Uncommon Musical Instrument Day Shortbread

Still the best GPU tech-demo ever.

PC hardware and computing

  1. 51nb ThinkPad X210 Mod review @ PC Perspective
  2. Netgear XR500 router, EX8000, SX10 (10GigE) switch review @ Guru3D
  3. EVGA G1 Plus 750W review @ JonnyGuru
  4. Acer ED273 27in monitor review @ KitGuru
  5. Samsung Pro Endurance microSDXC memory card review @ Legit Reviews
  6. TP-Link Deco M9 Plus AC2200 smart home mesh Wi-Fi system reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder
  7. Fractal Design Focus G Mini review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Tested: one of the best-selling (no brand) gaming monitors on Amazon @ TechSpot
  9. The Intel Xeon W review: W-2195, W-2155, W-2123, W-2104 and W-2102 tested @ AnandTech
  10. “Too much thermal paste” – benchmark of thermal paste application & quantity @ Gamers Nexus

Games, culture, and VR

  1. The theme song for Civilization IV still rocks @ Quarter To Three (gives me chills every time)
  2. Nintendo releases complete sales figures for its million-selling Switch games @ Nintendo Life

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Become the rockstar developer you've always dreamed of being @ HackADay
  2. The Apocalypse Bicycle @ HackADay
  3. Light painting animations directly from blender @ HackADay (physical ray tracing)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Neural network implemented with light instead of electrons @ Ars Technica
  2. Pedestrians are a hard problem for self-driving cars—here's one solution @ Ars Technica
  3. NASA study dashes dreams of terraforming Mars @ New Atlas
  4. 40,000-year old worms revived from Siberian permafrost @ New Atlas (pretty sure this didn't end well on The X-Files)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Is cheese bad for you? Five nutritionists give the same answer @ quartzy.qz.com
  2. Swiss cheese ice cream is now a thing, because summer 2018 has no chill @ hellogiggles.com
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • moshpit
    • 1 year ago

    I still have the original Pipedream demo with the Radeon 9700 logo on it that I used to run on my 9700 Pro All in Wonder card. And I agree, to this day, is the best GPU demo ever.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Still the best GPU tech-demo ever.[/quote<] Neat! How have I never seen this before?

      • LoneWolf15
      • 1 year ago

      It dates back to the Radeon 9500/9700 days, so we’re going a ways back.

      And yest, it still is the best tech demo ever. nVidia’s Nalu and other such things didn’t come close. Some of 3DMark’s stuff was neat, but they never had the awesomeness of music, rendering, and timing combined.

    • strangerguy
    • 1 year ago

    “NASA study dashes dreams of terraforming Mars @ New Atlas”

    Well, I find terraforming to be rather conceptually silly. Any civ that has the tech for that will also have far more resource efficient ways to do space colonization.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Terraforming is only silly if you don’t have the raw reagents available on the planet in question. Terraforming takes a ton of energy (a noticeable fraction of the sun’s total output) and time (centuries to millennia) to perform.

      Mars and all of the moons are out of the question. Venus is the only viable candidate in the entire solar system but it will take an incredible amount of time and energy (need to fix its rotation).

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 1 year ago

        Nevertheless, I recommend Kim Stanley Robinson’s [i<]Mars[/i<] series as a good read.

        • faramir
        • 1 year ago

        Meh.

        • jihadjoe
        • 1 year ago

        My take on this matter is the time, effort, and resources required to terraform Mars, let alone Venus would be several times less than what’s required to fix the Earth, even if we were to repeal every law and abolish every agency that protects the environment and let anthrophongenic global warming have its way for a few centuries.

          • Krogoth
          • 1 year ago

          Actually, it is much cheaper to clean-up the Earth then it is “terraform” and/or habituate any of the other moons/planets in the solar system.

          People grossly underestimate the sheer cost of moving material through space. Terraforming is pretty much cleaning up the local environment on roids.

            • jihadjoe
            • 1 year ago

            Exactly that! “Terraform” literally means to change another moon or planet and make it more like the Earth, well the Earth (even give +/- a few degrees C) is already a lot like the Earth, so it’s a much better starting point.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 1 year ago

      Any civ that has tech for that probably will be able to live within their means and not need to terraform another planet…

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    “The theme song for Civilization IV still rocks”. The name of the piece is Babu Yetu, it’s in Swahili and I just picked up the live version by the Angel City Chorale out of Los [url<]Angeles...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usth3AZRqDc%5B/url<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Your link needs some milk.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 1 year ago

      I’m pretty sure it’s called The Circle of Life 😛

      But yes, despite the slight cheesiness, I do think Christopher Tin is one of the coolest game soundtrack composers. I really love his theme for Offworld Trading Company too:
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwmYXylxA3g[/url<]

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    That demo is nice and all but I prefer real-world stuff on my vintage hardware. [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q260bjSiyq0[/url<]

      • Vinceant
      • 1 year ago

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG8RAbWs1yo[/url<] is better. 😛

    • Bomber
    • 1 year ago

    Intel recreated this physically for an event a few years ago. [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5Z5zo1Rc4[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Intel finally figured out a way to make realistic looking graphics!

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 1 year ago

        I expect they’ve already filed a patent for this under the title “Method to make realistic looking graphics”. Everyone owes them for patent infringement for doing anything off the computer that someone else could see.

    • Dark Pulse
    • 1 year ago

    So should I be happy or sad that my birthday is apparently also Uncommon Musical Instrument Day?

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      Happy birthday! You get the awesome opportunity to run outside on your birthday suit!

      uni-mitation

    • ClickClick5
    • 1 year ago

    A bit old, but still interesting to go through all this setup: [url<]https://nigelstanford.com/Automatica/[/url<]

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    BTW, you don’t need CGI for that: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q[/url<]

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      No kidding. I really enjoyed reading this earlier in the year.

      [url<]https://hackaday.com/2018/02/02/keeping-magnetized-marbles-from-stopping-the-music/[/url<]

        • davidbowser
        • 1 year ago

        The marble machine song and video are very cool.

        [url<]https://youtu.be/IvUU8joBb1Q[/url<]

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Pedestrians are a hard problem for self-driving cars—here's one solution @ Ars Technica[/quote<] Nonsense! Those pedestrians are soft & squishy.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 1 year ago

      Oh. I figured they were talking about the difficulty cleaning up the mess afterwards.

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      True, but they can still leave quite a dent.

        • MastaVR6
        • 1 year ago

        Speaking from experience, the can dent your fender and break your windshield too- and then you feel a little better when you find them snoring* when you go check on them in the middle of the street. Police then EMT’s arrived to have him refuse any treatment.
        (* – He was drunk and ran out from the other side of a railway gate arm where he had been obscured from my view, he tried to Duke boy it across my hood from the right, I dodged left away to no avail.)

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