Science & Technology

  • The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

    Republique by Camouflaj + Logan – The little (big) project that can.

    The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

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  • In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

    Hero Lab, best GM tool on the market

    In a role-playing game industry flooded with a multitude of time saving tools, Lone Wolf Development has accomplished not only standing out; but setting the standard. For those of you out there not in the know, Lone Wolf Development is the driving creative force behind several different software based tools, including the one this review will be covering: HERO LAB. Now officially speaking, Hero Lab is available for several different game systems ranging from various incarnations of D&D (with 3.5 and 4e available), to Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu, Savage Worlds and 2nd/3rd editions of Mutant’s and Masterminds all being available as core systems one can purchase for use with this program. Why do I point out the officially speaking […]

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  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

    Project Avatar: Urban Warfare of the Future

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

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  • About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

    Stem Cells: A Promise of Better Vision

    About half a year ago Jonathan, Nerd Trek’s Editor-in-Chief, posted an article detailing cutting-edge technology regarding bionic eyes.  While many of us would like to become living Terminators, we still have a long wait ahead until that technology is available at our local clinics.  In the meantime we still have other ventures in ophthalmology that are more likely to be commonplace within the next 5 years.  The best example of this technology is the study of embryonic stem cells and a small publicly owned/funded company called Advanced Cell Technology.  I know, I know.  The first mention of ‘stem cells’ and people are thrown into a political and/or religious debate about the use of stem cells.  However, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT […]

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  • Today NERD TREK brings you an exclusive interview with Brian Wood from AwesomeDice.com to talk about a new WordPress plugin that he and Dashifen have developed.  This plugin fills a desperately needed function for those of us with RPG websites.   Brian, please tell us about this great new plugin!   Well, we’re obviously huge fans of dice over at Awesome Dice, but the sad fact is you can’t always have dice on hand when you need them. We thought it’d be a great idea to make a dice roller that people could put on their own blogs, rather than having to go to a special dice roller site. One of the main motivations for this was the idea of using a […]

    WordPress Plugin: D&D Dice Roller

    Today NERD TREK brings you an exclusive interview with Brian Wood from AwesomeDice.com to talk about a new WordPress plugin that he and Dashifen have developed.  This plugin fills a desperately needed function for those of us with RPG websites.   Brian, please tell us about this great new plugin!   Well, we’re obviously huge fans of dice over at Awesome Dice, but the sad fact is you can’t always have dice on hand when you need them. We thought it’d be a great idea to make a dice roller that people could put on their own blogs, rather than having to go to a special dice roller site. One of the main motivations for this was the idea of using a […]

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  • Spycam Car Key Fob Camera This is the coolest spy gadget I have ever used.  This tiny keychain fob (what the heck does “fob” mean?) poses as an automatic door unlock/panic for a car.  In actuality it is a tiny albeit powerful camera capable of snapping photographs at 640 x 480 resolution and recording video in AVI format.  I figured the photos and video I got with this little device would be blurry and useless in real world spying practices. I took the camera out on a couple secret missions and compiled a plethora of photographs and video files.  When I arrived at my home base I plugged the device into my computer and downloaded the files from the 4 […]

    ThinkGeek Product Review: Spycam Car Key Fob Camera

    Spycam Car Key Fob Camera This is the coolest spy gadget I have ever used.  This tiny keychain fob (what the heck does “fob” mean?) poses as an automatic door unlock/panic for a car.  In actuality it is a tiny albeit powerful camera capable of snapping photographs at 640 x 480 resolution and recording video in AVI format.  I figured the photos and video I got with this little device would be blurry and useless in real world spying practices. I took the camera out on a couple secret missions and compiled a plethora of photographs and video files.  When I arrived at my home base I plugged the device into my computer and downloaded the files from the 4 […]

