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# Scene Graph

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Well, I did my reading (skimming) and I have come to the conclusion that I must toy with scene graphs. Previously, my games have all been fairly simple since they did not require many objects and were in 2D. In 3D, things are a bit more complex in terms of camera, lighting, 3d meshes and their relation to other 3d meshes, textures, rotations, translations, scaling, etc. I've got to come up with a generic data structure for these things.

What is a scene graph you say (or don't say but think to yourself quietly anyway to keep the story going)? Well this will get you started if you don't already know: The mysteries of scene graphs unveiled.

This is all old hat to a lot of you I'm sure, but keep in mind I'm just starting 3D. This is pretty much a note to myself (which does not mean I talk to myself).

In other news...
Buying a house is a #$(#*$(@#$! I just spent days of searching for one only to find I'm not comfortable putting down a mortgage as large as I was considering. After looking at the various mortgage options (which started to look the same), I have come to the conclusion that it is better to buy a house that has a low monthly payment so that I will have enough money to save over the long term to pay it off quickly or save more money and then buy one. The interest is really what kills ya--why pay double or triple? Also, I would like to have some fun and buy computers every now and then.. and possibly a new truck along the way. Oh, well back to the beginning on that. I'm still thinking on the model... hmmm hmmm hmmm... *burp* ## 6 Comments ## Recommended Comments I know what you mean about buying a house... goodness I so wish I could [sad] #### Share this comment ##### Link to comment Yeah, so far it has eaten up my weekends and left me sort of burned out. This fourth of July holiday coming up is sorely needed. #### Share this comment ##### Link to comment Yes, scene graphics can be oodles of fun to both code and play with. Integrate it with some of that nice Lua scripting you mentioned earlier and there'll be a lot of fun for everybody. ;) #### Share this comment ##### Link to comment Sounds interesting. I am now wondering about how I would try that integration. Arrrgghh.. I better get to work ,,, hehe #### Share this comment ##### Link to comment Don't let home salesmen sell you a house outta the price range that gives you comfort. When Shelly and I were buying our first house in 1991, the sellers kept trying to sell us a house based on our income, which was a$110k house (this was 1991 and this is Texas). We took a pencil to it and saw that the payments would take up every dime of our income. We ended up buying a \$50k house against our realtor's advice and never regretted it for a moment.

And don't do an interest-only loan. I'm amazed those things are legal.

Yeah thanks for the advice Johnhattan. I am probably going to get a cheaper house. I already know about interest only loans.. that's trash. A lot of people are concerned with the interest rates also. In fact, I think people are ripping people off because of it (increasing the list price). If the interest rates go up, I figure that the house prices will go down. In addition, an airbase is closing very soon, so I'm holding out for a while. Talk about pressure though, my real estate agent is bugging me listing all the reasons why I should buy this house. LOL

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