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The next Tomb Raider is looking pretty sweet! I love watching a game materialize from little more than a collection of numbers and colors. All you need to add is limitless human passion and a truly wonderful experience is born.
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Still me!  But with a beard!
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This is the prototype of a clock I'm building with the kids (4 and 6). I'm letting them drive the project, which has led to some interesting design choices.

If you look closely, you'll see that the numbers are out of order. The black hand points to the hours and the white hand to the minutes. Every five minutes, the hands reposition themselves to the correct time.

Behind the scenes, I'm using an Arduino to drive two micro servos. I also plan to add a relay so I can completely power down the servos between adjustments. This will cut down on power consumption and eliminate any buzzing from the servos.


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Wow, smart and fun for the kids!
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Here's a better close-up of the Wee Blinky. My first attempt was rotated.
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This is a dish called Odori-Don. It has a dead squid on top that “dances” when Soy Sauce is poured on it, activating it’s neurons.
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I've been experimenting with noise generation algorithms recently.

I don't quite understand why Perlin noise gets the attention it does.

The images below show a Perlin noise (1/f) texture side-by-side with a noise texture (also 1/f) from a simpler algorithm I wrote that requires far fewer cycles.
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Procedural textures and procedural terrain generation:

https://plus.google.com/114380706425526640996/posts/BjbVk6JpKM1
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On Thursday, I was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. It's essentially what I've been doing for the past several years, but I've been relying solely on respect and soft power to get things done. No longer will anyone question my bad decisions, so I'm free to ... um ... make bad decisions. :)
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Congrats! And see you in a couple weeks!
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In case you haven't heard, there's a solar eclipse this weekend! It will be 90% in the Bay Area and a full annular eclipse in Tahoe and Reno.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_20,_2012

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012May20Agoogle.html
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Fry's has a (extremely limited) telescope section.
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I wrote a program to generate seamless spectral noise on the surface of a sphere. My goal is to create some nice procedural planets. The 'moon' in these images was created by covering a sphere with pink noise.
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For these images, it's spherical 2D noise. I could have done it by carving a 3D sphere out of 3D noise, but it would take a lot more cycles to generate the data.
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My son Elliot received an Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. kit for his 6th birthday and he demonstrates a significant interest in electronics:

http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SC-100-Snap-Circuits-Jr/dp/B00008BFZH

I expect that advanced robotics will be a major industry by the time he hits college age. I plan to experiment with introducing him to robotics, embedded systems design and artificial sentience to see if he has aptitude and interest in the field.
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+Gary Snethen Did you see my posting about this Sunday's ABC special Black Eyed Peas and Dean Kamen kids and robotics? Check out my pics of the high school team I used to mentor. Our team taught summercamps for elementary kids.
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I'm interested in people interested in hardware. If you like working on electronics, please share a private post so I can add you to my hardware circle.
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I've been interested in hardware since I was a kid. My son is nearing the age where my interest started, so I'm reliving many of the same discoveries again.
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Truth is stranger than fiction.
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Tiny Muad'dib would be all over this guy... (via +cathy Baron)
This is not photoshop, no clever graphics, no movie scene... it's a hydrothermal worm. And it's a real creature.
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Yikes, now I know where Tremors got its inspiration from!
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I have a passion for learning and problem solving.

My background is in electrical engineering, software engineering and business administration.

I am a professional game developer, currently working as the Lead Engine Programmer for Crystal Dynamics.  (http://www.tombraider.com/).
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