The Physics of Light and Rendering
is a talk given at QuakeCon 2013 by John Carmack, co-creator of Doom, Quake, and many other games at id Software and beyond. It provides a detailed but surprisingly understandable history of 3D rendering techniques, their advantages and tradeoffs, and how they have been used in games and movies. (SLYT, 1:32:01, via
posted by cthuljew
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Two remastered episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation were shown theatrically
on Monday in the US, Canada, and Australia, to tie in with today's release of season 1 on Blu-ray. If you caught the screening, missed it, or never had a chance, I thought it would be a good time to present this April 2012 cast reunion
at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. All the regulars were there, including demi-godish Patrick Stewart (previously
), Denise Crosby, and Wil Wheaton. Diana Muldaur fans will be disappointed. Seeing these videos may result in an anomalous time loss of several hours, but you may as well get it out of the way before the Olympics. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Jul 24, 2012 -
The process and history of "brokered conventions," for both the Republican and Democratic parties: What if no candidate gets a majority (2025 delegates for the Democrats, 1191 for the much smaller Republican convention)? This is where "brokered convention" comes in. Actually, it is more like "All hell breaks loose." All delegates are now up for grabs. All the candidates try to grab as many delegates as they can ... but after the first ballot, the delegates are free agents don't have to obey their chairman or anyone. Some might not care about dams and bridges but might trade their vote for a promise to insert a plank in the platform to [ban voting machines, build a 20' electrified fence on the Mexican border, declare the chicken to be the national fowl, you name it].
posted by geoff.
on Jan 24, 2008 -
Reason's Julian Sanchez thinks he's found
the guy who was caught on ABC News kicking a protester at the Republican convention, whose identity has been the subject of much speculation on blogs like TalkLeft. But does this kind of thing have the potential to create the Internet's Richard Jewell?
posted by transona5
on Sep 16, 2004 -
The Moral Values Party With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party. Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden. "We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work." "It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.
Now that's what I call moral clarity!!
posted by nofundy
on Jun 30, 2004 -
Comic-Con is coming
If you live on the west coast and are even tangentially interested in comics, you should head to San Diego this week. The biggest convention in the country starts Thursday and there WILL be costumed weirdos. (and even worse, web cartoonists)
posted by clango
on Jul 29, 2002 -
Why Are Ventriloquists' Dummies So Damn Scary?
Their annual Convention is this July. Don't go there!
Their web site
reads like a nightmare. The kind that makes Night of the Living Dead
look like Rebecca From Sunnybrook Farm
. But why? I'm curious and can't find an answer anywhere. Why are
ventriloquists and their dummies so damn scary? Someone please tell me what's wrong
with this monkey! He's...he's only wood...right
?[Via Bonny Burton's guest weblog over on Boing Boing
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 4, 2002 -
Michael Lynch characterizes
the D2KLA (or whatever they're calling it) protesters as idealistic and irrational. Also there's some interesting quotes and tactics discussion from the LAPD.
posted by dcehr
on Aug 16, 2000 -
The Burning Man website
has undergone a massive redesign, it seems. Much better than before, and with only 12 days left to BM2K. I could cry, really... I can't make it this year, nor did I make it to Defcon
, or any other gather.
Bring back stories from the fire for me, people.
posted by Jairus
on Aug 15, 2000 -
Find out what really happened during the republitilian convention. The people showed up, on the streets!! Unity and diversity!!
posted by meme
on Aug 6, 2000 -