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Smashing Orbs for Fulfilment’s Sake

Were I to visualize with a barchart the posts published on my_names_sebastian, it would resemble the Dutch Tulip Bubble. My most refined insights were shaped back when I wrote and published daily. Had I only knew my muse then, I’d have kept it around.   Imagination propagates in a vacuum. Inside the mind, constraints are […]

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When the Sun Sets in the South

*Came across this while clearing out notes on my phone. Wrote it while on a flight from New York to Shanghai in 2014. I’m airborne. Six-miles above the northern ice cap staring out. There isn’t a single cloud. Six-miles high and I could pick up a snowball. It looks within an arm’s reach. The only […]

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The I in AI

From my own extremely rudimentary understanding of it, Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems a somewhat misleading name for what could more accurately be dubbed Artificial Wisdom. Being programs sharpened by experience, and through that experience maturing to embody an almost 6th sense intuition within their respective fields. Human intelligence is extremely fluid and perpetually being redefined […]

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Two meaningful steps forward in virtual and mixed reality

I live alone in a one bedroom apartment. It’s cozy. As anyone would guess, my bed is in the bedroom. Why wouldn’t in be? Well, I’ve been thinking of changing things up – and not for any new found feng shui. To me, switching it up would mean transforming my bedroom into a virtual reality room. […]

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I’m Learning to See Things Differently – 360 photography

*All the media in this post is spherical. Make sure to give it a spin… Three months ago I bought a Ricoh Theta S. It’s a 360 camera that captures spherical images and video. Pretty cool, right? After popping it out of the box and taking a random snap in my mother’s kitchen I flipped […]

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Minimalism Update #6: Creating Less

The effectiveness of any plan, routine, or regimen depends on adherence. When well structured, both inputs and outputs are calculable. Both calculability and accountability are short term rewards for those involved. Along with what’s hopefully a clearer understanding of a goal and roadmap to achieving it. Philosophy, religion, and spirituality are much different. There are various routines to […]

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Thoughts on self.

What exists absent acknowledgment? Many things, surely. Yet when it comes to our own person, I wonder. We tend towards evaluating our emotions through fairly strict rubrics. Each of us quick and certain when recognizing something felt as happiness, sadness, fulfillment, emptiness, love, hate, and so forth. We learn to channel those feelings into categorical […]

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Experiencing the HTC VIVE as a Space Pirate

For the first time just a few hours ago I experienced the VIVE. HTC’s head mounted display that’s really the only name other than Oculus that enjoys recognition from the general public. Having only ever played and developed my own applications for the GearVR and Cardboard, my only understanding of the VIVE had come through rumor. In no way was […]

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A Different Kind of Hackathon, from VRVU and Samsung Accelerator

Last week my friend Nate Daubert – a UI designer at Makerbot – and I finished competing in a Samsung sponsored virtual reality hackathon organized by VRVU. The classic hackathon is characterized by RedBull, pizza, and sleep deprivation. Usually running 48-hours with a specific prompt that inspires the project building frenzy. While that is fun and exhilarating, […]

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Will the next Hannah Montana be a hologram?

I’m somewhat of a broken record in conversation these days. No matter the topic, my chats continue to segue into discussing augmented and virtual reality. My friends indulge me fortunately, and more often than not share something that I’ve yet heard or thought of. At Manhattan’s NeueHouse over a cocktail I demoed Rico’s Theta S […]

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Augmented Reality: Seeing the world, as you want to see it

Who else from the 90’s would have thought that in 2016 Pokemon would once again become relevant? If you don’t know this reference, hop on Google and learn exactly how Nintendo became $6-billion more valuable in the past week. The Pokemon Go app is an AR (augmented reality) game that’s spreading like wildfire. And it is […]

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How Will We Punish Virtual Crime?

The horizon is now further than virtual reality is from being used as an everyday technology. Training, entertainment, retail and many other industries will transform as to adapt to being experienced through head mounted displays and other virtual or augmented viewing devices. Much like how social came online, it will surely evolve again as a […]

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Test Driven Development: An obstacle or asset?

It’s more likely than not that a novice Ruby developer will be urged to learn and practice TDD (test driven development). Within the Rails community, the ability to write detailed tests at each level of the application is, at many companies, a highly valued skill. However, for developers just starting out, testing can very easily […]

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A 7-Day Weather Forecast…seen from space

WeatherRoomVR Over the past few weeks I’ve dreamt up a dozen or so projects that would force me to better my data visualization skills. There are a ton of online tutorials for learning the basics in using libraries like D3, so I knocked a few of them out. However, none of those utilized data with any practical application. The project […]

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Update on Listening to Music in Virtual Reality

*If you missed it, check out my first demo of Koo-VR at this link Since my last article where I demod a music player for virtual reality I’ve re-engineered the application in a way I’m very excited about. Why am I excited? Well, two reasons. The first is that it is now built with Angular […]

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Mobile Web Dev: Access Localhost on Android from OSX

Web developers will often want to view their projects on mobile. In both Chrome and Firefox, the developer console gives us the ability to mimic mobile views by setting screen size containers. It’s really not a comparable experience though to holding a phone while demoing. The following guide is a trick that can be used […]

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Virtual Reality Music Player: Visualizing Spotify’s API

For the past week, a friend (Holly Peck) and I have spent our leisure time building a virtual reality music player. This is the first demo we have to show – please feel free to give feedback as well as contribute to the code’s repository! The project uses A-Frame. You’ll notice that the video is […]

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Intro to A-Frame: Rendering a Cube

Several weeks ago a colleague and I decided it would be worth our combined efforts to begin exploring virtual reality as developers. Slowly, we’ve begun patching together a curriculum of sorts that should ready us to tackle several passion projects in the near future. Being that there is limited learning material on VR available (relative […]

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Deploying a Rails App to Heroku – sqlite3 to postgres

*This link is to the Index Card Language Learning App I designed and built last week, which guided this article. Heroku is easy to use. So easy that it feels like magic. It’s as though all you must do is put the round peg in the round hole. As long as you have the round peg […]

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ActiveRecord Database Queries – Dissecting Joins in SQL

As databases grow, efficient querying becomes paramount. It’s easy to be sloppy in the beginning while racing to make something “work”. In the spirit of red, green, refactor though, we must revisit our methods and attempt at working off the fat.