Saturday, August 10, 2019

Dream Diary preview

Soft shadows. Ambience. Gamma correction. Dof. Reflections, refractions, shadows. Shadows on top of shadows. Total internal reflections. Put on the filters, the two that matter: Morphological and anisotropic. Shaders in machine code. HDR textures with a in RAW xK. Boost the photons. Dither beyond bits. Render to the subpixel. Antialiasing to the max. You get the picture.

A railway station with a garden. A vault with ribs of gold. A kaleidoscope in the roof.

Fly, or fry.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A textbook watchword

Tech. Pervasive, impersonal, unregulated and in the clouds. Now it will wan to enter the skull with optic fiber to the brain. So much fun for sadoes. Optical fibres with nanoe carbon. Surgeon will pop temporal bones like a soda bottle cap. Plugs goe in and it fires neurons at will. Enter the matrix. Lets be honset. If anything id willing to control you absoletely, you will submit to it willingly . It will.
But tech, scientis and philospher have one thing wron. Funanmetal error. The brain is withing skull. Orsoe they thinks. Brain is in earth. Home, colony, city. The physicality of an arbitrary cluster of fundamental particles falling through timespace. A clump of quarks. Noise.
From home are many connections, leading into city. Bai, gas, electricity, water etc. Signals from home go into city and vice versa.
Bees write their contracts with scents and dances, humans have to resort to minutes of meetings. In the end, the result is achieved. Hivehome. There is a virtual geography of all mind maps. That hyprmeta world, does not follow the laws of physic.s
The hive is kind and generous, it gives security and purpose. Aesop nevar wrote a parable about an individualistic ant. There is only one reasonable explanation. He was one, and did not want to give out the secret.
Every city is an absolutely beautiful abomination that evolves over time. The monster that feeds your home. There is no code, no document, no reasonably uniform rule set. We agree, though.
Tech is nature. 

Monday, April 01, 2019

GOT Season 8 death "Predictions"

1. AI based predictions

Inverse and Unanimous made a number of predictions, with swarm AI, which combines machines and human experts in some kind of hivemind with magnets

Is Bran the NK: No (low confidence)
Will Tyrion Die: Yes (low confidence)
Will Jon die again: No (low confidence)

DataRobot made AI based predictions too - and Dany is the most likely to die

The Technical University of Munich also used machine learning, neural networks and models that used techniques related to Bayesean inference to make A song of Ice and Data. According to their analysis, Arya and Bran stark are very likely to die, while Dany, Tyrion and Jamie survive.

2. The Odds


3. Leaks 

4Chan Leaks

Episode 1: Pastebin, DesiNerd
Episode 2: Pastebin, DesiNerd
Episode 3: PastebinDesinerd
Episode 4: Desinerd
Episode 5: Desinerd
Episode 6: Desinerd

Alleged HBO email leak, also from 4Chan

Freefolk Script Pages leaked

The images are pulled from Reddit and Imgur, but transcripts are still available here. Formatting matched the season 7 leaked script pages.
Short Description by WinterIsComing

Freefolk set images leaked by WatchersOnTheBalls 

Imgur Gallery 

WhiteGhost Leaks

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

DrFrikki Leaks/ Predictions

Episode 1 translation
Episode 1 translation 2 
Another Description

Clayton "Leaks"

1, 2, 3

Freefolk Leaks

Closer to the release, there are a round of leaks from entities related to HBO, which are all surprisingly consistent. 

All the deaths: Edd, Pod, Jorah, Dondarrion, Rhaegal, Cersei, Dany, Jaime, Tyrion, Qyburn, Drogon, 

Episode 3 deaths: Lord Royce, Podric Payne, Beric Dondarrion, Jorah Mormont, Lyanna, Gendry

Semi-Confirmed Leaks

1, 2, 3, 4

4. The Original Plot Outline

According to the original plot outline, the five main characters that survive to the end are Tyrion, Bran, Arya, Jon and Dany.
Five central characters will make it through all three volumes, however, growing from children to adults and changing the world and themselves in the process. In a sense, my trilogy is almost a generational saga, telling the life stories of these five characters, three men and two women. The five key players are Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and three of the children of Winterfell, Arya, Bran, and the bastard Jon Snow. All of them are introduced at some length in the chapters you have to hand.

Reconstruction of the redacted text

5. The Hitlist (4Chan Leaks)

Episode 1: Edd, Beric Dondarrion,
Episode 2: Grey Worm, Tormund, Podrick, Meera, Bran, Rhaegal, Robett Glover, Howland Reed, Ghost, Ned Umber
Episode 3: Lyanna Mormont
Episode 4: Theon
Episode 5: Lord Royce, Brienne of Tarth, Robin Arryn, Undead Viserion, Queen Daenerys Targaryen, Night King, Qyburn (off-screen), Queen Cersei Lannister, The Mountain and Varys
Episode 6: Jon, Drogon, The Hound, Jaime, Jorah, Euron

6. The Sun interview on the endings

Gwendoline Christie (Brienne)
It's so... it's so bittersweet you know. It's devastating, and it's awful. But in many regards, it is one of the most exciting things I've ever read and been a part of.

Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran)
In my opinion we've ended it in the most convincing and compelling way possible. I think we've wrapped up really in the spirit of Game of Thrones, which is all you could ask for.

Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)
The Show kinds of holds a mirror up to life and society and stuff like that. It'll satisfy some, there's always going to be people it's not going to satisfy. All we can do is try and tell the story.

Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy)
I can tell you something, I'm probably the only guy with an happy end.

Jerome Flynn (Bronn)
I was really really relieved when I read it, and the more I think about it the more I think what an amazing job they did as there is a lot of pressure trying to finish Game of Thrones. I think the boys did really well.

Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon)
We've got to... the living have got to beat the dead. Surely. I mean you can't have... can't, I know you'll see it could be... it could end in any way. 

7. Reviews

There is one by GQ and another one by The Telegraph

Key info:
1. Put Varys, Missandei, Grey Worm, Podrick and Tyrion on the death list
2. The Battle at Winterfell will happen in Episode 3

8. The Spotify Playlist

D&D have hidden clues to the ending in this Spotify playlist.

9. The confirmed deaths

Episode 1: Ned Umber
Episode 2: Nobody
Episode 3: Edd, Lyanna, Beric, Theon, Jorah, Mel, NK, Viserion
Episode 4: Rhaegal, Missandei
Episode 5: Varys, Euron, Qyburn, The Hound, The Mountain, Jaime, Cersei
Episode 6: Dany

Thursday, January 24, 2019


This is an outline, fleshing out the story later. 

Havelock vs Puck. It was the biggest event in sports entertainment, ever. Millions of users followed the make believe race between these two heroes, flying solo on their ships, The Adonis and The Marksman. The two were racing between the planets to get to a recreational psychic phenomena testing space station, known as Experia. Apparently in orbit around Mimas, the pockmarked Moon of Saturn. That the whole thing, including the space station, was pure imagination, was a closely guarded open secret.
StarDash was not the first space based reality show, but it was the most successful. The network never publicly admitted that the whole thing was make believe, and carefully cultivated the suspension of belief in epic proportions. Superfans such as Phoenix Guevara hosted discussion sites that propagated the myth.
News sites that covered the developments of the show, unintentionally played into the whole charade. While they would merely report on what was happening within the show, on the Internet, it was interpreted as things that were actually happening. The history of space hoaxes and conspiracy theories somehow made it easier to believe that Experia was a real thing.
StarDash started claiming increasingly impossible things, and the public would believe it. They claimed that Mimas was visible to the naked eye. A non believer would point out to the bright, unflickering blue dot that was Saturn, and ask a believer to point at Mimas. The believer would then imagine that they could see a small moon. The fever reached such a pitch, that some fans imagined that on a clear night, they could even see the rocket trails of the Puck and Havelock ships, through a pair of binoculars.
Oscar Ramsey, a young fan put together a home brewed kit of electronics, and used over the counter chemicals to construct a rocket for himself. The whole operation and the orbital mechanics involved were planned out using thumb tacks and pieces of string, which the police later found. His plan involved retrofitting a fourth stage ISRO booster left in space, with the capabilities of making an interplanetary hop. On board his own rocket were life support systems, and essentially little else. Ramsey wanted to make a daring dash towards Experia, on his own hacked together ship. Satellites and ground based systems could track the sudden new trajectory of the discarded rocket booster, but since Ramsey had taken no communication systems, there was no way of knowing if he was dead or alive. The world watched in dismay, as Ramsay's "ship" successfully executed a slingshot manoeuvre around Jupiter, and headed towards Mimas. It was a complex operation for any sixteen year old. The sad part was, even if he survived the hop, there was no Experia waiting for him.
The network came clean, and put up a prominent disclaimer that specified that the show was fake. Guevara took down the discussion site and disappeared. The fan community slowly died out, and although a few additional seasons were released, the public lost interest in Experia. Even Puck reaching the colony and winning the race did not manage to get back the lost audiences.
Above Mimas, a fleet of discarded space junk and dumped stages began to assemble, into the skeleton of a space station.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The screenplay is better than the movie

Fandoms are perpetually locked in discussing exactly how the movies were better than the books or vice versa. The question is what happens when a novelisation of the screenplay is released. Take the 1998 Godzilla for example, the screenplay was actually better than the movie, which tracked the screenplay for the most part. Here are some of the main differences.

Philippe Roaché looking at Nick take the sample at the start of the movie - in the screenplay, he is standing in the background mysteriously, and Nick notices him only towards the end. In the movie, this is a casual moment that is not played up at all.

Audrey throwing the bag at Caiman - she just tosses it without the middle finger as the elevator closes. In the book, she flips him off.

The pectoral fins not big enough in Godzilla, in the screenplay, these fins were wings that did not fully grow, and could be flapped.

Dude guy in the bedroom does not show up at all. This is a random guy from the street who flashes the peace sign at Animal, while he is consoling Audrey.

Elvis Presley movies is where Roaché gets his flawless southern accent from, a scene which seems to have been cut from the movie.

The names of the submarines are changed for some reason.

There are large, squirming parasites on eggs which have been left out. Godzilla has apparently been infected with a mutation.

Smell like the fish is not in the screenplay, but included in the movie.

Nick presses a bunch of lift buttons by accident, while escaping from the babbyzillas, but this is shown in a slightly different way in the movie.

There is a scene where the Frenchies complain about the butter, but Roaché investigates the wrapper and notices that it is actually from France - this would have been a nice ending to the repeated gag of the French finding the Amurican food disgusting.

The scene of Godzila being trapped in the bridge has been simplified.

There is a really cool sequence in the end where Philipe Roaché is exposed as a French agent, and he writes to Nick, informing him that it is safe to talk now.

Considering the changes and tweaks, looks like even if you enjoyed the movie, the original screenplay is always better.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Horus Heresy

So I started reading the Horus Heresy series, as an entry point into the staggeringly large Warhammer 40K universe. Have been reading the books continuously for most of the year, about a little more than one a month. Have a telegram group with four fans who discuss this all the time.

Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames
What a spectacular introduction. The space battles are more epic than anything else I have read before, and the scale is just enormous. This is a future which is not limited by resources or imagination. The Primarch is revealed late into the book, and then he turns! We also see a bit of Magnus and the other primarchs, which are only explored fully later in the series. The three books sort of flow into each other, and form a trilogy of their own. This is gory, and "grimdark" at its best. The bombardment of the Istvaan system is just too over the top.

Flight of the Eisenstein
One of the most uplifting novels in the series, it is a roller coaster ride of emotions, but ends on a positive note.The good thing is that some of the action takes place close to Earth. This is one of the few novels in the series that actually gives you some hope, and can be considered a bittersweet story.

They tried to go to the depths of decadence here, but could not do it as well as say 12 days of sodom - but they tried to go there. The problem is that the debauchery is unstructured, and so does not have as much as an impact as other similar works. Can get a bit crass and painful at times, and there are no diamonds in the rough either.

Descent of Angels
This is a fantastic story that takes place in a totally different time, on a deathworld in Caliban. This is a jungle planet where monstrous creatures roam, and there are other mysterious beings. Lion el'Jonson is one of the best primarchs there are, because of how little he reveals about his intentions. Although he has a calculating mind, he keeps his cards close to his chest. Still, mistakes are made. One of the few books where we see the Emperor directly in action. This happens when the Emperor visits Caliban.

An interesting book that looks at the underhand tactics of the most clandestine Alpha legion. The legion actually has two primarchs - Alpherius and Omegon. They are twins, but the entire legion pretends to be the primarch. Also we see the exploits of John Grammaticus, and introduced to the strange collective of aliens or xenos, known as the Cabal.

Battle for the Abyss
This is a space ship battle that is a bit like the hunt of the Bismark by the Hood. Most of the action takes place on board two ships.

This tells of the origins of the Emperor, as well as the dragon on Mars. Initially, the book starts off as very dull and boring because it is mostly about machines, but towards the end the book really turns into one of the best ones in the series. It has the most well designed, outrageous, and relatable characters in the series so far, which is a difficult thing to pull off.

Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels continues from Descent of Angels, and shows Luther building up the capacities of the legion in the homeworld of Caliban, and the conflict that follows. This is a really sad story, with unnecessary misunderstandings.

A Thousand Sons
This one is really good as we finally see Magnus destroying the Emperor's secret project on Earth, in an effort to warn him about what Horus is up to. The retribution from the Emperor is strict, but in the last minute, Magnus saves his sons by moving to the Planet of Sorcerers. The book shows the warp ultimately corrupts, and that there is always a bigger fish in the sea. There is also a hint that the chaos gods have taken over the warp, and there may be pure or golden energy in there that can be used by the right people. This is what the elders probably used to make their webway, and what the Emperor was using to make his. It is revealed that the Emperor planned to make Magnus sit on the golden throne instead of himself, which shows that the Emperor has some nefarious schemes of his own as well. Also, another highlight is the council of Nikea, and again, one of the few times that we see the Emperor in action.

==Finished reading on this date, will be updating this post as I read through the rest of the series.==

Nemesis: War Within The Shadows (Dec 24, 2018)
Nemesis is easily one of the better books in the series. It tells the story of six crazy assassins out to kill the Warmaster. There is a shape shifter, a kind of anti-psyker, a marksman, a tech guy, a berserker, and a poisoner. In the end they do not succeed, but this still has a lot of humanity and hope in it. For a series that gets so dark, there are some incredibly elevating moments in here. The best story was that of the Kell siblings, Eristede and Jenniker. Things go downhill, as usual. This was an action packed ride through and through, with not one dull moment. Right at the very end, the Emperor shows up and says a few things, which is always great to read about. It is just so insanely rare that the Emperor is shown directly doing or saying anything. So far this has happened only in Descent of Angels, A Thousand Sons, and now Nemesis.

The First Heretic (January 2, 2019)
This one is about Lorgar, and how he was humiliated by the Emperor at the council of Nikea. Lorgar needs to have a faith, and it does not matter which one. When he finds out that the Emperor is not worthy of his worship, nor desires it, he starts worshipping the Chaos gods instead. You cannot help but feel bad for this Primarch, but he goes on to keep his allegiance a secret. In a way, it can be considered that the Emperor of Mankind dug his own grave when he did not see the machinations of Chaos at the council of Nikea. It is also not clearly explained by Leman Russ hates Lorgar sooo much.

Prospero Burns (January 14, 2019)
This one takes you into the most savage legion there is, the Vlka Fenryka, or the Space Wolves. It shows the machinations of chaos working from within the legions over incredibly long periods of time. Leman Russ is not the barbarian that he was made out to be in all the books so far. This is a really fun read as it takes place in a setting that has not really been seen before, on a brutal world that is stuck perpetually in a pre-industrial state - still there are spaceships. The mystery of the wolves of Fenris is finally revealed, they are actually the Astartes who convert into wolves, which explains why they are so loyal, and also why "there are no wolves on Fenris". The disappointing thing is that in the end, the retelling of the events at the Council of Nikea is rushed, and the actual burning of Prospero happens too quickly, and without much details. Like the destruction of so many worlds are written about in such detail, for example the Olamic Quietude, which is post human to such an extent that it can almost be considered a xenos species. Here, the home world of a primarch is destroyed, and that is written about in less detail. The Emperor is seen directly at the council of Nikea, but does not speak.

