Sand-a-floor?

Somehow I don’t think the Karate Kid would have done quite so well at the end if he’d used his initiative and used a power sander instead of following the teachings of a wise old Okinawan gentleman. Still, it’s clearly a lot faster when it comes to getting the job done, as demonstrated by the latest pictures of our lounge. We’ve had people round repairing, filling and sanding, and the lounge floor is now starting to look pretty good.

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I don’t know how many of you have already seen this, but it had me grinning: Lego Star Wars 2 Trailer. Lego Star Wars was a charming little game that didn’t take itself seriously, poked fun out of Star Wars and kept you chuckling at the in-jokes. The sequel is based on the original trilogy, which of course is from when Star Wars was actually good, and not a hammily-acted, attrociously scripted, Jar-Jar Binks infested shambles that Episodes I-III would unfortunately become.

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I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, but there was a time when I used to spend ages reading game previews, and would wait with bated breath for a single game to come out and play it as soon as it was available. These days, that rarely happens - I have so little time for playing games that I’m finding I’m picking up 2 or 3 year old games from Internet bargin bins more often than not, and I’m quite enjoying it.

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I decided today to release the work I’d done on project ‘Kadath’ under the GPL - and now that the code is freely available you can see I’d planned to call it ‘World Minion’, to represent that it scuttled around doing all the dirty work for you 😉 What it basically does is take any completely generic polygon soup and turns it into a structured level, based on the technique described in this paper.

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Dribs & drabs

So, this week is about catching up with a lot of fragmented things before I pick off something more meaty next week. Mostly that means fixing bugs and addressing small enhancements. Those pesky artists found another bug in the XSI exporter, the little tykes, so I fixed that yesterday - in this case negative bind scalings on bones were throwing out the export. None of my test cases had that before so it slipped through.

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A lucky escape

With everything that’s going on today, I’m very glad I got home when I did. Looks like air travel in the UK will be a bit of a nightmare for the immediate future… Not being able to take anything as hand luggage - I wonder how many insurance claims for damaged laptops will ensue in the upcoming weeks? 😕

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Damn good to be back

I’m home, and recuperating from sleep deprivation and jetlag. I got the overnight flight back to Heathrow on Saturday evening, which meant only a couple of hours of broken sleep on the plane and a little on the bus to Gatwick where my connecting flight back to Guernsey left from. I operated on Starbucks ‘extra shot of expresso’ options for much of the intervening time, but needless to say I crashed out when I got home.

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So, the Ogre BOF at Siggraph went pretty well - around 30 people turned up despite the fact that Siggraph had misprinted ‘OGRE’ as ‘ORGE’ in the little schedule booklet they give you (they got it right everywhere else, so I don’t know what that’s about). I did a quick talk about where OGRE is now (Dagon), and what’s upcoming in Eihort, along with letting people know about Greg’s upcoming book and showing off a few screenshots from recent projects in the showcase forum.

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More Siggraph

Ok, so I’ve uploaded a bunch of new photos from Siggraph. The main public show is open now too, so I had a browse around that. Nothing that stunning to be honest, at least very little I hadn’t seen already, but it was fun to at least visit all the booths like Pixar, Lucasfilm, Softimage, nVidia etc. Also good to see Blender on the show floor, they were sharing a booth with Gnome and were doing demos of Blender and Inkscape and a few other graphical tools.

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Well, I’m pretty damn jet-lagged but I’m here at least. I’ve uploaded a few early pictures, most interestingly from the experimental art section which is just plain bonkers. Robotic teddy bears, virtual fish, hologaphic displays (I liked that one a lot, but a photo wouldn’t do it justice), virtual video walls, it’s all there. So far it’s been a bit of a mixture - I dropped in on the Blender BOF briefly and met Ton for the first time - I wouldn’t exactly class myself as a Blender user yet (I’ve barely touched it) but since I had a little time to kill I decided to go along and say well done on behalf of all the people in the Ogre community who use it.

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