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Happy Valentine's Day to yas. You can the love, can't ya? Tonight's lesson is an interesting one. I added the screenshot function to my work, so now it's cool. It won't serve my needs for AS3D Anime Producer, but that's fine. I know how to do that since I did it in Visual Basic. But the SaveSurface function avoids a lot of trouble. Yup. It's below if you are interested. What about this pic? Well, it's pretty lame. It's just the same old AS3D Manga Director Interface at a particular spot where pixels get weird. When I say pixels getting weird, I don't mean pixellation, I mean smoothing due to pixellation. Look at this! It looks as if it's smooth as a sandy beach while it's really at the sub pixel level. What is going on? Perhaps it's because the surface isn't quite right? Perhaps it's because it's at an angle or something? I dunno, but rarely do I see order descending into chaos and returning. Certainly this is a phenomenon of DirectX. Perhaps someone can use it? A programmer trying to make a surfing game with only one 32x32 texture? Hehehe. I'm always looking for new stuff that defies laws that are counterintuitive and/or unsupported.

HRESULT CAS3DFile::ScreenShot() { HRESULT hr; LPDIRECT3DSURFACE8 pBackBuffer; RECT pSrcRect; char filename[20]; m_pd3dDevice->GetBackBuffer( 0, D3DBACKBUFFER_TYPE_MONO, &pBackBuffer ); pBackBuffer->GetDesc( &m_d3dsdBackBuffer ); pBackBuffer->Release(); pSrcRect.top=0; pSrcRect.left=0; pSrcRect.bottom=m_pGUI->m_iHeight; pSrcRect.right=m_pGUI->m_iWidth; sprintf(filename,"test%i.bmp", m_iScreenshot); hr = D3DXSaveSurfaceToFile(filename, D3DXIFF_BMP, pBackBuffer, NULL, &pSrcRect); pBackBuffer=NULL; m_iScreenshot++; return hr; } I watched Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Episode 1 today during lunch. It got me to thinking about giant robots again. As I've said time and time again, Giant robots are impractical and rarely move correctly. First off, using the same material on a 50 m tall robot as you would for a 1 m tall robot would not quite work. You see, to have the same strength, the thickness of the material has to be multiplied by 50. If the thickness is multiplied by 50, the weight is multiplied by 50. That means the stresses are multiplied by 50. That means that the motors have to be 50 times as strong. It also means that the motors use 50 times as much energy. Also, the speed will be decreased significantly. The calculations are too hard for a rant, but I'll do them if you e-mail me. Likely, you'll end up with a big hunk of metal that can hardly move and runs out of batteries quickly. If you ever got it onto the streets, it's probably stumble, crush itself and a car that it falls on.

However, there is a possibility. Leave it to me to think of something to disprove myself. If you had a material that was strong enough to withstand a large force, you could make it thinner (and thus less weight) Then you'd have a hollow giant robot. For energy, you'd need a big motor or something. No problem. But the length that you want your robot to run and it's strength is directly related to weight. It'd be like a Thanksgiving Day blimp. What would it's use be? Goodness knows. It definitely wouldn't fight a war. Why not? Because a single tank could blast it's billion dollar armor in one shot. Duh! It can't attack anything except: buildings, groups of people who don't scatter very fast (squishing them), and other giant robots. What a useless piece of junk?

Okay, let's think of something really impossible that it could do. Perhaps this armor it has is so advanced that it is impenetrable by conventional (or even nuclear) weaponry. If you had some of that, you'd have a big robot that is really tough. You could walk around town and beat up buildings and cars. ^_^ What if someone evil had one of these giant impenetrable robots? They might destroy the city, right? Sounds reasonable. So you nuke it? Well, let's not go Hiroshima just yet. If they made an impenetrable giant robot, so can we. So we make our own impenetrable giant robot and go kick it's lily arse. But if they're both impenetrable and likely incredibly weak, they'll just roll around the city. Perhaps if your robot user was a really good robot fighter, he could throw the evil robot into a cage. Certainly. But let's look at your motivations, building this the giant robot is silly. The enemy weighs about as much as a car. If you want to cage him, get a few jumbo-size nets, a few cranes and trap him. An impenetrable robot that can't move is a lame robot. There's no need for the good guys to build an impenetrable robot. Unless you want to destroy his part of the city while you're at it. *shrug* I'd just do it with explosives. But what if the evil giant robot has a lot of power. If it has a lightweight nuclear reactor in it's belly (impossible, but let's pretend), it could transfer a lot of energy to it's arms and legs. It might be able to destroy the cranes and the net. Ah, there's something. So like I said before, build your own impenetrable giant nuclear robot and do battle. You'd have a twenty-five-year-old Judo expert in an electronic jumpsuit inside the robot and you'd have your giant robot fight. But I still say that conventional warfare is far more effective at it's purpose with far less damage to civilian property. If you're into that type of thing. I myself say that the best offense is a good handshake. Hahaha.

Things are going well. I'm slacking a bit, but I'm ready for this week. I gotta work on next week's homework today and tomorrow and every day until then. In food, I'm getting tired of Tuna Helper. Tonight I'm going to the Japanese place.

I skipped Mardi Gras this year, probably a good idea. They arrested seventy people for rioting. Mardi Gras really isn't a protest so much as a stupid, so-called fun event. However, it's not society's job to decide if it should be done or not. It is so completely covered by the former First Amendment.

It sounds like you two are doing good. Why are you switching the gear room with your study? Is the gear room more appropriate for study?

I ran again today. I'm getting into the rhythm, but I don't think I'll ever get the habit. I'm a hundred and sixty pound weakling and there's not much I can do about it. I can, however, train my agility, dexterity, endurance, and hitpoints (as the D&D people say).

If I can be like Keitaro-san, Tylor-cantyo, or Onidzuka-sensei, I would be fine with that. They have seven things in common: they have a lot of hitpoints, they have a lot of character, they have no luck with women, they often get beat up by women (thus the hitpoints), they have been given unearned authority, they're all 22-years-old, and they are all anime/manga characters. Keitaro is from Love Hina, Tylor is from Irresponsible Captian Tylor, and Onidzuka is from Great Teacher Onidzuka. Heh heh.

I just finished reading GTO 9 yesterday at the fan translation site School of Hard Knocks. It's about a motorcycle gang leader that becomes a teacher overnight so that he can date high-school girls. Everyone wants him to fail, but fate and his innumerable hitpoints force him to succeed. It really makes me want to be a teacher (no, not to date high-school girls). I'm going to put it on a CD and show it to Leigh Ann (my neighbor downstairs) who wants to be a teacher. She's really into the train of thought that teachers shouldn't teach stuff, rather to teach how to learn and how to like learning. If I didn't know better, I'd say that she is Onidzuka without the motorcycle gang part. Hehehe...

Doesn't it make sense for a teacher to use the student's natural curiosity to teach them? Why should a teacher lecture at all? Students have to read the book anyway, there's no point in wasting breath unless the book is bad or the students don't understand the material. My take on this would be that teachers should be a motive force behind the students and should understand the material inside and out to help students, but not lecture in class, but rather just help the kids do their homework. It would force the students to read their book, but those who do not, will not have come to a lecture. For tougher classes, it might take a team of TAs, but it'd require fewer office hours. Perhaps the impersonal spouting of a teacher and dusty marks on a chalkboard help some, but I'm sure that there's other ways to do that. *shrug*

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