April 24, 2014
My hair seems relatively non-silly when at the gym.
Still getting this stupid thing shorn down next week, though.

My hair seems relatively non-silly when at the gym.

Still getting this stupid thing shorn down next week, though.

April 24, 2014
S. Carey

S. Carey

April 23, 2014
Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain

Ray Kurzweil must be able to spin out a good line of bafflegab, because he seems to have the tech media convinced that he’s a genius, when he’s actually just another Deepak Chopra for the computer science cognoscenti.

April 22, 2014
"I was going to wait until Wednesday to post haircut pics, but my new frenemy perardi pulled a Deep Impact to my Armageddon, by going to get a mohawk days after me and posting pictures first. Must you take everything from me, Chris?"

Burn Tumblr! 

Listen, you.

a) New frenemy? We’ve been frenemies since the day we met.

b) Don’t worry, I’m probably  (to make another movie reference) like Zorg from The Fifth Element.

April 22, 2014
Today’s internal monologue:
“I need to keep up my resolution of being more spontaneous and outgoing. I’m going to be in the office next week, and I’m going to see my family, I should get a more adventurous haircut. I’ll tell the barber to do whatever.”
[tells barber to do whatever]
“I think you’d look good with a mohawk.”
[confidence flags, rallies]
“S…sure!”
…
[puts glasses back on after haircut]
“I’ve made a terrible mistake.”

Today’s internal monologue:

“I need to keep up my resolution of being more spontaneous and outgoing. I’m going to be in the office next week, and I’m going to see my family, I should get a more adventurous haircut. I’ll tell the barber to do whatever.”

[tells barber to do whatever]

“I think you’d look good with a mohawk.”

[confidence flags, rallies]

“S…sure!”

[puts glasses back on after haircut]

“I’ve made a terrible mistake.”

April 22, 2014
Lytro changed photography — now can it get anyone to care?

I am vibrating with skepticism about this PR blowjob of a fluff piece. At best, $1700 for a low-resolution, slow, tethered camera that will probably require a significant amount of light will end up as a studio workhorse. At worst, if it’s anything like the first Lytro, it’ll sink below the waves.

April 21, 2014

April 17, 2014
Throwback Thursday: Quad Day.

Throwback Thursday: Quad Day.

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April 15, 2014
Scaling Windows - The DPI Arms Race

Oh man, this comment:

Is it really that hard to code a DPI-aware program? I have a hard time believing the latter. If it is easy and yet they still ignore, then it is even worse than I thought.

I see a version of this comment every time an application isn’t ready for HiDPI/Retina displays. Guess what: it’s a huge pain in the ass to make a non-trivial application Retina-ready. If you are doing any sort of graphics application, like, I don’t know, something that does a lot of plotting, figuring out how to create a graphics engine that accurately displays fine lines on both low-DPI and high-resolutions monitors is a massive pain.

And it’s gotta be worse on Windows, where you don’t have “simply” pixel-doubled displays, like with Retina MacBook Pros. Figuring out reliable anti-aliasing for arbitrary pixel densities is a real bitch. 

And that’s ignoring that manufacturer’s timelines don’t exactly line up perfectly with software development timelines. If you’re halfway through a release cycle, and all of a sudden you are expected to support Retina displays, you can’t just suddenly tell both your backend graphics team and your frontend designers to double up their workload to get all assets ready.

April 14, 2014
Last week was really fun.

Last week was really fun.