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FF Sparks (Casual)

FotoBuilder...

So, I've been tinkering with the beta of the LiveJournal photo gallery system, and it's rather cool, actually.  I tossed a few pictures from FC2004 into a test album, and I may try putting together an art album or something.  It's not a production system right now, so only beta testers can actually setup accounts or do anything, but it does pretty much most of what Gallery seems to, with the LJ S2 style system as well, and integration with LJ accounts.  (For instance, I can select a picture and say 'post to journal' and it will make a post of that picture in my journal.)

Rather neat.  Should be cool to see what it looks like when it's done. :)

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Interesting. When it's available, would this only be offered to those with paid accounts?

If so, that might get me to fork over. (I don't have much interest in having oodles of user icons &c.)

Also, do you take questions from the audience (esp. re: this image: http://www.noderunner.net/~sparks/art/render/b5anime.gif )?
I imagine only paid/permanent accounts, yeah. Don't know for sure, but I can't see why it'd be available to free users. ;)

And what did you want to ask about the picture?
How'd you do it, what'd you use, did you build the model yourself, and could we see the finished animation?
How'd you do it? With lots of time and effort.

What'd you use? Lightwave. At the time, I think it was Lightwave 5.5, these days I use Lightwave 7.

Did you build the model yourself? Tough question. I followed part of a B5 modeling tutorial, and then went from there to tinker more. So, 'sort of'? :) And yes, for the record, I know the planet behind B5 should be green. Red looked better, and I didn't care in this case. ;)

Could we see the finished animation? God, I wish I still /had/ any of it to show. The models, textures, animation and video files were all on my computer of several years ago, which died a rather messy death in the incident which convinced me that desktop systems need automated backup procedures as well. The only reason I still have that picture is that a friend was using it as their desktop wallpaper. :/
With lots of time and effort. Well, I guessed that. It looks quite good.

Lightwave. At the time, I think it was Lightwave 5.5, these days I use Lightwave 7.


Interesting. I might have to pester you for an impression sometime, since I haven't used LW3D since 5.5 (SGI) and 6 (OS X). (Only fire up 5.5 for really old projects I've worked on for the ocassional print-resultion render of a prior project. And that hasn't been for a loooooooong while now.)


Tough question. I followed part of a B5 modeling tutorial, and then went from there to tinker more. So, 'sort of'? :) And yes, for the record, I know the planet behind B5 should be green. Red looked better, and I didn't care in this case. ;)

IOW: yes. (That so counts. That also makes it completely canonical--'cept for the planet color, but I wouldn't hassle anyone over such a minor detail.)


God, I wish I still /had/ any of it to show. The models, textures, animation and video files were all on my computer of several years ago, which died a rather messy death in the incident which convinced me that desktop systems need automated backup procedures as well. The only reason I still have that picture is that a friend was using it as their desktop wallpaper. :/

God damn you PeeCee! [shakes fist of futility]

I have to admit, I've either been incredibly lucky or just incredibly paranoid; I've never really lost much data because of MacOS failure (or SGI failure).

Still, I do know what it feels like to lose work. The post office recently lost five years of language notes on a project I've spent the last ten years of my life on. Fortunately, I had a few scans of material. Not much, but enough to recover most of the lost info.

Even so. I will never stop hurting.