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Blender 2.43 January 31, 2007

Posted by marvinx in Art, Science and Technology.
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So, this is something which will probably only interest me. But I think it’s awesome. The next version (2.43) of the wonderful program Blender 3D will contain something called sculpt tools. They let you use the mouse to shape your model like clay; click and drag to pull part of it out or push it in. You can even paint physical textures directly onto it.

Click “more” and get a look at what can be done with this…

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Apple is Amazing! January 10, 2007

Posted by nukes in Science and Technology.
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Well, I have just finished being awed by the unpredictability of Apple, once again. They have now created the most awesome cell phone I have ever seen in my life! Its incredible! It has only on drawback, that I can tell, it is limited to cingular, and not verizon, which is what I use. Other then that, I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chess November 26, 2006

Posted by marvinx in Science and Technology.
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Some people have too much time on their hands. I happen to be one of them. I enjoy having an almost entirely flexible schedule. And don’t make fun of me for it; I know you guys are jealous.

The question becomes, though: what do I do with my free time? The answer is not much. Usually. On rare occasions, though, I become bored enough to try something ambitious. This is always some sort of programming project, and generally it’s small or stupid, like writing an invincible tic-tac-toe program. It usually doesn’t go very far. But sometimes something worthwhile comes out of this. Like a program that lets you play chess with other people over the internet.

The url is http://lab.marvinxart.com/chess. It’s the second version; the first really sucked so I started from scratch. Granted, there are a few flaws: the game pieces look like crap, for one. Also, it is possible to trick the program and thus cheat (but it’s hard to figure out how). Occasionally it will screw up the display of your available moves. But all in all it works, and I’m proud of it.

Foray into Linux! October 14, 2006

Posted by cmac in Science and Technology.
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Looking around FaceBook, I’ve noticed that a certain flavor of Linux, Ubuntu, has a kind of cult following. I’d never heard of it – but those that have love it.

I’m in the process of installing Ubuntu on my laptop. Here’s the real question I intend to answer: I the “linux for humans” Ubuntu advertises really usable for non-computer science PhDs.

Blog from Space September 18, 2006

Posted by nukes in Life, Science and Technology.
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This is the blog of a woman going to space.

Death by oil September 2, 2006

Posted by pagani in Crazy Facts, Science and Technology.
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Chemistry made interesting August 31, 2006

Posted by pagani in Science and Technology.
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How come the Wavanator’s wasn’t this fun?

Using a Nuclear Rocket August 30, 2006

Posted by nukes in Science and Technology.
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One of the greatest problems of building an interplanetary spaceship is building an engine which will last a long time, and will provide the power needed. My particular preference is to use a nuclear reactor.

The method with which somone could use a reactor is quite simple. Because one doesn’t need to care about the radiation spilled into space, one could use the broken up molecules of the nuclear fuel, such as uranium and plutonium, and shoot those out. This solution would provide an incredible thrust, which would last for an incredible amount of time, spanning decades of continous acceleration. The problem arises when one considers how to eject these broken pieces into space, without destroying the spacecraft in the process. If one were able to channel these pieces through a nozzel, and continue having a controled nuclear reaction, one would be set for millenia.

It’s Official: Pluto is no Longer a Planet August 24, 2006

Posted by marvinx in Science and Technology.
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Striking down a proposal to add three new planets to the solar system, the International Astronomical Union in Prague announced recently that Pluto is not, in fact, a planet. Thus, there are now eight planets in the solar system: Murcury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune… and that’s it.

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Ethics: Experimenting on People August 16, 2006

Posted by cmac in Science and Technology.
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Drugs, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) requires that all drugs be “fully evaluated” before being placed on the market. “Full evaluation” means that the drug must be tested. However, drugs intended to treat medical disorders can only be tested through controlled experiments. Sounds okay… get people with the specified disorder, have some take the placebo and the others take the drug, record results and side-effects. In theory, it should all be fine… except it’s gotten out of hand.
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