Because we are all encouraged to do things the way we know they work, because reinventing the wheel is something we are supposed to avoid and because being stubborn is seeing as a bad quality… I often decide to hold to my believe that revisiting old stuff my lead to new ways to do things. Because I want so.

In doing so, sometimes, I do find, indeed, new ways to do things. Such as, rendering analytically antialiased spheres with analytical plausible soft shadows and occlusion.

Analytical in this case means not using montecarlo integrating any of these three forms of visibility. Or in other words, noise free, pixel perfect, light-speed images. Sure spheres are special, so what. They are cute too. So the time spent in paper and pencil with the formulas was totally worth it.

Realtime version and code/math, here: https://www.shadertoy.com/view/MsSSWV

i remember that back then, before the gps, couples argued and fighted when in the car when one was reading the (huge paper) map trying to figure out where to they were and which way to go while the other failed at following the navigation instructions from the former. “you said ‘i think’, that’s not an instruction!!”. “damn i told you clearly to turn right after the second tunnel, you don’t know how to freaking count?”

i think the gps have saved so many relationships.

if numbers like 0xA000, 0x3C8/0x3C9, 0xFFA6E, and 0x417 don’t mean anything to you, you are not old enough of a gfx programmer.

the fact that i can sit for 20 minutes and fix no less than two web vulnerability issues in our website, given that i am not a software engineer, nor i have a clue about the interwebs, and that i cannot but just copy&paste php, means that the internet technology is, in general, a huge pile of shit. period.

According to https://www.google.com/ads/preferences, I am a 35 to 44 years old woman who likes astronomy, maths and fashion, speaks English and Korean.

Well, I don’t speak Korean yet. Otherwise, spot on!

not related to any of the last two posts, i promise, this is the latest mathematcal image. improvised last night, it’s a 2D effect really, where a cylindrical projection is used to index a texture several times with different alpha cutoffs in order to create a stacked transparency thing. the usual color and fake lighting tweaking was the most difficult part as usual. since it’s a 2D effects, it’s really fast, so fast that i could implement some lens defocus.

Realtime animated version, with open code, here: https://www.shadertoy.com/view/XdBSzd

There’s a TED talk about the need for a new metaphor for sex.

Despite the good of the intentions in it, I cannot but wonder, over and over again, why the heck is there a need for a metaphor in the first place? There’s something intellectually unhealthy going on here. People, grow up already!

what are the side effects on men of the birth control pill?

has this experiment ever been conducted?

a heart attack is not an attack really. it’s more of a surrender.

Speaking of maths, the mathimage of this week is something mechanical and minimal. Totally improvised during a coding jam session after dinner. Mathematical image, animation and sound.

This is certainly slower than calling sin() and cos() directly in the GPU. But I find this code i wrote for a 6th degree Taylor approximation of sine and cosine pretty cute (from an aesthetical point of view).

vec2 mySinCos( float a )
{
    vec2 y = a + vec2(0.0,0.25);
    
    vec2 s = (fract(1.0*y) - 0.5)*PI;
    vec2 x = (fract(2.0*y) - 0.5)*PI;
    
    return -sign(s) * (1.0-(1.0-(1.0 - x*x/(6.0*5.0))*
                                       x*x/(4.0*3.0))*
                                       x*x/(2.0*1.0));
}

I know there’s one too many 1s, and one too many PIs. But that’s part of the makeup.

Challenge for Laika: make a stop-motion animation of a character stop-motion-animating a character (fractal realities).

I know the cost is quadratic, and that the level-0 puppet need to be big… But if anyone can do it, that’s you!

some habit that has been around for a couple of generations is not a “tradition”, my friends. it’s just a trend.

Warm summer nights clearly means more smiles, happiness and desire to talk to each other. Tonight more people than usual approached me (for my bike) during my late journey to home after work. One chinese, one korean and one american.

Nice bike! Where are you from? Ah, “pinchos”! 5 years, cool. No salsa dancing? Really, pole dancing? Not sure. In France. Pas tres bien. Driving? Haha, good for you! Not often, once a year. Yeah, k-bbq is better in LA.. Yes, around the corner. 안녕

This was a really fast one. I tried to see what it would feel to make a more or less photoreal picture (for some generous definition of “photorealism”) and add something clearly non real to it.

In terms of maths I’ve been doing this for a long time now, blending shapes, but this was more of a social experiment. Also, there was some attempt to make this image more efficient than the ones I’ve been doing so far, by using a cosine based noise (which is periodic of course) and doing some inaccurate (but cheap!) shadows.

As usual, the real time animated version, and the code/maths behind it are available online: https://www.shadertoy.com/view/4sjXzG

“I have an idea for an app” is a bit like “I have an idea for arranging my collection of StarTreck figurines” – you have no idea how LITTLE interest we have in hearing it. I thought you should know.

in a scale from zero to “i drive a Hummer”, how small is your penis?

could replace “drive a Hummer” with “work out Friday evening before going clubbing shirtless”

(also, i promise i won’t construct more jokes with this structure)

today’s “Complains!” episodes in on water.

from somewhere within the culturally clashing part of my mind, from the creators the of “please make bread bread” complain, today we get “please let us drink water water”.

it seems wherever i go there’s a massive choice of varieties of waters. cherry seasoned, coconut flavored, sweetened, sparkly. cherry water, coconut water, sweet water, sparkly water. every imaginable thing except what’s commonly known as “water”. we could call it “Just Water (C)” for those who cannot cope with generic non-branded product names. but essentially, i’m talking of water, as it comes from the springs and fountains.

and even though i disagree with the premise that variety equals sophistication, given that this is the land of the (apparent) choices anyways, at least give us the choice of “water water”.

please?

plus, water is so good as it is. really. try it, you might be surprised

why go out there to improve the world, help anybody why, fight against things that are wrong, or why even donate to charity, when you can save the world from the comfort of your sofa by clicking a few “Like buttons in Facebook?

is clicking “Like” supposed to make you feel proud of agreeing with an idea? cause i don’t think you believe you are saving the lives of kids with leukemia and a murdered dolphins with the power of “Like”. or are you. almost looks as if the “Like” thing was a way to make us people-who-are-apparently-too-busy-to-do-something-to-improve-the-world happy and proud if ourselves…

It’s been one of those Fridays. The world is alive, excited and colorful out there. But I’m staying home in the quietness of my apartment, after having helped a bit somebody in the other side of the planet with their maths. Once I’m done with that, I decide to keep playing with the topic we had been discussing – spiky spheres and repetition in polar coordinates. I improvise for one hour until I get something resembling some of twisting jelly creature (as in the old demos).

As usual, the real-time animated version and the source code / maths are online and free: https://www.shadertoy.com/view/XdBSzG