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15
Oct/10
0

C_m icbannö xajr ,cyh a b., .bypöv

Looks weird, huh? That’s what it looks like to type QWERTY on a Dvorak keyboard. I changed the setting literally minutes ago and I am currently trying to get used to it. It’s really, really fucking weird.

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Bars (Working Title)

1
Jun/10
0

I’ve been working on another game lately. No, more like in the last twenty minutes.

I wanted simple gameplay. Which I achieved. And still some difficulty in it. Which I think I achieved.

The very beginning

The very beginning

It doesn’t look like much, but that’s where you’re mistaken. It’s quite a lot. A few short seconds after you start the game, some of the rectangles (which I personally call “bars”, you call them whatever you want, ranging from not-quite-squares to sick motherfucking bastards) light up, either in green or in blue.

The first few lit bars

The first few lit bars

Green bars have to be left-clicked on, blue bars prefer the right mouse button. If you click the wrong button, the bar turns red and is not used anymore. If you fail to click for a given time (in the start five seconds, gets shorter as you progess), the same happens. In both cases you also lose a point. You gain points for clicking correctly.

Ouch. So early and already two errors.

Ouch. So early and already two errors.

The game is over when a certain amount of bars has turned red.

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Sierpinski

31
May/10
0
A pyramid fit for a pharao.

A pyramid fit for a pharao.

Blender Render. 9 million polys. Nine iterations. And it looks quite badass.

Filed under: 3D

News from the Windows

30
May/10
0

Considering how little I use Windows by now (I think I haven’t been on Windows a dozen times since January 6th), I have fucked up my system a lot in that short time.

First, Firefox ceased to work. No problem, I installed Opera.

Which refused to start two days later.

Okay, shit. What now? Internet Explorer? Go fuck yourself. No internet would be better than IE.

Chrome? Nah, that’s the 1984 of the browsers.

Iron? What is that? Ooh, Chrome without Big Brother! I’ll take it!

It’s a good browser actually. Better than expected. A little odd though, since until then I had almost exclusively been on Firefox for about five years.

Aw shit, my sister is singing. Need some loud music. Now.

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I’m back

27
May/10
0

You know, every time I have a website, blog or anything like that, it tends to get boring after a while and I pretty much abandon it and when I want to have a website again, I make a new one rather than use the old one.

Well, fuck that.

Whatever, I blendered a lot lately. You probably don’t know how I read books when I am not on the computer. Which is more often than you would think. Tell me, what did I read?

The first render

The first render

This is the first version, which is not bad, but very simple. I originally did not model this with the story in my mind, I just thought I might want to use something like that in a scene sooner or later. Well, I… no, you will see for yourself.

The same camera, from behind

The same camera, from behind

The switch is a joke, and not even a bad one I think. Of course, no real camera would have the cables like that – detachable. But considering what this is about, I do not think anyone would dare unplugging the camera.

Version 3

Version 2

The wall mounted base is a fairly important element. For the first version… well, I just wanted to have something I can show around and did not care much for the accuracy.

Version 4

Version 3

Changed the cable a little (it’s a path, you try and get that bitch to obey gravity), must which is the important change in this version is the cover of the camera, which is now divided into two separate parts, top and bottom, to add a little (not much) realism to it.

Version 5

Version 4

Textures. I usually don’t use textures, because I suck at making them. But then again, I did not make them. Blender can natively use .DDS files, so I dug up some textures from the F.E.A.R. SDK, complete with normal map and everything. Hell, I could even add a specular map if I wanted. The cables are now black and there is a microphone on top of it. This render took longer than all other renders of this camera combined – over four hours. Because that text on the camera had, like, 60,000 polys. I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

It's a brave new world

It's a brave new world

I felt I had done enough on the camera, so I worked a little on the surroundings. A google image search for the party slogan quickly gave me a suitable poster, which I tore up a little in GIMP. Then I had to find out how to use transparent textures, which is not as easy as it sounds. Okay, it is easy, it’s just that you’d never get it done right unless you already know how. The Grafitti is actually just to add a little more atmosphere and has nothing to do with the original concept, as one of the lines is taken from a video game and the second from a Charlton Heston – movie. The render took a reasonable 22 minutes, mostly because I got rid of the original text on the camera and replaced it with a self-made mesh that has far, far less vertices.

Future versions will include more lines from more books and more detail on the second building.

Update:

Big Brother is watching you masturbate.

Big Brother is watching you masturbate.

