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Four short links: 13 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2014

Reverse Engineering for Beginners (GitHub) — from assembly language through stack overflows, dongles, and more. Incident Response at Heroku — the difference between good and bad shops is that good shops have a routine for exceptions. 3D Petrie Museum — …

Four short links: 14 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2014

Bitcoin: Understanding and Assessing Potential Opportunities (Slideshare) — VC deck on Bitcoin market and opportunities, long-term and short-term. Interesting lens on the development and gaps. Queensland Police Map Crime Scenes with 3D Scanner (ComputerWorld) — can’t wait for the 3D …

Four short links: 18 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 18, 2013

The Virtuous Pipeline of Code (Public Resource) — Chicago partnering with Public Resource to open its legal codes for good. “This is great! What can we do to help?” Bravo Chicago, and everyone else—take note! Smithsonian’s 3D Data — models …

Four short links: 14 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 14, 2013

TPPA Trades Away Internet Freedoms (EFF) — commentary on the wikileaked text of the trade agreement. Deep Learning 101 — introduction to the machine learning trend of choice. Large Scale Rapid Prototyping Robots — an informal list of large rapid …

Four short links: 2 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 1, 2013

Unhappy Truckers and Other Algorithmic Problems — Even the insides of vans are subjected to a kind of routing algorithm; the next time you get a package, look for a three-letter letter code, like “RDL.” That means “rear door left,” …

Rotating a UIView in 3D

By Rachel Roumeliotis
July 22, 2013

Jon Manning (@desplesda) and Paris Buttfield-Addison (@parisba) are co-founders of Secret Lab and authors of the forthcoming Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 3rd Edition. They’ll be speaking at OSCON this week in Portland, OR. Here they explain how to rotate a …

Four short links: 8 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2013

mozpay — a JavaScript API inspired by but modified for things like multiple payment providers and carrier billing. When a web app invokes navigator.mozPay() in Firefox OS, the device shows a secure window with a concise UI. After authenticating, …

Printing ourselves

By Julie Steele
November 27, 2012

Tim O’Reilly recently asked me and some other colleagues which technology seems most like magic to us. There was a thoughtful pause as we each considered the amazing innovations we read about and interact with every day. I didn’t have …

Four short links: 19 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 19, 2012

Home-made 3D-Printed Drones — if only they used computer-vision to sequence DNA, they’d be the perfect storm of O’Reilly memes :-) Hacking Pacemakers For Death — IOActive researcher Barnaby Jack has reverse-engineered a pacemaker transmitter to make it possible to …

The promise of WebGL

By Mary Treseler
October 12, 2012

WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a JavaScript API maintained by the Khronos group, a standards body responsible for other open standards including OpenGL. WebGL allows developers to display hardware-accelerated interactive 3D graphics in the browser without installing additional software — …

Four short links: 2 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 2, 2012

Print Your Own 3D Parts (Wired) — Teenage Engineering, makers of a popular synthesizer known as the OP-1, posted the 3-D design files of various components on digital object repository Shapeways, and is instructing 3-D printer-equipped users to print them …

Using Python for Computer Vision

Using Python for Computer Vision
By Andy Oram
May 31, 2012

In this interview, Jan Erik Solem, author of the upcoming book "Programming Computer Vision with Python," describes the uses for some common operations, and choices programmers have.

Four short links: 21 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2011

Sugar -- a Javascript library that fixes inconsistencies in built-in classes (Strings, Arrays, etc.) and extends them with much-needed time-saving functionality (e.g., automatic iterators over regular expressions; Date creation from strings; binding scopes to functions). Tilt -- clever Firefox plugin that lets you view the DOM on your page in 3D. Excellent for visually understanding the structure and layout...

Four short links: 7 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 7, 2011

UK Internet Entrepreneurs (Guardian) -- two things stood out for me. (1) A startup focused on 3d printing better dolls for boys and girls. (2) it seems easier to the government to start something new and impose its own vision than it is to understand and integrate with what already exists. TreeSaver.js -- MIT/GPLv2-licensed JavaScript framework for creating magazine-style...

