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Corman spends most of his time with his head buried in code or in a pillow.
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My article submission has been selected for the next Game Programming Gems 8... AGAIN*!
* Yeah, yeah, I know you heard this all before and I bet you find yourself asking "Didn't this happen before? Where is his last announced article for that Game Programming Gems 7?". Well to make a long story short it wasn't just 7 I was going to be in but 6 as well. With 6 I had to pull my work because of a potential conflict with a client at that time and was just safer to drop it than get into any legal battles. Now 7 was harder to deal with for the pure fact I had to withdraw my paper because my father was just then hit with cancer. I would have liked to said I could of handled all the pressure and kept on working but I am only human. There was a lot of rough times ahead but I dropped just about everything to be with my father as much as possible. No amount of professional glory would be worth the time left that I spent with him through all his trials. I could stake my life on the fact that I became closer to him in that short span than I ever have over all my years and it saddens me that it took me even that long. Even though it has been many months since he passed away early in this year I still can't help but cry as I write this. For the man that helped make me who I am... this book is for you dad.
I believe this might be some miss guided, artistic license, play on quantum chromodynamics and the strong force. There is what is known as color charge that is formulated to explain quark confinement and the residual of this why protons/neutrons can bind together to form larger groupings. The reason why it is called "color charge" is because it has three aspects so the primary colors red, green, and blue were chosen even though it has nothing to do with color. Gluons (what "glues" it all together) only come in "color" pairs of a color/anticolor. So this "Red Matter" can't be a Gluon but it can still leave the possibility of it being an exotic form of Quark matter. When Quarks combine to form say a Proton (two Up Quarks and a Down Quark) the Proton is "color" neutral since each Quark is a different color. But these Quarks are constantly changing color by exchanging Gluons. The possibility is that this "Red Matter" is some large mass of singularly "colored" Quarks of the Red charge. Of course this is by name only and by some miss guided, artistic license, running off a bit too far and made it ACTUALLY red. Being all the same color charge they would want to repel very strongly and explode. But even then they would start to exchange Gluons and change colors and color confinement would kick in. Because of this and the explosion in progress it becomes more energetically favorable for a new quark/anti-quark pair to spontaneously appear out of the vacuum. One would now have possibly a runaway chain reaction of mass/energy in a relatively small region warping space and time into a black hole. But of course this is just idle speculation on a movie plot device that wasn't talked about more than its color and that it makes black holes.
The flag we work under:
Only a fraction of the countless many arcade machines:
My boss and lead programmer Mark walking in:
Scott hard at work on new features in the core engine:
Me and Gary next to the crown jewel:
My article submission has been selected to be included in the upcoming Game Programming Gems 7!
Me and my associates submissions are in so wish us luck!
I like to dedicate this journal entry to a very special occasion. Last night on Christmas Eve my younger brother proposed to his wonderful girlfriend. I am usually a person of many words but nothing right now can truely express my over joyous feelings for them. I love both of them very much giving a big congratulations and a wish for all the best of luck. I have never seen my brother so happy in all his life and I am sure his fiance feels the same way too. I personally believe they are really the most perfect match for each other. I just hope I can be as fortunate and lucky as them some day. Congratulations!
I was originally going to talk about my possible future book article but the above news was just too important. Not wanting to steal all the steam away from them I will save that for my next entry. Even with that said I would still like to share a little on how my holidays have been.
For many years now I have always donated myself every Christmas season for a good cause. Again this year I spent my time as Santa Claus for the local children with disabilities. This would be at least my 8th year bringing joy and happiness to these wondeful kids. Like I always do I have have included a picture of me all dressed up below. Sadly enough I am unable to post a picture of me with any of the cute little ones but hopefully this one will still give you a good idea. Merry Christmas everyone!
Me as Santa Corman:
A picture of some anonymous girl:
A drooling monster from my dreams:
Cory as a cartoon:
Our driver for the day:
Me on a Segway:
My father and myself:
Corman's best of show:
The DRS traction machine:
My very own stamp:
A sample of one of my MRI scans:
My prescribed pain killers:
Me caught at work while I was on my medication:
Please note that the alcohol was included in the above picture as a visual joke only. Alcohol should never be consumed in conjunction with perscription drugs during the entire treatment process. Mixing alcoholic beverages and medications can be dangerous or even lead to death. Only ever consult your doctor about any possible exceptions. The cigarettes are not prescribed and unfortunately were not part of this joke. Smoking is a very bad habit that I need to quit.
