Homer 4004

Posted by tomachi on May 13th, 2020 filed in Visuals

Looking at this Intel 4004 chip from 1971 reminded me of Homer Simpson… So I had to whip out photoshop to put this together. Viola!

Modern art homer

Homer Simpson and Intel 4004 Combined

Homer Simpson and Intel 4004 Combined


Sars2 maybe real, but Covid-19 seems like PCR technology fueled mass hysteria

Posted by tomachi on April 21st, 2020 filed in Business, Economy, News, Science

The Sars2 virus is real enough, but the Covid-19 is disease is mass hysteria amplified by our fascination with the cutting edge rt-PCR technology used in the "diagnostics" that really is only looking for a chunk of DNA. Did you know that very few of the supposed 3,139,415 "confirmed cases" were diagnosed using an actual blood test?

Why We Need Antigen and Antibody Tests for COVID-19

RT-PCR is the workhorse of viral diagnosis and has been invaluable in COVID-19 case confirmation and isolation guidance. However, while fast and sensitive, PCR suffers from some inherent drawbacks that limit it to diagnosis during the acute phase of infection. To better understand the transmission dynamics of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and develop effective countermeasures against it, antigen- and antibody-based immunoassays will be essential. In this blog, we explain the key differences between PCR and immunoassays for COVID-19 diagnosis, and present our growing pipeline of coronavirus reagents for the development of highly accurate diagnostic kits. Source: The Native Antigen Company

China tampered with the WHO

somehow caused them to lie to world saying it was not transmissable, then changing that on March 11, when they must have known earlier. China should be tried for crimes against humanity on a number of areas, such as the Uyghur re-education camps. The last trade deal with USA contains a carefully written exit clause involving this type of act of god or whatever. *Back to my point*...

Medical Definition of a Disease: Koch's postulates

  • The microbe must be present in every case of the disease
  • The microbe must be able to be isolated from the host with the disease (such as to grow in pure culture)
  • The specific disease must be reproduced when a pure culture of the microbe is inoculated into a healthy susceptible host
  • reproduced in a second healthy susceptible host purely from contact with the first host above (it's transmissable)

Valuetainment Has It

Bet-David's official site utterly tears it up in his recent vlogs:

incredible independant journalism right there!

File under: Repeal the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 NZ law responsible for this mess.

#freedomofthought #skeptical

Through David I now discovered Danielle:

Danger is real, fear is an illusion!


Gallery of laser cut and fractal wood burning artworks

Posted by tomachi on January 10th, 2020 filed in Technology, Visuals

Some images of my recent artworks. Each takes around an hour of full power laser action at 0.1mm accuracy. The Lichtenberg Etching (Fractal Wood Burning) are done using The Box of Doom machine which I built myself using an old microwave oven transformer and number 8 wire. Hoping to do an exhibition at some stage this year... the laser cutter is at Hackland Maker Space in Kingsland!

 


My favourite locations on the Mandelbrot set fractal

Posted by tomachi on September 15th, 2019 filed in Visuals

It's pretty cool that each of these images is defined (minus colour palettes), with just four floating point values:

  • -0.777120613150274923773
  • -0.777120273471042550002
  • 0.126857111509958518545
  • 0.126857366062765260933

You can make similar ones at the link below...

Firey pattern

Firey pattern

Top Spikey Spires

Top Spikey Spires

Smooth Deep Brot

Smooth Deep Brot

Red Yellow Blue

Red Yellow Blue

Generated by Tom Atkinson using software: http://math.hws.edu/eck/js/mandelbrot/MB.html

Firey pattern:

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.777120613150274923773</xmin>
<xmax>-0.777120273471042550002</xmax>
<ymin>0.126857111509958518545</ymin>
<ymax>0.126857366062765260933</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.17' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.83' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='1;1;1'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='0'/>
<max_iterations value='50000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

 

Smooth Deep Brot:

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.1010963735366917967418</xmin>
<xmax>-0.1010963735366884924122</xmax>
<ymin>0.9562865135190346089334</ymin>
<ymax>0.9562865135190364863934</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.2' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.4' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.5' color='1;1;1'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.6' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.8' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='0;0;0'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='0'/>
<max_iterations value='10000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

Red Yellow Blue

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.741536187499999998982</xmin>
<xmax>-0.733203562499999999338</xmax>
<ymin>0.188327906250000000015</ymin>
<ymax>0.194577375000000000015</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.2947882736156352' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.3583061889250814' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.6612377850162866' color='0;0;1'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='0;0;0'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='800'/>
<max_iterations value='50000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

 


Finder Empty Bin Fail: The Infinite Hardlinks Permobug

Posted by tomachi on September 15th, 2019 filed in Mac, Rants

Recently, a situation has developed on my computer involving trash items that I can never delete. It's a permanent condition, hence why I made this elaborate video and blog about it. In the process I discovered a bug in Automator, namely that it can not help to automate emptying the trash! That is a fairly bad look considering these are apps at the core of the macOS: Finder and Automator.

A million folders that will not die now live forever in my Trashcan... 🥶

357 folders inside folders in my Trash!

So I wrote a script that would rsync (backup) an enormous folder with images (~6 GB of renders for AminoSee DNA Viewer) on my disk to another location on my disk (same disk, the internal PCIe storage on my MacBook).

I used the rsync with hard links, this would create two exact copies of the 6 GB folder:

rsync --archive --verbose --stats --hard-links /Users/tom/AminoSee_webroot/output/ /Users/tom/Dropbox/Sites/funk.co.nz/aminosee/output/

I would then go and delete half the images from the website copy (so as not to upload them), but keep the full archive to make network syncs faster. Prior to this I was continuously deleting around 3 GB of images and then re-syncing them across a network, so to be more efficient, and cut back on network and disk thrashing, I keep a full copy local, and run the "sync and delete" locally with hard links.

This also cuts down on my laptop disk thrashing: I do still occasionally sync and blow away the very same 3 GB of images every few days, but to re-create is very fast if I am using this.

Recursive Folders Inside Folders

Prior to getting this setup perfect I made a botch by point rsync and telling it to copy the parent into the child infinitely. Finder can't clear it, and Automator can't automator the mouse clicks:

automator-cant-automate-trash-empty-and-macos-finder-infinite-hardlinks-permobug-HD

(Video embed only works in Safari, not Chrome or Firefox sorry!)


Clipboard Not Working on macOS 10.14

Posted by tomachi on September 4th, 2019 filed in Mac

So I tried to used RightQR for the first time since "upgrading" to macOS 10.14 after holding out for so long. The clipboard does not work. This is a mission critical failure as there is no other method to extract the scan data:

clipboard failure macos 10.14

After a reboot I will post a bug at bug at http://bugreport.apple.com if it still isn't going. Hopefully my computer will behave.

I also do not like some changes to the way the keyboard input works. Especially regarding the combo: Command-option-control-Equals and Command-option with -=  (magnifier). It interferes with the app "Spectacle" which I use to organise my windows. Dark mode is freaking awesome though. And I find that Finder and Activity Monitor crash much more on Mojave, with more reboots and logout/ins.

It's no biggy but I there is a subtle difference depending on the exact order the keys go down on the board and I find it annoying to think to do it the right way (all at once fast not progressively).

PS bring back the 3.5mm" jack.

Bug report:

After copying to clipboard scan data from Right QR ( Version 1.2 (1.2) Copyright © 2012-2013 Ripe Apps Inc. All rights reserved. Last modified: 1 August 2017 at 10:09 PM ) I am unable to paste.

Pasting causes no text to appear.

I can see successful copy pastings of text content in CopyClip (v 1.9.2 2019) so I know other apps can still copy paste text! Perhaps CopyClip is interfering, as I do not recall running it under 10.13 (I may have done but that app mod date is 7/7/2019 which I reckon was after I installed Mojave). Potentially I should troubleshoot out that variable but I do not feel this is something I should have to do, and the clipboard is super important so i don't wantApple ruining the OS in coming releases, something I feel is highly likely with the announcement of dropping support for x86 32 bit binaries (why?).