Four short links: 19 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 19, 2011

Implementing REST -- This is a place for exploring aspects of implementing applications using the REST architectural style. This may include statements about existing frameworks and libraries, general discussions about the nature of the style and how it may be expressed and/or encouraged via a programming framework, etc. When Teaching Restrains Discovery -- read about this research (short story:...

Four short links: 1 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 1, 2010

2 Kinects 1 Box (YouTube) -- merging data from two Kinects in real time, to get astonishing 3D information. (via Chelfyn Baxter) Crowdsource is not Open Source (Simon Phipps) -- there are some businesses that don't understand this, and exploit community for their sole benefit in the name of open source. Ignorance of the four freedoms is dangerous. We...

Four short links: 15 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2010

Between the Bars -- snail-mail-to-blogs transcription service for prisoners, to make visible stories that would otherwise be missed. there is a religous program here called Kairo's in the program inmates are given letters and drawings made by small children not one in that program did not cry, after reading the words of incouragement from those kids. An unmissable reminder...

Four short links: 10 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2010

Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook (danah boyd) -- Mikalah uses Facebook but when she goes to log out, she deactivates her Facebook account. She knows that this doesn’t delete the account - that’s the point. She knows that when she logs back in, she’ll be able to reactivate the account and have all of her friend connections back. But...

Four short links: 27 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2010

Bleach -- HTML sanitizer, which some might say is an impossible task. TAT Home -- a gesture-powered 3d home screen for Android. Omaha -- the autoupdater used in Chrome and other Google projects, open sourced. Google Refine -- Freebase GridWorks has new home and new name, with new checkins happening all the time. An excellent ETL tool for figuring...

Canvas Tricks - 3D Link List

By Matthew David
September 7, 2010

Canvas 3D trick

Four short links: 3 Sep 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 3, 2010

Arranging Things: The Rhetoric of Object Placement (Amazon) -- [...] the underlying principles that govern how Western designers arrange things in three-dimensional compositions. Inspired by Greek and Roman notions of rhetoric [...] Koren elucidates the elements of arranging rhetoric that all designers instinctively use in everything from floral compositions to interior decorating. (via Elaine Wherry) 2010 Mario AI Championship...

What we can learn from data, 3-D and a giant globe

What we can learn from data, 3-D and a giant globe
By Mac Slocum
September 1, 2010

IBM researcher and Web 2.0 Expo speaker Julia Grace spends her days digging into data. Her tools are a little unusual, though. Instead of spreadsheets and bar graphs, she uses visualizations and a seven-foot-tall, three-dimensional globe. Grace discusses life with a giant globe and explores her recent findings in this Q&A.

Step Up 3D - Great Stereoscopic Cinema

By Damien Stolarz
August 9, 2010

If you haven't yet joined the 3D bandwagon, or if you like dance, and even if you're just a techie interested in state-of-the-art cinema, I highly recommend "Step Up 3D". I know full well that I'm gushing over what could be perceived as a throwaway dance movie with a 3D gimmick, but I also just visited from the Edison museum poring over gimmicky inventions such as the phonograph and movie projector, which delivered mere sideshow amusement until they found their role in delivering music and cinema to the masses.

Four short links: 28 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 28, 2010

Fair Use in the US Economy (PDF) -- prepared by IT lobby in the US, it's the counterpart to Big 's fictitious billions of dollars of losses due to file sharing. Take each with a grain of salt, but this is interesting because it talks about the industries and businesses that the fair use laws make possible. Disassembled Household...

Sean McCracken Interview

By Jesse Freeman
April 26, 2010

Tell us about how you got started with Flash and what attracted you to the language? My first real encounter with flash was with Flash 8 Professional. Back then I was working at Warner Music Group, at a dead...

Four short links: 13 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 13, 2010

0to255 -- simple cute colour-generator. (via Hacker News) ProPublica Wins Pulitzer Prize (NYTimes) -- important landmark in the rise of online journalism. The award is a landmark for ProPublica, founded in 2007, and the other digital news outlets that have sprouted around the country. Over the last few years, the Pulitzer Prize board has relaxed the eligibility rules, allowing...