Age of Darkness (February 4, 2019)
Age of Darkness is a bit disjointed and found myself reading the book, without really getting into the stories. It is a collection of short stories, and easily the most memorable one is the Last Remembrancer. The setting in all the stories is just around the time of the massacre at Istvaan. Liar's due takes place in one of the outskirts of the Empire, where a single agent manages to sow discord in a planet.

The Outcast Dead (Febryary 22, 2019)
This one was a bit like Mechanicum, in the sense that it was a little boring in the beginning, but became really cool the more you got into the book. Most of the action takes place on Earth, which is as alien as any of the other worlds in the series so far. The really cool thing is that there are so many Indian names in this book, along with actual locations such as the Himalayan Mountains and Uttarakhand. The Imperial palace uses the highest mountains on Earth as its foundations, which gives a scale of how insanely epic it is. We also come across precursors to the Astartes, the thunder warriors, who are actually larger than the Astartes. There is a sequence where the Custodians, Thunder Warriors, the Astartes, and a bunch of Blanks are all fighting at once. The ending is epic, especially since it contains two extended sequences where the Emperor plays a game of chess. There is also a prison break, after which the action feels a bit like the kill squad in Nemesis. In this book, you really cannot take sides.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Indian Mythical Avengers

Heard a bunch of people say Indian mythology had all the concepts that the MCU has, so tried to check out if it is true, and if so, what the parallels are.

Thor: Indra
This one is simple, Indra is the God of thunder.

Hulk: Ghatotkacha
Again, simple. The son of Bhima and Hidimbi, a Rakshashi, he could go into a battle rage, and transform the size of his body at will.

Black Widow: Mohini
Mohini is a femme fatale, the only female avatar of Lord Vishnu. She steals a pot of Amrit from the demons, and gives it back to the devas, ensuring their continued immortality.

Hawkeye: Karna
Again, easy enough. Karna was a better archer than even Arjuna, and he had a quiver full of specialised arrows that he could use according to the demands of the situation. These include the varunastra, the rudrastra, the brahmastra (think atomic arrows), the bhargavastra (which could take out an entire batallion), and the nagastra (even Hawkeye did not have this, it turns into a deadly snake on impact).

Quicksilver: Savitr
One of the Adityas, Savitr is about as fast as any being gets in Hindu cosmology. In the Flash TV series, an enemy of Flash is called speedster Savitar.

Falcon: Garuda
Yeah, anthropomorphic eagle will do here.

Doctor Strange: Vishnu
God of illusions. Also, just look at this.

Peter Parker: Pavitr Prabhakar
Okay, this is not from mythology, but was created by none other than Stan Lee himself

Iron Man: Kumbhakaran 
Whelp. This one is a bit of a stretch, but according to some interpretations, he wore the hulkbuster armour to the battle against Ram.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Machine Haiku

This is some Haiku generated with machine learning
Used python based Word-RNN and tensorflow
Images also generated using AI, through this thing
Typography and templates using spark 

Making the training data set was the toughest bit
Have to figure out more ways to improve the model

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Plato was an asshole

So Plato kicked off higher education when he founded the academy in Athens. His teacher was Socrates and his student was Aristotle. He was also a total asshole. Imagine if you are a scholar, and you come up with a valid theory that explains the world - that of atomism, and someone of the stature of Plato totally throws shade your way. That is what happened to Leucippus and his student, Democritus. Plato and Aristotle totally rejected their ideas of Atomism. Plato's reasons for this dick move? It was not poetic or aesthetic enough. While nearly all of Plato's work has survived to our day, Democritus has almost been erased from history - to the point that it is a matter of debate if he even existed. Although he came up with the idea of atomism, we know about his ideas through the work of Leucippus, of which only fragments survive. Aristotle's criticisms of Democritus is actually more illuminating about the ideas of Leucippus and Democritus than their own works. Democritus is considered the father of modern science. Plato did everything to suppress Democritus, including attempting to burn his books. While he mentions all the other philosophers at that time, Democritus only very rarely comes up. Plato actually goes as far as to say "Democritus is not well versed in the matters of knowledge". By and large, Democritus was shunned in Athens.  It did not help matters that Democritus was somewhat of a recluse, and himself said, "I came to Athens and no one knew me." Just, so sad. :(

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