8Bitdo SN30 Teardown and Critique

I’ve waited many years for a console-quality PC gamepad, and finally 8Bitdo may have made it happen. The SN30 and SF30 look a whole lot like SNES controllers, but how much like SNES controllers are they? Are they precise? Are they well-built? Let’s have a look-see.

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Rendering Twisty Thingies

I’ve got a program called Twist Flux. It features an array of twisty, bendy… thingies.

I found a way to render twisty shapes which appear to have volume without going so far as to use 3D models of twisted rods.

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How Sensitive To Magnets Is Video Tape?

Magnetic storage + strong permanent magnets = bad. I’ve never really tempted fate on that, but I happened to be disposing of an old MiniDV camcorder, I had a couple of tapes, and I saw a chance to get the straight truth.

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Quick and Easy Gaussian Random Numbers

Generating random numbers which fit a normal distribution is essential for stochastic optimization, especially for continuous evolutionary algorithms.

For high-quality results the weapon of choice is the Box–Muller transform. It’s a little expensive; it involves exponents and trigonometry and such. Recently I was working on an EA written in JavaScript, and I wanted to avoid using those functions. There’s actually a damn simple alternate method.

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Main Sequence – The Ownership Society

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This album is excellent. It is strange and intelligent and off-beat and slick. It is not available for sale any more; the artist grants permission to distribute: e78cc2a231f3f2d6b1278f795b0346ae4b98c7e7

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