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Denver Adventure

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Prinz Eugn

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Sup. I have a pretty wicked caffeine headache right now, but let's see if I can stay cohelrnrphe.



RL News

So I moved to Denver for an internship... pretty crazy. Compared to Las Cruces, Denver is bigger and badder and better. I'm surprised at how not bad it is, actually. I live within a 45-minute walk to work which isn't too bad, and there's a ridiculous amount of decent restaurants around.

The only sad thing is that there's less time to hang out with my hot Asian girlfriend before she goes to China on an exchange. Luckily, she came up with me when I moved up and stayed a few days, and we saw some of the cool museums and stuff they have around here. For example...




Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

This is the first place we meant. It's basically this hangar on an old air force base full of cool old airplanes. They had a lot of jets from the 50's and 60's that are more obscure (and I love obscure) as well as a few newer airplanes like the most overrated aircraft of all time, the F-14A "It was in Top Gun once" Tomcat.

I'm actually trying to volunteer there, I sat through orientation (this was after the GF went home) and signed all the appropriate waivers, now I'm just waiting to hear back from them. They have different positions, like sitting at the front desk or restoring exhibits, but I really want to be the guy to give tours, because I know a lot about airplanes and I like attention.

After the orientation, I kind of snuck my way into working because they were short on people and there was a summer camp coming. So I started out showing people into the F-4E cockpit. Met a guy who is working on the new gigantic display for the F-18 Super Hornet.

Then there was this one older guy who sat down, and as the woman showing me the ropes started to give the spiel "This is a F-4 E-model..." and the guy interrupts her "I know, I designed the slats." So he started talking about all the stuff they had to deal with making it fly, flow separations, etc. That conversation brought the airplane to life.






Denver Botanic Gardens

The Gardens were pretty neat. It was kind of like a zoo, but for plants, and not quite as boring as that sounds. They had this giant greenhouse for tropical foliage, which not only had some pretty flowers but also had some of the ugliest plants of all time:


Poop Plant?



We also went to the zoo, but I don't have any pictures so it might as not have happened. Well, sort of. It was really crowded, that's all I really remember.


Game Stuff

Of course, with all the moving and working I've been doing, there hasn't been a lot of time for game stuff. I did hang out with Sir Sapo yesterday, but we were in the mountains with a bunch of AF academy cadets and shitload of firepower. We contemplated going all Wolverines and waiting in the wilderness for the Russians/Mexicans/Liberals to come, but it didn't happen. Shooting clays was fun, though.

The only thing I've done is cheaply adapt the giant loading screen into something more resembling a menu. At some point I hope to give it a different background, but this'll do for now.




Is it Menu-y enough?



Aight, gotta get to work tomorrow, I better get going.
-Goodnight!
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Looking fantastic, Mark!

My hunk 'o opinion: I really love the image, but the foreground menu UI looks strangely out of place against the (admittedly far more stylish) background. Also, is "Block Zero" the game's subtitle? It feels like it blends in with the foreground menu items too well, in terms of colour, font, and alignment.

Looking forward to seeing more.

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Out of curiosity... is that russian-looking stuff translatable?


PARTISAN
DANGER!
[random numbers]


"Partisan" actually is pronounced the exact same in Russian, the Cyrillic just makes it look crazy. My dad said just learning the alphabet helped in Russia a lot, ie: "Mak... don...aldz- ooooohhhh...."

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Looking fantastic, Mark!

My hunk 'o opinion: I really love the image, but the foreground menu UI looks strangely out of place against the (admittedly far more stylish) background.

Yeah, I need to work on it more. I was trying to make this look less like the other screen minus the MiG and just wanted to get something before I collapse. I'll tighten up it some more.

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Also, is "Block Zero" the game's subtitle? It feels like it blends in with the foreground menu items too well, in terms of colour, font, and alignment.

It's the version number, Sir Sapo mentioned it, but it's basically in reference to how modern American aircraft are numbered; F-22A Block 10, F-16E/F Block 60... you get the idea. I should probably just put a numeral 0 there instead, though.

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