

This pertains at least to me with the Yamaha P155.
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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.  This...[More]
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