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Creation Date: 2002-07-29
Hey all, what do we got here? Nothing less than a perfect lesson ripe for the teaching. I started to texture this beast, right? The first thing a person is supposed to do is to split up the groups of textured parts. For a car, it is smart to do the side, the top, the front, and the back. So I did that and I spent a lot of time getting it exact to size and stuff. Silly me when I got the top picture as a result. But it's not magic. Low res textures (256x512) will be ugly if you use them improperly. So what about the lower picture? Would you believe me if I told you it was done with boxes? Maybe not. You see, in all the geometry of this picture there isn't a single box. I made sure of that so that it'd look futuristic. There are a few lines that are pependicular and parallel to the ground, but those aren't very impressive either. So I replaced odd looking n-gons with squares and then used the texture editor to pull the texture coordinates to the form of the boxes. It works very well. In fact, I'm going to do that as much as I can. No more messing around with curves or diagonal lines, all straight perpendicular or parallel lines from now on. ^_^ It won't work all the time, but you should rely on it because it gives you about 100x as much pixel resolution.

The rant for tonight won't be very long, but I just wanted to say something. Since 1900, who are on the list of important philosophers? Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Einstein, JFK, Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Feynman, Ayn Rand, the Wright Brothers, Philo Farnsworth, Nicola Tesla, Ben Franklin, Neil Armstrong, Picasso, Mother Teresa, Dr. James Watson, George Stibitz, Turing. While these are all important people, Ayn Rand is the only one deemed a philosopher of the group, right? Am I missing a list of important philosophers? While these people may have written books, (Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Autobiography is amazing, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is a classic so I hear) what great contribution have they given to mankind? Martin Luther King, Jr. has inspired many people in America to respect one another. Fuller gave us the Geodesic dome and synergy theory. Einstein gave us a few answers to the greatest modern physics riddles. All these are wonderful, but they almost pale in comparison to Newton's Principia, Lincoln freeing the slaves, Locke, Kant, Aristotle, etc on throughout history. Some have claimed that perhaps the end of the world is coming, since everything has been done. Sadly, everything has not been done. Not even close to it. Physicists have this little gap between our world being possible and not possible that we can't quite jump scientifically. If that's not something left undone, I don't know what is. Knowing that we exist is kinda important. In fact, physicists have done so much as to find evidence that certains stars are older than the universe. Uh huh... That's not a good thing. What we need are people to answer these questions. People who are able to spend their first twenty years in misery searching for nothing and finally publish something that solves age old mysteries at age 24. While many people find it worthwhile to work a dayjob, these people must be understanding the universe. And physics is only one area. Artists have yet to define what art is to me correctly. We all know what is art when we see it, but many people argue whether daily life is art. What is the general requirement of art. Maybe I'm just not taking the courses which tell you exactly what it is. But allowing art to remain a mystery in so many people's minds is not right. Someone like Picasso needs to take control of the world with a mesh of brushstrokes. I don't claim to have the answer, but I sure do have the question that no one is asking correctly. Tina Turner sang this great song "We Don't Need Another Hero" but I can't download the mp3 because I don't have my sound card. I'm looking at the lyrics right now... I dunno. While my search for a hero goes on, I wonder if a hero would be really necessary if everyone did their job right. I mean, progress doesn't have to come in leaps every fifty years. It could just happen over time. There's really no reason to rely on a hero being born a genius and being developed into a world-saving machine that saves the world at 24 and dies at 28.
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