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  • This high powered little projector has blown my mind!  It’s tiny, portable, and has all the power of its bloated predecessors. We used it to host an impromptu gaming party at our house.  Pinning a white sheet up on the wall and projecting an Xbox 360 via the GP2 we were able to run two video games at once in my living room.  While a few people played 007 Goldeneye Reloaded on the projector, the other group played Halo Reach on the TV. We were quite impressed with the crisp and clear image from the projector, especially since we were using a sheet as a projector screen!  The GP2 projects in full 720p HD. I didn’t expect the tiny unit […]

    A Portable Projector with Power: BenQ Joybee GP2

    This high powered little projector has blown my mind!  It’s tiny, portable, and has all the power of its bloated predecessors. We used it to host an impromptu gaming party at our house.  Pinning a white sheet up on the wall and projecting an Xbox 360 via the GP2 we were able to run two video games at once in my living room.  While a few people played 007 Goldeneye Reloaded on the projector, the other group played Halo Reach on the TV. We were quite impressed with the crisp and clear image from the projector, especially since we were using a sheet as a projector screen!  The GP2 projects in full 720p HD. I didn’t expect the tiny unit […]

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  • What do a magazine rack and key hanger have in common?  Organization! I have always been somewhat OCD about organizing things.  I blame my compulsions on my mother (visualize Martha Stewart if she was nice).  When I was a child I would always lose or misplace things.  My mother taught me the art of organization and from that point forward I have been somewhat insane about everything having “its place” in my home. Now I’m married with children and life can get a little crazy.  The control I once had over the organizational structure of my home has crumbled like a house of cards.  My wife is always losing her keys or her phone and the kids… well let’s just […]

    Nerds get organized: Magazine Rack & Key Hanger

    What do a magazine rack and key hanger have in common?  Organization! I have always been somewhat OCD about organizing things.  I blame my compulsions on my mother (visualize Martha Stewart if she was nice).  When I was a child I would always lose or misplace things.  My mother taught me the art of organization and from that point forward I have been somewhat insane about everything having “its place” in my home. Now I’m married with children and life can get a little crazy.  The control I once had over the organizational structure of my home has crumbled like a house of cards.  My wife is always losing her keys or her phone and the kids… well let’s just […]

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  • It’s been well over a year now since I first bought my iPad.  I knew when I purchased this blessed device that I would need a snazzy case for it.  A case with a keyboard. So I set off in search of the perfect iPad case.  I wasn’t just a casual consumer, I was a man on a mission.  The mission?  Find the world’s best iPad case that wasn’t a complete rip off. After digging through racks and racks of crap at Ross, visiting every mobile device store in Western Washington, and spending hours on the Apple store and Amazon I wasn’t any closer to finding a quality case for my iPad.  I started looking through the high end market […]

    ThinkGeek Product Review: Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad/iPad2

    It’s been well over a year now since I first bought my iPad.  I knew when I purchased this blessed device that I would need a snazzy case for it.  A case with a keyboard. So I set off in search of the perfect iPad case.  I wasn’t just a casual consumer, I was a man on a mission.  The mission?  Find the world’s best iPad case that wasn’t a complete rip off. After digging through racks and racks of crap at Ross, visiting every mobile device store in Western Washington, and spending hours on the Apple store and Amazon I wasn’t any closer to finding a quality case for my iPad.  I started looking through the high end market […]

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  • When my thrice rebuilt frankencomputer just wouldn’t cut it anymore I knew it was time to find a new desktop online.  In the past I have had a horrible time trying to find a good computer.  Most stores both physical and online rip you off for a pre-assembled computer.  Granted, you could build it yourself but then you get into the impossible task of making sure each and every component is compatible with one another. Since I don’t have time to spend fiddling around with computer components and ripping out my own hair I turned to a good friend.  I knew Alex would be able to help me out since… well he’s a genius and a gamer.  I asked him “Where […]

    Why iBUYPOWER Rocks!

