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Friday, July 7, 2023

We're doing shapes this week. Really running out of material.

Good morning and a belated happy birthday to my sister. We've got an action-packed issue today, featuring all the usual subjects (space and other stuff). Let's go.

Today's link is a video wherein a person uses a free open source software suite to, well, it's more fun if you just see for yourself:

Make Your Renders Unnecessarily Complicated

If it's not clear from the video itself (which you should really watch), this Canadian person made a 3-d rendered video about using 3d rendering software to simulate (emulate?) (build?) a 3-d rendered physical camera to take 3-d rendered photographs of 3-d rendered scenes. I confess at a certain point I stopped really understanding what was going on and just basked in the sheer audacity of the project. This brought me back to a wonderful afternoon I spent trying to understand Bartosz Ciechanowski's epic blog post about lenses and cameras.

(YouTube link via John Siracusa.)

Item 2: a list

Chart of regular polygons, showing number of sides, shapes, and vertex angles

Regular polygons, ranked

  1. Triangle
  2. Pentagon
  3. Square
  4. Heptagon
  5. Octagon
  6. Hexagon
  7. Other
  8. Nonagon

Item 3: a media recommendation

Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home

I also recommend the film Lawrence of Arabia, which I watched a few weeks ago. It's a huge Dune rip-off with Obi-Wan Kenobi in brownface, but it has its moments.

Item 4: word of the week


"Doctor, is the spinal cord usually so... friable?"
"No. That's really bad."

Item 5: a photograph

Neptune via James Webb Space Telescope Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) (2022)

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