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MHz
|| 9/3/2004 || 9:10 pm || Comments Off on MHz || ||

NYC

I just got done watching MHz Network’s evening news. I must say that this is the best station for world news. Its puts the rest of American networks to shame- at 6pm you get BBC World News, followed by South Asia Newsline (in English), Today’s Asiavision (in English), Le Journal (in French with English subtitles), and Deutsche World’s Journal (in English). Watching the coverage from London, Paris, Tokyo & Berlin, it was amazing to see the lack of depth the American media has. If you have a chance watch MHz some evening on Comcast’s channel 4. A world perspective is so important!

I am rendering another image like the one above with a slight modification. It turns out that the full-size rendering of the image above has a slight error in the way the center lines up, but its not really that noticeable.



protestor at the rnc & climate change
|| || 1:11 am || Comments Off on protestor at the rnc & climate change || ||

Since I was recording the speech, I also recorded a protestor getting escorted out of the convention during Bush’s speech. There was another person who was escorted out as well, but C-Span did film them. I must give those people props for their deep cover operation, but its unfortunate they didn’t make a bigger ruckus. It would have made my night! Nonetheless, I am pleased to see that the convention is over. Its time for political harball…on two more months.

The next major news item will be the hurricane in Florida. I expect to see footage of the Bush boys helping out people who have had their lives changed dramatically by Nature instead of their misguided policies. Well actually their policies might actually be partly responsible. The Republicans (as well as Democrats) have done little to combat climate change in my lifetime. I mean in all honesty climate change is best defined as merely an increase climatic variability, and due to the unprecedented amount of CO2 in our atmosphere, its happening right the moment. So expect more hurricanes, monsoons, droughts, floods, and tornados. And look for politicians to be on the scene to console families, but don’t expect any policies that will help combat the issue, just a good photo-op for the newspapers (which will not be recycled).



teaser
|| 9/2/2004 || 9:21 pm || Comments Off on teaser || ||

Since Bush is about to speak at the RNC and I am planning on recording it, I figured it would be best to not have anything rendering. Sometimes the ol’ 800 Mhz of my iMac makes the recordings choppy… I recorded Kerry’s DNC speech and I look forward to hearing the slop Bush is going to present. Outside of Madison Square Garden is a bigger scene. I’ve been reading the NYC Indymedia website and it looks like there are a few thousand outside protesting. It would be very interesting if there were more “delegates of peace” protesting outside than Republican delegates inside….

Anyways, I was able to format the satellite image of a river delta in the Netherlands and I created a 3D quicktime panorama of it. After the speech, I’ll begin rendering the full size version (it will be the largest rendering yet!). So enjoy the teaser



pearl earring
|| || 3:26 pm || Comments Off on pearl earring || ||

NYCBissau

I am panicing about my money troubles- it sucks. I need to find work pronto! Ack!

Last night I watched Girl with a Pearl Earring. It was a cute film. Johannes Vermeer was one of my favorite Dutch painters. In my travels, I’ve seen 13 of his 39 paintings in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and DC. I know my oldest sister probably has seen the movie. I am going to call her tonight and see if she saw it and if she liked it. Quite a few scenes looked just like some of his paintings and it made the movie seem like a Where’s Waldo of Vermeer, but I’m not sure if the director had some embedded paintings in the movie or not. Anyways, its a good movie to watch with someone you love. The plot isn’t too deep but I felt the photorealism was great. I enjoyed how the director accurately showed how life was in 1600s. I’ve been trying to look at those clues like that as of late. Basically, I realize how far we’ve come as a civilization and the degree of specialization that has taken place. I can’t help but wonder how people will survive if they were forced to live back then, or possibly in the future where energy is not plentiful and people are forced to farm themselves. I’d like to take up farming someday simply so that I can take that skill with me to the edges of the earth.

The two renderings are decent. I photoshopped an image of Manhattan (on the left), which makes an interesting looking inner eye. I am rendering another image of NYC, but without the inner lenz. It should be ready in about 4 hours or so. After that I’d like to render an image I snagged of a delta in the Netherlands (its beautiful!). I think the movie was the stimulus to make this next one. It should look nice. Hopefully I’ll have it rendered by tomorrow or so!



its starting to get B.A.D.
|| 9/1/2004 || 4:46 pm || Comments Off on its starting to get B.A.D. || ||

Brussels with Himalayas

This rendering looks really nice. The only problem is that I accidentally rotated the torus 30 degrees, so the image looks slightly off kilter. Up next is the same inner satellite image with a lake for the torus. After that I’m going to photoshop another satellite image to change things up a bit!

Today I sent out faxes to all of the members of the Committee on Government Reform. We are scheduling meetings with congressmen and their staff to discuss Budget Autonomy for the District*. This is my first foray into lobbying but I’m excited about it. I hope the congressmen are receptive and we are able to schedule a lot meetings. If you are reading this, mark your calendars for October 1st so that you can take off work and come & meet up with fellow DC residents at the Capitol Hill South Metro stop at 9am. Its going to be fun. And to steal Move On’s tagline- it will truly be democracy in action.

*B.A.D. Day is October 1st ;-)



Brussels- again
|| || 9:16 am || Comments Off on Brussels- again || ||

Brussels

I ended up not making an oval shaped version because I didn’t want to wait around for the massive satellite images to load. The inner satellite image is of downtown Brussels, Belgium.

I’m off to go call congressmen- more later…



nice
|| || 3:24 am || Comments Off on nice || ||

Himalaya Torus

NICE!

All I can say is that this is my favorite yet….

Time for bed.

In the meantime, I’ll render an oval version of this rendering…





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