The difference between the two versions is subtle, but important. First of all, the second building now has a door. And a camera. And two grafitti, the second of which makes no sense due to the angle of the shot. You can’t possibly figure that one out, but I’ll tell you it’s a reference to the Hitchhiker. Furthermore, I changed the angle of the sunlight a little and (which can be seen in direct comparison) I also stretched the front building a bit. This render took exactly 32 minutes.

Some comments on the settings:

The sunlight has both sky and atmosphere turned on, as well as black Adaptive QMC shadows with 16 samples (I actually prefer the looks of the Adaptive QMC to the Constant QMC). It’s rendered with Ambient Occlusion: Ray Tracing, ten samples.

Update²:

Changes:

  • More grafitti
  • Higher resolution
  • Different positioning of said grafitti and the poster
  • Change on the mesh of the front building
I want my towel!

I want my towel!

And another update:

I don't like it anymore.

I don't like it anymore.

After cancelling the 10000px*6250px render because it took way too fucking long, I added one more grafitti (an actual picture, redrawn) and rendered again in the “standard” resolution of 1680px*1050px. This one took 1 hour and three minutes. Considering adding more detail will in no way make it faster, I’ll leave it at that.

Filed under: 3D

Is it you, Buntu?

30
Jan/10
0
Ubuntu

And Ubuntu it is.

Alright, I’m stopping with the bad word jokes. For now. As you might or might not know, Ubuntu is one of the more popular Linux distributions. Well, as popular as a Linux can be.

If you haven’t formatted your hard disk and reinstalled Windows in a while, you know how sucky this Operating System can be. Or even if you just don’t turn off the machine for a few days in a row, Windows tends to become a real bitch to use.

My Windows hasn’t been reset for over a year now. It takes forever to load (even though I turn off all unneeded programs, processes etc. pretty often), every time I boot it tells me to install some hardware I do not even have. The Wi-Fi loses connection all the time, explorer.exe crashes when I open certain folders (among them my beloved Blender temporary folder) and so on and so forth.

I hate it. So I thought I might just as well go totally nerdy on my machine and install Linux. Again.

It’s not like I never had Linux before, I even had to use Knoppix for a few weeks while my notebook’s Hard Disk was dead, but neither Knoppix nor SuSE 10.0, which I had installed years ago, worked the way they were supposed to. Neither recognized my Wi-Fi adaptor, SuSE refused to play sounds.

When I formatted my windows partition the last time (a long, long time ago), I had to use an old Ubuntu 8.something LiveCD, because Windows refused to boot. I tried to access my hard drive, but it told me “nah, you can’t do that.” But at the same time it told me what I had to enter in the terminal. Sudo and so on, you know? And while I was copying files, I noticed that it actually did recognize my Wi-Fi adaptor and even the network.

So when my Windows started to get really shitty this time, instead of formatting, I created a new partition (since I did not want to lose my files) and installed a new version of Ubuntu which I had downloaded before (using a Torrent. If I had used, dunno, Firefox or something, the connection loss would have corrupted the file and so on.).

Well, the installation and such things can easily be described by a saying I have found on the internet:

“Every hen could install debian, if you only put enough grain on the return key.”

I did not have to install drivers or anything, which is basically what I always hated about installing Windows. It came with Firefox, it came with Office and installing my most beloved software – Blender – took only a few clicks.

Also, the OS itself prevents others from abusing it – for just about everything you have to enter my password: Accessing the old Windows partition, connecting to the Wi-Fi, installing or uninstalling software…

So far, I love Ubuntu. I do not regret having switched to open source software a long time ago, since now I do not have to get used to VLC, OpenOffice and such.

Filed under: Fuck you!

“Write a drawing program”

2
Dec/09
0
QBasic code

Eat THAT, IT teacher!

Hell yeah. Wait, in Java? Go fuck yourself.

Seriously, Java sucks. Why on earth do we need to use it? I’d rather draw a picture with my own damned hands. And if you know me, you know how much I hate that.

Instead, I fired up my old trusty C64 and made one in Basic.

Okay, that’s a lie. I don’t have a C64. Sadly. But I did write a drawing program in Basic. I mean, why not? Of course, I am not fulfilling the task this way but heck, neither are all the others – their programs are far away from working.

My fancy piece of software is kinda like the old CAD program we had back when I was a kid and DOS was still cool. You tell the computer which shape you would like, then the color and coordinates. All by keyboard, which allows drawing very accurately.

The software checks what button you pressed, for instance R for rectangle. Then it tells you to enter a color, whether it shall be filled and the coordinates.

