Thursday, 29 December 2011

Multiple recursive effects experiment



All this started when I had this crazy idea for this funny experiment at glsl.heroku.com. The first one was http://glsl.heroku.com/e#886.0 followed by http://glsl.heroku.com/e#888.0. Later I found a way to do the recursive version and the first version was a small test with 2x2 effects and later adapted to the massive version.

Of course it's harder to navigate on the GLSL sandbox version because I am just getting a mouse.xy as input for my shader. The youtube video shows my adaptation of the 4x4 recursive effects shader on a PC application where you can freely move, zoom and rotate so that I can explore the effects and stare them from closer and even closer range.

I have an idea on how to extend this in the future and maybe release it as a standalone application or screesaver.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Any paranormal computer science phenomena?

I'd love to read some paranormal claims that involve anything having to do with computer science. Why?

Because I'd love to be able to explain something strange in a field that I have some experience. I'd laugh to see something trivial that's easilly explained yet also being puzzled by something that is harder to make sense out of it. I'd love the feeling of something invading our world where we have the expertise to make sense of it. It would also be easier to recognize false claims without wondering which side is right. Because I would have a personal view that is not just sticking to either the believers or the skeptics opinion but understanding your own thing.

I want to let you understand what's the problem with all those conspiracy and paranormal claims for the layman but even for myself too. Unless I wanted to stick fanatically to either one of the sides, the reality is that I really don't know what to think about some claims because I am not an expert in some fields. Sometimes you need to be, sometimes you don't but the answer doesn't come unless you are biased. I mean, if you are a believer you will distort the facts to fit your own view, but the same happens if you are a skeptic in the wrong sense that dismisses all the claims which sound extraordinary.

One fact that I realized is that the conspiracy theorists present their claims in such a way that it's so fucking believable. Something inside you tells you it can't be true, it's too good to be true, there must be another explanation here. But there are the claims that seem hard to refute, some are claims that sound valid to the layman but you'd wish you were a specialist in a field to really know the reality (for example, oh the twin towers, steel cannot melt if the temperature doesn't go over this threshold, we even talk to some experts, blabla). Sometimes though they intentionally don't present all the data (oh,. the flag in the moon landing waves like there was an atmosphere. No,. they have just showed a part of the moon landing video where the astronaut tries to stabilize the flag into the ground and so moves it. In all the rest of the video the flag is stationary)

It makes it annoying to someone like me who would love to know the truth, the real reality behind all these stuff, but sometimes fall for it. For the temperature steel melt or for some photography stuff or for other things, where even so called experts(?) come out and say yes it's extraordinary, something strange is happening. I cannot say! That boggles me. The best thing I can do is read what the skeptics have to say but aren't they also trying to find the most ordinary explanation out there? How can I have an objective personal view that is not affect of either groups?

Bring the computer science related claims. Because then you easilly know. Little example that made me think about this. In one of the 40 claims about the moon landing hoax from a site I cannot find right now, it was only one that made me easilly smile and understand that if you know about these things, you can easilly refute false claims or maybe even find some validity for the most extreme stuff.

The claim was something like that "Oh,. the simulation programm of Apollo 8 was running in an old 8bit processor with 64k. It's hard to believe that. Today you need a Pentium 3 with 128MB Ram to run a space simulator application".

With that above I could easilly laugh. Most people underestimate what older computers can do if their modern PC goes like a snail when trying to save a document in Word or something. Furthurmore when people read "Simulation" the imagine something like the Fuckin MATRIX!!! The programm in the space shuttle most probably was calculating or correcting trajectories during the flight or in the landing and was specialized to do these things effeciently. It's not a full blown application doing heavy simulations or displaying 3d graphics of what is happening. Having also a good idea of what 8bits can do either by programming for them or watching all those demos fitting in so few kilobytes of memory and showing impressive things, the claim above doesn't sound extraordinary at all. The average layman has a different perspective over someone who knows his field, and you could trick the first to believe there is something extraordinary here. Btw, the Apolo 11 guidance code is here for anyone interested.

That's the problem. I didn't respond in the same way on the claims of shadows on the moon going wrong or the lack of stars or other photographic "evidence". I was like, OMG they are going the other way. Isn't it obvious I thought? But it's hard to believe. This is big! If I was more informed about the lens they used for the photographs, they light and ground conditions and other stuff, or if I had an idea about the relevant fields then I would have a great laugh at start. But now they manage to boggle your mind by presenting you claims in a way that it makes them believable especially if you don't have much idea about what's going on.

Thus I really want to read more paranormal stuff and conspiracies concerning computers or something related. Not that I am an expert in everything, I could still be boggled but it would be interesting. Because I feel I would have the proper knowledge and experience to not fall for it and make easilly sense.

Though most of the stuff would be some virus or some "hacker" who made someone believe his computer is the spawn of the devil or something :P :P :P

But I'd love to. Where is the ghost in the machine?