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Entries from July 2007

Speech Recognition

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

When I’m not gaming or playing house, I work on designing speech recognition systems. My main focus lies not with recognizing the words as such, (we use out-of-the-box software for that) but with understanding what was meant.If you want to know what I’m up against, read the following conversation:

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Tags: Art

Looking forward to SIGGRAPH

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Nine days to go to the SIGGRAPH sketch of the Maxis crew. I am especially interested in the planet generator. I hope we’ll see more of this stuff:

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Tags: Spore

Maiden voyage

July 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Yesterday I played my first Civ4 BTS game. I decided to play Settler to try a few things:
The Dutch (Yay, we’re back!)The new Space vesselCorporationsSpies
The new space vessel is not much news, especially compared to the earlier versions of Civ, the Dutch make a decent Civ to play and corporations are fun. I had two […]

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Tags: Other games

Happy days!

July 29th, 2007 · No Comments

My BTS copy arrived yesterday and I didn’t have time to try it out. My daughter turned 12 yesterday, we took her to the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk.

The evening was filled playing together on the Wii she got as her birthday present.

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Tags: Opinion

Truth sometimes stranger than fiction

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Being born in the sixties, I remember a time when researchers doubted the existence of planets outside of our solar system. In these exciting times researchers are finding them by the dozen.
Since the method of search favours finding heavy planets, most of the known exoplanets are like Jupiter. Big and made of gas. Sometimes they […]

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Tags: Astronomy

In the mail….

July 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Beyond the Sword is the new expansion of Civ4 that will hold me over until Spore comes out.
I have ordered it from play.com and it was sent to me last Wednesday… that’s 7 days ago. The confirmation mail told me to allow 3-5 days for delivery. It’s not here yet, I sure hope the […]

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Tags: Other games

Katamari Creature

July 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Just for fun, one of the creatures from Chris Hecker’s 2006 GDC presentation on animating creatures you’ve never seen before.

Note how it is symmetrical, first appearances be damned. I wonder how it dances!

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Tags: Spore

Comparison between GDC 2005 and E3 2007 Spore footage

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

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Tags: Spore · Video

About Europa

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

When you’ve seen me post in one of the Spore forums, you know I’ve a kind of abstract avatar:

Only it’s not really abstract. It’s a fragment of a false colour foto of one of Jupiters’ moons: Europa. It is covered in ice, that has cracked in many places:

This is a special place in our […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Biology

Hello world!

July 21st, 2007 · No Comments

So the journey starts.
And it starts here:

As the spore galaxy is still forming we’re still here, bound to our mother planet. But isn’t she a beaut?! The home of homes.
While the Spore galaxy is still forming, I’ll be exploring a bit of our solar system, the new Beyond The Sword expansion of Civilization […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Opinion