Peter Shirley's Raytracing in a Weekend

I may have to abort my raytracing app that’s been busy rendering the Stanford Dragon for over a month now. I’m sure Peter Shirley’s raytracing books will help me learn how to do it properly! :) In celebration of the launch of @nvidia Turing ray tracing hardware, I am making my three ray tracing books are available as free pdfs. I have donated half the money people have sent to @hackthehood, a really neat organization.
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Making a Heart with Maths

Inigo Quilez (iq) explains how to model a simple heart with mathematics. Shadertoy code and real-time version can be found here. I love how he embedded the model into the video. Need to explore how to develop plugins for AfterEffects. Jim Fowler, Professor at Ohio State University applied a similar technique in his Calculus course at Coursera. He used the old raytracing tool POV-Ray with ArUco, a library for Augmented Reality applications.
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Breakpoint 2008

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I wrote about the Breakpoint demo event. Breakpoint 2008 already took place last March on the Easter weekend, so the following is actually pretty old news. I still want to share some of my favorites though. This year’s motto of the competition was Digital Garden hinting at the annual Garden Show in Germany that took place in Bingen at the Rhine river as well.
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Breakpoint 2007

I just read an interesting article about the Breakpoint 2007 demo-party that took place last April in Bingen on the Rhine river in Germany. Breakpoint is considered one of the biggest demoscene parties worldwide. For those who haven’t heard anything about demos yet, here’s a brief history as I remember it: The Beginnings It all started in the 80s with home computers like the Commodore 64 or Amiga, back when we used to share floppy disks and tapes with our favorite games.
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Breakpoint 2007

I just read an interesting article about the Breakpoint 2007 demo-party that took place last April in Bingen on the Rhine river in Germany. Breakpoint is considered one of the biggest demoscene parties worldwide. For those who haven’t heard anything about demos yet, here’s a brief history as I remember it: The Beginnings It all started in the 80s with home computers like the Commodore 64 or Amiga, back when we used to share floppy disks and tapes with our favorite games.
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