Saturday, December 31, 2005

Fixed the butt.

Originally uploaded by pterandon.
When I originally created this one, I had forgotten how my code worked for construction of the hips. And thus, at one point, there was a disconnect between the lower torso and top of the legs that I filled with two spheres. It gave an oddly exaggerated buttocks.

With some other tinkering, I remembered exactly how it worked and came back to fix this one.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

More formidable robots

Compared to the less formidable original:

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A Different Kind of Evangelical?

In a blog entry entitled, A Different Kind of Evangelical, Steve Bush paints a vision of a version of evangelicalism that is refreshingly free of indifference to ills like imperalism, war, and slums. This articulation however makes an error of unnecessarily surrendering the flag of traditional Christian doctrine to its "conservative" friends:

"Conservative evangelicals tend to see salvation as an individualistic affair, postconservatives emphasize the communal dimension. Conservatives tend to see hell as a place of eternal, conscious torment after death; postconservatives are concerned about this-worldly hells of genocides, slums, and diseases."

This doesn't sound "evangelical" in the sense of being true to old-time doctrines, having a common confession-- a definition IIRC Ron Sider has used, but I could look it up.

The vision I have is one where social sins-- such as wishing torture on an Al Qaeda accountant (or worse, blindly agreeing with our system, which in reality is torture of adbucted Muslims who have nothing to do with carrying out acts of terror) -- is sin. Sin in the sense of a "personal" sin that one must either pay for in something called "hell" if one rejects Christ's payment on the cross for it.

To capitulate the old-time doctrines is major uncool.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Friday, November 18, 2005

New lake image

Feigning a sun over to the right side

Monday, November 07, 2005

ffmpeg can turn PNG's into MPG-1

Here's a dump of my command and the resulting output:

greg@kan_one:/home/greg/images# ffmpeg -i zfixirishd07%02d.png file.mpg
ffmpeg version CVS, build 4758, Copyright (c) 2000-2004 Fabrice Bellard
configuration: --prefix=/usr --libdir=${prefix}/lib --enable-shared --enable-mp3lame --host=i486-linux-gnu --enable-gpl --build=i486-linux-gnu --enable-faad --mandir=${prefix}/share/man --enable-vorbis --enable-pthreads --enable-faac --enable-xvid --enable-dts cc --enable-amr_nb --enable-amr_wb --enable-pp --enable-shared-pp --enable-libogg --enable-a52 --enable-a52bin --enable-x264
built on Jul 16 2005 18:28:59, gcc: 4.0.1 (Debian 4.0.1-2)
Input #0, image2, from 'zfixirishd07%02d.png':
Duration: 00:00:01.2, start: 0.000000, bitrate: N/A
Stream #0.0: Video: png, rgb24, 320x240, 25.00 fps
Output #0, mpeg, to 'file.mpg':
Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg1video, yuv420p, 320x240, 25.00 fps, q=2-31, 200 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
Press [q] to stop encoding
frame= 30 q=0.0 Lsize= 116kB time=1.2 bitrate= 819.2kbits/s
video:114kB audio:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead 1.492690%

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Golf, anyone?

After investing considerable effort getting two boxes up and running with kanotix linux, I'm finally ready to start tinkering with povray again.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Blue Conductor

Blue Mandelbrot
Originally uploaded by pterandon.
I made this using Xaos fractal explorer with a bootable Kanotix CD. (I then obtained Xaos through the "klik" feature.)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

New fishin' hole. In center of this picture. Caught a catfish with my son yesterday
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Monday, May 09, 2005

Kanotix Linux rocks!

And here's how to do wireless with it!

knoppix@0[knoppix]$ su root
root@0[knoppix]# iwcongif
bash: iwcongif: command not found
root@0[knoppix]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

ath0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power:50 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=0/94 Signal level=-95 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

root@0[knoppix]# iwconfig ath0 essid (myhomenetwork) key (a bunch of characters)
root@0[knoppix]# pump -i ath0

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

An algorithm to render several different scenes at once.

A povray comic
Originally uploaded by pterandon.
Using the camera_view pigment in Megapov, I've got it set up so that I no longer have to manipulate and resize images in order to compose a "comic" format. I even used superellipsoids to give it a TV set look.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Experimenting with the camera pigment pattern in MegaPov 1.1
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Sunday, March 13, 2005

U.S. Solder in Vietnam with bug

Originally uploaded by tasker.
Check out this guy's pictures at

Hey this is a Test

Saturday, March 12, 2005

guten morgen!

guten morgen!, originally uploaded by lil aNNa.

Hey I really liked this one. Not only is it compositionally well done. I was also surprised that there don't appear to be any spots on the ladybug. (This image was taken by (lil aNNa).

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Formerly known As Red Dahlia

The member hurleygurley took this beautiful photo. Flickr allows one to "blog" photos. Just thought I'd try it because I hadn't posted my own material in a while. Apologies to hg if this feature of flickr violates your wishes for use of this image!

Friday, February 11, 2005

First rough draft of page 1 of the comic. I of course need to plan better with the pixel sizes, and so far I haven't given the figures their final poses. Getting that broom into the hands of the guys took a good two hours. I may introduce radiosity later.

Posted by Hello

Heard some cool techno music...

... at the Webjay site.

And I'm just going to see what happens when I put this link here that I got from the web page about the music plat list I liked.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The whole gang's here. Started taking a cartooning class and got inspired to finish a really great script in my head. And that inspired me to fix up the last few characters for the story....
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Sunday, January 30, 2005

And then a slightly less handsome gent, who will play a significant role in my next anim (that is if I get it complete.) He'll start off as the janitor for the bad guys ...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Pioneer Press breaks embargo Posted by Hello

Friday, January 07, 2005

Image made from my character and a scene file released by Gilles Tran under an "attribution" Creative Commons license. My purposes in creating this image were at least twofold: i) To tease Gilles for releasing the code such that any dork like me could make blasphemy with it. ;-) ii) To evaluate how my characters look in a serious scene developed by an accomplished artist. And towards that end, I think that if I squint, the character looks quite natural in the setting. I did notice however that the legs are a bit deformed-- the leg looks like it's about to fall off! I guess I have some serious work to do on the legs-- something my wife has been saying for years.
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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Trying to add some scifi like settings. In case you can't tell, this is supposed to be an apartment complex.
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Saturday, January 01, 2005

2005 meets 2002

2005 meets 2002. I was dusting off some of the early characters I'd made in November 2002 for possible use as "extras." I wondered how they'd fare in size against my latest work. Putting the files together gave this. Copyright Greg M. Johnson 2005.
Posted by Hello