The Silence Of The Me

I don’t write much here any more which is a shame because I liked doing it. I broke my wrist in a metaphorical way, which is to say that no bones were harmed in the production of my injury but the effect is still that I am not allowed to use a computer anymore on pain of, well, pain. It is still a problem so, unfortunately, things will likely stay this way for the foreseeable future.

Even if you can see a long way into the future.

In the meantime I wanted to share this little video I made to try out camera tracking.

Maya plane with image

This is a small PyMEL script sript that I wrote for maya 2011 to create a polyplane and add an image texture to it. Just select an image and there you go.

filename = fileDialog2(caption = "Select a file", okCaption = "Use this please", cancelCaption = "No, don't do it!", ds = 2, fm = 1 )
if filename != None:
    
    file = createNode('file', name = "imageplanetexturefile")
    file.fileTextureName.set(filename)
    
    shdr, sg = createSurfaceShader( 'lambert', name = "imageplaneshader" )
        
    file.outColor >> shdr.color
    
    filesize = file.outSize.get()
    
    imgplane = polyPlane(name = "imageplane", width = filesize[0], height = filesize[1])
    
    sets(sg, forceElement = imgplane[0])

Team Wallpaper 2

A while back someone posted a lot of Team Fortress 2 Achievement wallpapers, each depicting a different icon. I thought it would be cool to have all the achievements in one wallpaper and since no one had done so (at the time) I set out to do it. Just for kicks. And then I never did anything with them. Until today. I was cleaning up and old computer when I stumbled upon my two attempts and I thought I would upload them, just in case anyone was interested. There are probably many new achievements in the game now, but I am not going to update these wallpapers unless the demand is really strong.

Here they are:

16x9 wallpaper

 

4x3 wallpaper

Not A Story

I wrote some text:

Her name was Candela Nutts although not many people knew this fact. She didn’t much care about what people thought of her but she neither needed or wanted the added complications of having a name that inferred being, if you were extremely lucky, small, crunchy and edible. So she tried being Candela for a while and failed because everyone just called her Candle. She could live with that and at least now no one would ever know.

The man sitting in the chair in front of her knew and that worried her. “But enough with the pleasentries, Miss Nutts,” he said. Without even a hint of a smile, Candle noticed. That worried her even more.

Now only 74870 words to go before my new novel is finished.

Sex in sci-fi

In my quest to find an author whose books I can devour in the same way that I do Terry Pratchetts (his books are quite good, especially with ketchup), I have started Peter F. Hamiltons Reality Disfunction. His other two books that I have read, Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained, were fairly good and pulled off a few really cool sequences, so I was hoping for something similar.
I am a little over halfway through now and it is finally starting to get interesting. 600 pages in. It needs to pull of a seriously spectacular ending if I am to be convinced to buy the sequel.

Another thing: one of the main characters in the book is having sex with, and I am almost not kidding here, every single hot woman he comes into contact with. And the ones he doesn’t have sex with (so far as I have read) either wants to have sex with him or at least finds him really attractive. Now, this could possibly work, but usually it is just too easy. I will now paraphrase his latest encounter to demonstrate:

He was laying on his bed in the guest-room watching boring TV. Suddenly the door unlocks and the landlords hot young wife that, by the way, he met earlier, enters his room entirely uninvited.

Hot young wife: “I want to have sex with you”

Him: “why?”

Hot young wife: “Because I am hot and you are hot and I want to prevent you from having sex with my hot daughter”

Him: “OK”

Fade suggestively to black.

Usually I don’t mind sex in books but in this is getting a little ridiculous.

God of Waaaargh!

God of War 3 demo is out for the PlayStation 3 and here is my first impression: It took longer to download and install than it took to complete!

Apart from that I am sure GoW fans will be pleased. Me, not so much, but I never liked button mashing games and this seems to be just that. Also, I think I spilled something on my X button so it has become all annoyingly sticky, which helps the situation in no way whatsoever.

And Other Things That Will Earn Me Eternal Damnation.

Not that I actually have any of that this time. I had just forgotten about my latest post and was actually kind of surprised, because, really, it’s not that good.

No, what I wanted to say was that I had been super swamped with work and that is why I haven’t written anything in waaay to long. Unfortunately, I can’t even say that because that would be a lie, and lying is wrong. Especially on the internet, where everything is right and proper.

As is customary in these cases, I give you some old drawings. These are a couple of character design tests that I did for a Nintendo DS game that I wanted to make. It was supposed to be an old school adventure-game not entirely unlike The Fate of Atlantis, except with a young female archeology student and also possibly the fountain of youth. Or something.

Game Girl

Game Girl

It also bears mentioning that I have now unlocked, from the deepest recesses of racial memory, the secret knowledge of baking carrot-cake (my mom gave me the recipe) which means that I am now doomed to become brown, oblong and delicious, if the saying is to be believed.