APNG vs. WebP vs. h.264

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Just a quick comparison between three more modern alternatives to the GIF format for creating looping, animated images. This is by no means comprehensive, but it does illustrate the advantages of using a real video codec over either of these image formats.

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Fantastic Children: Source Material Comparison

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fantastic children

As a precursor to my upcoming post on crafting my own hybrid encodes of this hidden gem of a show, I thought I'd compare the two sets of source material I'll be working with. Hopefully this will be useful all on its own for anyone thinking about acquiring either of them.

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The Wonders of Technology: A Tale of Two GPUs

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GT 210 and GTX 970

This week, I completed the rather drawn-out process—given my lack of free time during the semester—of converting my old media server into a gaming rig for my girlfriend. This involved: replacing the stock cooler with an old AIO water loop, overclocking the 1st-generation Core i3 530 to a more-respectable 3.97GHz, upping the memory to 8GB, and (finally) replacing the GPU. It's this last step that I want to focus on because the sheer difference in performance between the two cards floored me.

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Book Review: Constitution

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cover art Nick Webb's new sci-fi thriller, despite covering no new ground, managed to keep me turning the pages until the end. Actually, that's about as euphemistic as saying Rakudai Kishi and Asterisk Wars cover no new ground. Constitution can't even be called a rip-off. The story chronicles a complacent interstellar human civilization which, after barely defeating unknown space invaders two generations previously, has decided it no longer needs defence spending, and the stodgy old starship captain who prophetically anticipates the enemy's return, even as his ship is being decommissioned and turned into a museum. Only he, his drunk Ex-O, and the rag-tag crew of the Battlestar Galactica stand between humanity and... Oh, wait...

Yes, Constitution reads exactly like BSG fan fiction, only replace Cylons with space goo and lose the spunky female deck chief. Except, you know, not bad like that makes it sound. Constitution, for all its lack of originality at the outset, is a highly-enjoyable read. After all, I liked BSG. And, despite its deceptive 362-page length, it's also a very short one. I can see myself finishing it in one sitting if I ever had a six-hour block of time in which I didn't need to be running around doing things. It even managed to surprise me at the end, so I might even check out the sequels I assume there will be based on the impossible-to-miss subtitle.

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Domain Change!

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As of 7/1/2015, the current domain will expire!

This is just some advanced notice, since I've been pretty bad about this kind of thing in the past. I'm letting the current domain expire at the end of the month, and updating this blog's address to encodan.info. That address is already live, so be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly!

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