And So It Begins... Again

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JMS made a very surprising and exciting announcement yesterday (see the entire thread for additional details):

Changing Colors

You may want to change the color of an object or set of objects in a scene. Darktable provides several ways to achieve this effect, so let's take a look at a few different ways to turn the above car from orange to green.

Q Returns

In a stunning announcement yesterday, we learn that Q will be making a return in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard! This is certainly some good fortune! With this announcement, and the clear theme of time in the above trailer, I'd like to reflect on some possibilities for Season 2 …

Why I'm a Fan of Mark Knopfler's Music

There are many things I like about Mark Knopfler's work, both his solo albums as well as Dire Straits:

Personal Geography

The way he weaves memories from his own life (even seemingly mundane things) brings a personal connection to his music. For example, taking the train in Southbound Again, remembering …

Star Trek: Picard


Throughout the past decade, in 2013, 2015, and 2018, I've written about what I believe to be the core of Star Trek and how a new series should carry on this important legacy. I am thrilled to report that Star Trek: Picard has fulfilled and surpassed these expectations. Let's explore …

Using OpenCL with Darktable and ROCm


I recently purchased an AMD Raedon RX 570 GPU in order to accelerate Darktable processing operations using OpenCL. It looks like ROCm, AMD's open-source OpenCL implementation, should work. However, the process to install ROCm and enable image support on Arch Linux was not intuitive, so I'm documenting it here.

Before …

Web Launcher 1.3 Released

Web Launcher

A new version of Web Launcher, 1.3.x, is out now with the following major improvements:

  • support for Lubuntu 18.04
  • Wake-on-LAN capabilities to wake up Viewers from sleep (or even better manage Viewers which don't support WOL)
  • improved auto-discovery of viewers, especially for the mouse
  • support for automatically …

Down The Road Wherever

Down The Road Wherever

Mark Knopfler's latest solo album, Down The Road Wherever (YouTube), is perhaps his best work since Shangri-La. His other recent albums (even including Get Lucky, which I reviewed here), have felt too folky for my taste and lacked hints of Dire Straits rock. Down The Road Wherever reduces the folk …