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New Raspberry Pi -- quad core! +Tom P 

http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/
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Amazing.
 
Our new Siggraph Asia paper addresses a common problem; that mocap results in unnatural animations.

Mocap systems output skeletons, throwing away all the soft tissue motions of real humans. The result is a lifeless animation.

In contrast, MoSh estimates body shape, pose and soft tissue deformations directly from sparse markers. MoSh turns a mocap system into a body scanner. Animation is driven directly by the markers, preserving subtle nuance.

MoSh captures soft tissue motions without large marker sets. Soft tissue motions make animations more realistic. These can be amplified or attenuated and even retargeted to new characters.

MoSh is automatic, does not need a body scan and can work with any marker set.
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See the magic behind the Kinect Sports Rivals "Champion" scan. I totally helped make this happen. TOTALLY.
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"Goal Celebrations FX" by +Xavier Barrade
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Not sure I'm brave enough to actually have it as my ringtone though!
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#faith

Apologies for the change in direction here. I generally stay out of faith debates these days. As a younger, more zealot person of faith, I used to seek them out with friends -- but they drained me, and my friendships so much that I rarely "go there" now. But I'm not one to turn down a chance to explain why I think why I do, and also to explain why I think Dawkins and his legion of worshippers (pun intended) get it wrong. For those who want me to talk about computer games, feel free to skip this one if it's not your bag.

On a mini-comments thread the other day (with +Ian Norris and +Alex Darby) I suggested that faith was a rational response to honestly appraising the tools we have available to discern a "correct" worldview -- but I was challenged to explain why, so this is an attempt to do so. Note that I'm not trying to suggest that faith is a response to the "human condition", eg. some pre-programmed response to uncertainity, or some shrinking back from the harshness of the world to a more hopeful place -- but rather a rational, well thought out decision based on a balanced appraisal of the world.

Second disclaimer. You'll be able to argue this position, like /really/ easily. It's based on the old postmodern/modernity dichotomy and there are lots of people who will argue passionately for/against objective truth. That's fine. The whole thing I'm getting at is that it's important to find your own way and lean on your own chosen world view with faith.

I promise I'm not going to turn this into a rant about Dawkins, but I am going to start there. The thing about Professor D and his faithful Rationalistas that I find most baffling is the lack of critical thought in appraising the assumptions that underpin not only scientific reductionism, but fundamental rationalism in its fullness. The Scientific Method is a wonderful tool, necessary for the continuous improvement of scientific knowledge - but it is woefully underskilled for making comments on objective truth sitting outside of its remit. For one thing, it's fully-wedded to scientific knowledge /at the current point of time only/. A hundred and fifty years ago the very smartest minds in the world were adamant that the atom was the tiniest thing that could exist -- they could not comprehend that in the next century it would see not only neutrons, electrons and the like but also charm quarks and up quarks and tiny particles that appear in two places simultaneously, and hint at a multiverse outside our own. Are we so arrogant to think that we've got the rational world so sewn up at this point as to rule out any reality that might exist outside our faculties?

Secondly - why this incessant need to be right? If you die believing something wrong - who cares? Seriously. If your life has been given hope - if it's made you and those around you better/happier/more hopeful/less bitter but it all turns out to be bunkem - was it worth it? I vote yes. Given that I can never know actually whether what I believe is true, why not pick something that just makes life a bit better?

Now I know y'all going to start listing attrocities commited in the name of religion. I'm not about to defend them - but the answer to bad religion isn't necessarily no religion -- perhaps it's good religion. My religion makes me more hopeful, and tells me to be nice to people when my body is aching and I've been wronged over and over again. Through weekly meetings it reminds me to keep trying, keep striving to make the world a better place - to give people something to live for. It keeps the idea of "Justice" and "Fairness" etched in my brain, and ensures that it is the lens I view the world through. It stops me from sitting comfortably when i'm acting like a jerk - and nags me repeatedly that there is always a better way to live.

Maybe a faithless life can give you all those things - but frankly I'm fed up of hearing about what people don't believe and would rather hear what people do believe. What gives you ultimate hope? Is it in human endeavour and scientific progress? Awesome - me too. What else? Share your vision with me; enchant me with its beauty and vision; its depth and grandness. Just know that I looked at the world and all the worldviews that were available to me, and chose one that made sense. In the person of Jesus I found hope, and I choose daily to take that as my path - eyes open, brain engaged. I just don't need a rabid High Priest of Rationalism to tell me what is an acceptable faith to follow. He has chosen his (uncritically), I have chosen mine.
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<troll>I think Jesus' mother Mary might qualify as having had direct experience of God.>/troll>
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Want to read some words I contributed about the MAGIC of the #KSRivals scanning technology? Of course you do. 
The “Kinect Sports Rivals” Champion scan – the process of scanning your face and body to create a digital, stylized version of yourself that will represent you in the game – is an amazing new-gen feature that is made possible only with the new Kinect. After scanning your body, Kinect focuses on your face and captures 93 measurements to build a 3D model, then adds features, such as skin color and hair style, to create the finished character. No tw...
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Beautiful data visualisation of the closeness (or otherwise) of the major European languages.
  This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe. The size of each circle represents the number of speakers ...
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Awesome!
 
+Valve and +WETA Workshops = OMG. MUST. HAVE.
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Coming in CM9 soon...
 
Yay. The only thing missing for a complete lockscreen are my next calendar event and a count of unread messages for each inbox :-)
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For +Ian Norris, especially.
 
Android ICS 4.0.4 on Samsung Laptop (Model: SENS R60+) : I ported android full source including several devices (e.g: Graphics, Wireless LAN, Wired LAN, Camera, Bluetooth, USB 2.0) into Intel X86 based Samsung Laptop successfully. I really need to prepare TESTBED to evaluate my idea.
*DEMO: Android ICS 4.0.4 on Samsung Laptop (Model: SENS R60+)
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