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This is a video of a talk about how to render 3D in a 2D, anime style.

Guilty Gear Xrd is a Japanese brawling video game like Street Fighter. It's unusual because it looks like a sprite-based 2D game, but actually achieves this effect by rendering 3D models using non-photorealistic techniques. A few other games have used cel-shading methods to emulate that style, but this game went to extremes to prioritize the fidelity of the 2D target, and preserve the distinctive anime style.

One reason I find this interesting is that it amounts to an algorithm for the anime style. To be sure, there is plenty of tweaking of the models and animations by artists (for example, normals on the models and scaling during animations), but the 2D result is rendered in real time from 3D, and some of these design decisions sound like putative rules that define a genre.
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Phil Wadler explains computability in stand-up comedy format. No, seriously.
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I've been watching a lot of "Columbo" episodes on Youtube recently, and I've noticed there is arguably a sort of correspondence between the way the killer behaves and the so-called "Five Stages of Grief", developed by Kübler and Ross.

1. Denial - The killer behaves as if they have nothing to do with the murder.
2. Anger - Columbo keeps pestering them, and the killer grows annoyed with his doubts about the story.
3. Bargaining - The killer assuages Columbo's doubts by explaining how it could have happened (e.g., "Obviously I was very distraught when I found my wife's corpse!")
4. Depression - The killer takes desperate measures to cover up some inconsistency.
5. Acceptance - Columbo confronts the killer and usually the killer admits the crime and sometimes even compliments Columbo on his acumen.

I know the correspondence isn't perfect, and 2 and 3 in particular often occur together -- but according to Wikipedia "Kübler-Ross claimed these stages do not necessarily come in order, nor are all stages experienced by all patients." And the killer is usually someone who is closely related to the victim and therefore supposed to feel grief, and so we expect them to emulate it.

But it also makes sense to me in the following way. A griever has suffered an extraordinary event, which they can't quite believe, and struggles to reconcile it with their vision of how life ought to proceed. Similarly, the killer has committed an extraordinary act, which they can't quite hide, and struggles to make Columbo reconcile it with an ordinary person's vision of how life ought to proceed. #Columbo   #mystery  
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Didn't realize we were engaged in a debate but assumed we were simply exchanging views. In deference to Frank I will refrain from further comment in wishing you an enjoyable weekend.
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In the US, climate change denial correlates not with income or education, but with religiosity and political conservatism.
Randy Olson analyzes the latest American opinion poll results to answer the question: Who are the climate change deniers?
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A discussion of the viability (or not) of hiding your hypothetical space warship. The comments are as interesting as the article.
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Oh, I think he is trying to compute the flux through a solid angle there, but I don't quite get it either. Something is obviously broken, as he mentions \rho but \rho does not appear in the equation.
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Here's the new PC I will be building. I already got some good critique which led to improvements from reddit. Do you guys have any suggestions/remarks? (The prices on the linked page are not accurate since I'll be buying from merchants in the Netherlands.)
PCPartPicker Part List: Intel Core i5-4670K, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770, Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Titanium Grey)
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I still can't believe I ran Linux on a 64MB machine and now hardly get more functionality with 8GB than during those days. The fonts are prettier and I get to watch an occasional video; some eye candy, that's about it.

Anyway. It looks to me that system requirements are somewhat flattening out. Not sure. But it may take a while before 16GB is the new midrange.
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I'm tired of seeing "Atheist 0wnz Creationist" videos pop up on my "Recommended videos" on Youtube. This guy responds to Creationists' questions intelligently, civilly and enthusiastically. Kudos.

Science isn't only about answering questions, but also about asking them. If you believe in rationality and the scientific method, you ought to treat other people's expressing doubts as an opportunity, not a nuisance -- not just to convince them, but also to test your own understanding and to look for flaws in the theory itself. TomWalksThrough exhibits the right spirit.
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I suspect we both agree that public opinion does not constitute truth. In both scientific and religious institutions there are conservative elements - favoring respectively an evolutionary, Kuhnian paradigm and a more literal interpretation of scripture along with greater adherence to dogma - and progressive proponents - favoring respectively a revolutionary, Popperian approach to epistemology and a critical approach to hermeneutics and dogma. That constructive dialogue would need to occur between opposing factions within scientific and religious institutions, as well as between scientific and religious institutions, would appear to contribute to the complexity of any reconciliatory undertaking.

