A Year Ago Today, I Wrote on Nextdoor

I have a condition that prevents me from wearing pants. I also have a note from my doctor. Notarized. I hesitate to describe it, alas, my condition is this — Being a middle aged dad, I have no… Read More

Visual perception of surface properties through direct manipulation

VSS21 – tangible materials. Some work we started at RIT / Gießen right before the universe shut down for a virus break. Snehal was quite the trooper, carrying it on while the rest of us were huddled in… Read More

Resilience of temporal processing to early and extended visual deprivation

Dynamic vision is preserved in the face of early visual deprivation. Static acuity – not so much. This is a project Pawan and a whole bunch of us started a few years ago, pre plague. This is quite… Read More

VSS 2021

Yu, Phillips & Todd 2021, Regions of High Curvature Facilitate the Perception of 3D Shape from Shading, VSS. After the past year of chaos I’m happy to have literally anything to show. Turns out I have more than… Read More

WTC Mathematica Live Coding Championship

This Thursday, 8 October, at 6 PM EDT, the Wolfram Technology Conference Live Coding Challenge. As in years past, I will be your genial co-host, along with Philip Maymin – It’s a total blast to watch people competitively… Read More

Bouncing Balls of Exaggeration

A poster from VSS2019, finally about to submit the paper. Looking at animation, physics, and the impossible yet perceptually preferable exaggeration therein. Phillips, F., Schmidt, F., Noejovich, L., & Chakalos, G. (2018). Exploring the Uncanny Valley. Journal of Vision, 18(10),… Read More

History of Jazz Drumming

Mel Lewis’ epic interviews with Loren Schoenberg on the history of drumming in jazz. A good while back, Jim Rupp lent me a bunch of CDs. He said “you’ll like these” and he was right. For years, I… Read More

Dangerous awards

award title slide

A visit to Champaign, a return flight with a ‘possible weapon’. I went to the 2019 Wolfram Technical Conference last week in snowy Champaign Illinois. I gave a talk on some stuff we were doing in our classes… Read More

Apples and Oranges

colorimeter device

A talk I gave at the Wolfram Technology Conference, 2019. In our “Computational Methods for Psychology and Neuroscience” course, we teach undergraduate students the fundamentals of computational thinking (as opposed to traditional “programming”) using a project-based approach. Over… Read More

Two recent submissions

So many things on the burner. First – The Veiled Virgin paper has been submitted. We didn’t put it on a preprint server yet, we’re trying to figure out what we want to do there. If you’d like… Read More