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Trivial news

Uncle Seiko makes decent straps.

My friend has a epic cool home hacking setup.

I got a Motiv fitbit ring… works well so far.

Here’s a beach volleyball game, middling effort:

Life goes on!

Lastly a two part scale for bad watches, from the WPAC 2019 thread.

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Progress in audio localization

So years ago in grad school at UNM, I worked on audio localization. My work was on the idea of doing the convolution (applying the filter to the audio) in the wavelet domain, to extend the results from a phd student in the group. My results were poor, read about them on this page.

Then this week I saw this on Gear Patrol:

Via Gear Patrol

The reviews are mixed, but the really impressive part is less obvious – you use your phone camera and it uses photogrammetry to derive the geometry of your head and pinnae, and from that it creates a personal HRTF that it loads into the finger-sized gadget:

Image from https://us.sxfi.com

Damn. Deriving an HRTF from just a couple of pictures? As opposed to anechoic chambers and KEMAR heads?

NIST via howstuffworks

I’m sorely tempted to buy one just to see how well it works. At $160 is a bit much for an impulse buy though.

It’s really cool to see similar work, with a big chunk of progress plus some really new and clever ideas added. This version is USB, so Android/desktop, but they do have a Bluetooth version in the works that’d work with my phone.

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Infrastructure

Highway 805, and they ran the high-tension lines under:

Some clever engineering there.

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Test image post

Self hosted WordPress is mishandling iOS image uploads. Let’s try here on a paid site.

Portrait:

Landscape:

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Is it still junk if the boxes are labeled?

How about nice, neat, printed labels? Asking for a friend.

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EV has spoiled me

Saw this cool old car the other day and realized that, although the style is cool, I am so not interested in the hassle of and old gas engine. EV really has made a convert out of me.

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Labor of love

I had a 1952 International pickup a long time ago. Built like a tank. This flawless beauty has similar lines.

Man that finish. So many hours.

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Delorean

A local rental that work paid to ferry the CEO. Looks like a labor of love to skin it like the movie prop.

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New digs

Got moved to another building at work. Nice view from the balcony.

Here’s the one I started in.

And my favorite part:

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First week iOS 12 stats

No big surprises. I heart RSS and use Reddit and Twitter for entertainment.