Archive for October, 2011

Modern Bluescreen

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Return Of The King

Monday, October 31st, 2011

This is a documentary about the Romanian monarchy and King Mihai I.

You can also find the clip here (in Romanian, no subtitles).

Boldly Go Where No Mind Has Gone Before

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Take a sheet of paper and a pen.
Now draw a sun.
Done? Ok. Changes are you’ve drawn something circular with lines or edges coming out of it (rays of light).

Well, much in the same way, controlling devices with your mind has a limitless potential and extremely different application areas. And to highlight this better, here are some projects that use the Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset for controlling devices or detecting the user’s interior states.

EPOC remote control

Playing video games

Walking in virtual environments

EPOC in maze games

Angry EPOC birds

EPOC running on OLPC (one laptop per child)

Changing gears on a bicycle with EPOC

(Details here.)

Mobile brain scanner with EPOC.

The Engrish Language

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

To quote a previous post of my: English spelling from A to Z is D.U.M.B.

Make… Her… Stop…

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I love this scene from Scrubs.

Brilliant Story Takes Place On The Internet

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Which Degree Is More Valuable?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I believe this read nicely highlights some elements about degrees. Most of all, I like the idea of STEM workers, and how raw knowledge of technology or engineering allows you to tailor yourself on a particular job… at least more than a pure programmer could.

HoloDesk And HoloDeck

Monday, October 24th, 2011

It seems the future is near… or at least the SciFi one is. Microsoft has developed something that starts to resemble the HoloDeck from Star Trek movies, called the HoloDesk. Sweet! I wonder when will we be able to create virtual touch in such an environment.

The World According To Ion B.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

That’s the title of a Romanian HBO documentary that I saw about a year ago. It presents a story as old as the world: some people discover that a poor and homeless person has the heart and soul of an artist. His name is Ion B. and his art is pop art. The story is really difficult to summarize in words, but it’s simply touching. You can find details about it here, or watch the entire documentary below (sorry, this is not the version with English subtitles):

Lumea vazuta de Ion B from cinemaromanesc on Vimeo.

By the way, there are other artistic Romanian films that you can catch up with here.

The Other Side Of Steve Jobs

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Recently, Steve Jobs has sadly passed away. And this has been extensively covered by the media. At the same time, people from every possible branch and with widely varying backgrounds seemed to describe him as a genius of our times. Well, I’m not sure about that, but I also don’t want to talk without knowing the person or having sufficient information…

But contrary to great minds – of our times or from the past decades – that I consider remarkable people that really changed something, I’m not sure Steve Jobs legacy is… well, of the same type. And I think this is best explained in this article.