My stay at Gold Butte Fire Watchtower

My stay at Gold Butte Fire Watchtower

Here’s a little video clip from the afternoon that turned really windy. View was very obstructed due to all the smoke from wildfires. Air quality was actually listed as hazardous – so I didn’t get out much this day.

Getting dressed in the 1700’s

Getting dressed in the 1700’s

What a great series!

The National Museums Liverpool has some great videos. One set of them involved getting dressed in 18th century garb. We’ve all seen period movies. Now you can see how actors, and the original nobelmen/women of that era dressed.

Here’s what men wore and how they dressed:

Now, if you thought getting dressed as a 18th century gentleman was complex. Try being a 18th century lady. Bonus points for explaining the old nursery rhyme ‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket’, but others suggest it had a more tawdry meaning.

Your first game

Your first game

Time for me to shake my fist and tell you darn kids to get off my lawn. Lets set the wayback machine to the 1980’s…

Ralph Koster shares the first video game he ever wrote as well as a great flashback to what almost everyone that wanted to learn to program did back in the 80’s and 90’s. We typed in long programs by hand from books we got at the library and computer magazines. We taught ourselves BASIC and smatterings of assembly. If you were really cool, you even tried to sell your games: which was done by copying them to a floppy, printing a dot-matrix label for it, and trying to sell it in a ziplock baggie.

I started by fiddling around with the programs I typed in to see if I could change them or make them do different things.

My very first video ‘game’ on my TSR-80 consisted of a bunch of black and white dots that would fall down from the top of the screen, and you moved your dot ‘ship’ back and forth to avoid them as the enemies rained down. They came down one at a time. Ridiculously slowly. But it was probably my very first ‘game’.

My second, more ‘real’ game was a castle adventure game. You were the sole heir of a long-lost uncle and had to search his castle to find the deed within 24 hours. It was a text adventure at its heart, but there was opening graphics. I even wrote my own graphics editor with which I drew those opening screens. I believe I still have the graph paper I used.

Anyway, for anyone who learned to program in the 80’s, Koster’s video will tug some familiar heartstrings. For you younger kids, this is how it was done back in the day…

Generating garbley text

Generating garbley text

Ever see that strange garbaly text on posts? Want to create it yourself? It’s generated using Zalgo (http://eeemo.net/).

Here’s an example of what it can generate:

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̯̰O͍̼̪̗̥̩ͅv͏̱͚̭̠e̵̳r̥̣̠ ̸̻̝̲m̜͍͙ą͍̳̝n͙͇̞y̫͉̳̼̹͓͠ ͍̪͉̗͉̯a̟͍ ̟̗̩̭̺̖q̸̹͚̖̜͙̳u̷̱̝̟̬͎a̳̟̥̱̠͠i̗͖̳͍n̦t ̳͎̠̦a̭̪̣n͙̗̤̯̟̮̩͞d̀ ͓͚̣͘c̴̗u̻͕͟r̸͕̱̪̗͚ì̘o̶̻͕̪̗̫̞u̗̖̻͍̣s̵̫̲̟̟͖̙ ̶̱v̥̩̻̱o̴͍̙̘̻͙l͕͔̮͚͓̱͜u͏̺̜m̮̝̦̠͘ę͉̤͎̹ ̟o̗̦f̧̲͖ ̼̻͚͕̯̞͡f̡̜̻̱̻o̷̮̝̙r̘͖̩̝͉g̘̰͝o̶̺̮̼̝̲̻t͖̗̗̳̼͔ͅte̢̥̻̺͈n̴̙̣ ̠̜̞l͘o͓͈͔̖͚r͓̘͉̖͖͎e̫͕̝͢—͏͎͍̯͕̬̬̬
̸̤͙͔͇ ̰̞͈̼̲̭̬ ҉̠̜͔̙͕͚͕ ͔͉̗̼̫͜ͅW̢̘̱͙̫̭̲h̝̙͎̥̲i̥̙̗l̹̘̖̠̩͖̫e̟ ̖̭̥̩̥̱̫I͍̼̜ ̨͓̪̲̝̰n̩o̵̦ͅd͍̜͚͚ḏ͍͡e̷̪̝̟̺̬d́,̪ ̝̬͓ͅn̝e͟a͡r̝̘̣̳͜l̛̻̠͎͇̣y̡̲̳̪̦ ̛̝̻͔n̤̗̝͚͓̠a̕p̙p̗̘͓̮̦i͏̪n̶g̢̰,̮̩̲̣̮̮ ̗̞̳s͍̭̹̤̪͟u͚̬̙̼͈ḓ̷̭̘͍ͅd̫̙̭̰̕e͖̙̝͕͔ṋ̮̼̱̲̙l͕͙̲͞y̛ ͏̗̟ͅt̢̩͈͕͙̦̼̭h̟̝̠̼̰̀ę̮͚̟͇̳̠̼r̳̭͍͕̤̟e̲̬̝͈̝̻ ͏̪̠̻͇̦̦c̘͎̼̠am͖̣ͅe͖̖̪͜ ̺̗̬͈͎a̵͉̖͚̗͈̥͖ ̣̪̙̟͇͓̕t̖̞͈a͕̲̮̯̦͟p̡̲̻͍p̪̖̞̫͈̝i͎̰̜̭ṋ̺g̩̠͚̘͎͚͟,̬
̶̩͇͎͈̯̫A͕͕̤s҉̘̭̳̮͙ ̛͍̠̘̼̞̣̟o̷f͙ ̘̗͖͖ͅs͢o̷̬m̷̹ͅe͏͙͍̞̬̱ ̦͔͓͙ͅo̹̰͢ͅņ̘e̡̙̣̪͍̻̩ ̤́g͍e͈̹̟n̛ͅt͍̗l̴̜̩̱̖͇ỵ̢͇ ͈̝̠̫͈̹r͖̟a̷p͓̝͚̬p̷͈̖͔͎̗̜ing̶̙̙̺,͏̼̥̥̹̰͈ r̶̼̠̹̺̩a̧̺͇̩pp̘i̜͓̭̜̼n͇̝͡g̲̗ͅ ҉̪̬̝̝̦̬̲a̡̩̦t͇̼̮ ̡̜͎͎̗̤m̫̯ͅy̱̻̯̯̮̮͈ ̪̯̬c̟͖̺͔̦ḩa̖̲̠ͅͅm̼b̵̝̤̙̲̗e̸ͅr̘̥̫̦ ̞d̞͔o̢̙̙o̺̼͘r͔̦͕̜͇̣͡.̝͙͎̼̺͍̰
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Light-based vortex

Light-based vortex

The Haze is a new immersive digital art installation from Japanese collective teamLab (previously) which situates guests at the center of a light-based vortex. The work uses light, fog, and sound to wrap guests in a mesmerizing cacophony of swirling spotlights which are reflected by a mirrored floor.

Make anyone dance

Make anyone dance

More astounding technology. Take any source dancer and make anyone do the same dance.

This will probably be used very soon to make whole hosts of dancers in movies/music videos all in perfect sync while only paying for one source dancer.

It could be used to bring back deceased dancers, or apply the dances of deceased dancers onto new artists.

Full paper here:
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1808.07371.pdf