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  1. LRiotto

    A step into the past

    A little off topic here... I found this poem that I wrote for my girlfriend (who is now my wife) back in 1991. Life was grand at Penn State. When I wasn't drunk I was a hopeless romantic or maybe I was a hopeless romantic when I was drunk. It all seems fuzzy now...anyway...enjoy It is the climb upon the steps of existence which enfolds the ways of ones subsistence... As I moved through the winding fibers of time. Scaling the spiraling staircase of mine. I stopped for a moment to ponder with the mind. When I reach this apex, what will I find? I turned to continue my ascent upon the throne, which wound its way upward, built of polished stone. But there she stood, atop the following flight. The fairest of all maidens, a princess showing bright. The warm winds of beauty that swirled from her display wisped around the emotions that call on Passions play. It was these gentle winds that led me up the stair, to quell my inquisition and look upon her fair. The brilliance of her locks Which curled in stygian hue, brought a wave of splendor from her eyes of deepest blue. The softness of her face Inlaid with velvet skin, gave way to her sweet lips as the parted to a grin. Entrapment was my fate when I looked into her eyes; To see a mornings dawn give birth to a sunrise. And the gaze to which of mine became a lasting stare, as the streaming newborn rays passed gently through her hair. I took her hand in mine and bowed to single knee, placed my lips upon her skin and kissed it tenderly. The scent that laced her figure so soft and pleasantly was drawn from Natures flowers and bound with Eternity. The trembling in my body was quieted by her hand. The shakiness had left me, but I could not come to stand. She rose me to my feet and caressed me with her nips. The sweetness in her breath then swept across my lips. The radiance of her essence rushed through this passive form and grasped the mangled heart which lay so badly torn. Kindling the fading aura, it soothed the hurt and pain. Tindered the spiritual tourch and brought back the dying flame. When the kiss had finished she looked across the sky. Nodding to falling West, the Angel yearned to fly. I stood there in bewilderment, For I knew this could not be. The setting of the fiery globe must be deceiving me. But where had it all gone, the time which spans this day. Wrapped within her loving arms it had all but slipped away. I knew I could not keep her, this mistress of the light. Whose comeliness had saved me from Sorrows lonely plight. Then she left my side and rose up through the air leaving me a tiny speck, still standing on the stair. It was then that I took notice, as she was far away, that Silence had befriended me and yet it had betrayed. Wait! I began to utter As I bellowed out in vain. I cannot climb another step without the knowledge of your name. I waited for an answer and longed for a reply, nothing but the silent breeze came from the crimson sky. I stood there on the steps, Which was bathed in Days twilight, and watched the triumph of the moon as the sky gave way to Night. With the weariness of hours that came to pass with time. I fell to slumber with the stars under the grayness of their shine. That state which overcame me was only hours old when it decided to release me and let go its sleepy hold. Slowly came my senses as from this dormancy I crept. I woke to the blazing sun back from the heavens where it slept. As the daystar, in its arc, climbed to its pinnacle in the sky, I began again my quest to seek where destiny did lie. With the renewal of my ascent came the memory of the girl. The one who had not spoken yet brought hope into my world. The image was so vivid recreated by my desire. Every detailed feature, the patterned lace on her attire. I closed my eyes to hold the remembrance of her smile and feeling of her touch when I held her just a while. The breeze around me shifted. The daydream wavered in demise. I was blinded by a brightness When I lifted up my eyes. Then it was all gone, the light which caused the glare. It left behind the Princess floating just above the stair. She drifted slowly down so gracefully through the air. Just the simple sight of her and I was rescued from despair. The joy which overcame me pushed Silence far away and led me to the inquiry of what I asked just yesterday. The beginning of her song, the first time she sung to thee. Where the flowing of her words were so soft in melody. The vowels were of the purest as pure as sounds could be and her name was just as lovely when they formed, Anne Marie.
  2. LRiotto

    Blank!

