Monday, March 30, 2009

grammar

Microsoft Word thinks that it knows more than I do, which is doubtful, but I want to check with the group on the following sentence:

Dr. Haverkamp is studying the pulmonary system during exercise in asthmatic humans; however, his experimental design also includes the study of non-asthmatic subjects.

Question: I would normally use a comma immediately before and after the word however (i.e., ..., however,...), but Word suggests a semi-colon after "however." What do you think?

p.s. dad, I have seen your use of commas, but feel free to respond anyhow...

The Genre Squad

An awesome comic by this guy

I don't know if it will ever actually come out but if it is going to, it needs to come out like today.


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guitar

i wondered if maybe seth and others would enjoy this.

thought for the week...posted outside my office door

"The condition of exercise is not a mere variant of the condition of rest, it is the essence of the machine."

Sir Joseph Barcroft (1934)

Friday, March 27, 2009

fletcher is the star of the hour!

fl did it,
he did it,
he did it , did it, did it,
that's as far as i can get on that song,
we had a great day,
fl's portfolio was super great,
he has a framed academic achievement certificate
and one framed with best in show for game art and design portfolio.
we feasted at outback,
took essie and ops with us,
met ev on the way back,
and drove thru basically pouring rain all day,
Bear went, what a great dog , by the way.
soon to be finn's day,
11 of 12!
and how many graduation speeches do you remember?
love, mom

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Amazing South Park Episode

This is an incredible episode that everyone should watch.

Episode Title: Margaritaville

Basically, it is about the economy as well as a parody Christianity and Jesus.

http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/220760

Tennis with Baseball Bats

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Riddle

Got a cool riddle for you that I learned in class today.
Technically, its not a riddle, but I'm making it one darn it.

The riddle:
Whereas most migratory birds begin migration according to their intuition and feeling about weather conditions, some bird species begin their migration on the exact same day every year. How, exactly, do the birds know when to begin their migration? That is, how do they know when the exact day has arrived?

Hint: it looks a lot harder than it is.

Grammar Thing

I figured I'd give people a nifty grammar lesson today. This time, it's a fact you likely do not know: the proper use of "hopefully."

People generally use the word hopefully in the following manner:
"Hopefully, global warming won't reduce the planet to the onset of a zombie apocalypse."

However, this use is incorrect (gasp!). I was surprised too. And to point out the insignificance of my ramblings, today, my teacher who first taught me of hopefully's correct use, used the term erroneously.

The correct use of hopefully is another use you're guaranteed to have used at some point:
"The children looked hopefully to their mothers for cookies."

Technically, the first, incorrect use of hopefully is a dangling modifier.
The latter, correct use is as intended, an adverb.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CSS

This is for Hans. Most of their music is pretty good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sheep Animations

Fractalus

This movie is incredible. Like 20 Minutes long, but incredible.

http://fractalusfilm.com/

What the entire video; it is truly awesome.

And Kristin is in it alot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdzrXW15zo

Monday, March 16, 2009

Explaining what I do

I am going to attempt to explain what I do, or rather, want to do for a job.

The term "level design", includes planning out the layout of a level. This means, figuring out how you want the players to move throughout the level. It also means, the placement of assets within the game engine you are using. Aside from that, level designers will usually build out alot of the assets as well for whatever level they are creating.

To demonstrate. I provide you Wolfenstein (PS3, Xbox 360) screenshots which came out today.

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http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/4/7/8/7/9/6/12.jpg.jpg

What a level designer would do in this area, would be design the layout, build the models and then place them within the level. They may "UV" the models. Meaning, make it texturable, but they probably wouldn't texture them, depending on the size of the studio. They man do lighting, but usually there is an artist specifically for lighting as well as some other stuff.

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http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/4/7/8/7/9/6/15.jpg.jpg

In this image, the level designer would do the most of the same stuff as above. What he wouldn't do would be, texturing, animating the flying ship, importing the tank or lighting.

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http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/4/7/8/7/9/6/19.jpg.jpg

This image is why I say to most people that what I do is like architecture but 3D and not drafting. This is why people who have architecture degrees and know how to model, have no problem getting in the industry. Assuming they are good enough with the 3d.

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http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/4/7/8/7/9/6/17.jpg.jpg

The level designer would do alot in this one too. What they wouldn't do is the lighting, smoke effect, sky effects ect.

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Level Designer is a broad term. What a level designer will be responsible for is completely based on the size of the studio and the skillset of the individual designer. In a small studio the term "Level Designer" can actually mean like 5 jobs in 1.

Nedroid: Opinions

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Will Ferrell Playing George W. Bush Interviews Will Ferrell Playing George W. Bush

Jon Stewart interviews Jim Cramer

Oh boy, crazy stuff.





Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rush: Resist and Heart Full of Soul

Geddy is so freaking cool



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daily Show: Jim Cramer Round 3

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I Want One

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Socio-Psychological Effects of Social Darwinism on Individuality, or, The Grand Scheme of Things

Are you aware that, in the grand scheme of things, it has been only 100 generations since the age of the Roman Republic. And did you further know that it took only 30 generations for Islam to rise from its founding to become the dominant religion in the world, and then plummet again (Lewontin). And then I realize I have a research paper due tomorrow, one on which I've already dedicated copious amounts of time and am destined to continue writing late into the morning. And I think, wow, this paper has absolutely no bearing on the development of the planet or of civilization. Yet even as I write this, in the grand scheme of things, moments pass, individual moments, each one accompanied by my typing of a key.

Today is the nicest day we've had in the past several months. Obscenely nice. But despite my deepest desires, I had no time to lie in the sun and forget my paper. I made a compromise and sat on the porch, reading PDF files about Social Darwinism off my laptop. Soon after, a girl walked by and said she was going to the river to swim; I could have gone. And even in the regrettable act of regrettable decline, I felt like, in the grand scheme of things, I was making some sort of bigger decision. That I was changing some aspect of my being or personality, or maybe not changing, but affirming, solidifying. In the grand scheme of things, realizing that this paper is worth 25% of my grade, I chose to be responsible, do the right thing, make the most of my tuition, what have you, and to simultaneously neglect an opposing aspect of my being, which is "its a freaking nice day. enjoy life." My actions may sound lamentable; they are not. It was a decision that I knew I had to make and, in reflection, am glad for my choice.

Because in the grand scheme of things, how many days do I have to live? How many years? I hope many. In the grand scheme of things, what is 14 hours of singular devotion and concentration? On one side of the coin, I'm working hard, have been for several days (to short avail), and should commend my intensity of action and intention. But on the other side of the coin, in the grand scheme of things, staring at a computer screen for long, obscene stretches of time is painful, easily self-perceived as self-inflicted torture. Many many moments of torture. But in the grand scheme of things, what is a moment? They have no numerical value, so even a mathematician wouldn't be able to tell you how many moments comprise a generation.

But if moments comprise generations, then generations can be defined as a series of emotions. The question is, to where do we point our perception of time?

Music

Hey, right now I'm surviving exclusively on music and fear. I seriously need music to survive but have run out of ideas. Just post some bands or whatever in the comments please. Thanks.

Twilight: All Extended Scenes

Friday, March 6, 2009

Dracula's Lament Live

A Typical Scene in the Haverkamp House

video
The children are gathered and clustered around,
the sounds of crunched popcorn echo and sound.
Evergreen's friend Zolo from school has arrived
to join in and participate as one of the tribe.
A typical day in the household of joy,
seven girls and only two boys.

Forget Me Not

The rhythm of the cold air sounds eerily quiet in the shells of history:
shells collected stoically on the beaches of time.

Incredible


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

New song for Grooveshark

Finn,

You need to add two new songs to the Grooveshark playlist:
1) Santa Monica, by Everclear
2) Summerland, by Everclear

ASAP!!! I need some motivation.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

verified

it is officially true, and verified,
march comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb,
better know that , "MARCH"!
listen up!
lvoe,mom

Monday, March 2, 2009

PIano Work

I just realized a client posted this. It's kind of strange - like the hand (my hand) has a life of its own.

Super Awesome

This is what we do at our house...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypbRzAYZ2Qs

new pics

This one is from riding at Loon Mountain, NH last Thursday.

Another shot from Loon.

This one is from an awesome day of all-day powder a couple of Saturday's back. There was so...much...snow out there all day.

Sort of a shame that the baby-boomers don't quite understand the deliciousness of sushi.

Just before heading out to a Masquerade Ball the other night. An event put on by the Derby Dames to benefit the womens rape crisis center in Burlington.






XKCD: Density

Explantion:

Sup: Meaning "What's up" or "How are you". Infers you are a cool person and laid back.
Dawg: Word meaning "friend" or "acquaintance"
Herd: A comparitavely new word. Shortened from "heard"
U: When people began chatting online alot, they quickly shortened "you" to "u". Not that they made it up.
Liek: Obviously a purposefully incorrectly spelled version of the word "Like". I don't know where this originated. I first heard of it from the "mudkipz" videos, but I'm sure it became popular somewhere before.
Babby: People started typing "Baby" this way on forums to indicate the way they wanted it pronoucned. "Bah-Bahy"
But I: The way he is using the "But I" has been around for ages. This way of typing quickly became popular with the "Can I has cheezburger" fad.
Accidently: I think the "accidently" is also in reference to the "cheezburger" world
Base: I've never heard "base" used this way before. But it could be in reference to "all your base belong to us". But it probably isn't.

I accomplished the stupidest thing I've ever done. It wasn't easy.

The Office Musical