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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lovelace in Blue Mars


Lovelace in Blue Mars, originally uploaded by lynnewu.

I hate learning curves. In this case, a modified version of the Crysis SDK & tools represents a learning black hole. That having been said, I was able to make this with the Blue Mars City Editor.

It's Northern New Mexico geography in a 2048x2048 "city", so the scale is actually realistic. It remains to be seen if realism will look good from the ground.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

10 Rules for PVP

I think this says all that needs to be said about the subject, in the general sense.  From the bio page of my Eve Online corporation’s security director (Hooligan McFiend)

10 Rules for PVP

  • 1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring tech 2 guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
  • 2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Clones are expensive.
  • 3. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring big guns and a friend with big guns.
  • 4. Always go heavy on firepower, always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
  • 5. Have a plan.
  • 6. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
  • 7. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
  • 8. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
  • 9. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
  • 10. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Real fakes – the tilt shift way

Photos processed by adding defocusing gradients, bumping up the intensity of the colors, and deepening the shadows.  The result makes them look like photographs of dioramas or models.  Usually.

 

Meadow near Jemez Springs, NM

JemezMeadowWithHorses-tiltshift

 

It even works for pictures taken in virtual worlds, in this case a swamp I built in Second Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Really.

WreckOfTheTimidMary-tiltshift-1

 

A railroad bridge across the Fox River in Appleton, WI.

FoxRiverRailBridge-tiltshift-4

 

The dam next to our apartment building, also in Appleton.

OldOneidaStreetDam-tiltshift-3

 

Various shots of our apartment complex taken from the Oneida Skyline Bridge, in Appleton.

FoxRiverMillsAppleton-tiltshift

OldOneidaStreetBridge-tiltshift-2

FoxRiverMills-tiltshift-3

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ugh. Moving.

Well, we’re moving.  Only a couple of blocks, but as someone pointed out, it’s pretty much scale-invariant.  You still have to have the same lists, do the same packing, etc.  At least we’ll have a lot more space.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Random Publishing on the Kindle

Yet another way to subtract time from one’s life:

http://www.amazon.com/Two-Coastal-Flowers-California-Landscapes/dp/B001VH7PXQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237490258&sr=8-1

Yep, that’s my first book ever.  Published.  On Amazon. By Amazon, actually.  It was a test, but an interesting one.  I just opened Microsoft Word, dragged and dropped a couple flower pictures, saved it, and uploaded it.  Ta-da!  A two-page book.

I’d already signed up with the Amazon Kindle publishing service here:

http://dtp.amazon.com

It’s a dollar because that’s the minimum price I could set.  Or rather, I set it to $1.00 and Amazon repriced it to $.80, for reasons I don’t understand. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009