Four short links: 9 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 9, 2010

Cooperative Behaviour Spreads Through a Group, But So Does Cheating (Not Exactly Rocket Science) -- Fowler and Christakis suggest that people tend to mimic the actions of those they played with. They could be directly imitating the actions of other players, or they could be looking out for cues that tell them the 'right' or 'normal' way of behaving....

The Watering Hole - Keeping Things in Perspective

The Watering Hole - Keeping Things in Perspective
By James Turner
January 15, 2010

Please put on your 3D glasses NOW.

Four short links: 27 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 27, 2009

ProFORMA -- software which builds a 3D model as you rotate an object in front of your webcam. Check out the video below. (via Wired) BiwaScheme -- a Scheme interpreter written in Javascript. (via Hacker News) YMacs -- in-browser EMACS written in Javascript. Emacs, for those of you who were left in any doubt, is the only editor ever...

Unity 3D is Now Free

By Andrew Trice
October 30, 2009

I read today that a new version of Unity, a 3D Platform for the web, was released yesterday. It is full of new features, but most importantly, it is now free.

Google Maps - Now With Perspective!

By Andrew Trice
July 31, 2009

Google recently released a new addition to the Maps API for Flash, including 3D perspective, and a new control set that is reminiscent of the controls in Google Earth! Read on to see details, and an example.

Building a 3D album with FIVe3D and TweenLite

By The Tech Labs
July 3, 2009

In this tutorial I will show you how to build a simple 3D photo album in AS3. We will build an application similar to this one. I will use two AS3 libraries: FIVe3D and TweenLite, both open source. Five3D is a lightweight 3D library written by Mathieu Badimon. TweenLite is one of the many libraries available for script based animation in AS3. It was created by Jack Doyle from Greensock. It's principal characteristic is that it's small (hence it's name) and simple to use. FIVe3D and TweenLite work very well together!

MakerBot, an inexpensive, easy-to-build 3D printer

MakerBot, an inexpensive, easy-to-build 3D printer
By Brian Jepson
June 12, 2009

I just saw this piece in the weekly print edition of the Christian Science Monitor. It's a great overview of a lot of the offerings out there. In Your idea, "printed" in 3-D, Jesse Emspak writes: At its heart, this...

3D Glasses: Virtual Reality, Meet the iPhone

By Mark Sigal
June 5, 2009

A light flickers from two distinct points in time. As a child in the early-1970s, one of my toys was a View-Master, a binoculars-like device for viewing 3D images (called stereograms), essentially a mini-program excerpted from popular destinations, TV shows, cartoons, events and the like. The View-Master completely predated the advent of electronic toys (it was light powered and...

FLARVision: Augmented Reality and Papervision

By Jesse Freeman
May 1, 2009

The basic explanation of Augmented Reality is to superimpose graphics over real-world environments in realtime. In Flash, this is usually done with a webcam and a marker card. When you hold the card up to the webcam, Flash is able to detect the orientation of the marker and superimpose, in this case, a 3d model on top of it. This technology has been around for a while now and having access to it in Flash is really exciting. Although it is still in its infancy, over time the speed and power of AR will improve to hopefully play an important role in how we view the web. Now is a great time to get your feet wet in order to get a better understanding on how it works.

3D Web Plugins - The Next Trend?

By Andrew Trice
April 22, 2009

Both Adobe and Microsoft have demonstrated the capabilities and importance of player-based runtimes within the browser -- There is no question about it. There are numerous things that you can do within the player based runtime that allow for an enhanced experience, and amazing graphical capabilities. Now, it appears that more and more 3D browser plugins are popping up.

Creating an Interactive 3D Globe

By Andrew Trice
February 5, 2009

Here's a fun post that I've wanted to do for a while, but just haven't had the time until recently. I'm very interested in working with geographic data, 3D, and data visualization. This post is the first of what I hope to be several, where I will combine these interests and create an interactive 3D globe that you can recreate for your own purposes.

