Some time ago, Doss brought my attention to Biozombie and Firefly. These are both very awesome, yet relatively unknown products. In exchange, I guided Doss toward Master of the Flying Guillotine. Up until now, I didn’t own any of these wonderful creations. Very soon, all three of them will be in my possession along with Tales of Symphonia, a rather interesting RPG for the GameCube. I expect it will be a fabulous day when everything is in - something akin to a very dorky Christmas.
I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which I really enjoyed. It’s a fun little film with witty banter and interesting action. It comes highly recommended.
I’ve been learning a good deal of interesting techniques in the class taught by Jamie Cope. Today we went over Wings 3D, which is a free 3d modeller akin to Blender. We’ve also had discussions on 2d animation techniques, stop-motion, and other modellers. We’ve made things, but not much I’m particularly proud of. When editing on the stop-motion film is finished, I may put that up here.
Research is going well. We’re finally making progress and learning about some things that can help us. I have no illusions - there’s no way we’re going to get this project even reasonably done in the time left, but we may create some interesting things before it’s all over. If Voronoi Diagrams don’t drive me completely insane first.
For those of you interested, here’s what a Voronoi Diagram is: basically, Voronoi Diagrams are a way to partition space. The diagram is a set of convex polygons containing exactly one ‘generating’ point such that every point lying within the polygon is closer to the generating point than to any other polygon’s generating point. This is very useful in the realm of computer graphics, where such a diagram can, for instance, help you construct surfaces from point clouds, where surface information is otherwise completely unavailable. However, in 3D, generating such a diagram is a non-trivial task that I haven’t been able to find any particularly good resources on.
Yea, it’s going to be a very dorky Christmas.