As far as logic and religion is concerned, the Scholastic tradition (Thomas Aquinas et al) has made it clear that while faith may be non-rational, it is not unreasonable - and stronger yet, as you imply, must demonstrate logical consistency, witness e.g. the Summa Theologiae as an axiomatized logical treatise of Christian (Catholic) dogma. Of course we have to add that any of the ontological proofs regarding God offered at the time would be valid iff one were to accept the underlying assumptions, which are indeed faith-based.

As far as religion necessarily being dismissed as projection is concerned, this does not do justice to the spiritual experience as embedded/engaging within the physical realm and drawing on it for inspiration - creation/nature ultimately reflects the Creator. The same projection argument could be held against behavioral scientists involved in cross-cultural studies or even physicists operating at the quantum level whose presence as observers projects onto the observed events.

In general what I feel we need to acquire is a common understanding (through universal education) that science and religion are anything but antithetical and that the synergy between reason and spirituality (as opposed to institutionalized religion) can shape perspectives for the betterment of humankind.
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"He lies on the bed." / "He lay on the bed."
"He lays it on the bed." / "He laid it on the bed."

"To lie" is an intransitive verb meaning "to be or stay at rest in a horizontal position." Its past tense is "lay". It happens that the transitive, present-tense form of this word, meaning "to put or set down", is also "lay"; the transitive, past tense is "laid". This causes a lot of confusion.

X "He's laying on the bed."
X "He's lying it on the bed."
O "He's lying on the bed."
O "He's laying it on the bed."

If you can't remember this, think of "Here lies..." For example, "Here lies Cyril / Father, Fabricator and Philanderer." The non-inverted form of this is "Cyril lies here," not "Cyril lays here," unless perhaps he is a mason.

Another way to remember this is to recall the prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep..." Here "lay" takes an object, namely "me", so it must be transitive. Without the object, you would have to say, "Now I lie down to sleep..."

Nowadays, I see so many wrong uses of "lie"/"lay", even in edited media, that pretty soon the language will change, because almost nobody can get it right anymore. (In fact, I see "lie" misused more often than I see it correctly used, and I'm not talking about blog posts.)

Please tell your friends, and gently excoriate the people who are destroying the not-so-fine distinctions of our language. Also, be sure to heave a sigh (or bellow out a primal scream of frustration) every time you hear this on TV, so you can educate your curious and less-astute friends when they ask why you sound like you want to wring someone's throat.
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There's also the particular concept of getting laid, which plausibly implies a middle ground between actively lying down and passively being laid down ;-)
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I'm looking for a software development job in or near Utrecht. Please contact me if you want to discuss further.
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Thanks. It's just that I would prefer not to telecommute.
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It's a spoof, but I really like this song. To me it sounds like Coldplay crossed with Xmal Deutschland and Cocteau Twins.
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What-- How-- What--...?! If this is a fan tribute, it's the most competent one I've ever seen. And isn't that Grant Imahara from "Mythbusters" as Sulu?
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Do yourself a flavor and follow these two pisces of advice: 1. There is no prostitute for careful editing of your own work. 3. When it comes to proofreading, the red penis your friend.
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Actually, a prostitute usually does a better job whatever the color of you penis. So stop masturbating and get a good editor... 
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Programming, research, functional languages, type systems, semantics
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  • Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)
    Research Assistant, 2006 - 2007
  • Utrecht University
    AIO, 2000 - 2005
  • Next Solution Co.
    Programmer, 1995 - 2000
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I'm a programmer and computer science researcher who hasn't finished his Ph.D. dissertation (yet). My main interest is in programming language theory, and particularly algebraic semantics of typed functional languages (such as Haskell).
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"So far, taking Jesus to be the size of an average Nazarene man I have eaten seven whole Jesuses plus one of Jesus's legs. This is more whole Jesuses than anyone has ever eaten. (Neil Petark says he has eaten 12 Jesuses, but he includes bread and wine he consumed at Protestant churches and the Protestants do not believe in Transubstantiation, so he is wrong and I am still the Jesus eating King. Neil Petark has really only eaten 4 Jesuses which is rubbish.)"
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    Computer Science, 1990 - 1995
  • Utrecht University
    Programming Languages, 2000 - 2004
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