Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Find: Sony Preparing New 3D Headset for Japanese Release

Ivan Sutherland lives! Oh wait, he does live. The ultimate geekware. Every politician needs one. 

Sony Preparing New 3D Headset for Japanese Release

Monday, August 29, 2011

Job: Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Wolfgang Stuerzlinger <wolfgang@cse.yorku.ca>
Date: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design)
To: gi-steer@cs.ubc.ca


York University has an opening for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design). For details, please see:
http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/specialads/FSE_CRCDigital_Media_web.pdf

Wolfgang
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Wolfgang Stuerzlinger          http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~wolfgang
York University, Toronto, Canada           wolfgang@cse.yorku.ca

Job: Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Wolfgang Stuerzlinger <wolfgang@cse.yorku.ca>
Date: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design)
To: gi-steer@cs.ubc.ca


York University has an opening for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Digital Media (Visualization and Interaction Design). For details, please see:
http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/specialads/FSE_CRCDigital_Media_web.pdf

Wolfgang
--
Wolfgang Stuerzlinger          http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~wolfgang
York University, Toronto, Canada           wolfgang@cse.yorku.ca

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Find: William A. Turnier, designer of the Oreo cookie


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The story of William A. Turnier, the man who designed the Oreo cookie


W.A. Turnier worked for Nabisco from 1923 to 1973, moving up in the ranks from mail boy to a member of the engineering department. His son Bill, who resides in Chapel Hill and teaches tax law at UNC, shared with us the story and the 1952 blueprint.
by Emily Wallace
Twelve billion times a year, a disc of vanilla cream is stamped between two chocolate wafers to produce the Oreo, the world's most popular manufactured cookie. An American staple since 1912, the Oreo has a flavor that contrasts sweet cream and crisp chocolate cookies.…

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet: real time soft shadows using area light sources

Hey folks,

Because so many of us are in the required 600 course right before our lab meeting, we are pushing back our lab meeting time to 330p Fridays.

We will meet today. Please make sure to come if you can to our meetings, even if I'm not able to post something about the meeting beforehand.

Today we'll talk about an nvidia white paper I ran across from March 2011, which represents a significant advance in soft shadowing:
Louis Bavoil. 2011. Multi-View Soft Shadows. NVIDIA white paper. Louis also has his own web page.
We will probably also spot and skim a bit as well.

Best,

Ben

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Event: Brooks, Wattenberg & Viegas will keynote SIGCSE in Raleigh in 2012

Fred Brooks is huge figure in graphics and computing in general. Wattenberg and Viegas lead the new "Big Picture" visualization group at Google, and are well known for visualizations such as the baby NameVoyager and Map of the Market.

You may wish to volunteer to be able to see them on the cheap.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Visualizations: New York Times Opens Up Its Software Lab

A new central site on Ny times visualizations, tools, data etc. 

New York Times Opens Up Its Software Lab

Screenshot of Longitude, beta620's interactive news map

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Read: Rethinking perceptual organization: The role of uniform connectedness


Rethinking perceptual organization: The role of uniform connectedness
Stephen Palmer and Irvin

http://www.springerlink.com/content/81j10lh67q32wm73/

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This paper described an addition to the Gestalt principles that connected those higher level principles to lower level perception. Called uniform connectedness, the new principle says that visual elements connected by lines or by common regions of pattern or color are perceived as groups. Moreover, these groups are formed before groups formed by the traditional principles such as proximity, creating a hierarchy of grouping. Other lower level visual functions can break uniform connectedness groups into subgroups.

Monday, August 01, 2011