Archive for November, 2004

Larkware

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Larkware
I just found this site, it usually has one or two links that’s worth a look. It’s good for your daily dose of what’s happening in the developer world (slightly Windows and .Net focused). Keep an eye on it.

CG or Real?

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Take a look at these pictures. G-Cans Project

Are they real? They look like they’ve been taken straight out of Half Life 2. Unbelievable, but supposedly they are real pictures. It’s a real underground waterway system in Japan. This blog article has some information about the huge structure.
It’s crazy how much they look like Half-Life 2.

This reminded me of the Maya Fake or Foto contest. Can you tell the difference?

The Tong Master

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

A man takes his BBQ’ing very seriously. There’s a certain code-of-conduct that must be maintained. Don’t mess with the Tong Master!
(Just so happened that I went to a BBQ place for lunch today)

First, watch the movie: The Tong Master
Then read the script it was inspired from.

Count the stars

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Here’s a fun one to pass the time… It’s called 12many
My highest score was 147. See if you can beat it

Ron Gilbert has a blog

Friday, November 19th, 2004

You remember Ron Gilbert? The mastermind behind some of Lucasarts best games ever made. Monkey Island, one of my all-time favorite games… can’t help but think back to playing that. And yes, with the help of ScummVM, you can go back and play it (it was so good).

So I came across his blog the other day. I’d listen to anything this guy has to say (game industry related… you can ignore the political bits).
Grumpy Gamer

One article in particular I found fascinating:
The Economics of a 2D Adventure in Today’s Market
Imagine if you were making a game in today’s economy. What would it take to make it? Ron takes a good hard look at everything involved (money, manpower, publishing, etc).

Go to MIT for free!

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Well, not really.
MIT OpenCourseWare

Here they made available actual material from courses at MIT for viewing online. You can see lecture notes, project assignments and their solutions, study materials, and other various little tidbits. If you’ve always wanted to go to MIT, you can do it for free and in the comfort of your own home (no diploma for your efforts, however).

‘using’ isn’t a waste

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Be Mindful of the References / ‘using’ / Manifest Relationship

I always have a tendancy to rip out code that’s unneeded or wasteful. Apparently, it doesn’t matter how many using statements you have in your file. It doesn’t make a difference when it comes down to the execution speed or code size.

That’s good. Maybe I can come up with a nice concise list of ‘using’s that I can use for most every file. And then I can just cut-n-paste when I make a new class. Kinda like the way every C++ file usually has at this at the top:
#include stdio.h
#include stdlib.h
#include string.h

Pennies

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

What an odd coincidence…
Pennies pay off when Ohio collector cashes in
This story came out the exact same day that I decided to pull out all of the change in the house and start rolling it up. This is years of collecting coins, and I just happen to do it the exact same day that this story showed up. So weird!

I do agree with the old guy though. Doing it had a sort of meditation quality to it. Relaxes the mind counting pennies. Hmm…

How much did I end up rolling? Just about $95. Not quite the $14,000 this guy ended up with, but not bad for a day’s work.

Arrested Development filming

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Last week was very special for me. Not only did I get to see a television show filming for the first time ever, but it just happened to be my most favorite show!

Remember when I just happened across Jason Bateman the other day? Turns out they were filming a few days after, and we got to watch.

Oh it was great! We met pretty much the entire cast. They were so incredibly nice to us… didn’t treat us like the crazy stalkers we were.

My box set
Regina was nice enough to give me the DVD set (Thanks Reg!!), so I took that with me. And I was rewarded with autographs from the cast. Crazy David Cross signs right on Jason’s head. What a goof. You know what he says to me when I go up to him? “Oh I just love your show.” You just can’t say anything back after that.

I have pictures from the filming! Check them out in my image gallery here: Arrested Development Album
Click the Slideshow button in the upper right to see them all (or click here).

Amazing picture of Jupiter

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Hubble spots triple eclipse on Jupiter