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After a long week I took the kids to see Finding Dory tonight. The main event was decent, a serviceable Pixar film but as a bit of a tech nerd what really got me going was the animated short that preceded it. Piper is the first time in a few years that I've looked at 3D animation as good as it has gotten and not taken the technology for granted. Pixar is advancing the tech to some exciting places. The water quality, the look of wet sand, how things move, how things realistically change with environment and even how they play little camera tricks with focus to make you feel like you are watching something shot on film instead of an animated short... It blew my mind how good it looked. Photo real has always been a buzz word in graphics but that's all it has been until now, kind of a buzz word, a future state that the industry aspired to, now... with Piper, I can see that being a very real promise over the next couple years.
@UPSLynx and @Thrax - I imagine being in the industry this is probably a little less surprising to you having seen similar demos and such along the way, but is it me, or is Piper a major advancement in graphics tech? I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. It's like going from a really fine looking cartoon, to something that looks darn near photo real.
Just some interesting tech news. Opinions are so varied on the topic. Obviously the operators of the Pirate Bay spit on authority but isn't there some concern about the reasonable and fair use of torrent tracking? This begs the question about how to police the infraction while keeping the internet open and free. Take a service like YouTube. Copyright violations occur on a regular basis and those are dealt with on a one by one basis. If pressure were mounted to destroy an entire site like Youtube, imagine the harm it would do to the sharing of legitimate information. Why is the Pirate Bay treated differently? Obviously the domain name spits on the entertainment industry and perhaps the balance of illegal vs. legitimate downloading is much different there than say YouTube, but taking the entire site down seems like a slippery slope and a huge setback for legitimate use of bit torrent technology. Just curious how others see the issue.
Remember a time when you obsessed over a game repeating the same pattern over and over again in the pursuit of a high score?
I have rediscovered Pac Man Championship Edition DX and I have the Pac Man fever bad. I am currently well inside of the top 1% of players in the world and I sincerely think I can be #1. I'm that damn good and getting better every day. Thing is the more I play the more my hands and wrists ache. I'm pretty certain I'm headed towards carpal tunnel syndrome, and you know what? Totally worth it!
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