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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:23:23 +0200

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

Here's an article with the mainstream "balanced", give both "sides" equal time approach, and even then it seems like the alt-right/UniteTheRight groups came in rumbling for a fight. The anarchists, anti-fa and more peaceful leftists seem to be primarily blocking their way, and occasionally throwing things. One other thing that stood out is that there were far more cameras than violence from either side. Much of the violence appeared to be a couple people fighting surrounded by a hoard of cameras.
The police seemed outnumbered, but competent and much more effective than the shield swinging protesters from either side.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:13:45 +0200

Original Post from John Hardy Turnbull delenda est:

Eye witness accounts of the counter protests at Charlottesville.

Now that foul-mouthed Trump has used it, the term "Alt-Left" will be retired by lazy liberal pundits going forward. The noise you are hearing now is the sound of old tweets being deleted en masse.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:02:36 +0200

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

‘I decline utterly to be impartial between the fire brigade and the fire.’
-- Winston Churchill

Via @AndreiCherny's Tweet: https://twitter.com/AndreiCherny/status/897583238822088705?s=09

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:30:59 +0200

As Kevin C. said when sharing this post originally:"Wait, what? This isn't satire? Trump actually established a propaganda network and called it 'Real News'?We need to make sure this fails horribly. Not just a little, fails so bad no future American President of any party will want to try it again in the future. Don't give it views, read third party summaries instead. Don't give it likes. Don't give it shares. Does it have any advertisers to contact?"

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

Wait, what? This isn't satire? Trump actually established a propaganda network and called it "Real News"?
We need to make sure this fails horribly. Not just a little, fails so bad no future American President of any party will want to try it again in the future. Don't give it views, read third party summaries instead. Don't give it likes. Don't give it shares. Does it have any advertisers to contact?

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:22:28 +0200

Holy fuck.

And here I am thinking the next gen VR controllers were going to be gloves...

#weliveinthefuture #vr #neuralinterface

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:20:25 +0200

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:14:47 +0200

Original Post from John Hardy Turnbull delenda est:

In the United States, cops steal more than robbers.

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:07:46 +0200

The 13th Doctor

When then-new Doctor Who companion Bill was announced to be a lesbian, I was just glad it ruled out another weird, forced Doctor-companion pseudo-romance (https://goo.gl/ef34C1). Then, as it turned out, I really liked Bill. She was probably my favorite companion in some time. So when the finale seemingly wrote her out, I was kinda bummed.

Now that they've announced the Doctor's upcoming sex change, I'm glad Bill is gone. She was great, but I hope they don't bring her back. I'm not against romance in general, but classic Doctor Who was never a show about romance, and forcing romantic subtext into the relationship between a many centuries old alien and his barely legal companions has always been one of the worst things about the revival. I think a big part of what worked so well about this last season is that Moffat finally—for the first time in his career—got the relationship between the Doctor and his companion right.

Not having seen Broadchurch, I'm trying to remain cautiously optimistic about how things will go under new showrunner Chris Chibnall. But if they announce Bill's return, that's going to be a red flag now.

(To be honest, I think I'm getting too old for this show. This is the second time in my life they've cast someone younger than me as the Doctor; it didn't sit right with me the first time, and it doesn't sit right with me now (if they wanted a female Doctor, I would have gone with someone more like Tilda Swinton). I've just realized Capaldi was probably the last Doctor older than me that I'll ever see. Sobering thought.)

#DoctorWho #13thDoctor #JodieWhittaker #SciFi #TV #entropy #imgoingtodieandsoareyou

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:37:09 +0200

Providing locomotion in VR is an on-going challenge. There's no solution that pleases everyone: Games that release with teleportation only are swamped with demands for trackpad movement, while games that only offer trackpad movement lose the ~30% of players prone to motion sickness.

I'm working on developing a unique new VR locomotion system for Unity that will bridge the gap between trackpad movement and teleportation, which I'm calling StrobeMotion. The goal of StrobeMotion is to provide the most naturalistic motion possible while maintaining a comfortable experience for all players.

And it works! Well... It works for the two people who have tried it, anyway. To get meaningful results, I need a lot more people to try it.

I'm looking for people to playtest a short demo level I've built. All you have to do is traverse the level using the current pre-alpha prototype of StrobeMotion, then answer a few questions about your comfort levels in an embedded survey. Easy as pie, and it should only take around 5 minutes.

If you'd like to help, please follow the link below to download the playtest level. (This initial test build only supports HTC Vive on Windows.)

After you finish the playtest, if you have any additional feedback you feel like sharing beyond what the survey covers, of course I'd love to hear it. Feel free to post comments to the linked project page, or just reply to this post.

Thanks!