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Hello friends,

I have made some updates to my Tengwar transcriber (http://arno.org/tengwar/), including more accurate Sindarin and Quenya modes, as well as a brand new English Phonemic mode (for Northern American English). It also incorporates the latest version of Eldamo, so you can use it as your everyday dictionary :)

On a related note, I'm thinking of giving it a more creative name than "Tengwar Transcriber". How about Tecendil? Would that be an accurate neologism for it?

Looking forward to your feedback!

Best,
Arno.

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I like that your Sindarin mode does not try to put tehtar over a hyarmen (try entering Hisiel).  Tengwetamma sounds pretty good.
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Last night I saw thunder. I was watching the sun set from the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison when a storm started approaching from the west. Soon, two other storms appeared, north and south. For a couple hours thunder clapped in the distance, giving me an exceptional light show.

We rarely have storms in the Bay Area, and even more rarely thunderstorm, this is the first time I've captured thunder.

Multiple long exposures (30s), Canon 5DSr, 70-200mm at 200mm
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Foggy Golden Gate Bridge viewed from the pier at Horseshoe Bay near Fort Baker, Sausalito. Single 30s exposure at f/8 ISO 100, 30mm with the Canon EF24-70 f/2.8L USM lens and the Canon 5DSr
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Thanks, Ron!
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Lovely spring day in Central Park, #NYC, in a horse drawn carriage...
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I just shook the hand of someone with a 3D printed bionic arm. #weliveinthefuture #sxsw
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Stunning!!
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Last Sunday, sunset at Alamere Falls.

Alamere Falls, along with McWay Falls, further south near Monterey, is one of two tidefalls in California: a waterfall flowing directly into the ocean.
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Goodbye Hong Kong! Onward to New Delhi. 
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"I'm coming back… and it's the saddest moment of my life" - Ed White, upon completion of the first American space walk
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So I tried a Oculus VR experience based on the Interstellar movie. VR has made so much progress. This was an awesome experience.

You are seated in a comfortable reclining chair with the Oculus goggles and some headphones on. Your "mission" is to explore a space station, slowly moving through it as if on a track.

As you move around, you can look anywhere around you by simply turning your head. There is no lag I could perceive between the movement of your head and the update of the stereoscopic image. Older VR system had a lag of a few milliseconds that was enough to confuse your brain, break the illusion and make some people sick.

I did get motion sick, but not because of a lag. Instead the experience was so realistic that it is the rotation of the space station, which you perceive through the motion of the stars and the black hole visible trough portholes, that made me queasy. My body was convinced I was aboard a spinning space craft orbiting a black hole. Intense.

You move though the cramped space station through small openings, your head and limbs brushing against the walls. I could not resists tucking my legs and scrunching my shoulders. It was a weird sensation having my body react while my brain knew it was all an illusion.

At one point you enter "zero-g" mode and there are objects floating around you. I could not resist reaching to push one out of the way. Of course, you can't interact with them, so it's a futile gesture. I just couldn't prevent myself from trying, so strong was the illusion. It's even more surprising given that I saw the person before me do the exact same thing and I said to myself that I wouldn't be fooled.

It's really a strange sensation to have such an immersive experience that your body is completely fooled despite your brain remaining completely aware of being fooled, but unable to resist.

Can't wait to see what happens once these system become more widespread commercially.

#sxsw #oculus #interstellar
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Yes, both virtual reality and enhanced reality have a lot of potential. More work to do, though. 
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