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Sketchtravel, the Way to Do Sketching and Traveling

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THE SKETCHTRAVEL is a unique international charity art project. This red sketchbook was passed from one artist’s hand to another like an Olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years.

《Sketchtravel》 記錄了一段別出心裁、前所未見的藝術旅程。 這個史上首見的出版企劃,前前後後共費時5年,橫跨全球3萬5千英里, 動員71位視覺創作藝術家,聯手打造出一部空前絕後的藝術作品。 這部作品網羅了包括插畫家、動畫導演、畫家等,總計71位來自全球各地的藝術家, 每人以個人獨特的風格完成一頁作品,在其中盡情揮灑創意,並以接力方式傳遞, 進而完成這部教人驚嘆連連的大作。

I was really fortunate to see SKETCHTRAVEL: Exhibition in Kyoto International Manga Museum. We were actually in a honeymoon trip to Kyoto, no any plans for the trip. We woke like locals (well, a little bit later for longer sleeping), passed through the city by riding a bike, visited maybe just one or two spot to observe people and environment there. And suddenly, we encountered the exhibition!

我很幸運地,在去年(2013)遇見了 SKETCHTRAVEL 辦在日本京都國際漫畫博物館的展覽。 那時,我們恰巧在京都蜜月。 我們像當地人一樣起床(好吧,是有稍為睡晚了一點); 靠著兩輛單車在都市中穿梭,每天都是如此; 一天之中,大約只會去一至兩個目的地,觀察當地的人事與地物,偶爾記錄下一丁點兒生活瑣事。 就這樣,有天我們就遇上了這個展覽!

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2013 全美票房

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Box Office Mojo 上公佈了 2013 年的電影票房收入

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據說,前 15 部的電影裏頭,有 13 部是 3-D 立體電影。 其中,8 部是用 2D 轉的;3 部是 CG 動畫,所以是原生的立體(這應該很明顯)。 然後有 2 部是立體實拍的! 15 部中,就只有兩部沒有 3-D 立體。

喔,對了。電影賣不賣作,當然與 3-D 沒有絕對關係,更與 2D 轉 3-D 無直接關係。 但如果我有選擇的話,我傾向看原生的 3-D 作品,或至少是有花一筆足夠的預算在轉 3-D 的作品上頭, 而不是隨便請個團隊轉一下,然後就草草上線想騙錢的電影 :)

Engineers Behind Digimax

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2013 年的 12 月,台北的天空依舊缺乏聖誕氣氛,不過這樣也好,這表示未來,”營造寒冬的聖誕節慶”還有開發的空間。 一方面訝異於今年消逝得過份的快,得趕緊來回顧一下年初的目標做到了幾成; 另一方面,民國 103 就要到來了,是馬年也,第三輪了!

趁著大家都還在的這幾天,拍張合照吧。 這是太極影音作品背後的團隊,技術團隊。 不管別人怎麼認定”技術”,也不需理會第三方認定的 credits 要怎麼安插這些技術人員的位置, 他們與我在 2013 年,撇開意外流局的,一起執行過或中或小的 TechMeet 的夥伴。

在我的淫威與要脅下,會議參與度比去年有過之而無不及。 曉得如何在”開放且合作式的會議”中表達己見:少些成見,多些勇氣。 每一場 TechMeet 都是我最開心的工作之一。

To catch up the lightspeed-like development of technologies is hard; to organize a great crew of innovative technologies is even harder. I like to pursue both ends as much as possible. I love to do that.

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對我來說,有效益的文章

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Writing my monthly articles

PS. 對了,我有說過,相較於直線簿這種方便書寫文章的筆記本,我更鍾情於格子本嗎? 因為它方方正正,提供了想像空間上的座標與規矩,不會暗示或強迫你要寫出公整的文字。 重點是,工作時,我想用格子本;參加國際會議時,我想用它;胡亂塗鴨時,我想用它。 拿個東西來類比的話。直線簿就像 MS PowerPoint,萬能得很,通透性很高; 格子本就像 Apple Keynote,給你的就是一個畫布,純脆而簡約。 我喜愛簡易而優雅~

Thanks for Your Happy Birthday to Drake in 2013

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感謝大家的祝福(當然也得感謝 Facebook 提醒大家)。 我又長了一歲了,感覺還不壞。 做了個小小玩意兒。 以時間為軸,大家在 FB 上頭的祝福為文,順手拿幾張有意思的照片放上來。

Thank you everyone for your bless on Facebook. I got one more year in age again, and it felt not bad. The following is a small web page. Your blessing words are represented in publishing order in timeline with some supporting photos.

SIGGRAPH 2013 CAF

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SIGGRAPH 2013 was finished in last month. One attractiveness of this big show is Computer Animation Festival. With the help of Tang-Wei Hsu, we got a list of searchable clips of CAF on Vimeo and Youtube. Share those to you guys.

À la Française

A la française (Extrait) / Supinfocom from Rubika on Vimeo.

Bet She’an

Bet She’an - Trailer from Greysize on Vimeo.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas trailer from Noble Entertainment on Vimeo.

Coke Zero “Liquid Dream”

Coca-Cola “Liquid Dream” 7.1 Mix from HOBO on Vimeo.

CYBERPUNK 2077

CYBERPUNK 2077 Trailer from Platige Image LLC on Vimeo.

自學,第二語言,免費,終身!

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Up until this point in the Bible, the whole world had one language - one common speech for all people. The people of the earth became skilled in construction and decided to build a city with a tower that would reach to heaven. By building the tower they wanted to make a name for themselves and also prevent their city from being scattered.