For the astute among you that read my journal the above picture will give you a clue on what I will be talking about in this entry. The main focus will be on rendering geometry and becuase the scale of a planet sized terrain is so huge only a level of detail algorithm can be used. The big problem is that there are many wrong LOD systems for this job. Most systems stick with the old slice and stack spheres and just map a grid of height values on them using polar coordinates. These sort of solutions lead to problems because of overly dense triangulations, distortions, and singularities at the the poles. Other methods hide or get around most of these issues but are usualy difficult or inefficient with texturing. This leads me to the LOD model that I use, pictured above, and is a Gnomonic map projection on a expanded spherical cube. This expanded cubic grid is basically a quadtree on each face and should not really need much further explanation. This setup is well suited for cube mapping, has a more regular and greatly simplified structure, and is faster in generation and visualization. This LOD has a 1:1 mapping for almost all of the system but has a maximum distortion of about 1:1.73 near the face edges. Even with this slight distortion I believe the overall benefits of this system outweighs most of the problems inherent with other LOD approaches. A similar approach that would lessen this distortion, a conformal expanded spherical cube, does have a more quasi-uniform grid structure but does not scale as well this Gnomonic expansion does.
Earth as an example:
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I have always had the curious scientist like mind from a young age as my parents remind from time to time and I remember it too. I had glorious dreams of becoming a famous inventor or physicists some day. Then came computers and video games and my goals changed. Instead of trying to figure out the real world I would create my own that had their own rules but mimicked the real one. You can see many examples of this fact all through my journal entries here. But I still go back to my armchair mathimatian and physicists roots from time to time and muse around. Even if what I come up with is not real it can still be used for some interesting aspect or even as a good plot device for a story. But last night in a eurka moment involving a bathroom incident like Doc Brown had I realized that one of my current musings could actually meen something. I will evolve my ideas and findings here over time by starting with known values and working from there. This journal entry may end up showing that etheir I am on to something or that I am just dangerous with math but I will let you decide.
For some time now I have been obsessed with the above equation that I found searching the web one day. I became fixated on this equation not only because the units worked out but because I felt it described matter as a 3D volume of energy among other interesting things. The site that I found this at also has a lot of interesting views on space and time even if it is psuedo physics and in the end turns out to be wrong. So I wanted to know if I could derive and explain this equation or something close by using already known values and equations.
This brings us to a similar looking and very familiar equation (the above mass equation) with the reduced Planck Constant instead of just the orginal Planck Constant by deriving it.
So given Einstein's equation:
And my derived equation:
So with this:
Since I am doing this just for my own amusment and nothing else I am going to be making some assumptions here. I am going to pretend for now my equation stands on its own, losses meaning and reason if reduced, and actually has some deep secret that I need to find. From what it seems my equation is the Celsius to Einstein's Fahrenheit scale but a little bit more complicated than that. If this is real I believe that this is something very profoundly amazing. I think one equation is for particles and one for waves. Just like all the Planck units and equations show, this is telling us the limit where the particle and wave nature of mater is equivalent and indistinguishable from each other. I am believing if this is true that our current systems does not take into account for two types of mass and energy (two different but related mass and energy types for the particle and wave structures of matter). Now for different mass values in increments of one Planck Mass (the smallest mass increment that I will be using and treating as indivisible) the equations do not equal each other anymore and need a conversion factor. Now lets look at some ratios for different mass values to see what is going on.
The ratio is:
Expressed below as:
Looking at the above examples the ratios end up being:
So with this:
I gather from this that not only does light have a particle/wave duality but matter as well. I also believe from this we can see matter and energy come in very discreet amounts. This leads me to believe that space and time must also do so. Besides all of this I have more equations and ideas that I will continue to develope as I go along. I will continue to work on this journal entry little by little to help clear things up. Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome as usual.
Me messing around:
My avatar in 3D:
A tribute to a place I love:
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I am usually not an attention whore but this view count only happens once and I wanted to celebrate with everyone here who made these numbers possible.
Simplified Biome Chart: