Archive for the 'Computers' Category

Play Vidicule! Today Only!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

vidicule

I worked on a little mini-game for YouTube called “Vidicule” that’s on their home page today — and today only.  Still, more people will probably see our game on YouTube’s homepage in one day than will see our games that have been up for years.  The Internet’s funny that way.

Perhaps after playing the game you should go visit one of the web’s more obscure sites.

If you don’t know where to find YouTube’s homepage, first of all, REALLY?  It’s the #4 site on the Internet!  Second of all, it’s here: http://www.youtube.com/.

Computers Behaving Badly

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I spend most of my time at work programming a sprawling application that is used by almost everyone at Jellyvision as their main production tool.  We’re constantly adding in new features so it can be a little buggy.  I often hear about it when it acts up.  

Talking to Ryan in the kitchen today, he said, “I know I complain about [software] a lot, but I wanted you to know that it behaved really well today.”

I gave a similar report to Allard after dog sitting his new puppy last week.  

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Yay!  Gratuitous picture of a puppy that looks like an Ewok!

I Wolframed Myself

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Wolfram Research recently released their new analytical search engine, WolframAlpha.  It’s nice to see an Illinois company making a big splash.

Just for fun I “Wolframed” myself to see what it would say; it didn’t hurt a bit!

It seems my name has become quite popular lately.  My parents were literally ahead of the curve on this one.  What was an obscure name when they picked it in the 70′s has become the 40th most popular name in America.  

Parents, stop naming your kids Evan! 

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A Vacation

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

I’ve taken a month-long vacation from this website.  Here is what I learned during that time according to the photos on my phone.

Shama might be a switch hitter.  
She also might be, you know, a hitter.

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I have a fun Job where a day of work sometimes involves
cutting a Whopper to resemble the number 2.

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Bowling leagues are more fun when you don’t
have to worry about running them.  
They’re even more fun when your shoes have flames.

bv_bowlingshoes

B-Fest is the nerdiest place in the world. 
This works out for me as I am a big nerd.
bv_bfest

Fram was a great programmer with one laptop.  
With three he is unstoppable.

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RenderDaaaaammmnn

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I’ve been taking some classes in 3D computer programming for the last year or so.  It’s something that’s always interested me, and something I always felt was missing from my computer science expertise.  For a project in one of my classes, my partner and I were given the assignment of rendering a set from the play Mr. Roberts using Pixar’s RenderMan format.  Here’s what we came up with:

While it came out better than I expected, it really makes you appreciate what goes into rendering an image like this:

I love the lighting.  The main characters are bright and vivid even though the scene, like mine, is seemingly lit only from moonlight.  And while the moon creates stark shadows from the characters, distracting shadows from the window are conveniently omitted.  That’s the nice thing about computers.  You don’t have to deal with pesky physics.

Google Just Don’t Understand

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

My softball team, Ben Felt and His Traveling All-Stars, is in the second round of the playoffs. (This isn’t the Jellyvision team, but rather a team I’m on with my brothers and some other folks.) Next week we’re going to be playing the team that ended our season last year. The final play was a weak grounder that hit a rock, and subsequently, my brother’s face. The winning run scored, they went on to the next round of the playoffs, and we went to the emergency room.

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Bri, after taking a ball to the face.

None of us want that to happen again — especially Brian — so we’re going to hit up the batting cages this weekend. There are several batting cages in and around Chicago, but my favorites are at Novelty Golf on Devon Avenue in Lincolnwood. Not only do they have batting cages, but they have mini-golf and a wonderful arcade. There’s an ice cream stand next-door called The Bunny Hutch. It’s technically a separate business, but people often refer to the whole Novelty Golf complex as “The Bunny Hutch.” It is, after all, a superior name. Plus there’s this freaky dude:

So naturally when I went to look up the address in Google, I typed in “bunny hutch devon.” This surprisingly accurate result was one of the top hits:

“Housing headache for giant bunny.”