Monday, April 19, 2010

Hollywood Green-Screens and Disney Copy-and-Paste!

Just a reminder to not believe everything that you see. Here is a video about Hollywood use of green screens on popular tv shows.


The lies don’t stop there though, take a look at Disney’s blatant use of copy-and-paste :-P

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Analog Computers are Wicked Cool!

I spent some time this afternoon clearing out my bookmarks and found a Channel 9 video with Brian Beckman talking about his history with computers and the history of analog computing. The most interesting part was the links to some old training films that show the different mechanisms used to create analog computers to allow navy ships to compute bomb trajectories in real time. I grew up in an era of integrated circuits and TI-89 calculators, but it is absolutely fascinating to see how mechanical parts can be used to create multipliers, integrators, and differentials that can be combined to instantly calculate the launch angle and speed required to hit a given target. The videos come in Part 1 and Part 2 with each being about 20 minutes long and highly recommended. Check it out!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Anders Hejlsberg at TechDays 2010 in Belgium: Trends and future directions in programming languages

I watched a great talk by Anders Hejlsberg at TechDays 2010 today about how programming has evolved since he first created Turbo Pascal back in the 1980s. It is a bit long (1 Hour 9 Minutes) but it covers moving from assembly to managed code, the merging of dynamic/static/functional/declarative programming models, and new tools for tackling concurrent programming. Check it out: