Wednesday, July 31, 2013
3D Printing @ Rote Fabrik

And the pictures of last week's 3D printing meetup at Rote Fabrik are all there now. Oh, looks like I was there too! ;)




Monday, July 29, 2013
Violent Nature by ASD & minimalartifact

Well surprise surpriiiiiiiiise! =D New ASD demo it out and it just won 1st place at Euskal 2013. YES!

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HaskellerZ: How polymorphic types give rise to free theorems

Last week I attended a talk titled "How polymorphic types give rise to free theorems",global_87604912[1] which was basically an introduction to what's explained and elaborated in these two papers:
- Theorems for free!
- Free Theorems in the Presence of seq

As much as this has nothing to do with anything I do, I still find the topic quite interesting, and do recommend the papers to anyone with an interest in Haskell, coding in general or math. =)

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Walking Around Zürich…

Sometimes I feel that no matter how long I stay here and how much like home Switzerland feels, in a specific way I will always feel like a tourist here. I simply never get enough of the beauty of this place! It doesn't matter if I'm seeing something here for the first time, or if it's a place I pass by every single day… the view here never fails to amaze me! =)

Last week I had a chance to have a nice walk around Zurich guided by my friend Gian-Andrea. Some things I had seen before, some I hadn't… altogether it was a very enjoyable evening. Below's a couple of pictures of that evening… and rest of the pictures are here.




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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Comic-Con 2013

So during the weekend in between my notebooks and my tablet I managed to see just everything I cared to see from Comic-Con 2013 [and not really get anything else done! =P]. Aaaaaand it's been exciting.

J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" series is going to be here in a few months, and I really can't wait to see it. The series is about Androids, and seems to have a very Asimov theme and feel to it. Oh, and Karl Urban is the main guy apparently. Enough said.

Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", created by Joss Whedon, is also right around the corner. It turns out Agent Coulson is alive and kicking, which is an awesome surprise. can't wait for this one either.

As for panels and such, I think I'm now officially a much bigger fan of the Nerd HQ panels than the official Comic-Con ones. Nerd HQ panels are very very different, they're a lot less formal, a lot less directed and formatted and just a lot more fun to watch. This year's Nerd HQ panels were again awesome, and my favourite one was most likely the one with Tom Hiddleston, a.k.a. Loki. =) Here's that:

The Nerd HQ Doctor Who panel was also awesome. Honestly Steven Moffat [now known as Steven Fat] is absolutely hilarious:

And on the same channel you can find the panels with Joss Whedon, Richard Madden, 2 panels with Nathan Fillion and a whole bunch of other really cool one.

Thanks to some good friends I was also able to have a look at several of the official Con panels. I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOVED Loki's appearance on the Marvel panel, that was just bloody awesome! =D  I also really enjoyed the X-Men panel, and of course the Doctor Who panel hosted by Greg Ferguson was quite entertaining. ;)


But of course I have to do a bit of ranting too. =P For one thing I don't know who gave permission to these people to produce another idiotic 300 movie. Unbelievably disappointing.

But the real disappointment is of course how Marvel seems to have picked up an axe to go after their own Cosmic story arcs altogether. I have been waiting for a "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie to happen for many many years. Now that it's finally going to happen, they have taken the writing from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and handed it to Brian Michael Bendis, who really, really is NOT the writer for this. And of course James Gunn is directing…. right. And basically the same thing has happened to Nova… So now I wonder if this is really the end of Marvel Cosmic, or at least anything that was good about Marvel Cosmic… or will it somehow be rescued, I guess we just have to wait and see.

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