Brian is a researcher, technologist, and futurist working in Kyoto, Japan as a programmer, web developer, and software engineer. He has a CS degree from VT in VA plus several years experience and a wide interest in many topics. Oportunities and Interest Always Welcome.
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Friday, January 30, 2004 permanent link
  More hypnotic-ally cool visualization

Ben Fry is doctoral candidate at the MIT Media Laboratory. This guy impresses me and he's doing stuff I would love to have the time or patience for. I particularly like the maps of machine language and his maps of code revisions.

Monday, January 12, 2004 permanent link
  Stop Motion Studies of Japan Subways

Not all of these "hypnotic-ally cool" images are of Japan, but a good many are. I'm not sure if they accomplish what the author wants. Personally I enjoy them for their resolution, clarity, and sense of depth. Kind of like living photos, moving, void of the tyranny of actual motion. I don't know... I just like them. Don't be surprised to find me creating some of my own.

Sunday, January 11, 2004 permanent link
  Anti-Customer Coporations

Miramax is an example of how unbelievably clueless corporation's can be. Hear is an open letter from an Asian film fan sight explaining their errors. Miramax should thank them profusely for the clue and mend their faults. I personally have seen Shaolin Soccer and liked it quite a bit. I watched a pirated copy purchased in Asia however. It just goes to show that Miramax can't stop control the way people watch their movies, they can only loose money by not being the ones to serve their customers.

Friday, January 09, 2004 permanent link
  Bad Bush

I used to only slightly and passively dislike President George W. Bush's administration, but lately I'm starting to actively dislike it. Just one of the reasons is its complete disregard for rights of privacy. Another reason is it's right wing and religios spins on science, discussed in the article "Bush vs. Science: Is the White House Credible?" (synopsis) in the print version of Discover magazine.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004 permanent link
  Ancient Geek

I read about the CURTA in the most recent issue of Scientific American. Its darn cool, but also surprisingly simple.

Monday, January 05, 2004 permanent link
  An obvious solution

There is no reason that outsourcing software has to be the only way to save cost. With all the out-of-work programmers, you can simply save costs by hiring them in the USA for a lower wage.

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