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Working at Microsoft [24 Jun 2009|02:07pm]
For those of you who don't know, I am working at Microsoft over the summer. I will talk more about it later, but I just thought I say this.

OneNote is amazing.

I love OneNote and I am going to use it forever.

Also, omgpop.com is also amazing.
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If anyone is interested [31 May 2009|11:07pm]
You can read the paper if you wish. The math is complicated, but the abstract should be enough to tell you all information.

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My Short Film! [19 May 2009|08:59am]
So finally my short film finished. This was a two semester long project with 12 people in my group. I mostly did the shading of the characters and the stem of the zombie rose. Let me know what you guys think.


If you like a higher quality version, feel free to email me.
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Blip.fm [12 Apr 2009|01:54pm]
YOU should get a blip.fm account, cuz I want to know what you are listening to (looking at you brad and mike) and try it out without having to find it.

This is mine:

It is basically twitter and a Pandora combined. I think it is an awesome idea. Too bad I didn't think of it. =(
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[27 Mar 2009|10:05am]
"100 Movies to see before you die
...according to the staff at Yahoo! Movies, anyway, who 'believe that each one is a timeless classic that you absolutely have to see.'

Here's the rules, If you've seen a movie, bold it. If you have not seen a movie, leave it in plain text. Lastly, if you have not seen a movie, but are kind of embarrased to admit it (because your friends will probably give you hell over it) italicize it."

And here I'm adding my own rule, because this is something I'm particularly bad about:
If you own a movie but have not gotten around to watching it yet, underline it.

The list. stolen from Hsien. =OCollapse )

Wow pretty weak. =(

[13 Feb 2009|12:47am]
I really liked today's XKCD. http://xkcd.com/543/

I am a tutor at the selfpace center (a place where people take selfpace courses to learn a specific CS language). One of the programming assignments is making Life1D. I love rule 30. =D

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Random Animated Short [26 Jan 2009|10:53pm]
I have to say Super Furry Animals - It's Not the End of the World? is one of the most impressive short animation films I have seen in regards to style, lighting, set design, and even textures. The mechanical functionality of each object is very clever. I also love how they play around with the framing of each shot with that mechanical outline. That could have been jarring and confusing if not done right. But how they transition between each shot is quite interesting and fully believable. I am still surprised that this came out in 2002 in the Siggraph Electronic Theatre Program.

When I attend Siggraph this year (and yes I am going no matter what the situation is during the summer), I cannot wait to see all the shorts. I hope they are just as good as this one here.
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Finally done... [20 Jan 2009|05:15pm]
The paper is finally finish and submitted and cannot no longer haunt me EVER again. 
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HATE!!! [04 Jan 2009|07:37pm]

I have been working on bump mapping with normal and specular maps forever. Creating the shader was not the hard part. It creating the various texture maps... I have mostly been winging it. But since I am not a photoshop guru, this site (which is the first hit on google when you search "specular maps") was not helpful at all! I am like... pictures please? That is why after I finish everything... I see this.. lame.

Well, I am going to read this away and get more practice creating various textures. I am very good at finding textures and making normal and specular maps for them. Usually I look at filter forge. However, after seeing what people created, I seriously want to buy it, even though it is 100 dollars. I wonder if there is an open source filter for photoshop that helps you create textures.... Or maybe I should just learn how to use photoshop....  T_T

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Happy New Years Everyone [02 Jan 2009|01:29pm]
I haven't posted in a long time. And right now, I am posting in the lab because debugging is frustrating. I also have two monitors at my workstation, but the bigger monitor(26 inch wide screen) has lower max resolution(1280 x 720) than the smaller one (20 inch square has 1600x1200). This is destroying my eyes. I just want to steal one of my other lab mates monitors, since no one is here. But then I feel rude. Although I already some other guy's chair. But giving that back is not a significant hassle compared to giving back a computer monitor.

I cannot believe this monitor maxes out at 1280 x 720. Gah.

Edit: Omg omg, I think I found a monitor that is not being used here. Not widescreen, but I will take it.

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So Cool [02 Dec 2008|11:32pm]

I think Brad posted this before, but I recently found this again and love the research behind it. Computer Vision and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) ALL THE WAY!

I always wanted to go to UDub for grad school... =X But I think Kevin would miss me too much.
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5th Year Masters [02 Dec 2008|02:22am]
I wanted to thank all of you for congratulating me on getting into the 5th years master program! I was super shocked as well when I got in. But it wasn't too hard, since it is relatively new. I didn't apply for other graduate schools because I didn't want to take the GREs. And I didn't think my GPAs were high enough.

However, now I realize all graduate schools care about are research and recommendations from famous professors. Bleh.

But thanks guys!
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I suck [14 Nov 2008|12:13am]
I am addicted to listening to Miley Cyrus... I have no idea why. I think I ran out of good music to listen to so my brian is going to bubblegum pop with good vocals (don't kid yourselves, she can totally sing). Who knew that power cords, bubblegum beats, and a country vocals can be so entrancing......

Please! Give me music so I don't have to listen to "7 Things" and "Best of Both Worlds" via youtube. T_T I have no time to search for good music anymore. I feel retarded that all those videos have like a million views most of them are probably tween girls.
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OMG TIME FOR SOME PICTURES [31 Oct 2008|10:57am]
I worked so hard on the raytracer that I thought to post the results here and everyone will bask in its beautiful glory!!! Just kidding. But my raytracer came out well. There is still more work to be done, so I thought maybe after the semester is over, I can add more features. None of the models were made by me. I stole them all from various research sites and my modeler friends. But my code is able to render those models!!!

