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Poor Robot. I want some sort of fire effect when he is hit in addition to all the flying cubes.
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Ooooooh, VR carnival games. Pop the balloon with the dart. Skee-ball. Squirt the water into the clown's mouth. Etc.
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Saving this here as a collection of interesting graphics articles.
Repository of productions, tutorials and articles of Inigo Quilez on computer graphics, fractals, demoscene and more.
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After all this time naming things is still hard. I found myself naming a class ControllerEventHandler. XXHander is suppose to be one of those bad naming habits. They say don't name classes after verbs but Unity MonoBehaviours are basically classes that do things.  sigh 
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"Delegate". Now there's a terrible word for a function.

del·e·gate noun
1. a person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular an elected representative sent to a conference.

Oh now that's unambiguous :)
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I've been working with a maker group recently and had an opportunity to use a Raspberry Pi with the touch display. I made a little GUI for a project using python and Kivy. It's a pretty neat machine.

I've been thinking for a while about getting some sort of display that I could mount on the fridge to show appointments and other info. So after working with the Pi I thought "Hey that might be a good solution for the fridge." However after pricing it the Pi + display was about $100. I can get a cheep android tablet for less.

But how good are those tablets? A lot of them are not reviewed very well. But I don't need much. The question is are they good enough to run a simple dedicated app in kiosk mode?

Any recommendations?
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With the exception of those new Kindles which are stupidly cheap and also very good because they're subsidized by ebook sales.
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This is an web based tool that can make space themed sky boxes. It doesn't have a lot of options but works okay. 
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I've used the POV ray tracer to make some sky boxes for Unity. The attached gist can be used as a template for the process. 
You can use this POV scene to make cube map. This is done by using the POV animation clock to create a 6 frame animation where the camera points each axis in the positive and negative directions.
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So I thought I was being clever. I wrote a C# state machine that works with annotations. Snipets of code:

[OnProcessState(S_WaitingForMovement)]
void WaitingForMovement() {
if(IsMovementActivated()) {
sm.SetNextState(S_SelectingDirection);
}
}

[OnEnterState(S_SelectingDirection)]
void BeginSelectingDirection() {
startHeadPosition = head.transform.position;
}

[OnProcessState(S_SelectingDirection)]
void SelectingDirection() {
if (!IsMovementActivated()) {
sm.SetNextState(S_MovePlayArea);
}
}

Basically you can then do this:

private StateMachine sm = new StateMachine();

void Awake() {
sm.BuildMachine(this, S_WaitingForMovement);
}

void Update () {
while(sm.AdvanceMachine());
}

However this guy is even more clever:
https://github.com/thefuntastic/Unity3d-Finite-State-Machine/tree/master/example_project/Assets/Scripts

He is basically using reflection like I did except:
1) You don't have to use annotations
2) The enter and exit state functions can be coroutines
3) You don't have to call a function to update the machine
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10000 dynamic lights is pretty impressive. At that point you might start to be able to do away with baking static lighting into a scene.
Recent advances in graphics hardware, along with new rendering algorithms, enable a drastic increase in the number of dynamic lights available to developers.
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I guess someone thought it wasn't that bad of an idea.
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This is a cool looking project. A lot of the VR modeling tools look like sculpting tools but I would really like to have a low poly editor like this.
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Yeah. What he should do is to allow the user to create reference planes that vertexes can be snapped to.
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Perhaps of interest to you +John Hattan
A Unity Gizmo for use with PicaVoxel package. It can be used to mark locations in the voxel volume.
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Yeah. I've been using MagicaVoxel to create little 3D environments. 
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MapCrunch - Random Google Street View
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Random Google Street View - teleport to a random place in the world.

Federal Court Guts Net Neutrality Rules | Threat Level | Wired.com
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A federal appeals court nullified key provisions of the FCC's net neutrality rules, opening the door today to a Wild West-style of internet

Surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' discovered escaping the ga...
phys.org

An international team of astronomers has discovered a surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' – solitary stars moving fast enough to e

Robots will remain forever in the future - O'Reilly Radar
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(Note: this post first appeared on Forbes; this lightly edited version is re-posted here with permission.) We’ve watched the rising interest

Tap Less, Say More: Create iOS Keyboard Shortcuts for Common Text Messag...
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Whether it's a dinner inquiry or an arrival time request, everyone has a handful of text phrases they tap out on a daily or weekly basis. Sa

Video: Fly Over Mars Without Leaving Home - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
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The Mars Express orbiter, run by the European Space Agency, has released an amazing flyover animation of the Red Planet.

The Government Shutdown Was Temporary, Its Damage to Science Permanent: ...
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Missed opportunities and gaps in data will have consequences for years to come

OSM: Spatial Manipulation Toy
www.thinkgeek.com

OSM is a unique spatial manipulation toy. It turns in or out on itself over and over, like a flowering kaleidoscope. Plus, they click apart

John le Carré: the spies who lost it - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk

The writer John le Carré believes fantasy is endemic in the spying game, whether it's a paper-pusher with a persecution complex or the deran

30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful.
myscienceacademy.org

Many people didn’t even heard about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really amazing and magnificent, but they're also

The vanishing cost of guessing - O'Reilly Radar
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If you eat ice cream, you're more likely to drown. That's not true, of course. It's just that both ice cream and swimming happen in the summ

News Lamp | Home-made robot doing a perfect quadruple backflip.
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Senators introduce bill to break up megabanks
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A small bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would break up Wall Street's megabanks by separating traditiona

Move Over Peter Thiel, Oregon Proposes Investment Model For Student Loan...
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As college debt skyrockets to over $35,000 per student, the state of Oregon has proposed a novel investment-approach to loans: free tuition

WikiHouse's DIY kits are the open-source way to build a house (Wired UK)
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WikiHouse is the ultimate self-assembly kit: an open-source construction set that lets you build your own home from online templates

You Can’t Have It Both Ways | TechCrunch
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Gun control is control of all guns. This tautology, in a developed society, is non-negotiable. If guns can exist in our country, then gun pl

This Electric Bicycle Hits 27 MPH ... For the Price of a Motorcycle | Pl...
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Finally, an electric bike that doesn't look like a failed high school science experiment. But at what cost?

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