LARRIKIN

A couple things of notes, friend.

First, I updated the meme dump with some new entries. Feel free to peruse them at your leisure, should the mood strike you. Right this moment, the one in there with the raccoon laying on a bed is the most apt.

Nothing makes me quite as loquacious as good ol’ alcohol.

As for today’s art, ‘Larrikin’ is a third tier axe in GREEN KNIGHT.

…I seem to have… forgotten… uh..

Ah fuck it.

Let’s just say it’s a solid upgrade, regardless of what you’ve got equipped on your beloved units, and it’s got some snazzy bonuses you’ll appreciate.

On the subject of upgrades… you might recall a few weeks back I mentioned that I had some good jews to impart.

…fuck.

Excuse me, I meant to say “…some good news to impart.”, not some “good jews.”

*ahem*

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), have always fascinated me, ever since I was a child exploring the Omniplex, which is was local science museum in Oklahoma City, OK. At the time, the technology was primitive, to say the least. From a distance, I saw a kid with a large headset on, which looked heavy enough to break his small neck.

As I got closer, I was treated to the sight of a TV display showing what the kid saw from within the headset, which was a fully digital world of vibrant colors and shapes.

It’s worth mentioning that that was back when the movie: “The Lawnmover Man” had recently come onto the scene, and people were still struggling to understand what 3d graphics technology was.

By today’s standards, it was crude.

And corny. Definitely corny.

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

But there were those who so badly wanted an immersive, all-encompassing experience, and many devices were destined for the scrap heap in the sky.

At one point even Nintendo made their own foray into medium, and produced the Virtual Boy, seen below:

It didn’t go over well.

Some people complained of headaches and eye strain, due a display capable only of shades of red. Others simply vomited.

Ultimately, the point was made.

Unfortunately, it would take over twenty years for the technology to catch up to the modern world.

Finally, at long-fucking-last, the technology is spreading it’s wings and leaving it’s mark on the world, from one use case to another. Surgeons, as an example, are collaborating and advising each other during live operations with the aid of AR/VR based technology, and hundreds of other industries are evaluating the potential it represents.

It’s an exciting time to live in!

It’s worth nothing that, while some companies are investing heavily in the technology, others are barely getting their feet wet.

There isn’t much in the middle. Those who are investing heavily in the technology are (very wisely) banking on the expectation that the use case continues to climb.

So, the good news I mentioned?

I’ve accepted a new position at Facebook Reality Labs, based out of Redmond, Washington, as a Graphics Workload Engineer.

The road ahead is long and arduous.

But man, I’m pumped. I’ve never been so thrilled to see what each new day will bring.

I never imagined my childhood hopes of creating vast, immersive new worlds from nothing would actually come true.

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