global issues, history, psychology, religion and spiritualism

The Modern European God

Not too long ago, medical and European ethics entered the global spotlight when a boy named Charlie was denied experimental treatment that had a possible chance to cure him. Since the boy was too little to decide for himself, the parents were attempting to take action. However, the state denied their request for treatment and even went so far as to deny them the opportunity to see their child.

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art, software

ALOT of cubes in irrlicht

I thought I’d right my own fractal program, since I like fractals so much. Unfortunately the engine I use (or more precisely, my hardware), can’t handle too much. It’s better to draw things on an image, but even that takes a long time. This week in programming, I learned about optimizing algorithms for drawing to the screen… okay, forget it. The traditional way is better, but I end up having to draw a ton of cubes. So here we go…

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software

Flicks – For Phony Fractals – Gradient testing

For some time, I’ve wanted to make a fractal generator… but have more control over how the fractals are drawn and control that is less confusing than most fractal programs make it. Also, rendering fractals is very time consuming since fractals are point clouds. Those reasons are why people don’t use them for what I’d like to do: making 3D maps (for game worlds and such). My recent CS ventures now include writing a software (called “Flicks” for now) that applies transforms to a set of points (which I will use as vertices for models – after I figure out how to optimally connect them). In this way, I can generate interesting (but controlled-shape) 3D worlds without slowing down my machine to generate a point cloud.

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tech news and opinions

Future Tech is Pandora’s New Box

According to Greek myth, Pandora was given a box by the gods that was full of evil. But Pandora was curious and, in order to satisfy that natural curiosity, opened the box. The literal story may not be a historical event, but it is an analogy for much of human technology. With every new piece of science and technology, we behold at the same time a treasure chest and a Pandora’s box. Both are opened simultaneously. The question we need to ask ourselves is not whether what is inside the treasure chest outweighs the disadvantages of opening the Pandora’s box; the question we need to ask is whether we can bear to live with what is inside that Pandora’s box.

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Mach > X – The flight industry in the hypersonic range

Popular Science artist impression of the mysterous warplane over southern cal

Introduction

Ever since Concordes were abandoned, there hasn’t been much talk in daily society about aircraft traveling high speed. Most of the time, the aviation industry is overshadowed by the computer industry. Really, who can ignore Apple and Microsoft shoving gadgets in one’s face. Nevertheless, the industry has been very active. Since World War 2, nations have realized the benefits of air superiority. Critically important to air superiority is the ability to go fast. If you can move faster than your opponent can shoot, you can hit him quicker or get away from him more easily. That’s the thought behind some of the recent developments in aviation.

This article will discuss supersonic airplanes and technology, including recent developments, design, and considerations. This is a technical article and thus will not discuss the political implications of such aircraft.

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