    a messed up post...sorry
  3. LRiotto

    A step into the past

    A little off topic here... I found this poem that I wrote for my girlfriend (who is now my wife) back in 1991. Life was grand at Penn State. When I wasn't drunk I was a hopeless romantic or maybe I was a hopeless romantic when I was drunk. It all seems fuzzy now...anyway...enjoy. It is the climb upon the steps of existence which enfolds the ways of ones subsistence... As I moved through the winding fibers of time. Scaling the spiraling staircase of mine. I stopped for a moment to ponder with the mind. When I reach this apex, what will I find? I turned to continue my ascent upon the throne, which wound its way upward, built of polished stone. But there she stood, atop the following flight. The fairest of all maidens, a princess showing bright. The warm winds of beauty that swirled from her display wisped around the emotions that call on Passions play. It was these gentle winds that led me up the stair, to quell my inquisition and look upon her fair. The brilliance of her locks Which curled in stygian hue, brought a wave of splendor from her eyes of deepest blue. The softness of her face Inlaid with velvet skin, gave way to her sweet lips as the parted to a grin. Entrapment was my fate when I looked into her eyes; To see a mornings dawn give birth to a sunrise. And the gaze to which of mine became a lasting stair, as the streaming newborn rays passed gently through her hair. I took her hand in mine and bowed to single knee, placed my lips upon her skin and kissed it tenderly. The scent that laced her figure so soft and pleasantly was drawn from Natures flowers and bound with Eternity. The trembling in my body was quieted by her hand. The shakiness had left me, but I could not come to stand. She rose me to my feet and caressed me with her nips. The sweetness in her breath then swept across my lips. The radiance of her essence rushed through this passive form and grasped the mangled heart which lay so badly torn. Kindling the fading aura, it soothed the hurt and pain. Tindered the spiritual tourch and brought back the dying flame. When the kiss had finished she looked across the sky. Nodding to falling West, the Angel yearned to fly. I stood there in bewilderment, For I knew this could not be. The setting of the fiery globe must be deceiving me. But where had it all gone, the time which spans this day. Wrapped within her loving arms it had all but slipped away. I knew I could not keep her, this mistress of the light. Whose comeliness had saved me from Sorrows lonely plight. Then she left my side and rose up through the air leaving me a tiny speck, still standing on the stair. It was then that I took notice, as she was far away, that Silence had befriended me and yet it had betrayed. Wait! I began to utter As I bellowed out in vain. I cannot climb another step without the knowledge of your name. I waited for an answer and longed for a reply, nothing but the silent breeze came from the crimson sky. I stood there on the steps, Which was bathed in Days twilight, and watched the triumph of the moon as the sky gave way to Night. With the weariness of hours that came to pass with time. I fell to slumber with the stars under the grayness of their shine. That state which overcame me was only hours old when it decided to release me and let its sleepy hold. Slowly came my senses as from this dormancy I crept. I woke to the blazing sun back from the heavens where it slept. As the daystar, in its arc, climbed to its pinnacle in the sky, I began again my quest to seek where destiny did lie. With renewal of my ascent came the memory of the girl. The one who had not spoken yet brought hope into my world. The image was so vivid recreated by my desire. Every detailed feature, the patterned lace on her attire. I closed my eyes to hold the remembrance of her smile and feeling of her touch when I held her just a while. The breeze around me shifted. The daydream wavered in demise. I was blinded by a brightness When I lifted up my eyes. Then it was all gone, the light which caused the glare. It left behind the Princess floating just above the stair The unregistered version can convert no more than 5000 symbols. Please register: http://www.sautin.com/rtf-to-html/order.htm
  4. LRiotto

    Bump!

    Whoa, what happened to my journal...I walk away for 3 weeks and it gets pushed off the journal page for inactivity. I guess that is due to so many journals. I must admit with so many, it is harder to find the wheat in all the chaff.
  5. LRiotto

    April's coding challenge

    HELP....I can't see! Hello there....my what big teeth yo... <gulp>
  6. LRiotto

    Back on track...

    I think the icon I selected for this post sums up my progress over the past 6 weeks perfectly. With all the crap I discovered\learned about using a camera in D3D, I now have focus again and can continue where I left off...What's next. Shadows. I have been going back and forth between fixed point and precomputed and will experiment with both methods. I hear the snickers...No that won't take six weeks to work out. Six weeks may seem like a long time, but over that span I think I have only worked about 40hrs on the engine and other proofs. My personal life has been hectic and it is all I can do to get an hour here or two hours there to work on it. I hope to have screens soon showing progress. Peace
  7. LRiotto

    Zippidy-dooh-dah

    I'm glad I was able to return some of the great advice you have given me. -Len
  8. LRiotto

    Good computers for mom?

    Walmart has an HP on sale...You can't beat that price for Mom...Come'on she's worth it... HP Here
  9. Chaun, when you create the device, you can specify what the renderWindow is. Or by using swapchains (where you have multiple render targets on the same form) within the PresentParameters of each swapchain you can set the DeviceWindow PresParams.DeviceWindow = this (for a form) PresParams.DeviceWindow = this.Panel1 (for a Panel on a form) Hope this helps
  10. LRiotto

    WTF?

    Could it be a bad mem chip on the card? How the hell you could check that I don't know...maybe put the card in the windows box...Just grasping at straws...
  11. LRiotto

    WTF?

    I know you said it was a static shot but could it be tearing on the refresh? On second thought, it doesn't look like it...
  12. Looking real good Ray. Just curious, what ever happened to your EDI store? I am forever on the hunt for new tilesets. Also, what is an expected release date and price?
  13. LRiotto

    Please clearify this concept

    Faraz, I believe the benefits of using D3D far outweighs the pitfalls. You can lock the projection into an Orthogonal perspective and get all the added benefits of hardware accelerated rendering, alpha-blending, etc. I have been talking about this in my developer journal (sorry for the shameless plug). I think what you need to do is take a look at what you are trying to accomplish and how much time you want to invest in getting it done. All those things are great: models, camera's, 3D lighting, etc. But they come at the expense of the developer (you) having to know how they all can work with each other (which is a daunting task). Start small and then pile stuff on when you get more comfortable. Also, .Net is the future of Microsoft's development architecture. Putting it off (eg migrating to it) will only hurt you in the long run. I only say this because you work with VB6 (which is a MS technology) and its life cycle is at an end. There will be no more SP's, support will cease after this year, etc. MS is not even making any guarantees that the core library will work properly on Longhorn, which I find troubling. I guess it is their masterplan to move everyone forward. As far as you needing new hardware, I think having an older machine makes you work on peformance issues more. Although 128MB of RAM is way, way to little. You could probably triple that amount for 75 bucks which is far less than the cost of a new box.
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