Too Many Ideas - Archive for March, 2008

Vue Spin me Right Round Baby Right Round

Friday, March 28th, 2008

So my ongoing experimentation with pyODE is making some progress. I can now get data rotation data out of pyODE into Vue 6 Infinite to change the objects angles. I found some code to turn pyODE’s 3×3 matrix in to a Euler angle. Once in a while it does go a bit mad on the […]

The Only Way is Up?

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Just which up would that be? Hopefully you wern’t looking for the lyrics to a 1988 hit by Yazz and the Plastic Population and thought the title included punctuation. If you were I hope you’ll accept my appologies and leave quiety back to google or whatever search engine sent you here… I’ve spent part of […]

Arthur C. Clarke

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I’m an avid reader althought I don’t find the time I used to lose myself in a good book. However there were only a small number of writers whose complete works I read in my youth, amongst them: Asimov, Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Harry Harrison and C.S. Forester. With the sad passing today of Arthur C. […]

The Plot Vanishes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Prosaic plot twists, stilted dialogue, unbelievable characters, outmoded attitudes and sinister bad guys who are rotten foreigners to boot! No not the latest sequel from Sylvester Stallone but the 1938 Hitchcock classic The Lady Vanishes which I’ve just been to see at the Liverpool Philharmonic an action, comedy thriller from another time. I enjoyed it, […]

Vue Lighting Rig #16: Three Point Lighting

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I’ve covered a selection of theatrical lighting rigs already that use three lights. I was sent an e-mail asking if I’d show a definitive version of the classic three point lighting rig used for film, television, photography and computer graphics. I’m not going to claim to have any experience of using this rig, I have […]

Getting the Facts across

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’ve an encounter in NitS where the hero tracks down the expert on how real world and fantasy world physics collide. I think it works pretty well but after reading John August’s blog post How to explain quantum mechanics I’ll certainly be applying his advice to make it better.

Maelstrom in a Blog Post

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I wasn’t expecting to cause a bit of a fuss with my post on the Vue News Blog about some SFX from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica episode Maelstrom. I’ve had several e-mails: some supporting my theory, some suggesting alternative solutions and one telling me it’s not news so I shouldn’t have posted it!

NitS: Ongoing Slog

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Today I passed the three quarters point on the first redraft. I’m doing a bit of polishing and fixing but mostly its about looking for plot holes so I can fix them in draft 2. Fortunately so far I’m plesantly surprised how few there are. The biggest one, a remanant from when the story was […]

Mrs H.'s Knitting Circle – Accepted!

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Just got an e-mail from Astonishing Adventures Magazine to say they’ll be including Mrs H.’s Knitting Circle in issue 3. Woo Ho šŸ™‚ Here is a little taster to wet your appetite… The sap felt good in my hand. It felt good as it connected with the back of his head. He’d have surprised me […]

Gary Gygax

Friday, March 7th, 2008

I wasn’t sure if I was going to post about the passing of Gary Gygax. I came to role playing just as 2nd Edition AD&D took hold so many of his classic works past me by. However the hobby he was one of the founders of has been an influence on my life along with […]

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