This blog post is a day too late. I just discovered that yesterday, 29 October, is Integral Day. Yes, that Integral we learn in school during Calculus.
The Integral Symbol was first introduced on 29 Oct 1675 by German German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz. The symbol was based on the long s character, and was chosen because Leibniz thought of the integral as an infinite sum of infinitesimal summands.
Before we go on, I want to let you know that I hate Calculus (together with Integral, differentiation and everything Calculus). No, actually I don’t just hate Calculus. I hate Calculus to the power of infinity. In fact, if Facebook, Twitter and Blog exits during the days when I’m was in school studying Calculus, I bet they will be filled with vulgarities scolding all the mathematician that came up with all these theories. Sometimes I think they did it on purpose so that students all over the world will sweat and cry over their theories for centuries.
During my Secondary school days, one of my crazy ambition was to be a mathematician so that I can come up with a even more difficult math theory than Calculus and cause extreme hardship to students born after me. Luckily I didn’t do well in maths and the world we know now is a better place.
The last time I used Calculus was at the exam hall. After that, I never find myself in a situation where I ever need to use Calculus. I bet I’m not the only person. And honestly, I’m glad I never land myself in a situation where I need to use Calculus to save my life. I’ll most likely die before I complete writing the Integral symbol. Don’t get me wrong. I know Calculus is important. But I just hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it……..
Anyway, enough of ranting. Happy belated Integral Day to all you maths lovers out there. To learn more about the history of Integral, check out this Wired article.
Now, before you laugh, the guy’s name is Rungkij Tsanon and he is a professional gamer working for Galaxy Group company in Thailand. He was hired by the company as a presenter to promote shooting games and give advises to new players because of his talent.
I must say that it’s actually quite entertaining to watch him play. And hey, its not easy ok. You need to remember every part of the game to do that.
Fans of the Battlefield franchise will be glad that the wait is finally coming to an end. If you are from Singapore, you should be able to start playing Battlefield 3 in exactly 2 hours.
It is interesting that EA Singapore doesn’t have a physical launch event in Singapore (or maybe there is one but I don’t know). I guess instead of queuing up, most of the fans have already pre-ordered from Origin and downloaded the game. Just waiting for midnight before firing the first shot.
For me, I guess I might be buying the PC Limited Edition Package. Call me old skool. But I still prefer holding the physical copy of a game. Especially when they have such beautiful artwork.
The way we take digital photos are about to change with Lytro Camera. Lytro is a consumer light field camera. It captures the color, intensity and direction of light rays instead. This allows users to focus and refocus a photo on the camera or computer after taking the shot. The result is something like this.
You can click on the image to change the focus area. To learn more about the science behind the Lytro Camera, check out their website.
The Lytro camera has a 8x optical zoom lens with an aperture of f/2 and a 11 megaray light-field sensor. That’s not a typo. Light field camera don’t go by megapixel. The new standard is megaray light-field.
And the first Lytro Camera doesn’t look like your conventional camera.
It’s still pretty compact. You just need to get use to the new form factor. And you need a Mac to import the pictures currently. Windows support will come later.
The Lytro Camera comes in Red, Graphite and Blue colour. Red cost US$499 and is available in 16GB (which can hold up to 750 pictures). Graphite and Blue cost US$399 and is available in 8GB (up to 350 pictures).
Visit their website for more info and ordering.
Oh, they are only shipping in the US for now. And you’ll have to wait till early 2012 to get one. So strike it off your 2011 Christmas wish list.