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Ahhh! I think I'm melting!



meh... moodswings... meh

Posted by , 09 August 2005 - - - - - - · 291 views

I've barely touched my engine in 2 weeks or so. I've had another thing enter my life. I don't even know why I'm posting. I don't know if I'll continue my 4e4 project, but at least my engine is at a good stopping place. It loads and renders models and stuff, so at least it works.

I've been wondering, what is Toronto like? Is there lots of public transportation there so that you can get around without a car? (I'm afraid mine won't take the weather) What are some good places to see? Where's a good place to take a girl there? What parts of the year are relatively warm and snow free? I've heard canada has 2 seasons: Winter and June :)

PS: Betcha anything Rob Loach will answer this one :)


I'mmmm baaaack!

Posted by , 01 August 2005 - - - - - - · 296 views

Thanks for the warm bon voyage guys and to answer your question Programmer16, I did not fly :/

I first stopped in Jacksonville (north florida) to stay with my cousins/aunt/uncle for a day. My uncle is a successfull web developer and he really knows his stuff (finished top of his class, etc.)

He wants me to intern for him at his company when I'm done with high school, and I think I will. Thats's right, I let the cat out of the bag, for those who don't already know, I'm only 17 (18 in september). Up till recently I've been pretty secretive about my age due to the fear of age discrimination (I guess). It was probably obvious though.

After that we went to Fort Lauderdale (south florida) which is where we stayed at a mediocre beach resort. The beach was the most beutifull i've ever seen it. The water was a clear emerald green. I've been told the farther south you go (till you hit the equator?) the clearer the water gets. At the bahamas it's clear blue, so there you go :)

We also went to miami (even more southern florida). There we took a ride on a glass bottom boat. Really cool, we saw some baracuda's, sharks, other fish, and ship artifacts.

I'm so glad to be back though. During the trip, I spent some time reading "tricks of the 3d game programming gurus" just for kicks. I've had the book for months just never read it till now. I'm so glad I don't code like him anymore :)

Meanwhile my engine hasn't gone anywhere in 10 days or so. I've got a really polygon heavy lamborghini floating in my window and my frame rate is really bad (~7 fps). I need to work on a scene graph and some occluding technologies to gain some speed, then a basic mesh terrain, mabey a hight map in the future.

So then... wait, I'm hungry


whee!

Posted by , 21 July 2005 - - - - - - · 298 views

I'm going to florida in t-minus X seconds!11!11


You will not hear from me in at least a week. Muahhaha!


Awwwwe Phooey

Posted by , 20 July 2005 - - - - - - · 284 views

I came so close to winning a 1986 Mazda Rx-7 Engine for just $75!!!!!!

eBay Auction

I held back because I didn't know how much shipping would be for a ~230 pound hunk of steel and iron. I found out that it would cost over $500 for FedEx, and UPS and USPS didn't accept anything that heavy.

He said he'd deliver it within 200 miles (which I am within) for a fee, so I sent him a message asking him how large his fee would be.

I never got a response. [bawling]

Granted I did wait till the last minute to ask :/ Anyways, you may be wondering why I would buy such an engine. Why what other reason other than to power a golf cart! No, I'm serious.

At my work we have some broken golf carts, and I was going to buy one so that I could put a ultra high RPM racing engine in it :P
I didn't have enough cart space to put in a transmission, so I was going to use a fixed chain or belt drive in it to directly power the back axel instead.

I don't know if I would actually get up the nerve to do this, but hey, a fast and light engine for $75 -- think of the possibilities.


Curiosity killet teh ckat!!1!

Posted by , 19 July 2005 - - - - - - · 209 views

During work the other day, I noticed that an old, retired, work truck read "V8 7000."

So I was thinking "A 7 litre V8?!!!1!!11!! Hot Dog!"

So I approached the front of it and noticed a very large hood opening lever thing just sticking out of the grill right in front of me.

It was tempting. I don't think I've seen an engine that size before, so I stuck my hand out, and wiggled the large lever.

It hadn't been opened in ages, so it was pretty difficult to open. After about 1.5 seconds of failure, BAMMMM!!!

Sharp pains reverberated through my cerebellum as the erratic buzzing sounds of the winged insect rattled from it's hidding place.

For a few moments, I couldn't think of anything else but the pain, it was quite an experience. It's like my nearvous system went into Win32 exclusive mode.

It left a small bump for a while and later swelled up a bit. Next morning I woke up with a even more swollen hand. Now my hand looks like this:


(note: that black crap is tobacco, which didn't help much)

Oh, and my engine can load basic meshes now. I don't have to use skinned meshes in my game, but it would be a nice addition.

And now I am convinced that I could make an engine in a month, I just don't want to :)

I still gotta put in some occluding systems to make it work decently though. A viewing frustrum should be enough for now, and that won't take very long to impliment.


.

Posted by , 11 July 2005 - - - - - - · 218 views

My 1969 Yamaha YL1 motorcycle runs. That is all.


Progress, or something like it....

Posted by , 06 July 2005 - - - - - - · 240 views

Well, I think my estimation of finishing my engine within a "~month" may be slightly off [grin]

Now that I think about it, I think dgreen02 said: "~month or two".

Two months is more like it, but I think I'd be able to pull this off if I really wanted to.

My engine's name is Starbreeze.

Usually you shouldn't have to worry about using someone else's 3D Engine name, right? There's not that many to come in conflict with, right? What are the odds you'd use the name of someone else's engine?

That's only for things like tv, radio, newspaper, and inventions right?

WRONG:
http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_chroniclesofriddick_legal.html
http://videogames.weblogsinc.com/entry/6437880566722089/
http://www.starbreeze.com/index.jsp


These clowns don't know who they're dealing with. When they see the truly awesome power of my engine--



--they'll quake with fear, and *give* me the rights to that name. Muahaha!


Holy Engine Design Batman!

Posted by , 24 June 2005 - - - - - - · 211 views

Somebody slap me because I have the urge to make my own....... engine!

I was talking to dgreen02 and I asked him how long he thought it would take to make a simple 3d engine composing of these vague requriments:

-A mesh loader
-lighting
-Input processing
-Sprites & Fonts
-Height maps
-Shadows
-Collision Detection
-Realistic Car physics
-Node partitioning (didn't include that one in the chat)

He said something like this: "~month, if you work pretty hard. It's possible to do it under a month if you work really hard."

Do you all agree? If not, I don't care, I'm too hardheaded to change my mind now :)

I'll use Direct3D 8 since I've got some experience there, for physics: tokamak, for sound: FMOD.






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