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Bill Gates on the Daily Show
Bill Gates was great on The Daily Show ! (Link goes to Youtube clip.)
30 Jan 2007
where Design comes from this month
There's a fresh wealth of design ideas in this month's Where Design Comes From newsletter . My favorite piece is Jonathan Yuen's design portfolio , which he's delicately sketched with ink and innovation. Interacting is a joy and gives a satisfying sense of discovery. Frame the frog, for...
18 Oct 2006
Petzold's new WPF book, Applications = Code + Markup, is brilliant
I've been meaning to write for some time about Charles Petzold 's book on the Windows Presentation Foundation, Applications = Code + Markup . Early reviews of the book offered glowing praise , so I ordered a copy of my own. I've read enough of it by now to offer it my highest recommendation. If you...
27 Sep 2006
Fun with Texture Transfers
One of the image processing technologies that Andrew Blake (of Microsoft Research) showed us during his Computer Science and Illusion presentation was image quilting , where bits of a texture are stitched together into a large, cohesive image. A cool application of image quilting is texture transfer...
19 Sep 2006
Illusion, Theory, Computation: Andrew Blake on Computer Vision
Here is a link to the slides from Andrew Blake's fascinating presentation last night on Computer Science and Illusion. ( 44MB, zipped PPT ) His presentation took us on a journey through four topics from computer vision: perspective drawing, texture, shading, and his current interest, stereo projection...
7 Sep 2006
Looking forward to Computer Science and Illusion on Wednesday in Dublin
If you're in the Dublin area, don't forget that Andrew Blake from Microsoft Research will be presenting on Wednesday night at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of Computer Science and Illusion . The talk will explore and demonstrate connections between visual perception, geometry, and computer processing...
5 Sep 2006
Andrew Blake, 'Computer Science and Illusion' presentation in Dublin, September 6th
A highly respected Senior Researcher from Microsoft Research in Cambridge is visiting Dublin on Wednesday September 6th to give an evening's presentation titled Computer Science and Illusion: A Computational View of the Interpretation and Manipulation of Images . Professor Andrew Blake has made major...
24 Aug 2006
Strange brew (eh)
Here is my Canada Day jogging soundtrack from this morning, which you may also find suitable for during a Leafs game , after watching the ultimate modern adaptation of Hamlet , or (where I originally heard most of them) all throughout Friday afternoon Ritual at Clark Hall Pub : Barstool Prophets...
1 Jul 2006
New Windows Live Local - with traffic data, updated developer support, and more!
Windows Live Local (Virtual Earth) has released a new Beta version of their online mapping application , which now includes features like live traffic information, new maps of the UK, and some really impressive new developer support ! Fellow evangelist Tim Sneath has the details . I...
26 May 2006
Web The Next (TM)
The only thing funnier than Something Awful's take on Web 2.0 is O'Reilly's take on the upcoming IT @ Cork MiniConference on Web 2.0 . Common sense surrenders. [Update: Gotta respect them for responding .]
26 May 2006
Microsoft Research in Cambridge: Applied Games Group visit
I had the good fortune of spending Thursday and Friday last week at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. I had been invited to visit by Ralf Herbrich and Thore Graepel, the leaders of MSRC's newly-formed Applied Games Group . Before starting the Applied Games Group, Ralf and Thore were members of the...
2 May 2006
There once was a city called Limerick...
What in the name of Munster could possibly, POSSIBLY cause the lovely Limerick to lose its esteemed City status, and be demoted to Town or even Hamlet in the eyes of the EU? Rugby, of course ! It's all fun and games until someone loses a city, lads! [ Update: I love Limerick. Truly I do....
19 Apr 2006
Seen on a newsstand as I was leaving Las Vegas: Cover of Time: "Are Kids too Wired for their own good?" Cover of Wired: "Guest Editor Will Wright's new World of Games." I bought the Wired :) *Will Wright is the esteemed creator of The Sims and Sim City, and his upcoming game Spore looks...
23 Mar 2006
On Hawkins' "On Intelligence"
I've just finished reading Jeff Hawkins' book, On Intelligence , in which Hawkins develops his theory of how the brain works. In it, he describes what he calls the memory-prediction framework , and outlines how artificial intelligence researchers might leverage ideas from the study of the neocortex to...
20 Feb 2006
Multi-Touch Interaction Research
Oh, that is just gorgeous.
15 Feb 2006
A thought exercise for my European friends
Imagine this, if you will: NO PREMIERSHIP . FOR A YEAR. European society would collapse. I've just survived the Canadian equivalent. See the " Postal Strike " clip on this page for the Royal Canadian Air Farce's humorous take on the horror that was the NHL players' strike. (Americans suffered...
24 Dec 2005
The Persons of the Year and the Spirit of the Times (follow-up)
I wrote a very brief response to Time Magazine's decision to select the Gateses and Bono as Persons of the Year, mentioning only that it sat very well with me. Before I do a lot of digging into the source material on Time’s site, I wanted to jot down a little more about why I find their editorial choice...
20 Dec 2005
The Gateses and Bono: Time Magazine's 'Persons of 2005'
Time Magazine has been naming its person of the year since 1927. This year, they've named the Gateses and Bono the 'Persons of 2005 .' The aim is to pick "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better...
18 Dec 2005
Photos of the brain-computer interface from the Dublin Visual Studio and SQL Server launch event
At long last, I've posted the photos of some of the many participants who tried out the Mind Balance brain-computer interface at the Dublin launch event. I previously chronicled the story of the resurrection of Cerebus, our wireless brain-computer interface, prior to the launch event. Many participants...
1 Dec 2005
One more cool MSN Messenger thing: Ask Encarta!
1. Add email@example.com to your list of MSN Messenger contacts. 2. Ask it questions like "What is the capital of Ireland?" and "Who is Wayne Gretzky?" and "What is a moose?" and "Where is the Guinness Brewery?" 3. It'll search Encarta and give you the answers. Cool! ("Where is the Guinness...
23 Nov 2005
"Do you think we can get it working again?" I asked Scott, as he opened up the Marsellus Wallace briefcase to reveal the bits of a disassembled brain-computer interface. Here we were on a Saturday morning, in Gary's stunning office space overlooking Saint Stephen's Green in the heart of Dublin...
23 Oct 2005
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh executive producers of Halo movie
...which begs the age-old question: Master Chief's minions versus the Riders of Rohan; who would win? Peter Jackson on Halo, which will be shot in Wellington, New Zealand: "I'm a huge fan of the game and look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen." Read more at the Bungie site ...
5 Oct 2005
Waterford SQL, Games for Health, Virtual Epidemics, Visions of Science
I'm down to Waterford tonight to talk about SQL Server 2005 at the local INDA usergroup . If you're down in the southeast, come on out and I look forward to seeing you at Dooley's Hotel. Just a bit of personal interest to round out my blog for today. Gamasutra (a site devoted to the art and science...
29 Sep 2005
Steve Ballmer in Dublin - Academic Event! - 'Creating Innovation with Real Impact'
As you've probably heard by now, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's enthusiatically pro-developer CEO, will be visiting Dublin as part of the Microsoft 20 Years in Ireland celebration on October the 7th! To all academics - both students and faculty - in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Steve has specifically...
19 Sep 2005
MSR European PhD scholarship programme, and the seashore
One of my favourite professors from grad school, Hiroshi Ishii , draws a beautiful analogy that compares the richness of the seashore to the interaction between bits and atoms, technologies and humans, sciences and arts. "People tend to think of borders as separators," he writes , "but it is important...
7 Sep 2005
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