Henry and the Laser Guitar

This is an aborted branch of my final project where I illuminate props with a laser pointer and the reflected glow lights the model. This one turned out quite nicely. The starburst pattern is just laser reflection + optics + long exposure.

Henry Bale illuminated by guitar casting reflections of a laser pointer

Thanks to my pal Henry Bale for modeling.

Jay’s Game of the Moment: Gravity Duck 2

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I haven’t had much time for thinking about posting this quarter. But I always have time to play a little game here and there. At the moment, I’m playing Gravity Duck 2. It’s a really simple game, but I think the gravity switching mechanics make for clever, not too difficult puzzles that are fun to solve. This is a great example of how good gameplay needn’t be complicated.

Negativity

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Do we really need a year and a half of arguing about who, in the race to be “not Obama,” is going to be “not Romney”?

When did the world become defined by negativity? Sure, it’s been there all along, but it seems these days like there is little else. How is it that it’s okay to define the goals of the world by the things they shouldn’t be?

 

Another Thing Computers Still Aren’t Very Good At

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Today I found this transcribed voicemail message in my e-mail.

Well hi there, this is Anna Aller from Oklahoma. I am calling with a friendly reminder that we’ve got one sweet little show coming up here at the Fifth Avenue theater, what with all these three girls and handsome young fellow saying in an alert in whale. It is lively has a box social. And just about one of the nice’s wife is been in a bit I can think of and dancers from spectrum today at 38 or well, I declare there is Fred. He has a bunch of junk cold. Come on out to the Fifth Avenue theater and see Oklahoma, get all the details and tickets@WWW.5Avenue.org. Take care now. To be removed from our phone list you may call 1-800-679-0847

So, to be fair, I happen to know that voice recognition software can be really effective. Heck, even the built-in Windows stuff works reasonably well if you spend some time training it. But when it doesn’t work, I love that it almost always creates sentences that read like the inane ramblings of a crazy person.

In closing, remember kids, I declare there is Fred!

Warts and All

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My very first video with real planning and intention behind it is now up on YouTube. I’m not particularly happy with it, but I did put an extraordinary amount of time into it. It might even help people understand what story games are all about (which was the intention).

In any case, you can find it here.