Sunday, January 29, 2017

mesh bezier modifier curve

To bend a mesh, you need to add a bezier curve (or any other line I suppose). The mesh then follows the curve. The non obvious trick was to move the mesh along the common axis of the curve, like following a rail, until they both align, else you get crazy bendy results.

It seems that I had already figured out how to produce this bendy effect months ago, but then forgot and had to go through the learning process again.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vile Bodies at White Rabbit Gallery

We went to see the last days of the current exhibition before the gallery closes for February to prep for the next set.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Xiaomi Mi5

I got the Xiaomi Mi5 on ebay ($299.99 = $430AUD). On first impression, it looks good. Google Play Store worked fine. The phone feels like a Samsung Galaxy S6, with some improvements, like USB-C.

Other than the phone being awesome and me getting 99% of my favorite miracles, here is what I've noticed:

  • No Android 7
  • No Google Pay
  • Some Google apps that seem to be only available on Nexus/Pixel devices, which is expected to be fair
  • Cannot disable built-in apps, like SMS messenger (I use Hangouts) and gmail (I use Inbox)
  • I happen to prefer the fingerprint reader on the back for better grip, and leaving the front glass uninterrupted
  • Not Daydream VR ready
  • Only one external speaker, but it does pack a punch
  • Pay Pass via HCE: you can install your bank's NFC pay app in lieu of Google Pay (important: install the app, and add a card, disregard any previous card on the app from an earlier install as payments are likely to fail as they did for me)
  • The built-in camera app has quick access to exposure in manual mode. HHT is like HDR but seems faster.
  • I like the built-in Clock app better than by Google
  • There is Mi Cloud sync if you want an alternative to Google (if geopolitics is a bother)
  • Nice UI Buttons (Settings / Additional Settings / Buttons options): 1) Volum Up for silence camera snaps or video, 2) screen shop via three finger down swipe gesture
  • IR remote control capable, with built in app!
  • The cameras are awesome! No shutter lag!
  • I have full confidence in the Snapdragon 820 SoC (Lite version, slightly under clocked but for a fraction of the price of the other flagship, and still full featured) that powers it all
  • USB C w Fast Charging, even charges pretty fast over regular high amp charger


The Mi phone has numerous annoying quirks, as most brands do, but everything seems to work really well as a package. I appreciate the highly regarded reputation of Mi (via episodic anecdote run-ins including a talk by Clay Shirky where he indicates that what Mi is doing to Samsung is what Samsung did to iPhone). My overall experience is very positive -- the Mi5 is a flagship. On top of that, what you get for the price is a GREAT DEAL, and I love it! I would recommend Mi to any sensible person.

Home screen,
Out Of The Box

About screen,

About screen
after a system update

23 May 2017
After too many frustrating attempts trying to get a newer version of MIUI, today met with success!

It is really quite simple when it works. I now believe that an earlier ROM was just not ready, but the current one works without fuss (

The outline on this page was what worked (Method 1: System Update),

The main benefits are: an upgrade from Android 6 to Android 7; and security updates.

BTW, Android Pay still does not work.

Before / After

Monday, January 16, 2017


Mono Island diet

About three months ago, September 2016, I watched an entertaining book talk by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller), which was my introduction to Mono Island. 

The idea is simple enough:
  • EAT ONE FOOD: Pick one of your favorite foods, which will make it easier to work with. Keep it basic, so no pre packaged stuff -- and alcohol is not a sensible option, and neither are things like candy, cake, spam, bacon, sausage, McNuggets, pizza, or ice cream, as they will not help you. If you pick a meat then you will find yourself on the Atkins diet, not Mono Island -- they're different things. Cooking should be minimal, undecorated, and essentially keeping the food boring. I think that this leaves fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and mushrooms on your table of options -- not no combining, just one.
  • ALL YOU CAN EAT: You can eat as much as you like! But you will get sick of eating pretty quickly, so you end up eating less by about day 2 as a consequence of eating just one thing.
  • JUST 2 WEEKS: Go to mono island for 2 weeks only, but no less, otherwise it will not work. The time period is a habit breaker, to break your bad eating habits. Bad habits include things like snacking, binging, and eating when you're not hungry. No alcohol, and especially no wine which is high in sugars and hence not helpful here -- incidentally, give your liver and brain a nice break away from alcohol.
  • WATER: Don't forget that you need to drink a good amount of it.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Be mindful of your Recommended Daily Intake of vitamins and minerals, but this depends of what food you choose -- you can pop a multivitamin pill for good measure. If you miss out on the correct amount of sodium and potassium something weird might happen.