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As you can tell, computer graphics is my favorite class this semester and even my whole time here at Berkeley. Even though the class is math heavy, all of it makes sense and is very practical. My professor also makes it really easy to digest. Nothing in graphics is very complicated conceptually so far.

However, AI sounds like its picking up! Check out the AI Contest for this year. ITS HALO PACMAN!!! Basically there are two teams. (I think the teams can go up to 4 or 5). When you are on your side of the board, you are a ghost and play defense to protect your dots by killing opposing Pacman. However, when you go onto the other person's side, you become Pacman to eat the dots. The to win the game, your team must eat all the dots in the other team's board. When you are a ghost, you are a lot faster than when you are as Pacman. But there is no penalty for dying as Pacman, it is just a race to eat all the dots. We have to make an AI for this and there are prizes if we win the tournament!

So far, upperdivs are turning out to be a lot more fun!
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Happy birthday Koop [25 Oct 2008|07:31pm]
I hope it going swell with all the things grace planned out. =D

Grab my Graphics Book since it was close [23 Oct 2008|03:26am]
Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Partially transparent pixels can occur when the foreground object has partially transparent regions such as glass, or when there are sub-pixel holes in the foreground object such as in the leaves of a distance tree.

[20 Aug 2008|09:14am]
I think this might be of interest for the AMV people I know:


Got this link from work and fellow co-workers claims to be promising of a new community. Apparently, not a lot of editorial communities exists compared to other elements in the movie business. But this one seems hopeful. Hoping maybe you guys can be active members.
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Coding Woes [31 Jul 2008|09:54pm]
During the first part of my internship, I was creating a tool in python. It was kinda cool, and I made some neat commands. I didn't know the language very well, but it was easy enough to learn that I caught on really quickly. Then I started coding back in C++, which was my first language in high school, and I thought I was pretty good. Then I starting editing some tools and realized how much i SUUuuuuuuckkk. The code base implemented reference counting so you didn't have to worry about memory management as much, but dealing with these weird reference pointers was just confusing as hell. I never seen anything like it. Garbage collection??? In C++??? YOUR CRAZY!! That is Java-talk!!

Also, coding on top of other people's code is a bittersweet thing. Most of the design decisions have been made for you, yet you have to figure out how everything works. Code reading is definitely not my strong point.

I think what I regret most about my internship was not interacting with my coworkers. I mean I say hi and everything. However, there are moments where a group of workers are chatting in the kitchen--perfect time to join in a conversation--and I chicken out the last second since I didn't want to feel awkward. I also feel like I should visit other people's offices a lot more just to say hi, since a few of the interns do that.

I also have this trait where I am scared to ask a question, thinking that it is a stupid question. Usually what ends up happening is that I try to figure out the problem for about 4 hours, then I give up and ask somebody. The answer ends up being really easy and I fix the problem right away. Then I just end up feeling like I am not being productive.

On a higher note, I went to a talk with the two sculptors from Pixar. They talked about how they got into the industry. One didn't even go to art school and learned how to sculpt on his own. He also got a taste of working various aspects of visual effects industry by working a--once a small--effects studio, which I will call Fippett Studios. They both invited us to visit them anytime in their working quarters, which I am totally going to do. One also said I can have some free clay if I come visit. Score!!

Anyway, I have to make a presentation at the end of my internship stating what work I have done. I don't want it to be super lame, so I am cooking up ideas now. Kevin thinks I should reenact Star Wars, cleverly interweaving my work into the story elements. It would go something like "My Uncle and Aunt--who were practically my parents-- just got killed from the rebel storm-troopers. Now I must use the force to fix these bugs and create an animation to fight Load Vader!!!" Yea I know, I thought it was totally lame too. But I am sure he would make it work. Its the same way with his AMVs. His pitch always sound lame, but the final product it high quality.
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Concerts YAY [09 Jul 2008|08:03pm]
I hate building... it takes forever even if the code is totally in parallel and I have 8 cores. I ran of email and blogs to read, and finished all my errands. Yet, this thing is still not done. BAH. I try to build every night after I go home, but I really need to stay this time because there was a huge update. Anyways, I decided to so this meme, cuz it is kind of cool. However, I will feel retarded if I cannot fit 25. D=

Here is how it works: Copy this list; leave in the bands you've seen perform live; delete the ones you haven't, and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25. An asterisk means the previous person had it on their list. Two asterisks means the last two people who did this before you had that band on their list, etc.

LCD Soundsystem*
Yeah Yeah Yeahs* (I was around the venue when there were performing. Does that count?)
Green Day*
Paul McCartney
The Who
Swell Season
The Cure
Arcade Fire
Chemical Brothers
Paul Oakenfold
DJ Shadow
Kayne West
Lupe Fiasco
Asobi Seksu
Explosions in the Sky
Tokyo Police Club
50 Kaitez
Puffy AmiYumi

This would be easier if I already went to the outside lands festival. I am getting my wisdom teeth pulled then too. Bleeeeh. Hope everyone else is having a good time.
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Con for Developers! [31 Mar 2008|11:27am]
I totally want to go to Google I/O. It is 50 dollars for a two day conference. But the workshops look really neat. Although, I might have to fight myself from going to the Android workshop and screaming out all the ways Android has caused me unnecessary stress. Anyone else what to go?

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