Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Great Red Spot yet again. :)


Stellar is it not? :)


Had to do another. :)

Like oil on water, Jove never disappoints. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Document Everything ...


Any questions? Especially when dealing with duplicous and stupid fools like the PHB. :)


Friday, April 20, 2018

Early Spring/The Worm Moon



Spring is slowly coming to CT with plants and animals waking up from a long drawn out winter of 2018.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Toons yet again ...


Honey, I'm back.

Pretzel Logic ...


Truth never lies ...

Trump as Captain Obvious


Dazed & Confused 

Ask the NSA, they know who did what and why.

Exit stage 1, thank god.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dangerville



A 1964 clip so relevant in 2018, could, in actuality, lay out, in indirect fashion, how WWIII starts, based on the insanity of Trump jumping the shark on whether Assad is willing to do stupid by gassing his people when the war, as ascertained by US military, has already been won with extensive Russian help. Words cannot describe just how dangerous Trump's unilateral action truly is. One hopes the joint chiefs will say no to this folly before it's too late.

President Trump: In an early morning tweet on Wednesday warned Moscow that "nice and new and 'smart'" missiles would be headed to Syria, saying "Get ready Russia." 

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" he said. 

"You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" the president added.

WTF & Dr. Strangelove indeed.

3 levels of purgatory :)



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Thinking Summer



REDDING ROCK'N ROOTS REVIVAL 2018 is coming up. This short clip shows why RR'NRR rocks with an acoustic jam both retrained and elegant to a fault. Kudos to Elliot for amazing sound, Charley for making RR'NRR a reality and Christopher Teal Davis, Andy Powell, JD Seem, with significant others, to remind one that Thinking Summer never disappoints. :)

Thursday, April 05, 2018

A must see



Isle of Dogs is a must see for yours truly.



  Fantastic Mr. Fox was a must see without question.



A possible 2.2B ...


The second luckiest man on the planet (Bill Gates is 1st - thanks to the ineptness of IBM) building an empire on non state of the art tech, just admitted a possible cool 2.2 billion of us rubes may have had our data hacked. WTF comes to mind here as Zuckerberg is one that yours truly, and many others, has disliked from day one as one who could not be trusted. Unfortunately, FB is a part of my life but at least I am not alone in getting hosed based on, what appears to be, a slovenly approach to maintaining security for us chickens.





It gets better.





Any questions?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Process Visual X4


Mirror Reflect/Rev 1


Chevron


NY Times Square - Rev 1


Emergence of a Different Kind

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Presbyopia


If you look closely at this infrared image on the left side, you will see houses slightly out of focus, not because yours truly screwed up in taking the shot but rather how infrared wavelengths drift out of focus from time to time with lenses & cameras keyed to visible light. Now consider looking at a computer screen or smartphone for 8 hours to see how out of focus eyes can permanently become given just how intense screens on said devices tend to be in the year of our lord 2018.




But there is a common sense remedy to this.



Yours truly does the 20-20-20 rule to the max even though my eyes vis a vis close up vision crapped out years ago due to age but with that being said, said vision has not gotten any worse looking at screens of all sizes beginning in the late 70's of B&W 80 character displays, courtesy Perkin Elmer, creating fine art 3D graphics on the MAGI system using Fortran 77 as the weapon of choice to create said art in question. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Uncanny Valley writ large



The Uncanny Valley, the place where 3D CG characters so closely resemble humans yet not, giving everyone the creeps, is now being generated in real time, something not thought possible until now.

Fast forward to today, and the tools that are available to budding games creators are incredible. And there’s one graphics and animation engine that is at the forefront of the advancement in realtime graphics realism. Unreal Engine.

From Mortal Kombat to Star Wars, there is no other system as ubiquitous as this, and recently demonstrations of the capabilities of the latest iteration of the system have been doing the rounds. Be prepared to be amazed.

There are three standout demonstrations. The first uses 3Lateral’s Meta Human Framework© alongside Unreal Engine to make a volumetric capture of a performance by Andy Serkis, before transposing it to another CGI character. In realtime. The final result is shown above.

This is Andy Serkis’ original performance. Note that what you are watching is still a CGI version of him!


Gotta love Macbeth. :)

Addendum: Charles Darwin capped on this in Voyage of the Beagle in describing the face of a South American bushmaster in the Galapagos. 




Uncanny Valley indeed.

Monday, March 26, 2018

In the eye of the beholder


Is this art or an artificial construct generated by Deep Dream, a Google derived AI with a viewpoint on the world both bizarre and wondrous depending on one's point of view. 




Compare this piece with Diebenkorn's Large Light Blue. Eerie says it all.
Any questions?

Addendum: Here's a shot by yours truly using DD to do the deed.


Van Gogh anyone? Here's the original.


Emergence - NYC 2018.

4 & More ...


Lions 3


News in the Round


Verticality


Emergence

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NYC/Edge Lines



NYC is a city of angles, lines and intensity. Motion of all forms rule as the city prepares for spring. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It's computational


For a long time, yours truly has thought the cure for cancer centers on understating how our bodies crunch information because cancer, in essence, is a breakdown of this incredibly complex communicative process that keeps us rubes alive 24/7. With this in mind, the approach to solving this wicked problem is finally going in the right direction based on compute power that's increasing at exponential rates as we move further into the 21st century.

The bad old days ...


John Wheeler was right ... it's computational.



In the end, Wheeler eloquently explains what reality is all about.




John Wheeler

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The "Art" of Persuasion



When one combines high end analytics/data mining with political dirty tricks, the end result is Cambridge Analytica.

The data mining company Cambridge Analytica, which is owned by the billionaire Robert Mercer, made headlines for a second time in less than a week. On Monday Britain's Channel 4 News broadcast the results of a four month long investigation into the company. The explosive report shows the company's CEO Alexander Nix bragging about using dirty tricks to entrap politicians. Here's a short clip from the program.

NEWS REPORT: After a four-month undercover investigation, tonight a glimpse into how they really operate. Prepared, it seems, to ruin their clients' opponents through handouts and honey traps. Through sex, secrets, and spies.

It get better.

Joining me now to discuss the Channel 4 report on Cambridge Analytica and related matters is Bill Black. Bill is a white collar criminologist and former financial regulator and Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He is the author also of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One." Thanks for joining us again, Bill.

Bill Black: Thank you.

GREG WILPERT: Bill, What is your initial reaction to these latest revelations about Cambridge Analytica dirty tricks?

BILL BLACK: So, Americans understand the Koch brothers. But if you distilled the Koch brothers down to the absolute essence of evil then you'd have the Mercer father-daughter team. They want to produce a world that's authoritarian and they want to produce a world that is nationalistic, along the lines of, basically, pure blood and those types of things. And they've taken over this entity Cambridge Analytica that used to be just sort of a regular company. They purged all of the moderates. So it's deeply, deeply right wing.

But it's more than that. It's, basically, you have to think of these people as mercenaries, as in mercenaries in the old days that would go in and take over a country by force of arms. Now they do it in a more sophisticated fashion. They have no country that they believe in. Former spies type such, but they are entirely out for power and money in these areas.

BRT talked about CA, with homage to Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda, in a piece titled Data Set, which, in indirect ways, shows how CA helped Trump become POTUS by leveraging data garnered from Facebook in ways that boggle the mind.

Addendum: Here is the 5 part Channel 4 News video series on CA's excellent adventure.


Edward Bernays

Roadtrip+



A quick 4 day excursion into Fl complete with water, tourists, resorts, pelicans, sand and astoundingly clear and sunny skies is the focus of this short trip shot with a smartphone and iPad. Enjoy.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Quinn



Quinn, the intense Nor'easter, roared through CT with a vengeance with 20+" of snow and howling winds knocking out power to the max. With all this being said, the inherent beauty of Quinn is zen like with extremely heavy snow transforming the landscape into a textured whitespace of delicate beauty. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Can you see what I see? :)



Extremely cool optical illusion. Warning: Click mute before viewing as the music score sucks.