I did a bit of research and also found Banana Girl. She's a youtube celebrity. Her schtick is bananas, no mystery there.

And so in the spirit of new year's resolutions I committed to trying Mono. After all, it's just two weeks. How hard can it be?

I picked Bananas because there is no cooking required, which is a convenient feature. Bananas have a reputation as being a super-food, and contain just about everything you need in one convenient wrapper, and are delicious. I  started on the second of January, on a Saturday, and lasted about 5 hours before cracking! What may have been unhelpful was that I got caught out with only 3 bananas on hand for a period of quite a few hours. Had I prepared better and stocked up with an all-you-can-eat amount available all day, this may have worked better. Damn.

Next on my list were potatoes. I love potatoes. I could live on beer and chips. About a week after the banana epic fail, I cleared my head and got ready for potatoes. This time I stocked up with a 2Kg bag for day one. This was a good day. I cooked servings of 3 to 4 spuds, in a bowl, for 10 minutes in the microwave -- simple. By day two, my intake dropped profoundly, from a whole bag the day before to only 4 potatoes! I was excited that this was working. But by day three the cracks were starting to show. I was sick of potatoes, having only a few bites here and there -- also we were approaching the prospect of an enjoyable and social weekend. By the end of the day I cracked and went to the store to get some wine, bread, etc. This was far short of the two week target, but three days on potatoes was certainly an improvement on five hours on bananas.

For now I'm quitting mono island. However can't help but wonder if I could do better with rice maybe?

