Monday, March 23, 2015


Interestingly, William Gibson's famous SciFi story Neuromancer was commissioned, and destined to be straight-to-paperback.  It was his first novel and he says he was terrified while writing it, to the extent that he assumed it would be ignored on release.  This attitude, however, gave him a kind a freedom and he decided to write for imagined readers in the future, which could be the secret to how groundbreaking it would actually be.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Six More Weeks of Winter
- Punxsutawney Phil, Weather Rodent

Friday, October 24, 2014

Swedish Graphics

Most of the images in the Ikea catalog are Computer Generated, including this one.  They didn't sack all their photographers; they just re-trained them.  Now they don't have to ship a load of furniture from all over the world for a photo-shoot, mistakes found later are easy to fix and the prototype furniture doesn't need to physically exist before they start designing the room view.   So smart!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More Asteroids

My favourite non-Boosh Zooniverse has relaunched: Asteroid Zoo - helping astronomers spot and catalogue new orbiting rocks.  The pics are bigger, the interface is slicker, but the best thing is the new colour-rotation mode; it highlights differences in the four image sequence, so a moving object shows as a line of flashing dots against the solid white star field.  It also coincidentally creates the effect of watching a short silent movie of the sky, complete with occasional blips, scratches and frame wandering. Another side-effect shows when a bright star causes a kind of lens-flare - the overloaded pixels around the edge gain a pleasing early-arcade-game rainbow colour cycle.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Virtually Real

The brains behind the greatest 3D games of all time have been assembled.  The nebulous research phase has moved on to concrete engineering.  The funding is backed by the richest of website companies.  Finally, a mass-produced device for total immersion is in sight.  Don't worry Mr Gibson, it will be alright this time.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Other ideas

As people are finally taking Space Elevators seriously, it looks like this company specializes in researching other crazy-until-we-build-them ideas.  Highlights include: a 2001-alike space hotel, transparent pyramidal pod cities, a hexagonal robot-built moon base, 30km diameter artificial oases, and, most crazy of all, a ring of solar cells around the moon that transmit power to the Earth.

Monday, February 3, 2014


"...six more weeks of winter it shall be."
- Punxsutawney Phil, occasional meteorologist