    When my thrice rebuilt frankencomputer just wouldn’t cut it anymore I knew it was time to find a new desktop online.  In the past I have had a horrible time trying to find a good computer.  Most stores both physical and online rip you off for a pre-assembled computer.  Granted, you could build it yourself but then you get into the impossible task of making sure each and every component is compatible with one another. Since I don’t have time to spend fiddling around with computer components and ripping out my own hair I turned to a good friend.  I knew Alex would be able to help me out since… well he’s a genius and a gamer.  I asked him “Where […]

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  • Malware, Spyware, Viruses are everywhere.  Here are some ways to keep your computer safe while surfing the net. If you’re running Windows and you’re connected to the internet, you have a good chance of having spyware or viruses and not knowing it.  Obviously removing these will greatly help system performance. www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ Is actually a very good, completely free anti-virus program. It has a very good detection engine. Even better for gamers, it has a very small footprint. That means it won’t eat up resources and slow down your computer. This will run on XP, Vista, and 7, so long as you have a legit copy of Windows. If you are a dirty pirate, I shouldn’t be helping you out, but […]

    How to protect your computer

    Malware, Spyware, Viruses are everywhere.  Here are some ways to keep your computer safe while surfing the net. If you’re running Windows and you’re connected to the internet, you have a good chance of having spyware or viruses and not knowing it.  Obviously removing these will greatly help system performance. www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ Is actually a very good, completely free anti-virus program. It has a very good detection engine. Even better for gamers, it has a very small footprint. That means it won’t eat up resources and slow down your computer. This will run on XP, Vista, and 7, so long as you have a legit copy of Windows. If you are a dirty pirate, I shouldn’t be helping you out, but […]

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  • My wife and I have been hopping around from country to country within the past few months (which is why I am mostly to blame for not posting more thoughts to you out there).  During one of our stops I was required to scan my fingerprints in order to verify my identity.  While this may set some people fuming as they mistakenly believe they are important enough to be constantly watched, on the contrary, this set my futurist mind racing with one great question: why can’t biometrics (personal identification through fingerprints, retinal scans, etc.) be used instead of all the crap I am required to keep in my wallet and pockets?  Frankly, I hate having to lug around what feels […]

    Biometrics: The Means To Do Away with Useless Crap

    My wife and I have been hopping around from country to country within the past few months (which is why I am mostly to blame for not posting more thoughts to you out there).  During one of our stops I was required to scan my fingerprints in order to verify my identity.  While this may set some people fuming as they mistakenly believe they are important enough to be constantly watched, on the contrary, this set my futurist mind racing with one great question: why can’t biometrics (personal identification through fingerprints, retinal scans, etc.) be used instead of all the crap I am required to keep in my wallet and pockets?  Frankly, I hate having to lug around what feels […]

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  • Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers. The Apple I was the first with a single circuit board used in a computer. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.  I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs Early Life Entrepreneur. Born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24, […]

    A look back on the life of Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers. The Apple I was the first with a single circuit board used in a computer. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.  I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs Early Life Entrepreneur. Born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24, […]

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  • In terms of telling time, watches have taken a back seat to the mobile phones that are in our pockets everyday. I love watches, the bigger the better. Anytime I see a big, well built watch I stare — wide eyed and filled with wonder — like a 4-year-old at Disney world for the first time. Here is a list of five different watches that I love. Men’s Invicta Reserve Venom It’s a heavy watch that was designed to withstand 1000 meter dives. Not that I would ever dive that deep, but my watch could go. The leather strap doesn’t pull that hair on my arm when the weight of the watch gets twisted on my writs from walking movement. […]

    Tech Table – Watches

    In terms of telling time, watches have taken a back seat to the mobile phones that are in our pockets everyday. I love watches, the bigger the better. Anytime I see a big, well built watch I stare — wide eyed and filled with wonder — like a 4-year-old at Disney world for the first time. Here is a list of five different watches that I love. Men’s Invicta Reserve Venom It’s a heavy watch that was designed to withstand 1000 meter dives. Not that I would ever dive that deep, but my watch could go. The leather strap doesn’t pull that hair on my arm when the weight of the watch gets twisted on my writs from walking movement. […]

