Monthly Archives: June 2005

get the pitchforks

Overheard on “slashdot”: today:

_If you could go back in time to 1980 and tell everyone that in 25 years, European governments would be spearheading an initiative called “Operation Spam Zombies”:, and that this name was not in any way meant to be humorous, the looks on peoples faces would be priceless._

new age of prophets

Now *that’s* what I’m talkin’ about. None of this mumbling about the end of the world or strange portents. “Prophet Yahweh”: has a simple, straightforward prophecy: “Spaceships Will Appear Over Las Vegas On My Signal”:

His press release has all the details, including, “The spaceship will hover in the sky … for almost two days. All Las Vegans will be able to see it, day and night…” Even “James Randi”: would approve of such a bold, falsifiable statement.


I recently accepted a position at “EVDB”:, a start-up which is building an events database. It’s a deceptively simple concept with far-reaching applications and more than its share of challenges; that translates to “lots of interesting work to do” and makes it a good fit for me.

Now, if I could just decide on a “calendar”: to include in the sidebar here as a test. Any ideas?

seeing around corners

I’ve been trying desperately to determine why this technique for “reconstructing a scene from a different vantage point”: is useful (as opposed to just a neat trick). It’s probably a great technique for use with live-action-plus-CG films, but I’m at a loss to find any other application.

Still, it reminds me of a discussion I had with Adam Houston a while back about using a regular wall as a mirror by reconstructing the paths of all the light rays hitting it. They aren’t quite doing that, but they can still see the back face of a playing card using a similar trick. (View the video at the bottom to see the trick in action.)