I bet you had no idea the way springs are made was so cool.
I bet you had no idea the way springs are made was so cool.
Back the 1970’s and 80’s there was a long-running comedy TV show called ‘Are You Being Served?’ on the BBC. It followed the very British way in which a collection of the most unlikely clerks made their way in the Grace Brother’s department store. What made it so fantastic was the characters. Each one was so unique, yet represented a very distinct person each of us likely knows. An aging military man always recounting his past glories, an attractive girl from the less-classy part of town, rough-edged maintenance men, near retirement department heads, and even a young (constantly hinted at) gay man – all of which operating under most hilarious British etiquette and hierarchy while dealing with the most ridiculous of ordinary experiences. I loved this show to death and watched it on PBS whenever I could catch it.
To my joy, I did discover that almost ALL the original episodes are available on YouTube – for free! Go check out a few episodes and see for yourself. It doesn’t get going well until about the 2nd or 3rd season in, but it’s a grand ride. I remember being very heartbroken when I’d watched them all and the series came to an end.
To my surprise, however, it turns out BBC just did a remake here in Aug 2016. On the surface, it looked almost identical to the original. Sadly, however, it’s gotten very poor reviews. Mostly because it seems to have tried too hard to revive the exact same characters – characters who’s actors had almost no hope to re-create the magic that the much-loved original cast had generated over the 10 seasons they worked together. It also played on social jokes that only worked at the time. Perhaps it’s for the best we leave the show as it was.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a new document on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.
There is almost no new/different teaching in the document, but I highly recommend everyone read through this very short and beautiful document to remind themselves of our teaching.
Probably the most important thing is the proper treatment of cremated remains. With a rise in the scattering of ashes in all manner of places and even inclusion of them in jewelry and other objects, it’s important to remember that these remains need proper treatment – long after you and your children have passed on. While it might seem great to keep grandma’s ashes on the mantle or some of dad’s ashes in a ring, this isn’t a very good long-term solution after many generations. It opens their remains up to possible mistreatment or accidents. Further, it hinders them from being a witness and source of prayer for the living faithful that come after.
It is important to remember that if you pass away – what happens to the remains in my care? Some may not even know you have others remains nor their final wishes. Objects may contain remains might be thrown out into the garbage or even sold at a garage sale. Having remains in private hands can leave open the possibility of spilling/getting lost. For these reasons, all believers are directed to be buried at a location that have trusted, long-term ways of ensuring their safe management. Burial grounds are protected by strict laws that ensure their safety long after you and your progeny have passed.
If you do find yourself with the remains of a loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact your local parish office. They’ll happily guide you through getting them interred in a safe way.
Tainted Donuts – this Cowboy Bebop and Trigun mashup is considered by many as one of the best AMV’s (Anime Music Video’s) of all time.
This looks fantastic!
Amazing work from the University of Tokyo. Dynamic projection mapping on non-rigid and self-occluding surfaces at 1000 fps and 3ms delay.
Projection mapping attracts attentions as an emerging technology to extend the real world. However, almost realized examples have been limited to static or quasi-static environments. This research aims at overcoming this limitation and realizes dynamic projection mapping in which dynamically changing real-world and virtual visual information are completely merged in the level of human visual perception. This high-speed dynamic projection mapping requires a high-speed projector enabling high-frame-rate and low-latency projection. In order to meet this demand, we have developed a high-speed projector “DynaFlash” that can project 8-bit images up to 1,000fps with 3ms delay.
Using these base technologies including DynaFlash and Deformable Dot Cluster Marker, we realize a new dynamic projection mapping onto deforming non-rigid surface. In this demonstration, by drawing the marker on the target with IR ink, we allow the marker to be invisible to human and enable robust sensing independently of the projected images. In our technology, both the projection and sensing are operated at a speed of 1,000 fps. Therefore, it is possible to keep the projection consistent with the deformation and extend the real world as if the projected image is printed or existed as an original (digital) texture on the target. Especially, focusing on new paradigms in the field of user interface and fashion, we have demonstrated dynamic projection mapping onto a deformed sheet of paper and T-shirt. Also we show that projection to multiple targets can be controlled flexibly by using multiple markers.
The first 45 seconds is gut-bustingly laughable, over the top, self-aggrandizing hyperbole – but it is certainly a cool looking invention.
The engineer in me wonders how they guarantee the exact RPM’s on this given the variable drag of the needle or movement of air currents (likely very solvable but I wonder about the latency). It also seems to me that bumping the table would produce the commiserate disturbance in the magnetic field which wouldn’t protect against bigger bumps – just tiny ones. Guess we’ll find out when it arrives, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the JA Michell Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference Turntable seen in Clockwork Orange and 2001. I’m pretty sure this will find its way into a sci-fi movie as well at some point.
Machine learning has brought us many good things, and a good number of bad things. One of the bad things is spam, and more recently, fake product reviews. The good news is that now you can have your bots fight their bots.
Fakespot is a website that allows you to copy the URL for a product you are looking at and it will tell you how likely, and how many, of the reviews are fakes. It reviews the overall company and product provider, evaluates the reviews to see how many were likely machine generated, summaries the key positive and negative points mentioned most often, and generates an overall grade of the product+reviews. It’s turning out to be super handy, and super-revealing of how many reviews and sites are scammy.
The new polymer five pound notes in England have a rather curious ability of being just about able to play vinyl records (with the aid of a contact microphone and small amplifier not shown on screen).