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Category: buffalo

01/25/17 01:22 - ID#60755

Roswell Park's smoking machine for mice

As seen in the Grovesnor room in the Buffalo and Erie County central library. While (e:paul) was geeking out over Roswell Park and 50 years of annual reports, I found this picture.

I mean I get that they needed to conduct the research but what a crazy photo to use for PR.

The mice are trapped with corks in glass tubes, with burning cigarettes attached. They were setting out to research the correlation between smoking and cancer. There even was a tobacco farm in Orchard Park and West Seneca where they grew different types to compare against commercial tobacco.

I wish I could actually could find this study to find out how many cigarettes they made these mice smoke.

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Category: art

01/18/17 01:53 - ID#60752 pmobl

More 3d fiddling

I made two more things in 3D with blender. The first one I was experimenting with particle effects and wood textures, plus some simple animation. I had to downsize to a tiny gif and it's still 632k. I think (e:paul) or I should add HTML5 video - I hate uploading to youtube for short clips.

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The next render I followed this blender expert's tutorial on youtube.

I'm pretty happy with the doughnuts even those the doughnut mesh is weird.
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I freaking love 3D modeling so far, especially compared to most art forms I've tried. It seems way more intuitive to deal with something that that has depth and perspective built in vs for me trying to learn and translate a 2D projection of what I want.

Plus Blender is pretty awesome software and entirely open source. It went open after a crowd funding campaign bought the source from a failed Dutch ompany, all the the way back in 2002.
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On my machine rendering is pretty slow and limited to the CPU. But Terry's computer is blazing fast and I haven't even gotten CUDA GPU rendering set up yet. Once I do, each of the GPUs 2580 cores can be set to rendering instead of the i7s 4 cores.


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Category: winter

01/09/17 01:33 - ID#60751

Cross country skiing

We went with (e:yesthatcasey) and David down to Byrnecliff in Warsaw. I loved being able to go down ridiculously fast on the Corkscrew trail. At one point I had to slide over and fall because I was out of control.

Afterwards we went to go eat mexican food at this restaurant called Arriba Tortilla in East Aurora. I thought there was no way they could make regular tex-mex expensive but they found a way by making portions huge but ridiculously overpriced.

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Category: family

01/09/17 01:32 - ID#60750

Props to my brother

Serious props to my brother, who organized a drive to furnish an apartment for a Syrian refugee family. He managed to furnish the entire apartment with donated furniture, a full kitchen, bedrooms, pantry, living room and electronics.

The furniture and rest of the donated stuff was nice quality and even matched. I know it seems silly but I have to think moving into a complete apartment like that has to make it slightly easier to adjust to a new county thousands of miles away from home.

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Category: art

01/09/17 01:15 - ID#60749

hallo welt

I was stuck on thinking of new things to program or try out today. So instead I fired up the open source blender on my laptop and ran a tutorial to make a 3d render of a mug.

(e:paul) helped me run through the basics of compositing and using blender. So I ended up making these purple velvety metaballs to go alongside the mug, cushioned on a field of stiff AstroTurf (and with the obligatory "hello world" text).

I watched him play with a trial of Cinema 4D and he made a model of a vase in about a minute.

The output here is dumb but it was ridiculously fun to do something new on the computer. Scripting something here with Python could be interesting. The interface in Blender is confusing but I also don't know the language of 3d compositing.

I'd like to try animating it, on Terry's mega Warcraft machine.

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Category: plants

01/04/17 12:46 - ID#60746

Botan Buffalo

We took (e:terry)'s mom down to the tropical temperatures of the botanical gardens last Monday. I have more pictures of the plants there than I'll ever need. Here are a few that I probably haven't posted before, besides the orchids.

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Category: new years

01/04/17 12:44 - ID#60745

Happy new year

Full of turkish coffee and the obligatory drunk dancing (e:mike) show.

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Category: bikes

01/04/17 12:38 - ID#60742

Bicycle heaven

It's an amazing museum in Pittsburgh, dedicated to classic bikes, mostly cruisers from the 1950's/60's. It's a little west of the Mexican War streets on the north shore, in an old industrial area. Ironically probably the least bike friendly section of Pittsburgh I've seen.



You can tell it's kind of like the basement at Rick's but somehow they found some money to arrange them very nicely.

The random rare bikes they had were insane. They had a 5 seated tandem from the Monkees, a mountain bike with a single sided fork, a bike someone rode literally around the world, and this street-legal fiberglass tricycle car that allegedly got 100mpg in the 1980's.

The weirdest part of the whole museum were the non sequitur jokes scattered around the building. For example. there was a baby doll in a cage with this sign attached.

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Or this dummy in a trunk.

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Or this neon hippie-bike-part-dance-party room. Which starts blasting this eurodance song "God is a woman" as soon as you walk in.

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Category: cookies

01/04/17 12:36 - ID#60741

Christmas cookies

We went over to the hotel my family was staying at for a festivus celebration and some Christmas cookie decorating.

The designs stayed pretty abstract.

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Category: family

01/04/17 12:35 - ID#60740

Emily's graduation

Congratulations to my sister Emily on graduating college magna cum laude from Duquense. It's almost impossible for me to believe that I only have one sibling left in school.

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