Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bosnian Statistics

From the last census.

Monday, June 27, 2016

One foot in, one foot out

Probably the best summary of Brexit and the future.

"The prospect of a long, drawn-out and inconclusive farewell prompted French political scientist Jean-Louis Bourlanges, a former European Parliament member, to quip that the outcome of last week's British referendum would make little difference.

"Before, the UK had one foot in and one foot out of the EU. Afterwards, it will be exactly the opposite," he said.

"Analysis - UK's friends seek EU third way as Johnson wants all the cake" -

Monday, June 20, 2016

Country codes (ISO & UN standards)

The link below contains a list of countries with their 2-letter ISO, and 3-letter UN codes:

Complete List of Country & Dialing Codes (link)

Let the kids eat dirt

Source: Why your kids should eat dirt (link)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

VR Technology Demos

Demonstrations of first Virtual Reality (VR) devices are starting and I assume they would only become more frequent as the time goes on.The technology and the experience is pretty cool and new. Not sure how it will play out in the long-term. I still feel a bit dizzy after today's demo.

The demonstration today was a movie from CTBTO, filmed in the Australian outback. Being able to watch all around you certainly beats any 2D experience the TV brings, no matter how many pixels they get to cram in there. Even without the interaction the experience was great. This depends on how picturesque the scenery is. And I can imagine how easy it would be to miss the important details should this way of watching become a standard for movies, the way they are created today.

The technology in this case was Oculus. It is a pretty light device into which one simply plugs in the mobile phone and there is the full sourround video and audio.

Earlier this month I saw another demo, made by 3. They showcased another device, I think from Microsoft, which was connected to a PC but also had two hand controllers that allowed for a host of interaction with the environment. There was an ocean-underwater scene, mostly for watching. Then there was an interaction with 3D drawing in space. Painting rings around planets or putting them on fire was quite fun, I must admit. There was a more earthly experience of in-office interaction with copy machine, monitor, throwing balls and mugs around, and so on.

In summary, the experience of trying these things out was the best part. The technology is new and will allow for some amazing appliances but the experience is the best thing you get out of it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

1936 all over again

"We are under existential threat. Our leaders have betrayed us. Everyone is laughing at us. With my superior wisdom and unbending will, I'll resolve the Islamic question and save the nation."

Bloomberg - Trump Is Not a Loose Cannon