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Stephen Cameron
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Normally, Space Nerds in Space consists of a single process simulating "the universe" (or "solar system", really), and a number of client processes by which players interact with that universe.  Lately, I have been experimenting with adding "Warp Gates" which enable players to travel from one "universe" to another, switching which server they are talking to on the fly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N0ILFW_ft0&feature=youtu.be
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Nice!

(Also, nice to have the audio sync'd  with the video.  ;-))
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A video of the bridge sim "Quintet" LAN party game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG5Et2f6ylE
Quintet is made by +Carmine Guida and may be found here: https://www.quintet.us/
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Interesting times in storage land -- Samsung's got a 2.5 inch  form factor drive that's huge -- 16TB , and it's not shingled media, it's freakin' flash.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/08/samsung-unveils-2-5-inch-16tb-ssd-the-worlds-largest-hard-drive/
Third-generation 3D V-NAND is now up to 48 TLC layers and 256Gbit per die.
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Just goes to show how irrelevant SMR (well, ZAC/ZBC) are.
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Here's a documentary about one of my favorite painters working today,  +william wray

http://www.gamma-wray.com/
The painter's journey of William Wray
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A few photos from today's adventures along the Pacific coast and among the redwoods.
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Haven't made it to the redwoods yet. Jealous! :)
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One of the big boys steps into the multi-player crewed spaceship game arena heretofore occupied only by indies.  Certainly looks pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xSOzEWsHOs
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Somehow, back when I was trying to figure out how to make gas giant planets for Space Nerds In Space, I never came across vic2d in my searches, even though Oolite uses (used?) it for this purpose, and even though I had come across Mark J. Stock at that time.  Vic2d is a 2D fluid simulator.  I wonder how the Oolite guys map what I assume must be 2D images that come out of vic2d onto spheres in such a way as to eliminate or minimize artifacts like seams where the edges of the textures join together or pinching or loss of detail at the poles.  Those problems were what led me to abandon 2D approaches.

http://markjstock.org/vic2d/
http://markjstock.org/vic2d/oolite-090.png
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It seems like the simulator could wrap east to west edges. Maybe some kind of latitude dependent blurring for the poles, where the very bottom or top row of pixels ought to be all the same color?
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I found this little video made by John Van Vliet in which the clouds were made in part by my program gaseous-giganticus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaPXuzUJWGk&feature=youtu.be
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Here's Jerry Coyne's talk about free will, or rather, the lack thereof.  It's nice to see so many ideas I'd had and conclusions I'd reached back as a freshman in college, and which I've written about previously presented clearly by such a prominent and well spoken person as Jerry Coyne.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca7i-D4ddaw

Here's a blog post I wrote in 2008 on the topic:
https://scaryreasoner.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-will/

Not to say that I was the first -- it's all pretty obvious if you think about it very hard at all.
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Thanks for the pointer.  I suspect it will take me a long time to digest and internalize his ideas, but the logic behind them seems irrefutable.

I let You Tube just run after the talk above, and listened to two others of his talks.  It was interesting to hear how his various ideas evolve and dovetail (several of his same points appear in talks on ostensibly disparate topics), and it's also crushing to see the data he presents on Americans' attitudes and beliefs...and his interpretations of those results are fascinating/disheartening as well.
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A few photos from Yosemite -- August 12 , 13, 2015
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Alright, which one of you went and made a Space Nerds In Space subreddit?

http://www.reddit.com/r/SNIS/

There's nothing in it right now, but it's there.
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Yay! Not me -- but well-deserved. Subscribing!
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Disclaimer: The opinions I express here on google+ are my own, may change over time, and are not the opinions of my employer (whether my employer's opinions are coincident with what I express here or not.)

I'm a computer programmer by trade.  I work on a couple drivers in the linux kernel, and also have a few projects on sourceforge (and a few on github )

I'm also into art, and do a little painting, and music, I play electric guitar though not as well as I'd like. 

Oh, I've built a cyclekart.  I've also been bitten by the 3d printing bug, and have made a few things.

I have a blog called Scary Reasoner, which is about various things, but notably, it's about atheism and religion, but other than that it is much the same as what I post on google+.  

Currently for fun I've been building on a multiplayer networked 3D starship simulator game I'm calling Space Nerds In Space in C, no network libraries (well, glibc), no 3D graphics libraries (well, gtk), without even *fonts*, all from scratch, just for the hell of it.

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  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1986 - 1991
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