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We're thrilled to announce that #lca2016 will be 1st-5th Feb @Deakin Uni Waterfront Campus #liveloveGeelong http://bit.ly/lca2016-announce-dates
One of the most respected technical conferences in Australia, Linux Conference Australia (linux.conf.au) will make Geelong home between 1st-5th February 2016. The conference is expected to attract over 500 national and international professional and hobbyist developers, technicians and ...
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Did you know that when you come out from anaesthetic your brain has to boot in a specific process?

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/06/11/4022173.htm
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You mean 6502? Like the Terminator
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John Mayer explains how WebGL works in Elm, including how to hook FRP input signals up to shaders and how the type system allows the compiler to cache vertex data and shader code to avoid costly transfers to the GPU, in this recent presentation at the Norway Developers Conference.
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Thanks!  This increases my feeling of "need to get working 3D graphics card"!
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Here's a new thing I demoed at fp-syd this week:

https://github.com/kfish/elm-shadertoy

It is a framework for using shaders from shadertoy.com on Web GL surfaces in Elm. Elm is a Haskell-like language that compiles down to Javascript. It supports embedded GLSL for vertex and fragment shaders, so you can use Elm to write physics and game logic, and GLSL for the rendering details.

elm-shadertoy replicates some of the inputs that shadertoy would provide, using Elm signals, and adds an elm_FragCoord vector.

Live demo is at: https://kfish.github.io/elm-shadertoy/

This shows some cubes with plasma, flame effects, a voronoi demo and a raymarching terrain as surface textures. You could imagine the raymarching scene as the texture on a window in your game world or something :)

I'd love some help in implementing the "NOT (YET) supported" things listed on that page, each of which already has an issue set up. In particular, #3 (adding an input with the current date and clock time) should be an easy way to get started.

Have fun!
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Thank you; I'll try that out when I have time.  I use Firefox, incidentally; is there any way for that method to work in that browser?
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Ryan North and David Malki! photoshop war. Sillier yet than it sounds.
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Abstract: The Web has enabled one of the most visible recent developments in education---the deployment of massive open online courses. With their global reach and often staggering enrollments, MOOCs have the potential to become a major new mechanism for learning. Despite this early promise, ...
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NYPL's Youth Materials Collection Specialist Betsy Bird has rounded up the best children's book for every age group in one comprehensive infographic. From super-girls to American History to the miracle of mud, even the pickiest young reader will find titles to enjoy! http://on.nypl.org/1BU98rX
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Awesome tool. Now we just need to rewrite it in something other than Excel.
The Sunulator, a free simulation tool that allows communities to assess the economic feasibility of medium-scale grid-connected solar power systems, has been launched by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA). Unlike most other solar calculators, Sunulator uses half-hourly consumption and ...
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+Dave Powell captures the cool parts of Tokyo that I love: Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Shibuya, crowded trains, convenience stores and shot bars. His book will be the real deal: the best images from someone who's been hitting the streets of Tokyo with his camera every day for years.
 
ShootTokyo: The Book

My project is live on Kickstarter!  Please check it out, support and share with your friends. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1685238983/shoottokyo-the-book
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> I was curious since, for instance, I consider myself a beer enthusiast but have no inclination to live near a brewery. :-)

Interesting analogy; however, I am not sure if this comparison is equivalent because although many people enjoy beer, beer is not so closely identified with a particular subculture as Akihabara (see the related Wikipedia article on otaku at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku).

The aspect of Akihabara that sets it apart from many other locations is its design, from the ground up, to support a particular type of personality.  For example, most buildings in Akihabara (except for a number of skyscrapers that have been recently constructed) are designed with few windows and many narrow aisles, in order to encourage shy hikikomori-type people, many of whom feel uncomfortable with eye contact, to browse media and publications without having to deal with other people.  This design is in direct contrast with that of many buildings in Shibuya, another area of Tokyo, which is designed for teenagers who like to socialize, by providing see-through building exteriors, spacious aisles, and many clothing stores (although Akihabara, by contrast, has many game, anime, and manga stores, it apparently has no almost clothing stores, except for those related to anime characters).

Akihabara is unique in being specifically designed, from the ground up, to support a specific personality and subculture:  the otaku personality and subculture.

One of my dreams is eventually potentially to design a virtual world in which otaku can work, study, play, trade, socialize, adventure, perform banking, and take care of assorted bill payments in a virtual world in which they can dictate the appearance of their own avatars, independently of how they many actually appear in real life, and without having to feel uncomfortable with direct eye contact, which is an aspect of most "real" life elsewhere that is often oppressive to otaku, hikikomori, and NEETs.

Most otaku have extremely focused, narrow, intense interests that are shared by only a small minority of other people, and that tend to be disdained or ridiculed by the majority of the general population; as a result, when otaku are forced to interact with non-otaku who are critical of their values in everyday life, this experience can be extremely stressful and painful.  Most non-otaku people in Japan regard otaku as an intellectual curiosity at best, and as a kind of social disease at worst; one of my goals is to provide an environment in which otaku can utilize their specialization to its full capacity without being forced to feel uncomfortable.

Living in Akihabara, I feel, would help me to understand otaku better, and to provide additional motivation for eventually potentially creating such a virtual environment, or at least finding others who might be able to create such an environment together.
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Australia depends on research, but governments repeatedly threaten research funds when setting federal budgets. This is short-sighted. Research funding can't be turned on and off like a tap and it needs secure, long-term public support. I have signed the pledge to respect research and call on the Government to do the same. Join me.
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Gesturing with Hands is a Powerful Tool for Children Learning Math

Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action.

Full article at http://goo.gl/NrlLYV.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

Research: “From Action to Abstraction: Using the Hands to Learn Math” by Miriam A. Novack, Eliza L. Congdon, Naureen Hemani-Lopez, and Susan Goldin-Meadow in Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797613518351

Image: A recent study from the University of Chicago Department of Psychology showed that use of abstract gestures is a powerful tool for helping children understand and generalize mathematical concepts. Credit Goldin-Meadow Lab/University of Chicago.

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  • Kyoto University
    PhD, 2007 - 2009
  • UNSW
    BE (Computer Engineering) BSc (Mathematics), 1994 - 2000
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Free Software developer / Algorithmic Trader
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  • Tsuru Capital
    Derivatives Trader, 2010 - present
  • Renesas
    Linux multimedia specialist, 2008 - 2010
  • CSIRO Australia
    Software Engineer, 1999 - 2006
  • Pixar Animation Studios
    Contractor (sweep sound editor), 2000 - 2000
  • Fujitsu Australia
    Computer Programmator, 1995 - 1996
  • Wikimedia Foundation
    Contractor (oggz-chop, firefox), 2009 - 2009
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