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December photoblogging, week 1

3 December 2010

I’ve previously mentioned that my computer is oil cooled. Most of the time, running a submersion based computer is an act consisting of equal parts high-end gaming, and giggling madly at eddying heat currents. Sometimes though, just sometimes, it consists of cussing and swearing. I’d been getting a LOT of bluescreens. After some testing, I isolated the problem to my main GPU. It looks like a year of bathing in mineral oil finally took its tole. So, with a reluctant whimper from my bank account, I purchased a new GPU: http://yfrog.com/0ybr9x0j

Gathered thoughts from the twitterings.

26 November 2010

I’m a big fan of Webcomics. Obvious perhaps from my own meager efforts within the genre. It’s a young medium, with a lot of experimental and untested storytelling playing out, for every moment of brilliance, there are dozens of faceslapping failures.

This past week however, Tyrol Hunt, creator of Goblins, really showed off what the medium could do.

If that comic doesn’t make much sense, it’s because you’re missing context.

So a side character gets a moment in the sun, big deal right? That little emotional payoff took 4 years of updates to achieve. It isn’t like we’ve been sitting around waiting for that to happen. We’ve had four years of plot and character development between then and now. We didn’t even know we were waiting for a payoff until the payoff was actually happening. That’s damned good storytelling.

In other, more selfish news, I got a review!: http://steampunkjewelrybydreamsteam.blogspot.com/2010/10/darkened-heart-of-sunken-library-mad.html

November Photoblogging, Those Who Mourn

19 November 2010

On November 7th, I attended a cemetery potluck held by Those Who Mourn. I’d intended to bring a real camera and take photos, but the day disintegrated into a comedy of errors. I arrived late and flustered, convinced that no one would be there because they would’ve all left.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and I got to spend a few hours hanging around with a crowd of entirely pleasant goths. Plus, there was cake. No lie.

There was an obligatory photo-shoot, and I found I desperately missed having a camera. Other better-prepared participants took plenty of pictures though, so I made do with my cellphone.

The highlight of the event for me (aside from serving tea to charming people) was von Hedwig’s camera. It’s a simply lovely bit of steampunk hackery. It takes brilliant photos too.

More photoblogging.

29 October 2010

Just one photo this week.

15 October 2010

I picked up a prop pistol from a seller on ebay for fairly cheap. Dirt cheap when you consider that it’s actual metal and wood, not resin or plastic.

The firing mechanism is horrid, the whole thing will need some hefty modifications before it’ll make a decent Darkened Heart prop, but hey, not a bad start: http://yfrog.com/4w43fij #

Photoblogging without annoying the crap out of everyone.

8 October 2010

This is a work in progress, so please bear with me while I work out the details. I’ve set up a wordpress plugin called Twitter Tools to aggregate tweets here on Sunkenlibrary. After mucking about in the settings for a bit, I’ve set it to post a once-per-week aggregation. My various twitter one liners aren’t particularly witty, but I’ve managed to set twitter up for photoblogging. By aggregating the tweets here, I’ll be able to keep anyone interested up to date on my weekly project progress.

I’ll go through these posts and prune out the bits no one cares about, which should leave a decently reliable snapshot of what I’ve been up to in a given week. I know that automation tends to annoy people, but I have to be honest: Either I automate part of this process, or I’ll never update reliably.

  • http://twitpic.com/2t3s2i – Sunset on my walk home. I took the photo to test weather I could automate the uploading and sharing of photos. The process worked decently well.
  • http://twitpic.com/2tqb7i – My boss received an award. The award was an naked overweight golden man. Some folks in the office weren’t completely pleased having it on the break-room table, so they fixed it.
  • http://yfrog.com/n9g6nhj – I’m sewing a new wallet for myself. For a very long time, I’ve worn a renascence fair pouch on my belt to carry all my technology, tools, ID, etc. That pouch is still good, but I want a more utilitarian/steampunk option available. In classic mad inventor fashion, that means making one. Incedentally, do you have any idea how hard it is to find this kind of bandoleer style carrying solution? It’s everywhere in geek media, but no one makes them. Seriously, look around. Boba Fet wears this sort of thing on his belt. So does Batman. Chewbacca’s shoulder bandoleer, or the various pouches worn by sodding everyone in starwars, for that matter. But there flat out aren’t commercial knock offs available. The best you can do is lurk on eBay until something remotely similar pops up and then cease the bid like a rabid wolf. Or you can sew one. That works too.
  • http://yfrog.com/1swvvmj – This is a photo from my daily commute. It’s not normally quite this bad, but there’d been a downed train on the line, so the platform filled up with about 20 minutes of commuters.

In unrelated news:

  • http://t.co/4S70dc1 – Battlestar Twilight. Flat out fantastic bit of subversive counter marketing.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJxQjWytIcU – This is a fantastic trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It’s quite pretty, even if CG trailers have little bearing on the actual game. Deus Ex was a really great game, way ahead of it’s time. The sequel, Deus Ex 2, was… well… disappointing. Human Revolution is being handled by a new team following on a lengthy eight year gap. The trailer makes me think that they “get” the tone of the series, and I hope it’ll be a great game, but there will be no way to tell until the actual product gets released.