Any CS/CEE program worth its salt uses the Computer Architecture book from Hennessy and Patterson. Besides the operating system chapter, the chapter on memory was one of my favorites. Enter Branch Education that created this really excellent video on how computer memory works.
Definitely worth the 35 minutes. It starts slow, but around section 8 it starts going fast and furiously through a lot of different concepts. Each builds on the previous, so you may need to pause and really make sure you grock what they said.
Gerrymandering – Its something Oregon apparently does very well
Oregon has been one-party Democratically controlled for nearly 35 years. Princeton University’s non-partisan Gerrymander Project report on Oregon basically explains why our last governor election in 2022 resulted in a Democratic governor winner that didn’t even get half the votes.
Brian Smith, a Democratic campaign consultant and member of the Muscogee Nation who works to elect Democratic candidates of color, agrees with Schrader.
“I joked with some colleagues the day after the election that Oregon Democrats can’t even get their gerrymandering right,” he said.
The Mill created The BLACKBIRD, the world’s first fully adjustable car rig, that allows movies to film and insert any CG car. The Blackbird’s frame can adjust to mimic the dimensions and driving characteristics of any real car chassis. It captures accurate reflection and environmental reflection data while filming to allow the virtual re-skinning of almost any car in CG over the original modular frame.
“If you want to be guaranteed to leave a casino with a small fortune, come in with a large fortune and you’ll go home with a small one.”
Sal Piacente reviews various gambling cheating scenes from popular movies. He also goes on to show some of the fascinating and interesting ways people cheat in a wide variety of casino style games. Really cool
Paul Hessburg gave this amazing TED talk in Oregon. Combined with Oregon’s increasingly hotter and drier summers (which will only increase), he says that our well-meaning efforts at forest conservation have actually led us to have very unhealthy forests that are ripe for megafires. He gave this talk years ago, but it has turned out to be even worse than he knew. The Pacific Northwest now has summers with massive forest fires – and air quality so bad that is now regularly off the chart and worst in the world. Most summers you can no longer have campfires in federal, state, or local forests. Unless we change our unhealthy forest management, we should expect bigger and bigger megafires as well as massive forest diseases.
It’s another example of unintended consequences of human actions. Sometimes, as we’re finding, over-conservation is turning out to be just as damaging as unmanaged forest destruction.
Architects and designers are increasingly experimenting with AI generated art and designs. Michael Arellanes II of MA2 Studio created a series called ‘Synthetic Futures’ in which he experiments primarily with Midjourney in an attempt to create a consistent and controlled aesthetic for architecture.
I personally think wide-scale use of AI based art generation to continue a theme or even explore and create new ideas/directions is a foregone conclusion at this point. I’m continually astounded by the results these algorithms generate. Results that will just get better very quickly.
Arellanes seems to agree when he says:‘The current open platforms for AI imagery work from word descriptions alone, as opposed to architectural 3D modeling and/or encoding surface parameters. This leaves the operator with flat images or AI impressions based on descriptions with extraordinary results of the unexpected. The unexpected results are the most exciting aspect of this new paradigm. As designers test the limits of AI’s imagination and complex image compositions, new possibilities emerge that have never been seen before.’
Polygon found there was a new take on the game which reimagines P.T. in HyperCard, the black and white visual database application for Apple Macintosh computers. It works surprisingly well, capturing the hallway horror of the Silent Hills teaser in clean, lo-fi graphics.