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James Britt
Hack your world. Feed your head. Live curious.
Hack your world. Feed your head. Live curious.
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Learn about Open Sound Control for artists and musicians. "OSC for Artists" http://osc.justthebestparts.com #osc #midi #music

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Watch the video for my song "TR3" https://youtu.be/kTFMa4oU9bc #Postpunk #NYC #DanceNoise

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Watch the video for my song "Across (to 59th, 2 a.m.)" https://vimeo.com/120322015

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Great #book of essays exploring #Ireland and #Irish roots: Goodwill on Credit: Travels in Ireland, by Gerry Britt.

http://goodwilloncredit.com

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The part I like most about the enforced G+ layout is how it's driving away, such that I might spend more time doing something productive.

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Vive is amazing

I finally got my Vive up and running properly.

I got the Vive right at the early-order stage. I didn't realize what was required to use it properly.

I got it set up and running but it was kinda-sorta half-assed.

Issue 1: There are two sensors, called "lighthouses", that need to be elevated. HTC suggests mounting them on the wall near the ceiling. I learned from scouring Reddit (very helpful Vive resource) that I could get some (relatively) inexpensive collapsible poles. Lacking that I just plopped the sensors on some not-high-enough surfaces.

Issue 2: Nice but insufficient graphics card. I had home-built my PC about a year or so earlier, with an eye on game playing, but while I had a pretty decent card for general gaming it was not suitable for the Vive.

So, I was able to test-run the Vive but something seemed off. Anyways, I got busy/distracted for a while and left it for a few months.

Then I saw that the local Microsoft store had a Vive demo set-up. I tried it out to see just what I should expect at home if all was correct. It was colossal. Just amazing.

There's a program you can run that tests your PC's Vive capabilities: http://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/

That's how I learned by card was less than ideal. So I did some research and ordered far better card. Ideally I've chosen well enough that I won't have to replace it for a while.

In the meantime I had ordered those extensible poles. After some proper procrastination I now have everything installed and running.

Truly impressive. The sensation is incredible.

I now need to rethink the layout because I keep smacking my hands on things.

Also exciting is that making Vive apps with Unity is crazy simple (modulo the planning and such that a decent experience requires).

#VR #Vive

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That big dome kinda makes Waymo's self-driving minivans look like the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car ... which is rather apt when you think about it.
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