This technique is so much fun though! Seeing the mountains "pop" as I get the lighting and displacement modifier just right in Blender is very satisfying.

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I've been working on a poster sized render of the mid Atlantic (DC, Philly, NYC). I want to overlay more data on this. Still thinking about what. But I'm liking how the terrain is looking. Lots of little improvements yet to come.

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you might also notice I have a missing bit of elevation data in the East :/ Still working on that.

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Then I got kinda experimental, what if only the cities at night, and no other color data? (well, I left the ocean in place)

I like how this nightime one picks out the mountains with moody looking shadows.

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I made a mask layer of just the "urban" areas according the USGS land cover (there are 4 levels) and mapped that to an emission shader so it looks like city lights glowing. Here is North Carolina in a night time scene

Here is North Carolina, similar with a similar treatment.

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Here is a view of Oregon, colored with USGS land cover data (based on aggregated Landsat data, I think) and elevation provided by NASA

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I've been having a lot of fun figuring out how to get map data into Blender in a way I like. I've been using QGIS to get data into a map so everything is layered nicely and georeferenced, then exporting elevation data, color (like rendered map) and maybe other choice bits of data as separate images so I treat them as textures in Blender. Then apply the elevation as real 3D heights, and use the other textures in the shader and get a 3D map!

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capitalism gripe, software 

under capitalism, all labor saved is labor disenfranchised. so software, that endeavor whose sole purpose is to multiply labor, finds itself worsening the situation of the worker, even its own! layers of engineers are invalidated by "innovation" and left adrift, used and abandoned.

it doesn't have to be this way! the plow is not the enemy of the farmer, so why under capitalism is it?

we must defeat capitalism to make good software.

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actually it's only a city if it has a robust public transit infrastructure that allows you to get to any point in the city without using a car. otherwise it's a sparkling suburb

6 hour ASMR carpet washing video. Send toot.

I made a little size comparison chart including Lambda-4S and all the other small rockets from around the world

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the successful launch of the Japanese rocket Lambda-4S which was the smallest orbital rocket ever (until 2018) and the work of one of the smallest and scrappiest space programs of the 60's space race. Also one of the only purely civilian/academic ones.

It's one of my favorite rockets of all time!

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Free Python course materials!

I put in a FOIA request to the NSA for their Python training materials and got back a 400-page printout of their COMP 3321 training course.

So, I scanned and OCR'd it. Here is a PDF (warning: 118 MB)

nsa.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.co

In English we don't say "I'm tired" we say "my pyjamas are lonely" and I think that's beautiful.

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I've rewritten my WordPress plugin that automatically adds support for full-history RSS/Atom feeds using the RFC5005 standard so the implementation is super simple now.

I'm feeling pretty good about it, like maybe this version wouldn't be embarrassing to show the WordPress core team and ask if it could be just a part of core instead of a plugin. Not that I've worked up the courage to actually do that yet 😅

If you have a WordPress site and want to try it out, and you don't mind troubleshooting in case I got something wrong, the plugin is here: github.com/jameysharp/wp-fullh

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quantum computing means blackmailing some machine into giving you an accurate guess

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