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cuboro: wooden marble track system

Remember when you were a kid and you created marble tracks? Either in sand or using your matchbox road tracks? Or maybe you did like me and glue pieces of cardboard onto sheets of old wallpaper hanging from the ceiling to make huge marble tracks? No?!? Sure you did!

Either way, now is the time to catch up on lost/refound hobbies using the wooden marble track system from Cuboro. This swiss company makes 3D cubes with parts of tracks or tunnels cut out and you can use them - in a 3D kinda way - to create anything you can image. :) Sooo cool, not cheap, but sooo cool! They even have a webkit in Flash where you can sample, try out and get inspired from various tracks and see what the possibilities are. Needless so they, they are endless. Combine all the cubes in (5/6)! factorials using 3D assemblies to go even further, the Mathematics quickly require a super computer just to hold on. :) Awesome!

Stunning animated GIFs: Cinemagraphs

Of course, movies are great. HD even better. Lytro is the new photography revolution we are all waiting for. But beauty deson't have to be so complicated...

Check out these stunningly gorgeous and simple animated GIFs called Cinemagraphs by Diego Guevara. Absolutely amazing! And I can't get over the fact I can't print them. I've left my window untouched for 30 minutes already, just glancing at an image. It's amazing how the movement totally changes the picture, which is already good and pretty. But the sudden flash of "life" increases the attraction to the picture a 1000-fold! :)

My favorite? The taxi in the window...

3ERD - 3D photography

3ERD is a nice example of 3D photography. He takes two pictures using a 3D lens and combines these in Photoshop. Then he creates an animated GIF to create a kinda cool, hypnotizing effect.


Minecraft is a game, ifyou will, where you build content - gardens, houses, castles, ocean ships, rockets - and other people can walk through it. I believe the object is staying alive, as you may die and other people steal something. Sounds a bit like RPG games, role playing, but different. Reminds me a lot of Alphaworld way back in 1995, Second Life, not too long ago, World of Warcraft but friendlier and Fallout.
But some people take constructing very seriously: There is a guy who built the Star Trek Enterprise on a 1:1 scale, a working (!) 8 bit computer and Planet Earth itself. Still haven't figured out if I like it or not, I am just glad the graphics are so simple that anyone can play it 24 hrs a day, because it will run easily on modern smartphones :)

IMVU: 3D Chat

I just got a total blast-from-the-past when I clicked on an ad to "meet new people". It reminded me of a 3D chat program using VRML back in 1996 called OnLive! 3D chat. I used it for my research back when I was working for KPN Research.
IMVU seems much like it. Add a little Second Life added in and a little bit like the Sony PS3 chat service I have at home (and never use). Still kinda cool because you can easily create a virtual house (like Alphaworld), virtual outfits (like Second Life) and chat in 3D. OnLive! also used audio chat, which made it the coolest, because people farther away sounded softer.

Hasselblad H3DII-50 - 50 Mpx

When Petra first started her photo course back in 2003, they said that for all practical purposes 5 Mpx was enough resolution because at that amount you can fill a 10x15cm (aka 5x7") card with the same amount of pixels as an analogue print. We both bought an EOS 10D at that time, for € 1500. A4 prints would be fine too, albeit at a greater distance. For bigger A3 prints you'd have to get the unbelievable high resolution of 50 Mpx... Well, it's here: Hasselblad H3DII-50 Multishot. This baby will go for &euro 23,000, BTW.

Nokia N900 mobile computer

Oh and speaking of Internet, should the Android Liquid A1 fail (available early december), then I can always change over to the fabulous Nokia N900 mobile computer. It runs Maemo5 Linux, has 32 GB of RAM, 1 GHz ARM processor (underclocked to 600 Mhz) and all the connectivity options anyone could want need. The specs are simply mouthwatering! A-GPS, 3D OpenGL support, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, microSD slot for up to 16 (!) GB.

Update: T3 has pricing info
Update2: T3 also has a review.

Intel Atom CE4100 chip for STB

With Full-HD TVs and Blu-ray soundly established on the consumer market these days, Intel announces the Atom CE4100 for insanely powerful cable boxes and Blu-ray players. Dual 1080p streams can be decoded, MPEG4 and 3D graphics capability, as well as raw uncompressed 1080p capturing!

Cool animated movies coming up

While in Funan, world's largest IT dept store, I walked past some laptops showing off graphics using some new upcoming computer animated movies:
* 9 (amazing)
* Planet 51 (hilarious)
* UP (outstanding)
* Avatar (breathtaking)

Pixar sequels

Whether it's godo ro bad, I'll leave up to you to decide, but I always welcome a new computer animated cartoon. Sequel or not. Granted, they are usualyl not as good. But given that these will be made several years after the first part, I give them the benefit of the doubt.
Which sequels? Read so where’s Pixar heading? - Den of Geek

First Early Teaser Trailer for Toy Story 3!

W00t! Toy Story 3 is coming in 2010! Thnx, MrVanes for the link!

YouTube - Oktapodi In Love

For some reason I can't find my blog about a young French 3D artist, who made a wonderful Masters Thesis in 3D animation about an Octopus In Love: Oktapodi. So , reblog.

10 Animation classics on Blu-Ray

I just bought 8 10 of my favorite computer animation classics on Blu-Ray. is very competitive in the EU with free delivery and all. I got WALL-E, Cars, Bolt (pre-order), Ice Age 1&2, Kung Fu Panda, Happy Feet, Ratatouille, Surf's Up and the Pixar Shorts Collection. :) CAN'T WAIT! W00t!

I'm so glad I got the fiberglass hook up of my PS3 to my amp! ;)

Quake Live Open Beta (aka Quake-Zero)

Quake Live Open Beta (aka Quake-Zero) was launched yesterday February 24. That means what once took me a 450 MB all-in-one ZIP file to be distributed to all clients, is now packaged as a Firefox/IE add-on and can be played in your friggin browser, whereas we once had to beg and bleed to get 3D support in our PCs... MAN I love being a geek! w00t

OS X and Linux support will also be added, but later. Today is good day to die!

YouTube - Fast and Furious Cars: Pixar Drift

Seems Pixar is coming with sequel to Cars: Fast and Furious Cars: Pixar Drift. Looks a funny spoof on "Too Fast and Too Furious" and although I don't expect a lot of new stuff, I'm eager to watch it


Woow, so many new animation films coming out! Bolt being one of favorite, but astroboy also looks to be interesting. The cast is very promising, at least. Not much to see yet though. Keep checking Dave's Trailer Page! ;)

Monsters vs Aliens

Woohoo! Dreamworks is also working Monsters vs. Aliens, a wacky funny animation picture about Aliens that invade Earth and they call for captured Monsters - caught through the years - to fight for them and free from the Aliens. ROFLMAO
Calls for some great characters again! It reminded a bit of Monsters Inc, but also Men in Black and Incredibles. :) You'll see, just watch the featurette!

Ice Age 3 trailer

Saw a very funny little teaser for Ice Age 3 on Dave's Trailer Page. ROFL
Really funny! Very curious to see what they come up with next... ETA for the Netherlands, July 1st 2009! booohoo

Blender 2.48: It isn't all about play

The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.48. This release mainly improves on the game engine of Blender. Blender 2.48's game engine offers improved level design and better games logic editing. Logic components can now be grouped in "logic states" between which the game can switch seamlessly during operation. The physics simulation now uses the Bullet Physics library for modeling soft bodies. The fluid simulation controls and the functionality of the "wind" force field were also enhanced.
Sounds so cool! I wish was able to use it rather than just write about it...

Kodak introduces advanced CCD sensors

Kodak introduces advanced CCD sensors: Digital Photography Review: "Kodak has designed a new line of advanced CCD image sensors to power the latest medium format DSLRs, including the Leica S2, Sinar HY6-65 and Hasselblad H3DII-50. The Leica S2 features the KAF-37500 37.5MP sensor with an imaging area of 45mm x 30mm, bringing in a completely new format; interestingly it also includes a novel slimline infrared filter, which we'd guess could eventually find its way into a future Leica M sensor. The Sinar Hy6-65 sports the KAF-31600 34.6MP sensor with an imaging area of 46mm x 35mm, and the Hasselblad H3DII-50's KAF-50100 50MP, 48mm x 36mm sensor sets a new benchmark in medium format camera resolution."