I started working on an image processing system/language the other week, called Peduncle. I started it partly to get back into programming more, and also because I am very interested in the intersection of time and brushes. This comes from the work I used to do at Xaos Tools many years ago. My boss, Michael Tolson, was a major influence on my thinking.
A peduncle is a stem which has flowers off of it. This applies to many of the image processing concepts I have, such as tapping into a data stream, using a flow of operators to generate a final image, etc. The image on the right actually has only one operator applied to it, a drip operator.
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I played through the first mission of Halo 3 today. I think that the NYTimes review sums it up: Halo 3 is Halo 2 with somewhat better graphics. As usual, the fanboys will be up in arms about a review like that, but I think it is accurate. Story? Typical sci-fi game fodder. Graphics? Gears of War and Bioshock look a lot better. Gameplay? Awesome. Just like Halo 1 and 2. Audio? Awesome. Just like Halo 1 and 2.
I played some online matches as well. Fun, although I do not really like multiplayer games. Halo 3 has a ton of variety, from the different gameplay types to the Forge and captured videos. In this regard, the game deserves its 95 Metacritic rating (as of this writing). However, the single player campaign, which is what I play games for, is probably only about 85 to me. This wide range of what a game consists of is going to make review scores less and less meaningful. It would be like saying “The movie was just okay, but the theater gave free popcorn and keg of beer. I’m giving the movie 5 stars!” Of course, it all depends on what you call “a game”… For me, it means a good, single player experience…but I think that I’m beginning to be in the minority.
I just upgraded my website to support things like MySQL. I also installed WordPress. For the time being, the site will be a little bit empty until I fill things out again.