New MacBook Pro + Fyre

4052448504_af691980e5_b

Back when I bought my last Mac: USB and the Playstation 2 were new, Altivec and shiny plastic were in, and fans were almost starting to line up for the first Harry Potter movie. Oh, and warrantless wiretapping was still illegal. So, Apple, I guess it’s time to put all those hardware failures behind us and see if this relationship can work. I’ve actually had a lot of... Read More

NOP 0x004031A9

fyre-004031a9-nop-nop

It’s like circuit bending for digital art. Medium: Fyre 1.0 (Win32), IDA Pro (The Interactive Disassembler). (Okay, maybe I’m just having too much fun with my new copy of IDA…)  Read More

Flightaware route histogram

flights-24hour-2000x800

Flightaware + Fyre: The above image is part of a histogram generated from Flightaware’s 24-hour time lapse. Click the link for the uncropped version. The original video is a Quicktime wrapper around individual PNG frames. I used mencoder to strip off the Quicktime wrapper, then a small Python script split the video streams into individual frames, decompressed them, and plotted... Read More

Oversampling in Fyre

Despite Fyre 1.0 being “completely done” for a while now, I have to nitpick it occasionally. I recently composed an image which brought out a particularly bad oversampling bug in Fyre. Fyre implements antialiasing using an oversampling technique, much like FSAA on modern video cards. In Fyre 1.0.0, we just chop each pixel into an even 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4 grid... Read More

January 2006 Update

Fyre It’s easy for me to see Fyre as a ‘dead’ project these days- the existing codebase was declared ‘done’, and we moved on to a new architecture dubbed Fyre 2.0. In some ways this rewrite has suffered from second system effect, and the code hasn’t been touched in a while. But, I think we all agreed this was necessary. Fyre 1.0 really was a great... Read More

I’ll procrastinate after I pick your browser up off the floor

fvwz

I’ve been making slow progress on packing today- got all my books boxed up, along with many of my less fragile electro-widgets and such. This type of behaviour leads to procrastination, naturally. I’ve been running the Deer Park Alpha 2 release of Firefox for a couple days. It does seem to be faster at DHTML, though I don’t have any of the really heavy-duty Javascript... Read More