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  • During the past few years I have begun to feel a growing urge to gaze upon the planets and stars with more than my naked eyes.  While I like watching the occasional meteor shower if I so happen to be up at 3AM (which is a rare occasion for a boring 30-something like me), the idea of stargazing with a telescope has become less of a fascination and is now about to transform into reality. Admittedly, I have never owned a telescope beside the Fisher Price model I had as a child.  I suppose I was always too intimidated every time I heard many of the big words associated with telescopes.  And being intimidated made me remember why I barely […]

    Calling All Astronomers

    During the past few years I have begun to feel a growing urge to gaze upon the planets and stars with more than my naked eyes.  While I like watching the occasional meteor shower if I so happen to be up at 3AM (which is a rare occasion for a boring 30-something like me), the idea of stargazing with a telescope has become less of a fascination and is now about to transform into reality. Admittedly, I have never owned a telescope beside the Fisher Price model I had as a child.  I suppose I was always too intimidated every time I heard many of the big words associated with telescopes.  And being intimidated made me remember why I barely […]

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  • Ruben Baca, creator of iConsole and Vonsole has gone live with his website Kryptonware.com early.  Baca originally intended to go live with site along with the API of his two groundbreaking programs in 2012 but figured he would get the word out early.  NERD TREK uses Baca’s iConsole technology and has worked closely with Baca in the past.  The iConsole allows one to emulate NES and SNES games in a browser over an internet connection.  The Vonsole will allow you to flawlessly emulate a Windows, Mac, or Linux based operating system on any computer the world over.  This could potentially end dependence on any one OS or computer system and allow people to work in concert on a project regardless […]

    Ruben Baca goes live with Kryptonware Website!

    Ruben Baca, creator of iConsole and Vonsole has gone live with his website Kryptonware.com early.  Baca originally intended to go live with site along with the API of his two groundbreaking programs in 2012 but figured he would get the word out early.  NERD TREK uses Baca’s iConsole technology and has worked closely with Baca in the past.  The iConsole allows one to emulate NES and SNES games in a browser over an internet connection.  The Vonsole will allow you to flawlessly emulate a Windows, Mac, or Linux based operating system on any computer the world over.  This could potentially end dependence on any one OS or computer system and allow people to work in concert on a project regardless […]

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  • Listening to music has a different twist from everyone you ask. When I want to listen to music it is more about mood and quality of sound. I must be in the mood for the sound coming from the headphone speakers and it must be clear. I want to hear everything as if they are playing a concert just for me and I am in the middle of it. I decided to use different headsets and let you know which models got me to that point. Here are my top five. 5. Bose MIE2 These are my go anywhere headphones. Granted, the beach is not the best place for them when your kids want to kick sand around. But if […]

    Tech Table – Top 5 Headphones

    Listening to music has a different twist from everyone you ask. When I want to listen to music it is more about mood and quality of sound. I must be in the mood for the sound coming from the headphone speakers and it must be clear. I want to hear everything as if they are playing a concert just for me and I am in the middle of it. I decided to use different headsets and let you know which models got me to that point. Here are my top five. 5. Bose MIE2 These are my go anywhere headphones. Granted, the beach is not the best place for them when your kids want to kick sand around. But if […]

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  • I am a gamer, but was unfamiliar with the iBUYPOWER brand until a fellow gamer introduced me to their products.  I had been in the dark as to what is available these days due to many years building “Franken-computers” out of spare parts.  (Although this method may function to educate one about the many intricacies of internal computing components; it does little to add that extra oomph that your computer needs to run SKYRIM with everything turned up to 11.) We stopped by the iBUYPOWER booth at PAX Prime to speak with George Yang and obtain some information on the iBUYPOWER brand of computers. George Yang was more than happy to tell us all about their brand of computers while […]

    NERD TREK Q&A with iBUYPOWER

    I am a gamer, but was unfamiliar with the iBUYPOWER brand until a fellow gamer introduced me to their products.  I had been in the dark as to what is available these days due to many years building “Franken-computers” out of spare parts.  (Although this method may function to educate one about the many intricacies of internal computing components; it does little to add that extra oomph that your computer needs to run SKYRIM with everything turned up to 11.) We stopped by the iBUYPOWER booth at PAX Prime to speak with George Yang and obtain some information on the iBUYPOWER brand of computers. George Yang was more than happy to tell us all about their brand of computers while […]

