Heavencent

Heavencent PosterSometimes I have no clue why I’ve made a story.

I’m not saying that this was one of those times, but let’s just say that it was okay for the project description.

You see, I did this project for school. My only instruction was to do it with coins.

And again, back then, for some reason, I had a minor obsession with abstract storytelling. Again, this was only my second “proper” animation project. But I thought myself to be an auteur. (Given I’m usually the only one working on my projects, that doesn’t really count though. And the word usually has more fancy connotations.)

And then, voila!

Anyway, I hope it provides some sort of entertainment for you. So enjoy it.

(Oh, and, by the way, the story is not an analogy for inflation. Not at all. Any similarities to the economic problem the world faces today is entirely coincidental.)

Why I hate Google (And why you should too)

To be clear: I’ve always disliked Google. If you ask me, I prefer Yahoo mail and Yahoo search over their Google counterparts. iOS is better than Android. Facebook is better than Google+. You get my point.

However, Google did get some things right. I do use Google Translate, Google Maps, and YouTube.

And until recently, I used Google Drive. Now? Well, I don’t.

My change of mind came about after reading Google’s terms of service (ToS). Why was I doing that? Well, I was reading Future Crimes by Marc Goodman, and after reading a section on ToS, I decided to investigate. My findings were frightening.

Here is some of what they said.Continue reading “Why I hate Google (And why you should too)”

What you need to know about Li-fi

Recently there’s been a buzz about li-fi, the cousin of wi-fi that’s supposed to be 10 times faster. (Some sites say a 100 times, but one of the groups working on it, pureLiFi, says 10.)

What’s the difference? Well, wi-fi uses radio frequency to transmit bits and bytes. Li-fi just moves down the electromagnetic spectrum a bit. You see, li-fi uses visible light to transmit data.

Before you ask anymore, I’ll let Harald Haas, one of li-fi’s pioneers, explain.Continue reading “What you need to know about Li-fi”

Around the World with Google Balloons

If you’ve been hearing about Google recently, you should have noticed their balloon project. What is it? To put it simply, Google is trying to hook up the whole world onto the Internet.

How? Well, by using balloons that provide wi-fi flying about in the stratosphere, around 18 kilometres (or 60,000 feet) above sea level.

That sounds a little fantastical to me, but even they thought so. It’s called Project Loon. It even has a great triple meaning. Well, I admit, maybe loony wasn’t part of it, but how about balloon? And isn’t the loon a bird? Never mind that it spends most of its time swimming and diving into lakes, of course. Okay. I’m done joking.Continue reading “Around the World with Google Balloons”

The Problem with Cross-Generation Communication

No, I don’t mean talking to your Grandma, and no, not time travel either. Let me explain. Last week I was asked a question. If I were to write a letter to the people of the future, what would it be about?

Well, actually, it was homework. So I had to figure out how to write a letter for the future. But as I started working, I realised how difficult that would be. Especially if I took into consideration how fast things change these days. Even if I did write a letter, could it be understood? There were more barriers than just time and mould preventing my letter from being read in the future. So I began to list them out. And there were a few.Continue reading “The Problem with Cross-Generation Communication”

The Dawn of Human and Robot Interaction

I was reading about a function of the iPhone called “Hey Siri”, and yes I know, it was an iOS feature released in 2014. But I don’t have an iPhone (or any phone, for that matter), so I didn’t catch on to the feature until recently. Anyway, the function allows people to summon Siri just by saying, “Hey Siri”. This function even works when the phone is locked, albeit only when it is charging.

Now to me, it sounds like the beginning of human-robot interaction. You talk, and the machine answers. In short, robots are coming to a pocket near you. (Or they might have already, I don’t know.) It might not have mastered movement, but it can verbally communicate with humans, and that’s already a feat.Continue reading “The Dawn of Human and Robot Interaction”

The Rise of the Emoji

Language is always changing. Words are added and removed, phrases come and go, and as technology improves, language changes to fit with it. Language are going extinct quick, and only a few dominant languages continue to grow. However, it seems that new languages, or what appear to be new languages, are appearing as well.

You know several. There’s Klingon, and all those languages Tolkien invented for Middle Earth. There’s probably more, but those are foremost in my mind.

And then there’s the emoji.

Yes, those faces (and more) that seem to be taking over communication via texting, SMS, and whatever other messaging systems there are. It’s quite interesting to see how the pseudo language developed, and it is even more interesting to see how people try to construct sentences with it.Continue reading “The Rise of the Emoji”

3 Reasons to be Skeptical of the Self-Driving Revolution

If all the tech sources and newspapers I’ve been reading are right, the self-driving industry is going to explode in a good way. Soon.

I think I’ll stay in the skeptical camp for now for more reasons than one.

Let me begin. First, how much are these things going to cost? I mean, it’s a car (a fancy one no less) and a computer rolled into one. No doubt there will be a wide price range, as at least Apple, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Toyota, Volvo and now Honda are in the game to produce an autonomous vehicle. While most of the automakers above boast luxury vehicles (meaning people buying from them will already expect to pay more), how do they expect the use of the car to become more common until the price drops? Or maybe they don’t have a problem just selling to the upper crust. That is for the companies to decide, I guess.Continue reading “3 Reasons to be Skeptical of the Self-Driving Revolution”

The Desolation of Marshmallow

The Desolation of Marshmallow PosterWhile I like to call this my first animation project, it really isn’t.

My first animation project was a flip book I made way back when I was seven. That year, for some reason, my school gave each student a pad of sticky notes. (Really useful, you know.)

And so I made a flip book on it. It was about a kid who ran back and forth in the evening (I even had the sun set and the moon rise), and eventually his parents came and picked him up in their car.

It was epic. It was so epic that the first ten pages actually became sticky notes as my family accidentally peeled them out to write phone numbers on them.

I managed to salvage the remainder though.

My First Flip Book
A page from my debut animation wonder. Also, I guess you now know which school I went to.

Which brings me to 2015, when I joined the animation class in high school. To be honest, my drawing skills hadn’t improved too much since then (nowadays is another story though), and so when our teacher assigned us our first project, a flip book, I had no clue what to do.

So I resorted to my regular stick-men. Or stick knight, in this case.

So there. I managed to make a video that wasn’t to bad for my limited skills at the time. It’s a minute long, and I hope you enjoy it.

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie

“The movie got so many things wrong!” “The movie ruined the book for me.” “The movie was so exciting! How could it be based off such a boring book?”

Those are things most people ask (or at least secretly think about) at some point in their lives, with at least one book and its movie. The Hunger Games (All 3 or 4 of them). Harry Potter. The Lord of the Rings. Well, and the Hobbit (Somehow made into 3 movies). Everyone has heard of the books, and everyone has probably heard of their movies. And then, of course, you will hear the insults fly from both sides of the entertainment industry, comparing the plot of the movie to the plot of the book, and how one’s better than the other, so on and so forth.

I sort of think that they really should not be compared. Well, to an extent, but not with the kind of harsh slamming criticism people these days award them. Because they’re not really the same thing. Let me explain.Continue reading “Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie”