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Creation Date: 2002-01-09
Today's lesson is about a virtual brick wall with virtual paint on it. First off, we have a brick building. It's simply a box with texture stretched on it, not very impressive, right? The only cool part about the building is the brick and I didn't make that texture. Thanks to whoever I got it from. I'm going to have to make my own, but for now it's nice to have. Well, it has a window into Jav's room. That's cool, right? But AS3d isn't handling the transparency correctly, so it's not cool. But then there's the mural. Yes, the saving point to the picture is the nice mural. It's a larger-than-life size mural which is my favorite. In fact, it could even be made of duct tape, an art form that I invented immediately before the WTO protests. Larger-than-life duct tape murals, who would've thought? However, it's not made of duct tape. In the pre-nano world of 2014, Jav invented AltSci Bits, a light show type device that uses lasers and micro-scale floating mirrors to project a huge image onto any surface using solar power. Instead of paint and spotlights, many businesses use AltSci Bits in gigantic morphing video displays. AltSci Bits are so flexible that even interactive displays are common in department stores. [SEE Theremin] So, how did I do it? It wasn't too hard, just a bit of guess and check. First I took the mural in vector graphic form. I exported to a bitmap and I selected the person and sun, etc. I copied that onto the brick background. But the problem was that it didn't fit and didn't look right. So I tiled the brick and cut the brick and mural out. Then I made it 512x512 so that it'd be a texture. Then I put it on a square in my picture. Then comes the hard part: lining it up so that it works. So first I lined up the top. Then I slowly stretched the bottom vertices so that they matched up with the bricks at the bottom. Then I expanded it until it was square (hint: a square made of two triangles has a perfect 45 degree angle line between the two triangles). All of Scene 4 is almost done. I have a bit of animating to do, but then it'll be prime ready. Perhaps I'll use the time that I've made up redoing scene 1-3. Or perhaps I can just make scene 4 really really good. Perhaps Jav's lines won't be marginalized to catchy expressions. I wish. That's what I'm hoping to do with redoing scene 1-3 and from now on in JF. I have a good script written down, but the way I've been chopping it up so that it fits in the smallest space allowable by law (geometric law, of course) is not serving it well. So if each current page is expanded to three pages, it'll look quite nice and will allow for better spaced text with a better looking layout. Hopefully, I can also improve the looks of it. Scene 1 is pretty bland. I have been working on
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