So, a command for drawing a simple red rectangle is somewhat like this:

r r,1,32,32,64,64

There are only three different shapes actually, and to get, let’s say, half a circle you need to draw a full one and then a black rectangle over it.

For some reason I do not fully understand, I can not take a screenshot of the running program. I suppose it has to do with the changed screenmode to get a higher resolution and – unfortunately – forced full screen.

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“When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”

24
Oct/09
0

This is a quote from The Dark Knight, something the Joker says to Batman. Whereas it might sound logical, there’s one big failure in this sentence: Neither exists.

Every force can be stopped if another force, as strong or stronger, is applied in the opposite direction. Even if it seems there is no stronger force, Chrysler will invent one sooner or later.

Every object can be moved if a strong enough force is applied.  You can move a house by crashing a big truck into it. You can move a planet by crashing a big planetoid into it. You can even move a World of Warcraft addict by turning off the router.

I still love that film, though I never was a fan of Batman. ‘ve seen all movies except for Batman and Batman Begins (Though I will definetely watch Batman Begins, since it features Scarecrow), but in all honesty, I didn’t like them much. The one with Jim Carrey was too riddiculous (mistake intended), also I don’t like Val Kilmer. The one with the Penguin… well, back then I was a small child and afraid of that guy.  Then there’s the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think I should see that one again, I barely remember anything about it. I think it wasn’t too bad.

However, I played the new game. Arkham Asylum. I’ve barely ever seen a game made of this amount of plain awesomeness. Highly recommended. Luke Skywalker dubbed the Joker. I guess Heath Ledger was a bit too dead to do it himself. Sadly.  No seriously, as far as I read on Wikipedia, they took voice actors from the animated series or something. Still, Ledger was a bit too dead to do it himself. That’s what you get for being a gay cowboy.

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(I want to ride my) Bicycle

1
Oct/09
0
Two decks of Bicycle Rider Back cards

Two decks of Bicycle Rider Back cards

You probably don’t know, but I got into card tricks lately. I started with a deck I got from a poker set for 10 € that contained two decks, 200 chips and a poker mat (with Black Jack stuff printed on it, duh). Unfortunately, it was already pretty worn down by a lot of Durak (a Russian card game).

It is almost impossible to get a good double lift this way, and without one of the most essential tricks proceeding is hard, as you can imagine. So I bought two decks of Bicycle Riders Back cards two days ago. Just that they are both red, as opposed to the ones in the picture. I was too lazy to search for the good camera and the flash of the not that good one is too bright.

Well, I can only say wow! Those are really awesome!

The cardboard is of higher quality than the cheap Chinese cards I used to use, the printing is better and they line up just perfect, making a proper double lift way easier.

In direct comparison to the cheap cards, I came to these conclusions:

  • The Jacks, Queens and Kings of the cheap deck are directly ripped off the Rider Back, though with thicker outlines, which makes them look way cheaper.
  • The cardboard is of way higher quality than the cheap cards, as well as the printing on the cards.
  • The box is of better quality as well. Many people – to quote George W. Bush – misunderestimate the box. If you don’t have a proper box, you might damage your cards during transport.

Their price is high, but they are totally worth the money. Whereas in the USA you can get a deck for under a dollar. Mine costed 3,20€ each, which is about $4,50. Imports ‘n stuff. If I bought a high amount of decks from amazon.com, the price might go down to 2,01€, but this is only if I order 877 of them or more, which I can no way afford and I doubt they could deliver that many decks. Another option would be asking someone at USPC, because they have that many decks. But for now two of them should be enough. After all, I am far away from being a professional. But if I ever become one (which is doubtful), I’d definetely do it that way. Because they even have more colors than just red and blue and also a lot of Gimmick cards, such as regular red back cards with entirely white front sides, which would make a great trick or business card even.

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I will never again let someone else use my computer.

16
Sep/09
0

Seriously. I was checking my Mails this morning before going to school. When I came back, about half a dozen error messages popped up right when Windows was loaded up. They came from a “software” called PC_Antispyware2010. At the same time, Windows moaned about not having found an Antivirus software, though it had one and it was activated.

Fuck. I hadn’t installed anything in about a week, this had to have been someone else.

This thing did nothing, except for giving annoying messages. And fucking up every single link in FireFox. I had to ask someone else on Steam Friends to copy me the link to a program that would delete this “software”.

Didn’t work on the first try, had to download another program, which didn’t work either. I ended up deleting every single malicious file myself.

TL;DR – Version:

Someone fucked up my PC. I fixed it and put a password on my account.

Filed under: Fuck you!