Set the scene: galactic-scale society. Somehow, we managed to get faster-than-light (FTL) travel working, and as a species got it together enough to actually get out into galactic society. For some reason or another, we haven’t yet hit the singularity, and so we’re still running around in our hundreds-of-thousands-of-years-old meat shells.
It’s at this point that we start imagining all the horrible aliens running around out there. Blob monsters. Things with tentacles, oh god the tentacles. Sharp teeth, claws, wings. Nightmares given shape by the infinite variety of life on a galactic scale. Continue reading
I saw Disney’s Frozen recently! It was very good. I noticed while watching it that I’m not all that impressed by visuals anymore- this was linked in to a thought about how computationally difficult it must be to do the multiple-reflection stuff that some of the ice was doing during “Let It Go.” But people tend not to go “look at how impressive those effects are!” anymore. I think, in terms of digital animation, we’ve hit the peak. Stuff will keep improving, but towards photorealism, and we’ll stop thinking of it as animation. Continue reading
I’ve gotten into the habit of using short titles for posts on here. There’s no deep reason to it, it’s just that I started doing it naturally and then, when I noticed the trend, just carried on. Continue reading
I recently had the chance to perform with the all-state choir. Second time I’ve done that, actually, as I went last year as well.
I’m throwing in a picture of the auditorium in which we performed. I don’t have a good one of the stage, lots of blurry people moving around in the ones I got, which is rather annoying. So you get a picture of the three levels of seating with the lovely purple wash that occurs when a light shines to brightly on an iPhone’s camera. Continue reading
Recently I’ve had a chance to do a serialized writing project. I checked, that’s the correct definition – “publish or broadcast (a story or play) in regular installments.” Continue reading
I am not a bit fan of my Kindle PaperWhite. I think it’s a lovely device, but I do not approve of it. Continue reading