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Journal Journal: Current Activity

Here is where I am currently active on the web.

I have started my own company called Dynamical Software, Inc.

I am the project administrator for an open source project called Web 2.0 News Portal whose mission is to produce a small, easy to install, easy to operate application for the purpose of publishing categorized, story based content to the web in a way that is friendly to individuals, activist communities, or small businesses. If you are a LAMP coder or web designer and this looks interesting to you, then feel free to contact me about joining this project.

I run an online publication called Projection which provides commentary on current trends in technology and the media and what impact that these trends have on culture.

I also blog over here.

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Journal Journal: Interesting Quotes

Interesting quotes

  • Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isnt. - Mark Twain
  • there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake
  • Truth is a slippery thing, and certainty is just an emotion. So speak confidently but doubt your own words.
  • Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. -- Aristotle
  • Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason. -- Charles Curtis, "A Commonplace Book"
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Gandhi
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Journal Journal: Gaming Engines

Here is a searchable 3D Engines Database of interest.

A recent /. article got me looking into gaming engines.

  • This link was revealed to me by a recent post on /., mindrover combines a 3D interface with something that Win can handle. It costs $25.
  • Here is a tutorial on game engine technology.
  • Here is a tutorial on creating a map with quark.
  • milkshape is an affordable modeler whose output can be imported by all of the engines.
  • Here is the latest version of the half-life editor which Crystal Space seems to favor.
  • Crystal Space is open source. You have to build from the source. I got it to build but the only demo that seems to work is flarge and the render is slow and choppy.
  • Reality Factory also appears to be open source. It doesn't work on my home machine.
  • Freya is real simple so it might be a good candidate for teaching Win.
  • Torque looks nice but costs $100. I have played with the demo and got some results. The demo doesn't allow you to do much so it's hard to say whether or not it's worth the $100. The site registration indicates that this is a one man company.
  • Here is a list of game development resources.
  • I should also look at logo which was designed for kids Win's age.
  • Hmmm, I already have serious sam and it looks like their engine is relatively easy to work with.
  • To use polygons made by milkshape, you must first export to lightwave.
  • There are definite usability issues with the serious editor. You have to position and size a new shape before you add it to the world. After you add it to the world, you cannot reposition/resize it. After you add it to the world, you have to go through every polygon so that it will be lit correctly.
  • Here's another.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

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