God came to see their city and the tower they were building. He perceived their intentions, and in His infinite wisdom, He knew this “stairway to heaven” would only lead the people away from God. He noted the powerful force within their unity of purpose. As a result, God confused their language, causing them to speak different languages so they would not understand each other. By doing this, God thwarted their plans. He also scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth.

The Tower of Babel - Story Summary

Tower of Babel

據聖經記載,人類曾經聯合起來 (那時的人類應該是地球上物種的弱勢或是少數,所以比較容易合作?), 興建一座可以與天神接觸,甚至與天神平起平坐的通天塔來。 這激怒了上帝, 塔被阻止了, 人類也因為不同語言的隔閡而無法溝通與合作, 最終人類往大陸四方散去,成了現在的模樣… – 巴別塔

前幾天收到一封信,介紹我去看個網頁:Ultimate Resource Guide for Learning a Second Language Online。 無意中從這網頁發現了幾件有趣的事。 在推薦去學的第二外言清單中有:

  • 漢語(官話)(北方話)
  • 日語
  • 韓語
  • 俄語
  • 阿拉伯語
  • 土耳其語
  • 波斯語
  • 西班牙語
  • 法語
  • 德語
  • 葡萄牙語
  • 意大利語
  • 印地語

這真的就有趣了。其中的漢語,日語,韓語以及阿拉伯語,建議需要學習的時間比其它來得長。 約莫是學習其它語言的兩倍到三倍的時間。這一方面可以說明,這個機構的組成與判斷出發點, 都是以歐美大陸的西方人為主。所以很自然地,他們學習類似語系的西班牙語或德語, 一定比讓人摸不著頭緒,一切都得重頭開始學的東方語言來得簡單多了。 另一方面,東方世界,似乎上得了臺面的就幾個大國,並不像歐洲這樣五花八門。 這是否說明了我們老祖宗的優秀? 一下子就幾乎統一了整個東方! 雖然隨時歷史發展,就如同羅貫中的三國演義裏頭寫的:「天下大勢,分久必合,合久必分」 整個東方大陸一樣是分分合合的,但最後只剩下幾個國家。 我們,似乎喜好統一更甚於保有各自的特色?!

網頁後頭放了幾個網站,有一些是不錯的網路免費外語學習網站與社群。 像是很棒的 BBC Languages 以及 Duolingo。 甚至 Meetup 也有進榜。 我沒記錯的話,在台灣,就有個透過 Meetup 的 Taiwan Travel & Language Exchange 社群。

Share this for you guys. My comments? I think learning a language is always one of the most interesting and surprising things to do. You can do it til you pass away, without any physical or psycological limits. You can’t run a racing car, like F1, while you are 60-year old man, but there is no this kind of issues in learning a language. One day, human beings might develop a break-through technique to conquer language barrier, another tower of babel, but before that, to learn a 2nd language is what you can seize and control :)

註:更多的 towers of babel

MPEG1 Decoding Is a Myth

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This is the final programming assignment for the course, Information Theory and Coding Technique, I took in this semester.

  1. Implement a MPEG video decoder (I-frame, IP-frames, IPB-frames ) with UI (display) [1].
  2. Correctly read the MPEG clips (with I, P, B frames) [2] and skip frames (e.g., B-frames) which your decoder doesn’t support.

MPEG1 decoding

With favors of codec experts from CMLab, I did finish finally it w/o any brain gotcha. What caught my eyes is the tool I used, GLYUVPlay, a Mac raw YUV player with some interesting function like:

  • a pixel-level inspector for your observation.
  • frame-by-frame playback for median-sized YUV videos.
  • exporting as a Quicktime movie.
  • side-by-side comparison of two YUV videos.
  • standard measurement of videos, PSNR.
  • advanced and famous metric, SSIM.

I haven’t tried SSIM yet but I did get proven that for relative PSNR, I_ONLY-based one is better than IPB_ALL one. What a lovely learning and experience.

PyConTW 2013 小分享

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假如所有的人,在談論一件事時,都會引用同樣的論點,使用相同的幾張圖,或甚至是說著一樣恭維的話, 在這樣的前提下,你要怎麼提出你自己的觀點,讓人眼睛為之一亮? 我的作法是,先從換掉圖開始。於是我選了這張。

PyConTW 2013 by Toomore Chiang PyConTW 2013 photo by Toomore Chiang

今年是 PyConTW 第二屆, 在幾位努力不解的奮戰下,辦了個兩天(一夜?),400 人出席,33 場以上演講分享的台灣 Python 年度會議。 整個會議組非常貪心,也玩得很愉快。 搞出了線上投稿系統,好吃到爆炸的晚宴,有歌唱有玩樂的夜市,甚至還成立了 PyLadies (Taiwan)!

受到這些熱血的 Pythonistas 所感召,我也立馬(其實拖了很久)準備了一場分享,同時隨同也感召了另一位同事前來分享。 就這樣,突然貢獻了兩場簡短扼要的分享, 還因此認識了些同好, 聽了些回應

下頭就是我這次的分享投影片。 內容在分享我如何從無到有,在一家動畫公司推廣起了 Python。 同時追加了一小段,我們是怎麼在小公司使用大雲端技術(NoSQL)來解決平日工作上所需。 維持一貫風格,是個以圖取勝的投影片。 單看投影片,會幾乎沒有任何收獲(XD),很遺憾,哈。