NBN - the rollout
the cause of devil tumors
Aurora from Southern Tasmania
European wasps in Tasmania
tranquil Tasmania

18 September 2017

Overpopulation - How China And India Are Destroying The Rest Of Us

Here is another way of seeing what the world really looks like - population cartograms. Check it out?

Here countries are mapped by population, not area. Australia and Canada are small while India and China are massive. How massive?

Left. A look at the unsustainable populations of 2 countries. They have already begun destroying quality of life for the rest of us. I use the world 'destroying' because that's what is happening - by climate change, economic exploitation and resource extraction. Already China and India are sucking-in resources from most of the world to sustain themselves.
Being mammals, humans are biologically programmed to procreate if the conditions are right. If they develop a social system that removes most of their basic freedom in return for sustaining billions of people then they are on their way.

Our Insignificant Politicians.
Australia is already so economically and psychologically dependent on the Asian giants that Australian politicians consistently defend them against Australians. The fact is, the great 'mining boom' could not stop Australia from going deeper into debt. No amount of Asian 'investment' will save our neo-colonial, parasitic economic system. With nothing to do but legislate, Aussie politicians have developed a contradictory nanny state run by lawyers and accountants. Australia is now so far in debt that the Asian superpowers can just walk-in and the Canberra politicians will throw themselves at their feet.

Where are the environmentalists? 
As our homelands are turned into wood chip lots and salmon farms, 'enviros' and greens mount vague counter offensives without ever acknowledging the actual problem. 

Enviros groups are almost useless because the Asian giants have the power and the money. They will come back next year or next decade and remove the opposition when they want to. They use corrupt Australian officials to achieve this. Population is the biggest environmental issue on this planet bar none.

Right. India and China are way out in front. The next biggest, the US is not even a quarter the size of China. India is forecast to overtake China by 2024. Imagine if India and China were to merge?

The future. So far the Asian giants have not showed any ecological responsibility in their relentless drive to feed every mouth. China have pushed rhinos and elephants to extinction just for horn and ivory. Asian cities are heavily polluted. Reproduction appears more important to them than health or quality of life. Because the Earth's oceans are nearly all fished-out, this so-called 'Asian market' will build fish farms right around Tasmania. Then they will kill the seals because seals are just competition for food.

Our politicians talk about Australia choosing between China and the US but the real choice is between China and India. Do we want an Indian Australia or a Chinese Australia? If reproduction is more important to India and China than health, then money is more important than everything else to Australian politicians. Australia is now a failed economic system. Rather than admitting it, our politicians chase the only market available - feeding population unsustainability. Get used to it. The population reality is going to be around for longer than all of us.

26 July 2017

A Visit To An Animation Gallery

I merged 2 previously made animated GIFs onto the walls of an art gallery. The guy walking across the room was done frame by frame using an undocumented component of Gimp-Gap. The animations on the walls were made with a range of Gimp plugins and scripts including Gmic-qt, gimp-gap and were aligned with the perspective tool. The 3 animations were merged with 'Wills Script Pack' animation merge.
I called the animation on the left 'quantum tangled photons' and the one on the right is a computer simulation of 2 colliding galaxies. Made entirely with open-source Gimp.

14 July 2017

GIF Animation - 'Welcome To Gimp Chat'

When newcomers join Gimp Chat some members do a 'welcome' graphic. It's a nice tradition that goes back a few years. It kinda proves there are still cool people on this planet.

From a video by Marcus Bernert under the Creative Commons license. Made in open-source Gimp. There is a reverse image here.
Check-out 'My Animation Gallery' link on top left hand side.

I've been doing some compiling

I've done compiling now and then for quite a few years. Compiling is converting source code into a usable program. In the Linux world that means producing a 'package' as the end product.
Recently, I made some Gimp plugins for the current long term Ubuntu (16.04) that were not available. I had some success with Gimp-gap (Gimp Animation Package) and it was seriously difficult. I wrote about it here.
The problem is that gimp-gap is 'multimedia' software with many different codecs and dependencies. In the Linux world this is called 'dependency hell'.

Compiling really gives the brain a workout because mostly the source code fails to build and ends with an arcane error message in the terminal. Your main tools are a command terminal and a text editor. You must also refer to the net to search for similar error messages. RedHat Linux uses a different packaging system called 'RPM' and in some cases I look at the RPM 'spec file' to see what they did to compile the program.

I have not fully compiled MathMap under Ubuntu yet but I did convert a RedHat RPM of Mathmap into an Ubuntu 'Deb' pack using Alien. Alien is a brilliant piece of work and I also added some extra filters using the 'repack' method.

It's good when it finally compiles and you have software that can be used around the world on similar systems.
Compiling also makes you aware of the strengths and weaknesses of computer operating systems. For example Ubuntu/Mint/Debian has it's own library naming system which can be frustrating. No wonder Linus Torvalds doesn't use Debian-based systems? On the plus side Ubuntu/Debian system are relatively fast with excellent security. At some point I may go back to using RedHat. I used Mandrake until it morphed into Mandriva. Teaching myself Unix was one of the best things I ever did because it future-proofed my tech skills. Check-out http://distrowatch.com/

Recently I gave-up on a compiling a project called 'FFMultiConverter'. Although a small program, it needed a huge number of support files when installed. It's written in Python and is not available for later versions of Ubuntu. I settled on using WinFF to do my video converting tasks. I may go back to compiling FMultiConverter when I get my head around loading Python libraries on Ubuntu.

I actually want to upload more animations but I also don't want to slow down my blog page with all the graphics so I achieved both with this post.

15 May 2017

MC Escher With Gimp MathMap

This is my re-work of MC Escher's 'Another World' drawing. I published it as an animated GIF and as a looped video clip.
The video version is here.

12 May 2017

A Room Full Of MathMap

I went back and re-worked this image after re-compiling the Gimp-GAP plugin. The first version was dropping frames and it was worth fixing. Made in Gimp with the rotating sphere produced by MathMap. I also used G'MIC and Gimp-GAP.
A high-res image here: https://gfycat.com/SlightArtisticAustraliansilkyterrier

30 April 2017

Remember The Analogue World? Polished Marble With Gimp

I've been learning to make polished marble at gimpchat here and here. There are different ways to do it but I think Wallace's method looks more realistic. I figured-out how to make marble spheres using the Mathmap plugin that I wrote about here.
In the image above I have added some Gmic filters and filters from the FX Foundry plugin which I recently re-discovered.
I took the background photo in a Tasmanian cemetery a few years ago. Hope you like it.

15 April 2017

Quad Nested Animations

This is an experimental 'quad nested animation' converted to HTML5 video.

11 April 2017

Triple Nested Animations

Here I have 2 cubes revolving inside another revolving cube - the so-called 'triple nested animation'. It's from a gimp chat tutorial originally using a Rubik's cube script. The process is very long and quite challenging and along the way I discovered how to make the cubes without the Rubik's segments. I may do more of these in the future because I enjoy the effect.