Lassen Star Trails

Star trails from the Manzanita Lake campground at Lassen Volcanic National Park

A timelapse two ways shot from the Manzanita Lake campground at Lassen Volcanic National Park (the second time I've visited and the second time that Bumpass Hell has been closed). First a regular 4K timelapse looking up from the campsite:

The second version is the same footage in HD where each frame is the cumulative maximum pixel value of all the frames up to the current frame (so it builds in star trails as the video runs):

Draw the rest of the Hummingbird

Generation three thousand of a genetic algorithm learning to draw a hummingbird

A genetic algorithm learns to draw a hummingbird:

The video is an animation of three thousand generations of evolution. It starts with a random mix of line segments which are then mutated by adding or removing lines and by changing the start, end and color of existing lines. Each generation has 32 individuals. The best individual is mutated to create the next generation.

For this implementation the best or fittest individual is the one with the least error on a pixel by pixel comparison to a stock art drawing of a hummingbird. Because I care more about the shape than completely filling in the drawing an error outside the figure is penalized three times more than a gap inside the figure.

Color is mutated each generation but not selected for, so it's just changing randomly.

Book reviews for July 2018

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie

4/5

 

Hoylake Beach

Hoylake Beach

Timelapse looking over Hoylake beach in the Wirral, UK.

What if the Senate Voted Proportionally to Population

Relative influence of each state on the Electoral College

This is massively less likely than sorting out the Electoral College, but imagine for a minute that 100 Senators woke up tomorrow and decided to do the right thing.

Dianne Feinstein, the senior Senator from California would wield 6.04 votes. Mike Enzi, the senior Senator from Wyoming would have to make do with 0.09 votes.

Overall a party line vote would see 55.85 Democratic votes to 44.15 Republican, assuming normal independent caucusing habits. Not quite a supermajority, but enough to not send Kavanaugh to The Supreme Court for instance.

This is based on 2010 census figures from Wikipedia.

Not going to happen, but find my estimate of your State's fair voting power by Senator below.

StateVotes per Senator
California6.04
Texas4.08
Florida3.05
New York3.14
Pennsylvania2.06
Illinois2.08
Ohio1.87
Georgia1.57
North Carolina1.55
Michigan1.6
New Jersey1.43
Virginia1.3
Washington1.09
Arizona1.04
Massachusetts1.06
Tennessee1.03
Indiana1.05
Missouri0.97
Maryland0.94
Wisconsin0.92
Colorado0.82
Minnesota0.86
South Carolina0.75
Alabama0.78
Louisiana0.74
Kentucky0.7
Oregon0.62
Oklahoma0.61
Connecticut0.58
Iowa0.49
Utah0.45
Arkansas0.47
Nevada0.44
Mississippi0.48
Kansas0.46
New Mexico0.33
Nebraska0.3
West Virginia0.3
Idaho0.25
Hawaii0.22
New Hampshire0.21
Maine0.22
Rhode Island0.17
Montana0.16
Delaware0.15
South Dakota0.13
North Dakota0.11
Alaska0.12
Vermont0.1
Wyoming0.09

Moorhen and Chick

Moorhen and Chick

Badgers

Badgers

Updated 2018-07-16 14:45:

Badgers

Bay Model Tide 360 Timelapse

Bay Model in Sausalito CA

The Bay Model in Sausalito is a two-football field sized working model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta. Here's a 360 degree timelapse of the model in action so you can see the tide coming in and out (best in a VR headset but you can pan around as well):

Shot on a Ricoh Theta S and post-processed in LRTimelapse and Adobe Lightroom.

June Gloom

Gloomy cloud over the French Chateau Sanatorium

A relatively pleasant Sunday in San Francisco, which means the second you turn your back fog and low cloud are going to swoop in:

The first part of the video is looking west toward the ocean. Once any trace of blue is obliterated we turn south to see fog rolling over San Pedro Mountain near Pacifica and increasingly gloomy cloud cover over the French Chateau Sanatorium (which I think of as the West Portal Retirement Castle). This is a deeply strange building, nestled in a hollow and surrounded by trees. Most of the time you don't see it and then suddenly, on the right street at the right angle you're startled to realize that there is a massive chateau hiding in the neighborhood.

If you're in the mood for more West Portal oriented time lapse enjoy: West of West PortalWest Portal Mosaic TimelapseWest Portal Timelapse of Timelapses and Spherical Sunset.

Book reviews for June 2018

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam  Becker

What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker

5/5

Spoiler alert: we still don't know. Excellent review of the history of quantum mechanics and how we should think about science.

 

Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths (Ribbonfarm Roughs) by Venkatesh G. Rao

Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths (Ribbonfarm Roughs) by Venkatesh G. Rao

3/5

 

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

3/5