Khronos Releases OpenGL 4.2 Specification

So Khronos released a new version of openGL and while it doesn’t contain any revolutionary changes is clearly a  step in the right direction and i can’t wait to test some of them out, all i need now is a new gpu, but there is some things i might add to my game engines that i can test now like ARB_texture_storage.
So check it out now as nvidia already has drivers available

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QuakeCon 2011 – John Carmack Q&A

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Temple Grandin TED Talk – The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

from TED: “Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.”

I think i am definitely a visual thinker with a touch a pattern thinking

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The Unlimited detail scam

A few days ago we saw the release of a video from a company called Euclidion showing of something they called unlimited detail.
Well first off right off the bat, it’s not really unlimited detail, fractals have unlimited detail, but this isn’t fractals it’s as they claim to be point clouds, but the truth is that it’s something called “sparse voxel trees”.
technically with this technology you can achieve detail at any level, but it’s far from unlimited, instead its just different in that it has different limitations.
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QuakeCon 2011 – John Carmack Keynote

It’s safe to say that i kind of look up to Carmack as a source of inspiration and whenever id releases or hints at a new graphics technology i alway try to see if i can implement it myself, when doom was released i did the volumetric shadowing, sure my data wasn’t as good but at least i demonstrated the basic premise.
So i guess it’s about time to start looking into megatexturing soon (but only after i do deferred rendering).

Anyway this talk deals a lot with rage and the lessons learned in it’s production.

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How language transformed Humanity

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The Universe – Neil deGrasse Tyson

This lecture may be a bit basic, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is a really great speaker.
be sure to watch the other 11 parts

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Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

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budda brot type fractals

I have been working on this for months now, total render time is about a week and it’s still pretty low quality, if you look close you can even see some tga compression artifacts, but it would take me weeks to re render  so i will let it be for now.

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Why We Shouldn’t Bike with a Helmet

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