Monday, January 09, 2017

badideas 2017

Bad ideas, brain farts, no filter, 2017

  • Consider the murky cloud of facts, opinions denials, apologies, and lies.
  • When considering a direction, what area do you intend to open up, remove congestion, develop, or transform? Solve that and that's your strategy.
  • Instagram and Twitter is all the social you need.
  • I make dots and doodles
  • I would wake up and spend hours testing inconvenient ideas. One recurring thought experiment would be on affordable habitats. Somewhere, a regional crisis concession will mandate a temporary refugee internment city to get a design reboot. Somewhere, a regional crisis concession will mandate a temporary refugee internment city to get a design reboot. Mimicking hive colonies, a system of modular container blocks and transport buses for executing policy. Seed batches would arrive with policies favoring immediate survival and expansion, hard-coded via available replication resource expiry and selection pressure. Thrive or loose. Some say that's not right like all the other terrible social engineering ideas, others break through, and the apropos change vector joins with Moore's law -- because I would be interested in an interview.
  • Here's the same thing
    Here's the same thing
    Here's the same thing
  • What's your job, make, sell, or support?
  • Suddenly everybody's an expert on fake news and facts.
  • I'm writing by personal Bio, and it reads more like a bio hazard and a clever play on words.
  • So you see.....
  • Now that we got the HOW, WHAT are we going to do with it?
  • Product: chemicals made in a chemical factory, selling to people, as wholesome goodness and aspiration.
  • I need oxygen. A most modest amount of money. So I can exist, and do my work.
  • Get off the grass #lookitup
  • Know as the ladies man #lookitup
  • Twitter Stacking the narrative
  • No need to argue smooth operator
  • Booze impairment is a type of real cognitive impairment
  • Meretricious ... google it ... not to do with merit at all
  • It doesn't hurt. But it burns slightly, but only when I close my eyes. I think it's synesthesia.
  • The tech priesthood grants access to everyday magic.
  • I feel alive by finding a pocket of air in the zeitgeist #mordor
  • As you toil in the labs of Mordor, remember to find some cheer, in the interest of your mental hygiene if nothing else.
  • In case of doubt the mirror is to remind that the sloth of idle years has not gone unpunished.
  • If you could pitch anything to anyone, and they said yes, what would you pitch?
  • How to howto everything.
  • Look at us. We used to be a great team. Now we're washed up. What happened? 
  • I used to be a tropical mermaid. I used to be a dark rainbow unicorn. I used to be an everyday common wizard. I went through a lot of jobs.
  • Toil. I toil.
  • If you wonder how smart your phone is, try being without it for a few weeks and notice the difference. If there is little difference then, You would be better off with a Nokia 8210.
  • The sausage food format is convenient.
  • I shall reserve you a special place among my frienemies.
  • Meat is murder. What as is murder? Murder. Just sayin.
  • Step One : ROFL; Step Two: Profit
  • Should we do Sat Sun workout routines to make up for the rest of the week?
  • Should I get nice A4 card for making greeting cards? I don't have a good printer.
  • On piracy. Content demand inversion is where at which point is there so much content that providers come to you with content and not the other way around. There is a content deluge currently.So if I seek something out, and computer says No you can't have that, I just go down the high priority item down the list. We no longer get to follow our favorite shows, because there is too many of them. Most clips have to go overboard forever, because there will not be enough time to watch them. So we prioritize based on opportunity cost; if I bother to watch one thing then how much available attention is that going to take away from other things that I care about. Clips have to compete for my attention. Everyone has backlogs of their favorite shows and movies they wanted to watch. The most easy to get to and relevant get screen time.
  • Impressive: disproportionate waste of resources like time, space/scale, money, for comparison 
  • Product photography w references like Pomegranate Lines, Avocado, Dragon fruit
  • The justice system as a predatory combinator.
  • #content instagram campaign, weekly triple panel @the_wine_gallery
  • #content two column zigzag w text and illustration
  • youtube personalized filter bubble of VR DJ streams
  • What if rather than immortality, people could just produce copies of themselves of some sort at any point? Good enough?
  • What if rather than immortality of individuals we reconsider it as immortality of a family, where living members are replenished, old school.
  • A lot of hoopla, no sales: category micro-sites: video, plans, specs, db for comparing apples to apples ... - categories: real estate, events, orgs (vineyards, guest houses, ...); use drone rigs as a stable platform, noise issue, helium platform; include 1 click 360, and out of window; db/api vs editorial vs experiential; Storytelling compression
  • Comedy sub-genre: looking inward, going into the darkest depths, and coming up with unnerving but golden observations
  • Battery: OEM 18650 cell market on ebay seems to be full of fakes and unrealistic capacity claims. A better source may be laptop battery packs that don't need to engage in single cell claims because the cells are hidden inside the battery shell. Another source may be garden tool battery packs from Aldi, where the price is correct-ish at about $5 per cell, and you would think that a reputable high volume retailer would deal with good suppliers.
  • #content video clip: urban-scape,  pan rotate, transform into fade out, 3 to 4s
  • On offering choices: You don't have to be any awesome, just better than the other prospects that they already hate.
  • On multinationals; Corporations have asset contracts, people contracts, international bases, and internal motivations. But they don't have armies. However, the wealth of corporations is dwarfed by the wealth of sovereign-states. Nations can be viewed as acting like corporations with conglomerate interests, and large conglomerate corporations can be viewed as small countries. But what of the superpowers? Will corporations ever pose a challenge or an alternative to the model, with ventures into space maybe?
coined words --
  • winter salad veggie bake
  • Undo
  • Apple Cider Vinegar #trending
  • The 9 to 5 diet: eat nothing all day, then eat as much as you want for dinner. Have a carrot for breakfast. After dinner drink lite beer as much as you want and still work on the laptop until passing out.
  • tab chromecast works in chrome
  • tab chromecast fails in chromium, not listing chrome devices
  • remote desktop sharing in chrome fails except for accessing your own desktop via your android within the same login
  • smug face pepe #trending
  • Sorry, not sorry? #trending
words --
  • vexatious
  • kogel mogel
  • intersectional

Thursday, January 05, 2017