Microsoft Research: Automated video looping with progressive dynamism  

Oh, just watch the video ….

My favorite line from the video “Sometimes the video loop is visually plausible but semantically incorrect”.


And then try it yourself: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/hoppe/proj/videoloops/README.html

And if you are more curious you can read the paper: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/hoppe/proj/videoloops/



Interlude: A Doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop"  

Sometimes covers are far, far, better




More about (Photoshop) Blend Modes than You ever wanted to know  

Sparked by an interesting Hacker News thread recently –  if you need to implement blend modes or understand technically what is going on then you'll find these useful.

Photshop Blend Modes Explained

Insight into Photoshop 7.0 Blending Modes

Let’s Learn Math: Photoshop Blend Modes

Photoshop Blend Mode Math


Obligatory Wikipedia Link




The way it used to be done: The 1983 HBO Intro  

I have fond memories of this Intro sequence from HBO. This video shows the amazing amount of effort that went into its production.

It's refreshing to see what professionals were capable of achieving before today's ubiquitous use of CG .


And here's a link to the official Intro sequence so you can experience the majesty.




Help me with my Visio + PowerShell presentation at the PowerShell Summit North America 2014

I was thrilled last week to discover my proposal for the summit was accepted –  the title of my presentation? ….

Visio + PowerShell = Crazy Delicious

Quick Summary: I'll be showing how you can drive Visio via my PowerShell module called VisioPS (download it here).

A rough outline for the session:

  • Why this is interesting
  • Overview of the VisioPS module
    • Architecture
    • Optimization for Interactive Sessions
  • Demos of real-world scenarios and applications
    • Basic Visio Automation
    • Time Savers
    • Diagram Analysis (Shape connectivity, reachability, shape data)
    • Drawings from data
      • Directed graphs / Flowcharts
      • Trees
      • Org-Charts
    • Data Import/Export
    • Reporting & Simple Graphing
    • Diagrams as Document Object Models


Here’s how you can help me deliver the best presentation possible:

  • What topics would you like to see?
  • Would you like to see spend more time showing code or spend more time doing demos?
  • What do you NOT want to see in the presentation?
  • What questions must be addressed?
  • Please feel free to provide any other suggestions!