Google Earth + Google Earth API on Mac

By Andrew Trice
December 4, 2008

Lots of news today, First JavaFX, now Google. Google Earth, and the Google Earth browser API are now supported on Macs.

I'm Constantly Impressed By RIAs

By Andrew Trice
November 5, 2008

Although I'm up to my neck in RIA every day, I'm still impressed by some of the things that people are able to do with RIAs and the internet. Here are a few examples that really grabbed my attention this evening.

The desktop 3D printer

By Mike Loukides
October 30, 2008

Yesterday, Andrew Sheppard pointed me at a desktop 3D printer for under $5000. That brought back some memories... In the early 80s, I worked for Imagen, the company that made the first laser printer that sold for under $20,000, the first laser printer that sold for under $10,000, and the first laser printer that sold for under $7,000. We didn't...

Papervision3D Movement- Going Where No MovieClip Has Gone Before

By John Lindquist
August 24, 2008

If you’re anything like me, you remember how excited you were years ago when you first wrote a simple line of code, ball._x++, in an onEnterFrame event and gleefully watched a ball fly across the stage. I promise you that little moving ball ain’t got nothin’ on what you’re about to learn here.

Impressive Data Visualization

By Andrew Trice
July 16, 2008

I was checking out the PaperVision3D blog today, and stumbled across a really impressive data visualization technique used by the band Radiohead with the release of their new video for "House of Cards". Why is this on, you may wonder? Read on to see...

Fun With PaperVision3D & Graphics Filters

By Andrew Trice
June 13, 2008

Since diving back into PaperVision3D in my last post, I've been having some fun playing with 3D concepts. I forgot how cool 3D visualizations can be, but at the same time, they can get really confusing and really complicated very quickly. At the same time as they are getting complicated and confusing, they also start creating abstract shapes that are intriguing.

Revenge of the iPhone Webapps

By Chris Adamson
June 12, 2008

Apple took some abuse when their original iPhone SDK was "just webapps." Now that I'm digging into the SDK, I'm looking at what iPhone provides to webapps and wondering if we weren't too hasty and too harsh. iPhone webapps may be a lot cooler than we thought.

3D Charts Using PaperVision3D

By Andrew Trice
June 10, 2008

I haven't touched PaperVision3D in a while, and some of the recent articles here on motivated me to dive in and take a look around. Here's what I came up with after sitting down with it for an evening...

Google Releases 'Google Earth API'

By Andrew Trice
May 29, 2008

Yesterday, Google released the Google Earth API. This is basically a browser plugin for Google Earth. I have to admit, I was blown away when I saw it in action. Microsoft Virtual Earth beat Google to it with web based 3d maps, but Google is going to give them a run for their money.

Textures (WireFrame, Bitmap, MovieAsset, Video, etc.) PaperVision3D

By John Lindquist
May 29, 2008

Materials Why do you need to learn about materials in Papervision3D? Take a sphere for example: How do you determine whether the sphere is a globe, an eye, or a basketball? You only know by which material is mapped to the sphere. This article will cover the basics of the materials available through Papervision3D and teach you how to add materials to Planes. Let's get started, we’ve got a lot of “material” to cover:

The Flex Show: Doing 3D right

By RJ Owen
April 23, 2008

Brad Umbaugh and I were interviewed on The Flex Show last week discussing our use of 3D in Discovery Earth Live. You can check out the full interview here if you're interested.

3D + RIA: Where Does It Fit?

By Andrew Trice
April 18, 2008

I am thoroughly impressed with some of the things that I have seen recently coming out of the 3D flash world. PaperVision3D has come a long, Away3d is looking great, and today was the first time that I have ever seen the Alternativa Platform. I'm speechless by some of the work that I have seen.

Earth LIve new RIA Reviewed

By Rich Tretola
February 11, 2008

Last week I was fortunate enough to have been given a demo and walkthrough of a new Discovery Channel Rich Internet Application built by EffectiveUI. The demo was given by Randy Reiland, (senior vice president, Digital Media, Discovery Communications), Anthony Franco (president, EffectiveUI), and RJ Owen (senior designer, EffectiveUI).

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