Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The right textbook

Suppose you have to give a class about 3D animation for computer science majors; what textbook would be appropriate for such a course? A book about the software program being used that talks about all the hidden tools it has? No! The appropriate book is an animation bible.

This is the book we've been working with

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's only polite, 2 of 5

Image: Frank the mouse bows

Continuing my little "what has made real-life tolerable" series, today I have a rather short post. This is a quick thank you to Turtleleaf and Camtheman.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Walk through walls

Image: Frank the mouse steps through a portal (from the video game "Portal") holding a portal gun in his right hand, which he is steadying with his left hand. Caption:
Could scientists be “thinking with portals”?

Physicists of the University of Athens have discovered a controversial mechanism that may allow people to walk through walls. Curiously, what has created the controversy is not whether it is safe or whether it violates the laws of physics; it’s the fact that the invention has been around for a long time.

The mechanism would allow people to walk from one side of a wall (or any physical barrier for that matter) to the other seamlessly; as if the barrier weren’t there. Such technology could completely change the way walls are built.