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Mathematical niggles.

The numbers i, Π & e are special, with i being special in an awkward way. Since it can be shown that i² equals both 1 and -1, a contradiction that is swept under the carpet for fear of a … Continue reading

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Entropy and procedural content.

There’s a strange ( a.k.a interesting ) consequence of working with procedural buildings and … procedural content in general. In all cases, the hard part is to construct an algorithm that can produce something that looks plausible, which is much … Continue reading

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100 Microns

100 microns ( A.K.A 100 micrometers ) is interesting, it is roughly the length of 100 bacterium sitting next to each other in a line. 100 microns is 0.1mm, think of one millimetre cut into 10 equal pieces. When I … Continue reading

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My Printer – And I’m not afraid to use it!

This is my printer, it’s a RepRapPro Mono Mendel! And, I built it from kit form. I’m very pleased with it so far. Currently its just hanging around until my software is at the stage where I can feed the … Continue reading

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Started work, actually a couple of week ago, on 3D printing software.

It helps having your own custom 3D software ( c++/Opengl 3.3 ) you can hop straight to examining existing GCode and then on to writing a custom a slicing algorithm, it’s fast too … very fast, because the code base … Continue reading

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Boot Strapping

In the world of hardware, it’s only when you try and build something that you realise that ‘this’ will not connect to ‘that’ and that the ‘interface’ ( my internal nomenclature I’m using to describe it – ( subject to … Continue reading

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Tit for Tat

I’ve been fascinated by the Prisoner’s Dilemma ever since I first encountered it. It goes something like this. You have two prisoners which are under interrogation. They have only two choices. Choice A:  Stay silent. Choice B:  Betray the other … Continue reading

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Tymax’s minimalistic refurbishment.

I’m now replacing tymax’s old site with this blog the previous webpages were ancient and I never updated them – they had almost become a de facto standard in their own right. I don’t enjoy web development simply because of … Continue reading

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Hover Balls

Pack a sphere with tetrahedrons ( edges only ) formed from nanotubes to stop the volume imploding … wrap the sphere with nanotube surface ( I think paper exists now ). Create a partial vacuum inside the volume. Would it … Continue reading

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If you can’t measure it … it’s not real. But even if you can measure it … is it real?

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