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Submission + - Director of "Elephants Dream" releasing new Blender-animated film, "Tube" (kickstarter.com)

TheSilentNumber writes: "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, "Tube" is nearing the final stages of production. Tube is a collaborative effort between 56 artists from 22 countries...some of which are at war. After directing the first of the Blender Institute's "Open Movie Projects", Elephants Dream, Bassam wanted to prove the viability of free cultural works and usability of free software like Blender and PiTiVi for independent filmmakers. Just a few days after launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project, the goal has been met, which means we should see the final release in 7 months!"
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Submission + - "Tube" Blender-animated film launches Kickstarter (kickstarter.com) 2

TheSilentNumber writes: "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, "Tube" is nearing the final stages of production. After directing the first of the Blender Institutes "Open Movie Projects", Elephants Dream, Bassam wanted to prove that free software like Blender and PiTiVi are usable for independent filmmakers and that producing free cultural works can be a sustainable living too. The team has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project and if the goal is met then we should see the final release in 7 months!"
Announcements

Submission + - Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0 THIS WEEKEND (vintage.org)

triple6 writes: "This weekend, vintage computer enthusiasts from all over will converge on the sleepy town of Wall, New Jersey to attend the 4th annual Vintage Computer Festival East. Featuring exhibits of fully functional(!) vintage computers, we'll also have presentations and a marketplace. Help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of Commodore computers at a panel discussion with former Commodore engineers Chuck Peddle (designer of the 6502 CPU), Bil Herd, Bob Russell, and Dave Haynie. Photos from last year's event: http://midatlanticretro.org/vcf-e-3-pics/vcf-east- 3.html"

Comment Is this DREAD? (Score 2, Interesting) 603

A while back, there was talk of a technology called DREAD, which pretty much was a high-speed rotating disc that electronically released balls from it. By timing the spinning and the release, the balls could be fired in practically any direction as quickly as the machine could load the ammo.

It looks like you could combine DREAD with a high-speed tracking radar and you get something like this technology.

Check out this link for more info:

http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News &file=article&sid=526

Comment Re:Good times (Score 2, Interesting) 270

I was lucky enough to work in Building 2 for a couple of years and am happy to have been in Murray Hill at all. It was as magical a place as everyone says. Just being around so many great thinkers made me feel smarter too. I'll certainly miss it. (I wonder if the pjw's xface made of magnets still appears at the top of Stair 8)

Comment Headless beuwulf boxen (Score 1) 180

I have experience running aroung a hundred Beuwulf
machines with around two moniter/keyboard sets.
One simply boots one with the moniter, sets it
running and then moves the moniter/kb to the next
one. This is designed mostly for long times
between reboots, and it can get tedious with a
couple hundred machines, but it works. And you
don't need a switch.

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