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What’s new this week?



I’ve been working on the upcoming video! Or rather… Flora Caulton has been working on the upcoming video.

She’s been animating berd in a way that’s unlike anything else in the series so far. I really like how it has turned out, and I’m excited to share more about it - after the video comes out.


Zooming into Arroost

I’ve been working on the ‘infinite zoom’ sequence of the video. I’ve been getting it to blend seamlessly between different ‘layers’ of the Arroost engine.

The problem is that there’s sometimes a visible ‘pop’ as you go from one layer to the next. If your aim is slightly off, it feels like you’re moving ‘through’ something. But it should feel like you’re moving ‘into’ or ‘out of’ something.

I’ve been trying out a few different approaches. I tried adding a blur effect, like I did in the Screens video’s infinite zoom. And I tried gradually changing the opacity of what you’re zooming into. Both of these help. But if I use them too much, it starts to ruin the illusion, because it makes it too obvious how I’m doing it.

A simpler solution was to just increase the ‘fractal distance’ between the different layers. You have to zoom in-and-out FURTHER to move between them. This way, it’s easier to aim, and there’s less chance of going ‘through’ something.

Puss in boots

Future of coding podcast

News: I’m now a co-host of the Future of Coding podcast! And I’m present in the most recent episode.

In the podcast, the three of us revisit classic papers about coding… and we try to understand them. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we fail. But hopefully they can help us build the FUTURE OF CODING. The FUTURE OF CODE. The FUTURE OF CO-DING.

The three of us (me, Ivan, and Jimmy) all have different backgrounds and opinions, so we often disagree. There’s a nice balance going on. Jimmy is the philosopher. Ivan is the artist. And I am the…

Jimmy is the only one of us who actually likes papers. Ivan is the only one of us who actually likes podcasts. And I am the…

Jimmy is jolly. Ivan is jaded. And I am…

Jimmy is Donkey. Ivan is Shrek. And I am Puss-In-Boots.

Thank you again for supporting my work, and sticking around. And welcome to all the new people this week! Wherever you are in the world… whatever you’re doing… I hope you have a great week.

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