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The MIT Mystery Hunt this weekend was wonderful, and I felt I contributed a bit, even getting to hack out a 3D graphics program for a solution. Go find the hidden word (I couldn't!) http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/mit-mystery-hunt-and-three-js/
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Their books have been absurdly overpriced for decades. 
Ironically, the Springer books I most want to download are the ones that I have already paid full price for the dead-tree version and would very much like to trade the shelf space for a pile of bits but on principle don't want to pay again for a digital version for something I use only on rare occasions.
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I started a "Journal of Graphics Tools" code repository: https://github.com/erich666/jgt-code - contribute! Blog entry here: http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/journal-of-graphics-tools-code-repository/
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New free interactive linear algebra text on web.
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More links of graphics goodness. Actually, the very first link is a must-read for anyone interested in the world: http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/seven-things-for-august-21-2015/
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At SIGGRAPH on Sunday? Andrew Glassner and I are giving a fun workshop for an hour and a half, starting at 12:15. Even if you can't make it, you might enjoy hacking on the code.
 http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/freezing-time-at-siggraph/ 
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New blog post on GPUs and premultiplied textures. You'll never believe what happened next! See the information they don't want you to know. With these easy tips you can get rid of that black fringing forever. http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/gpus-prefer-premultiplication/
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Right, my point is that for illustration purposes, putting [0,2,0, 2] for the premultiplied alpha value is a bit easier to absorb than [0,0.007843,0, 0.007843], which is harder to "see" because of all those zeros, etc. Think of those 0-255 values as linearized (which I note in the article) and as shorthand for me writing [0/255,2/255,0/255, 2/255], which is also hard to read.

Yeah, everyone rags on PNG, but I'm happy someone spent time making it happen - no one else was doing so back then. The only other option was TIFF, which was and is "a file format for everyone", with too many options and weirdnesses. PNG has some definitely weak elements, but was better than a cease and desist letter from Unisys or the madness that is TIFF. Hey, PNG's nothing compared to the fact that a large portion of 3D models are still shared using Wavefront OBJ as their format, an ancient format for a non-existent product and with no one at the reigns saying how to interpret the spec (Autodesk owns it, I guess, but there's no OBJ czar here).
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Article by Ed Angel, an influential teacher of computer graphics and OpenGL, about his recent WebGL MOOC: http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/reflections-on-a-webgl-mooc/
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Last in the series (for awhile): seven more links to things I think are pretty great. http://www.realtimerendering.com/blog/seven-things-for-august-22-2015/
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What a great place! A makerspace, with a mix of pros and hobbyists. There's like 4-5 classes going on any night of the week, along with various social activities. Lots of interesting people doing fun stuff. Get checked out on equipment and you can then use it any time. About the only downside is that you usually need to have a fair bit of disposable income to be a member from month to month.
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