 A 3-D painted zebra crosswalk in Ísafjörður, Iceland

Ísafjörður's optical illusion of a crosswalk is designed to get motorists to slow down. And there's potentially more three-dimensional painted zebra crossings to come in this remote Icelandic town. (Video screenshot: Gústi Productions/YouTube)
Iceland is a place of such dramatic, otherworldly beauty that many visitors have a hard time believing their very own eyes. Over the past several years, the island-bound Nordic nation has emerged, for better or worse, as the world’s preeminent blink twice and rub-your-peepers-to-make-sure-you’re-not-hallucinating destination. Double takes, audible gasps, and veering rental cars off of roads while gawking are all par for the course.

It’s that last reaction — distracted driving while speeding to get to the next awe-inspiring site — that’s problematic. To address this, Ísafjörður, a lively fishing and tourism hub in northwest Iceland’s far-flung Westfjords region, has embraced a novel approach to improving traffic safety: fighting rubberneck-inducing fire with rubberneck-inducing fire.

Dreamt up by town environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla and executed by local pavement marking company GÍH Vegamálun, a traditional, striped crosswalk in the center of town has been transformed into a pedestrian right-of-way that appears to be hovering directly above the asphalt.


To be clear, this shifting 3-D optical illusion doubling as a run-of-the-mill crosswalk is a distraction (and disorienting, to boot). However, the town is confident it will slow traffic, if not bring it to a complete stop, without freaking out too many overwhelmed out-of-towners already dazed by the unreal-looking natural scenery of the Westfjords.

Imagine this in NYC. :) A crowd pleaser or crowd annoyance depending on one's POV. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Winter's End



Winter's slowly ending in CT with ice ebbing away, the sun rising higher in the sky and a fierce Nor'easter named Riley notwithstanding. Enjoy.

Update, I may have to add to this bad boy if the weather forecast rings true March 7th & 8th. :)

Friday, March 02, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Government largesse



Government largesse says it all in terms of just how much money the Pentagon gets from Uncle Sam with rather questionable benefits when it comes how it relates to foreign policy, especially in the middle east & Africa.

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that perfectly sober reportage about Pentagon funding issues isn’t satire in the style of the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz.  Take, for instance, a recent report in the Washington Examiner that Army Secretary Mark Esper and other Pentagon officials are now urging Congress to release them from a September 30th deadline for fully dispersing their operation and maintenance funds (about 40% of the department’s budget).  In translation, they’re telling Congress that they have more money than even they can spend in the time allotted.

From the Washington Examiner
Army Secretary Mark Esper said he has been meeting with members of Congress about relaxing a Sept. 30 deadline for using its annual operations and maintenance funds, an account that is about 40 percent of the total Pentagon budget.

“Allow me to spend O&M money for more than one fiscal year. Allow me to spend it for two fiscal years, that way I can smooth that curve out,” Esper said on Thursday. “I can make better use of the taxpayers’ dollars, I can ensure more soldiers are trained and well-trained, and I think overall we can deliver a much better product.”

A better product ...

By congressional mandate, the Pentagon needs to be ready for an audit of its finances by Sept. 30, 2017. If what’s going on at the U.S. Army is any indication — and it is — then next fall’s audit will be a shit-show of broken promises, cooked books and bizarre accounting.

The Army made headlines in mid-August 2016 when a Defense Department Inspector General report landed with a heavy thud. The 75-page report detailed all the ways the Army screwed up its accounting of the Army General Fund in 2015.

According to the report, Army bookkeepers screwed up the budget to the tune of … $6.5 trillion dollars.

Yes, Trillion.

Yes, war is a racket and a profitable one at that.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sugar High


When it comes to sweets, yours truly is a true junkie but at least the sweets in fruits, beets and other such bennies are not the problem like the processed crap yours truly occasionally eats because it's so addictive. 

To whit ...





And we haven't even talked about cancer and sugar until now ...






Yes we are and it's about time, don't you think?