Implementing Augmented Reality

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Ok, it’s the 21st Century, we’ve got location-aware supercomputers in our pockets (they’re called phones), we’re rapidly developing the technology to take whatever information we care about and overlay it onto our views of reality. We can do unbelivably cool stuff. Hell, we can do AR tattoos: So why the hell are we still squinting …

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How about this for the first paragraph of an obituary: “Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who died on July 2, 2007, aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies.” It’s the final line of the …

Garden lime

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Anyone want some garden lime? About 30 kgs of, in a slurry. We can deliver, though we’ll want the container back. In other news, if you’re making lime wash, you don’t want garden lime. You don’t want hydraulic lime either, you want builders’ lime (which is also called hydrated lime – it needs to have …

Scarf found at Fidels

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White and purple scarf, flowery pattern, with green highlights. Anyones?

Sir Ian Axford

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Sir Ian Axford has died. He achieved a vast amount in his life, one of the minor successes was as a contributor to the Royal Society’s energy report, which I spent most of 2006 putting together. He wrote most of chapter five for me, and throughout the entire process, he was always wise and kind. …

Mitochondrion blathering – v3.6 or v4.0?

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Listing my projects on tatjna’s blog reminded me that I have a Project 0 – keeping the Mitochondrion working. Currently, the reset port needs replacing. It’s a two quid part, but an hour job to tear down the end and replace the old one. This is forcing me into choosing between fixing the latest problem …

Ekranoplan picutre frenzy

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Is it a boat? Is it a plane? Is it a bad prop from Thunderbirds? No, it’s an ekranoplan: Ekranoplans are both a technology that doesn’t quite fit, and a symbol of a mis-placed hope in the future. They are a weird combination of Cold War fetishism and the 1950s belief that if you bolt …

Progress

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I don’t think I’ve posted a pic from this angle: We’ve got roofs. Four of them. Two will be green roofs, for which we need to order over two thousand plants. The soil is only 100 mm deep, so it’s mostly tussock and succulents. It’s surprising how quickly the house has gone a bunch of …

Where should be a word for this, there may be

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Problems new to the Twenty-First Century, part 423: You’re watching a video that would be awesome if they did it in real life, but you assume that it must have been faked with CGI. Then you discover that they really did it in real life, and you are disappointed by your own cynicism. What’s the …

Hedonic footprints

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I’ve probably convinced several of you that our greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut substantially, that emissions depend directly upon wealth, and having to decrease our wealth would suck. So let’s focus on that second point there and ask – how do we break the link between wealth and emissions? Obviously, we need new …

More GM forages comments

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I could paraphrase this one as “OMG we’re doomed”: No Seed Is Safe With GE Pasture – Organics NZ Whereas this one calls the paper “dispassionate”, which I think is a polite way of saying “boringly neutral”. Meh, neutral is what we’re going for here. A few more interesting points get raised in the comments: …

A long term perspective from the UK

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Recent reading on the bus has been “A Century of Change: Trends in UK Statistics since 1900”. What can I say, I’m a wonk and I get off on this kind of thing. Anyway, standing out most is just the pure and simple growth in wealth through the Twentieth Century. Each Briton is four times …

Further GM forages coverage

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GE pasture trial concerns – Stuff, including comments from Simon Terry: “It was a political document dressed up as independent science.” Farmers, exporters warn GM animals could damage ‘brand New Zealand’ – Herald again, but we’re not talking about GM animals, just GM grasses So far, the criticism has been pretty muted. I only care …

Climate change – how we justify inaction to ourselves

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There is fundamental question that baffles anyone who is paying attention: Global greenhouse gas emissions continue upwards at a faster rate than the worst of predictions. Climate change is a clear existential threat to civilisation, and yet our responses have been trivial and ineffective. At a society level, there is insufficient political mass to drive …

GM Forages – out today from the Royal Society of New Zealand

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This is the beast that’s stolen a fair chunk of the last five months of my life. It turns out that I’m pretty proud of it, after all. News release – Royal Society of New Zealand paper highlights the potential benefits and possible risks of genetically modified forages The paper itself – Emerging Issues – …

Shock horror – building a house is really bad for you

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I’m the least fit I’ve been for a decade. My core strength is crap, my cardio is just embarrassing, my arms feel like noodles, and my posture is turning to custard. Why? Coz I haven’t trained this year, and did bugger all for the last half of last year? Why? Coz building a house sucks …

Monthly progress

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There’s been no house pics for nearly a month, but serious progress, so, pics for Africa! We now have roofs: Now the roofs and framing is up, we can almost claim to have rooms. The main living space runs from the two-storey trapeze space to the kitchen. Upstairs will have some internal walls, but till …