Homemade Cellphone Satellites

cellphone satellite rocket

If you look up “cell phone satellite”, what you get is a telecommunications satellite or comparisons between cell phones and satellite phones. This blog post is about neither. Instead, I’m musing on the concept of building satellites.

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Shimeji and Your Friendly Desktop Characters


It probably doesn’t cross people’s minds to have some strange character sitting (or even moving) on their computer desktop. You don’t need it. It’s purely for entertainment. If you ever want it though, it’s hard to find.

The idea of desktop characters is a cute one. Naturally, then the Japanese must have this. They call them “shimeji” (though if you try to look up that word, you will find it refers to mushrooms).

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freeware, software

Installing Gitless from source code

Git receives a lot of flack for having a poorly created UI on top of a technological monster. Underneath the hood, it may be a beast of an engine, but the user gets to use a 5-in-1 for its keys. Gitless is a convenient hood, but there’s only one catch: all the binaries you can download are 64-bit which means… compiling from source for those of us running 32-bit Linux operating systems.

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art, fractal

Tweaking Fractals Example – “Three Styles”

Sometimes it’s nice to see how a fractal is tweaked from start to finish. Below is an example of one of my own fractals that started with a simple idea, looked like junk at one point, and with some tweaking came out really nice. How do you tweak a fractal? That deserves a full length feature (which I may do later), but the gist of it is knowing balance. Fractal flames are created with points that are sent from variation to variation to be modified. The best-looking fractals are those that perform a balancing act: sending points to the places they are mots needed while still supporting the finer details of the fractal. Remember: even invisible transforms receive points and it is important that they are provided them depending on what role they perform (usually some intermediate transform). The balancing is all done by the Xaos (notably: JWildfire 1 labeled these as “Rel. Weights”, which is more descriptive but not common terminology).

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