The LEGO Movie

I have to admit, even with 25+ years experience with computer graphics, on first viewing I thought The Lego Movie was mostly done with stop action photography. I figured maybe 80% physical and 20% virtual. Turns out it was closer to 99% CGI with some real legos thrown in for good measure. Other than the … Continue reading

World Under Water

This is a brilliant idea and  striking demonstration of the effects of rising sea levels. World Under Water. It has only one small problem. It doesn’t take altitude into account. It shows the same nicely rendered water level no matter where you go. I don’t think it would be hard to do a lookup of … Continue reading

Why I donated to MayOne.us

If Money equals Speech, as the Supreme Court believes, then Money trumps Votes, in terms of sheer influence and power. Except… there are more of us that can vote with our wallets than all the vested moneyed interests can muster. First, we have to be united to combat money in politics. That means us collectively spending enough to turn the … Continue reading

See-through Tank

For at least 20 years, I’ve been telling this to anyone who might conceivably take this idea and run with it as a business. Form a real-time sphere (or cubemap) of video around an airplane using an array of cameras. Give anyone who wants one a VR HMD and index their chosen POV into said … Continue reading

Scoble Tempers Glass

Scoble’s love affair for Google Glass could apparently only last so long. This underscores some of the problems with developing a product out in public, or at least half-way out. Long-lead technical challenges (battery, size, cost) are still hidden below the core design and marketing issues (utility, fashion, desire). Google at least did a good job of starting … Continue reading

The New Rift

This post by Peter Berkman gets closest to the meat of our collective concerns over the Oculus sale to Facebook. John Carmack even responded in the comments, while Palmer took to reddit. Raph Koster and Blair McIntyre do pretty good analyses in their own rights, putting the pieces together. Disclaimer: I know many of the people mentioned … Continue reading

Head Gears

Most head mounted VR gear brings me back to my teenage years, where my orthodontist tried to make me wear a night brace to straighten my teeth. It works while you sleep, he said. You try sleeping with your head in a vice, I said. He didn’t care. He got paid $40/month regardless of how … Continue reading