First Synthetic Life Form Created

First Synthetic Life Form Created

Those of you who have read and enjoyed speculative fiction all their lives, take note of this newest development.  The J. Craig Venter institute has created the first synthetic self-replicating species whose parent is a computer.  It carries the names of its creators...
Getting Photofly Off the Ground

Getting Photofly Off the Ground

I was very excited to see Photofly from Autodesk – this looked like a fantastic way to quickly model objects and buildings using nothing but photographs and the click of a mouse (and time waiting for some computing to be done on some server someplace to figure...
That Whole ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Thing

That Whole ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Thing

I think I’m finally beginning to understand it. When your life is a blur of work and driving to and from work and being so tired from work that you don’t even have the energy to sit up and watch television when you get home – when things you thought were being handled...
Beautifuel, Two Years Later

Beautifuel, Two Years Later

My Eagle Talon had decided to commit suicide days before I left on a business trip to India during the month of March of 2008. Blow-by pressurized the cooling system in the car, which manifested by explosively disconnecting the top hose on my radiator. This eventually...
Code

Code

A very very small OpenGL engine. I wrote this thing ages ago for a commercial project for the now-defunct subsidiary of Sony, Sony Development.  We were trying to make a giant pinball machine where you tilted the entire machine to play.  To test the physical...
Paper Cylons

Paper Cylons

This is just too cool not to comment on.  Yes, I’m geeking out here – this is an article on Make.com on how to create old-style Cylon armor as papercraft. And here’s the link to the article itself on Make Magazine’s web site. The reason this caught my attention is...
Ray Bradbury, From the Heart

Ray Bradbury, From the Heart

Ray Bradbury, one of the world’s most notable secular humanists and one of the greatest writers of all time, came to speak at the Simi Valley Senior Center last Sunday, and I took my wife and son to see him.  It was a fundraiser for the city library – Mr. Bradbury’s a...
You Can Do Anything

You Can Do Anything

The next time you think to yourself, “I can’t do this, they won’t let me do that” – think about the boy who harnessed the wind. There’s no such thing as luck, really – it’s just a matter of being in the right place with the right stuff, often enough or long enough for...
Places to Get Stuff

Places to Get Stuff

The best content for your production is arguably the content you make yourself. However, sometimes the best content is stuff you just buy and use, because it’s not center stage content or the time and resources required to create the content exceeds the time and...