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  • Ruben Baca is a man with a dream, a dream for cloud based emulation.  When he was told that it was impossible to create a stable online SNES emulator he took it as a challenge and started coding. Starting with a NES emulator he created a Java based program that can instantly load ROMs from an online server for play directly through your browser. Next he took on the challenge issued by those who said it was impossible and wrestled it to the ground, burning it alive with flower-power.  He stood smiling over the wreckage with a keyboard and mouse in hand, joyfully playing Super Mario World through his server from anywhere in the world. Today, NERD TREK sits down […]

    Q&A with Ruben Baca, creator of iConsole

    Ruben Baca is a man with a dream, a dream for cloud based emulation.  When he was told that it was impossible to create a stable online SNES emulator he took it as a challenge and started coding. Starting with a NES emulator he created a Java based program that can instantly load ROMs from an online server for play directly through your browser. Next he took on the challenge issued by those who said it was impossible and wrestled it to the ground, burning it alive with flower-power.  He stood smiling over the wreckage with a keyboard and mouse in hand, joyfully playing Super Mario World through his server from anywhere in the world. Today, NERD TREK sits down […]

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  • Any of you that perform Google News searches as much as I do with the keyword “aliens” will know of NASA’s latest rant that reflects their A or B type logic, the same logic that has plagued the human race since the beginning of our short time on Earth.   What NASA presents us with are either of two choices: A) aliens will wipe us out or B) save us from ourselves, i.e., alleviate global warming. Firstly, both choices reflect the egocentric condition of humanity in that we think we are somehow the center of this known universe and that we are, by default, owed a visit by aliens even if they are just passing through.  Isaac Asimov, one of my […]

    NASA’s backward view of aliens

    Any of you that perform Google News searches as much as I do with the keyword “aliens” will know of NASA’s latest rant that reflects their A or B type logic, the same logic that has plagued the human race since the beginning of our short time on Earth.   What NASA presents us with are either of two choices: A) aliens will wipe us out or B) save us from ourselves, i.e., alleviate global warming. Firstly, both choices reflect the egocentric condition of humanity in that we think we are somehow the center of this known universe and that we are, by default, owed a visit by aliens even if they are just passing through.  Isaac Asimov, one of my […]

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  • A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

    Pivotal Blocks: An Early Reflection on Transhumanism

    A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism. One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky. The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed […]

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  • Humans have been trying to fly like a bird for centuries.  We thought that the secret to flight rested in the wings of the bird, and we were right.  After all these years struggling with aerodynamics and assuming we had mastered the skies, we have.  A company named Festo has created SmartBird, the world’s first robotic flying bird!  This machine is a fairly simple and lightweight design which could lead toward larger manned vehicles in the future.  Imagine what it would be like to actually soar like a bird from the cockpit within a giant gull.  The sky’s the limit. Check out this AMAZING video clip! Here’s what Festo says on their website about Smart Bird: Aerodynamic lightweight design SmartBird […]

    Robot Bird that Flies

    Humans have been trying to fly like a bird for centuries.  We thought that the secret to flight rested in the wings of the bird, and we were right.  After all these years struggling with aerodynamics and assuming we had mastered the skies, we have.  A company named Festo has created SmartBird, the world’s first robotic flying bird!  This machine is a fairly simple and lightweight design which could lead toward larger manned vehicles in the future.  Imagine what it would be like to actually soar like a bird from the cockpit within a giant gull.  The sky’s the limit. Check out this AMAZING video clip! Here’s what Festo says on their website about Smart Bird: Aerodynamic lightweight design SmartBird […]

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  • It looks like all those game-related degrees are starting to gain some respect from the industry old farts – which is to say those of us who entered the game industry in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before such programs existed. We had to make do with traditional degrees like computer science, art, English, journalism, history and interpretive macramé… uphill… both ways… in the snow. Now students are graduating from some of these programs and making immediate marks on the industry, with Portal (originally a student project before becoming a runaway success story) being only the most obvious example. However, the people who watch over colleges have raised the warning that far more students are enrolled in game-related degree programs than […]

