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Satoshi Kon

Posted by Leith in News,Thoughts

I don’t know how many people will bother to see my little corner of the internet, particularly with how I neglect it, but I need to write about this.

On August 24th, anime director Satoshi Kon died at age 46 of cancer.


That’s a few years younger than my father, who I have never really imagined leaving this world until much, much later in my lifetime. I don’t even really know what to think about that, but it’s very unsettling.

He was an amazing director and produced works that never got the attention I believe they deserve. In addition to hearing about and being deeply saddened by the news (as I believe most anime fans are), I also found out that he left a somewhat rambling note as his last words. It was posted on his blog posthumously by his family, and for those of you that don’t read Japanese, a fan has posted an English translation. I found the whole thing profoundly moving, and I need to share those words somehow. I need to pass them along, and right now, this is the best I can do.

Goodbye, Satoshi Kon. Your talents, your works and your words will be missed. I wish I had known you in person.

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Technology Soapbox – IPv4

Posted by Leith in News,Thoughts

Today’s edition comes courtesy of my brother, who asked for my thoughts.

I learned about this years ago in my networking classes at uni. I already had a kind of peripheral awareness before that, but learning about it made it a bit clearer. You can see from what they say about that one guy in there – he’s been trying to encourage this for 10 years. But the analogy from the other guy about trying to change the road and tyres while you’re still driving is pretty sound, too. One of the things that people came up with as a stop-gap was NAT (where local networks look like one address to the outside, but map different ports to different local IPs on the internal network).

Lots of web applications will break, no question about that. It’s going to be a messy transition, since NAT was only meant to be a temporary fix until someone came up with something better. At the very least it’s going to involve a lot of upgrades to infrastructure, although PCs have supported IPv6 for a very long time, so I don’t think it’ll be the PCs that’ll be the problem. It’ll largely be configuring the infrastructure, and making sure applications don’t break during transition. The non-backwards compatibility issue is the real problem – in some ways, it’s kind of like the problem of people still using phone lines and dial-up modems for internet, rather than using a better infrastructure that’s designed for modern internet use instead of tacked on (like internet over phone lines was). A lot of devices are probably going to become obsolete.

What’s probably more likely is that a dual-system will emerge, and then the “Internet 2″ initiative is going to become a commercial divide. There will be people who operate on devices connected to the older network, and then the majority will slowly move to the newer network because the price will reach some critical point at which they can’t afford to be on the old network and need to be on the new one. Most users won’t really understand the implications, since they never see the underlying network address – it will be up to the domain and web server administrators largely to make sure that the domain names point to the new addresses, and figure out a way to pass along the maintenance costs to the customers by advertising it as premium/better/whatever. Devices and applications will emerge that are only operable on the new network, which will drive adoption, not dissimilar to the transition in phone networks from CDMA to 3G. Eventually the old network will fade out.

All the PC end-users really need to do is have the new protocol enabled, which can be rolled into any of the system updates for Windows/Mac users if they don’t do it themselves, and Linux users probably already have it installed due to the fairly high technical threshold required to operate meaningfully with Linux systems. After that, it’s buying new devices that are compatible with the new protocol, or installing any firmware updates that manufacturers care to provide (if they are able to, there are some hardware limitations after all).

This has been another edition of Technology Soapbox(tm). ^_~

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The future of gaming… and us

Posted by Leith in News,Thoughts

Ok, this needs to be watched by anyone who has an interest in games, and everyone else because it has a very interesting explanation on where the world is going, technologically speaking.

The world will be full of more sensors, will know more of what we do, when we do it and will be giving us more and more incentives to help motivate us to do it.

Also, I wish I went to school based on an experience points system. Hell yeah.

What about you? Do you see the world going the same way? Do you want it to? I certainly do, I’m looking forward to the coming technological jumps and divergences. Maybe my life will be on record, maybe I’ll have a score associated with my life. So what? Gives my kids something to aim to be better than.

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Random from the internet

Posted by Leith in News

Ok, so this post is just about a few things that I’ve found around and about on the internet lately that I thought I would share.I don’t usually just post a bunch of random things, but I wanted to collect them somewhere even if I didn’t have a surrounding commentary for all of them.

First up, this music video (via CAD) is awesome. Watch it. Then go learn more.

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While I’m on a video kick, this trailer (also via CAD) is also pretty damn impressive.

Also, apparently Google plans on getting into the high-speed internet service industry by making fiber optic infrastructure. Hopefully this heralds a move to faster internet speeds for the US, and then the rest of the world. (via DVICE)

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Also, the idea that internet content could be held to the standards of any community able to view said content is as scary as it is ridiculous.

The Starcraft II beta also opened this week… no, I’m not in it. Yet. Not that I’ve had that much time to spend playing games recently. It’s something I should probably make more time for, it’d be good for my brain.

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Is it wrong…

Posted by Leith in News

… that I saw this and thought that someone should make it into a game?


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