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Creation Date: 2002-04-14
You were expecting maybe Scene 5, Page 5? Well, tough luck. JF is not a fair mistress to me or to you. Some days you'll get a comic, some days you'll get a Making Of JF page, and some days you'll get jack. I can safely say that I am hurt much more by any pain that you recieve by this page. 264 Triangles is a bunch compared to the very basic car that I always think of. You see, in my mind, I have this picture of a rabid automobile that is a derivative of the cars in Streets of San Francisco or similar. If you didn't play that back in the day, you're missing out. It was a 3d driving game back in the day of 386-25 etc. No graphics, 16 MB of RAM, 2.8 MB of data was more than one could imagine. For goodness sakes, you can put a pair of Bibles in 2.8 MB. But these days, it's not uncommon to see one texture for one car taking up 8 MB. I cry everytime I see a good looking virtual car. A tear of joy and a tear of nostalgia. I think how beautiful cars can be. Then I think of how beautiful Streets of San Francisco was. Crazy Taxi, Midtown Madness 1 + 2, and Grand Theft Auto 1-3 all are driving games set in a city. There are a bunch of good arcade games also. But they lack the novelty of Streets of San Francisco. I want something new and beautiful. But my vision of beautiful requires simplicity. I've never seen something that is beautiful and complex. Whenever I see complex, I am almost sickened. If I want complex, I'll go do some physics problems. So I say that this car is almost a compromise between the two. It gives in to the details of a car, yet it retains the very simple bases of a car. I might ditch the windows for a texture to make it more simple and lower poly. Each window is 10 triangles where there only needs to be two. That's 48 extra triangles. But then, of course, I can't roll down the windows. I need to add seats, but that's easy. I also need to add a driver. These cars won't be parked. They'll be driving down the road in Scene 6. I'm mixing it up for the next scene since Scene 5 is coming to a close soon.

I did my taxes today. It was rough, but I pulled through. I have to do a bit of work tomorrow, but that'll pass also. I had to get help from my Mom about whether a loan on tuition is actually paying tuition. She says that it is, so that means I don't have to pay income tax. My advice to people who pay a bunch of taxes: go to college for free! All you have to do is spend up to $1500 that you would expect to spend income tax on tuition. You can only do that for two years, after that you can spend $400 per year on tuition. Then it becomes a tax credit. Of course, it only works for people with income lower that $10k single income or $20k family income. Look at the 6817 form. I guess I can be kinda thankful for that since I am a poor college student. I deserve a frigging break. But that's exactly what I'm not going to get.
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