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Creation Date: 2002-07-08
Greetings fellow human beings. Click Here if you are human being. That link is important for all human beings who are currently reading this and have not already clicked the link. So, now we go onto what the heck this picture is. It certainly is not a work of my doing, but actually it is. Each of these pictures was made by a different artist (only one of whom are me, I might add) in a different style to produce a different effect. Each of them was posted on the web somewhere or another for free. I hope I don't make anyone upset by posting their image. E-mail me if I did. All of them have an interesting story for the background. Today's lesson is to learn why you do what you do. Why does your picture look different from any of these here? Can you figure out which is mine? The arrow is mine. What a beautiful picture, huh? The reason I made it was for a user interface that was in need of a pointer. But now I see that I need a pointer on this image. And wow, I just happen to have it handy, so here it is. Next up is Tycho in the upper left posing for an arcade game given for free as a demo. I played it a few times, and I almost forgot why I took a screenshot. But here it is and why did this person put Tycho in their game? Because people associate playing arcade games with arcade game web comics and Tycho is a character of Penny-Arcade. If you remember, the very first Making Of JF (before there was a Making Of JF) was Gabe and Tycho apologizing for me in 3d. Next up is the window of a brick building by a video-game texturer. It's a bit dirty, but is clean enough for a person to keep their lunch (unlike many video games that I won't name). I give it 4 of 5 stars for realism and beauty. Next up is Mike's Dragon in the top right. This screenshot is the only good frame in the entire video. I was ashamed to be a 3d modeller upon seeing this movie. Sometimes you just aren't meant to publish things... Anyway, I have no idea how it was made, except that it was originally rendered with POV-RAY. It looks really good actually and if the entire movie looked like that, I'd say that it was pretty good. Even if it all looked like that, the models were still terrible. You can't do much with geometric primatives in design-time. In real-time, geometric primatives (triangles) make up JF. Next up is the Optical Theremin Circuit in the lower right. There you see a photoresistor, a resistor, and a capacitor. That all is connected to a 555 timer and a speaker to make a musical instrument that sounds eerie. I was and still am interested in the possibility of making a musical instrument or player that can fit in the palm of your hand and make beautiful music for 20 hours using a pair of AA batteries. The optical theremin is one, a few mp3 players are also, but I'm thinking bigger. Yeah, a mobile MIDI player! A pocket turntable! A digital keyboard! Next up is the De Haviland Mosquito Nf30. That design was posted on a bulletin board for 3d modellers. The message said something to the extent of: "I need this modelled ASAP! It needs to be less than 500 faces with a 256x256 texture with accurate realism." You can guess the response. People said, "Shut it hoser!" Also "I would if I could, but I'm not very good," and "It'd be a full day project, but I don't have any time," and so on. The lesson is not to be rude when you're asking for something extremely tough or you won't get it. Even if you make it an easy project, what is someone going to get out of it if they do it? One guy asked politely for a bird, and I gave it to him sans copyright. He said, "Well... Nice bird, but I need something a little more cool. And I need it for my video game that I'm going to sell, so I need the copyright also." So someone else gave him something that looked like the one from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Ha ha ha. Next up is in small print. It says: "11 different stories about first-time love and desire". You may be thinking that I've taken you into my collection of pornographic reading. No, this was an advertisement for One Hot Second, by Random House Children's Books. Notice the words: "love and desire". Now notice the publisher: Random House Children's Books. Now if you don't see something funky with that, let me get your number. But get this, the ad was so small, so unnoticable, and so fast that I'd say that I'm the only one who saw it. Crazy, no? Why does someone make an advertisement that no one sees? Perhaps they hate their job? Next up is the center. I saved her for last because I know you want to hear what I have to say about this one. I got this one in an e-mail instead of a website. This girl was kidnapped (or so the e-mail said) and they were passing around her photo to see if anyone had seen her. Now, how many girls have I seen who look like her? 20? 40? Maybe more. A lot of young redhead girls look just like that with green bow in her hair and a green dress. It's something to do with the loving parent complex these days. Passing a photo around the net might get a lot of people to look at it, but I doubt that it will get them to recognize her. Send us a picture of her fingerprints or her DNA or something we can recognize her by. ^_^

So what was my contribution to this thing other than collecting the stuff and adding the text and the arrow? I made the webpage that made the webpage that this screenshot if of. Amazing, huh? You might not think so until I tell you what the webpage does. The webpage allows you to search your hard drive for graphics, video, animation, and audio and put it on a webpage. Then you get to drag it and drop it wherever on the webpage that you want. Then you click "Lock" and it stays there. Then you do the next pic and the next pic. Then when you're done, it spits out the html code that allows you to put it on a webpage sans the code. Thus you get a CSS HTML thing that generates CSS HTML via WYSIWYG. I even used my first behavior. I really like DHTML behaviors. They make things happen. If you're interested in this extremely cool technology that no one else has, e-mail me.
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