Earlier this week I discovered the magic of having access to my work pc from home by remote desktop wizardry. I’ve known for some time that it is possible, in a theoretical sense, but I always assumed there would be too much hassle involved. Now, thanks to the help my co-workers Francois and Ruud, I know better! And you can too
This is me doing a VMTK levelset segmentation at my TU Delft pc… On a Sunday morning from home!
I will show you how to do this yourself (if you have a TU Delft desktop computer there too ) in a brief remote desktop tutorial after the jump:
Yesterday the Delft Data Science New Year Event took place in, you guessed it, Delft! It was a fun afternoon filled with interesting talks, posters and demos. The head of our Computer Graphics and Visualization group, Elmar Eisemann, gave a talk on ‘Visualization and Big Data’ including live demos of remote rendering using Exposure Render, the webviewer of my project made by MSc student Cees-Willem Hofstede, and also his Leap Motion powered controls.
The Delft Data Science crowd. I was there too! Picture courtesy of the CUbRIK Project
Check out my first attempt at Storifying it after the jump:
The new MedVis book is available! I’ve already seen a copy and wow, it is glorious! Filled with beautiful imagery and all the latest and greatest medvis developments in many interesting research areas. My name is even in it somewhere Check the companion website for details on where to order and exclusive online content!
The new MedVis book cover
My all time favorite task management system has a 24 hour sale (over 50% off) on their premium year subscription. If you are already a premium user they’ll extend your subscription for a year ^^
These last few months I have adopted an amazingly low-tech morning routine to start my workday consisting of selecting the three tasks I want to get done today. Sometimes our task managers can get flooded with an overload of tasks and this overload can make it hard to focus. This feeling of being overwhelmed can quickly turn into procrastination if you let it. For me it helps to pick three things that I at least want to get done that day as the first thing I do when I get to work. I am of course not the first person to think of something like this, but I just want to share this as a simple tip.
My desk setup with the three tasks system in the upper left (and lots of cable clutter I’m not too proud of)
In a previous post, I mentioned I made a 3D interactive pdf for a medical publication. This paper was recently accepted at the Gynecologic Oncology journal and it is now available online: Lymphatic drainage pathways from the cervix uteri; implications for radical hysterectomy? I’ll try and do a little ‘Science in plain English’, for those interested but not all that familiar with the medical jargon.
A hysterectomy is a surgical treatment for early-stage cervical cancer where the womb is taken out. Typically also part of the lymphatic system in the region is removed to prevent the cancer from spreading. There are different types of hysterectomies that vary by how much tissue is taken out: Continue reading
Giving a talk using the Leap Motion for the first time today. Including a live handwaving demo
One of the cool things about being a PhD is that you can sometimes enjoy working with super-smart MSc students. It gets even more awesome when aforementioned super-smart MSc students do super-awesome stuff and you get to watch! This afternoon I lent out the Leap Motion to Cees-Willem Hofstede and here’s what he managed to do in a couple of hours:
That’s right, he uses WebGL and the Leap Motion to allow the user to interact with a 3D model of the human pelvis and to paint on this model using his fingers and what I imagine must be several magic incantations! This is just a first proof-of-concept, so more news as it emerges and hopefully I can record a better video for you soon too
By far the most popular post ever to grace this blog is the Comparison of Task Managers: Remember the Milk vs. Astrid vs. Wunderlist. Since I sneakily switched to Todoist three months ago, I now updated the blogpost to include that in the comparison. That post shallt henceforth be known as: ‘Comparison of Task Managers: Remember the Milk vs. Astrid vs. Wunderlist vs. Todoist! To make this current post not entirely devoid of content, here’s a screenshot of my Todoist set-up:
Note the pretty project colors, my busy day, Karma stats in the top right and overall awesome design of Todoist ^^