    What Game Students Should Know before Starting College

    It looks like all those game-related degrees are starting to gain some respect from the industry old farts – which is to say those of us who entered the game industry in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before such programs existed. We had to make do with traditional degrees like computer science, art, English, journalism, history and interpretive macramé… uphill… both ways… in the snow. Now students are graduating from some of these programs and making immediate marks on the industry, with Portal (originally a student project before becoming a runaway success story) being only the most obvious example. However, the people who watch over colleges have raised the warning that far more students are enrolled in game-related degree programs than […]

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  • We got it bad.  Check out this keyboard aptly named “Optimus Maximus” The king of keyboards sports every feature you could possible imagine including the ability to program each key individually, display current system stats such as CPU usage on a key, play a gif or screenshot on a key, and blow up the world with the press of a button. This keyboard will strike fear into the heart of your enemies and envy in the fingertips of your friends.

    Keyboard Envy

    We got it bad.  Check out this keyboard aptly named “Optimus Maximus” The king of keyboards sports every feature you could possible imagine including the ability to program each key individually, display current system stats such as CPU usage on a key, play a gif or screenshot on a key, and blow up the world with the press of a button. This keyboard will strike fear into the heart of your enemies and envy in the fingertips of your friends.

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  • New technology being developed takes it’s inspiration from the human eyeball and offers a variable zoom lens in a more compact design.  This technology is being developed by a joint team from the Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has spearheaded what researchers have called the first curvilinear camera in the world to feature zoom capabilities.  The design is based on an array of flexible silicon photo-detectors bound to an elastic membrane behind a liquid lens.  As the fluid is removed from the camera, both the lens and the flexible sensor become concave which changes the focal point and creates a zoom lens far smaller than anything man-made.  They basically ripped off the human eye concept.  Eye […]

    Camera that may replace your eye

    New technology being developed takes it’s inspiration from the human eyeball and offers a variable zoom lens in a more compact design.  This technology is being developed by a joint team from the Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has spearheaded what researchers have called the first curvilinear camera in the world to feature zoom capabilities.  The design is based on an array of flexible silicon photo-detectors bound to an elastic membrane behind a liquid lens.  As the fluid is removed from the camera, both the lens and the flexible sensor become concave which changes the focal point and creates a zoom lens far smaller than anything man-made.  They basically ripped off the human eye concept.  Eye […]

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  • One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

    Wormholes: The Only Way to Travel

    One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel. By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant […]

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  • In April 2011 at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference in Los Angeles two research groups demonstrated the ability to transfer over 100 Tbps through optical fiber. That’s like downloading 250 Blu-Ray movies in 1 second. NEC Laboratories America reached 101.7 Tbps over standard single-mode fiber using pilot based phase noise mitigation. Sumitomo Electric Industries in Japan reached 109Tbps using spatial division multiplexed signals over a seven-core fiber.  The Sumitomo group sent 97 colors through each of the cores at data rates of 172Gbps (two 86Gbps QPSK signals) over 16.8 km of fiber. The implications of this research is astounding, this means that by 2020 we could have this kind of speed on our home internet connection.  The information superhighway would […]

    100 Terabits per second

    In April 2011 at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference in Los Angeles two research groups demonstrated the ability to transfer over 100 Tbps through optical fiber. That’s like downloading 250 Blu-Ray movies in 1 second. NEC Laboratories America reached 101.7 Tbps over standard single-mode fiber using pilot based phase noise mitigation. Sumitomo Electric Industries in Japan reached 109Tbps using spatial division multiplexed signals over a seven-core fiber.  The Sumitomo group sent 97 colors through each of the cores at data rates of 172Gbps (two 86Gbps QPSK signals) over 16.8 km of fiber. The implications of this research is astounding, this means that by 2020 we could have this kind of speed on our home internet connection.  The information superhighway would […]

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