Monday, October 30, 2006

Digipen Week 8

What a fun week it was to be had... not
3 Midterms and a physics engine in one fell swoop!

Well the midterms went okay, and the physics engine went pretty good to. We can detect when boxes collide with other boxes and walls in which they promptly stop after wards... all in code. So what you actually see is a bunch of numbers on screen and some messages but its happening inside the computer I swear!

Redmond's started to get cold and basically most tree's have just dumped their leaves on to the road / ground. No pretty scenery or pictures :(

My Precious 40" TV is busted >< After its been on for an hour pixels start flipping to green for no apparent reason. I called LG repair center and they are sending a guy to take it away for a week. Warrenty is covered but no games in the mean time and FFXII comes out this week! (Not like I have time to play through a game like Final Fantasty but that isnt the point)

In other news, why arent the Calgary Flames winning any hockey games... I can only listen on NHL radio but its still sad to hear them lossing so much, bah.

3 weeks till Wii launch!

- Mike Out

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Digipen Week 7

Nothing of particular interest happened this week at school. However on Sunday Nicole and I went out to dinner with some of the Pre-Master's students and a Digipen Masters Graduate. Dinner was had at Ginza, a Japanese resturant dealing primarly in Sushi. It was good but a bit pricey for a student budget. It worked out to over half of what we usually spend on food a week. That either means Nicole and I don't spend enough money on food a week or it was too expensive, you decide :P

The digipen graduate now works for bungie. Technically he hadnt graduated yet since he hasn't completed his thesis, which appears to be a common thing. First off not a single Master's student at Digipen has completed their Thesis in the three years digipen has been running the program. Secondly, the graduate was saying of all his friends and people he knows / talk to in other graduate programs, not completeing the thesis on time is a very common thing.

I personally plan on getting my Thesis done in a timely matter, I must do it!

Nicole and I also took a nice stroll with Marymoore park, she should have pictures up shortly. My summary is things are slowly starting to turn color, its still very nice out. I still wear short sleaves.

Less then four weeks until the Wii launches!

- Mike

Sunday, October 22, 2006

New Template!

The blog has a new template now, that is all.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Digipen Week 6

This week saw the creation of a Technical Design Document. Its not due until Wednesday of next week but since we have so much crap to finish worked on it as much as possible. Ours is about 50 pages. Could easily be more if we had time

Math is terrible, huge ass assignment that everyone was stressing over. And I really mean people are stressing over it. Math is really gonna be an issue if the work load doesnt slow down soon.

Other 2 classes were uneventful.

As for life in Redmond... Umm its cloudy! There was a brief 2 or 3 days when leaves started turning and looked all pretty like. But then the rain and clouds came and tress just dump there none green leaves. Hopefully things will clear up so we can take some nice pictures.

So one more month until the Wii launches! (and my Birthday too :D)

- Mike Out

Friday, October 13, 2006

Chicken Fried Rice

Yesterday, I made some chicken fried rice for dinner. It turned out alright, but I wish I had some of Grandpa's fried rice. It's just better. I shall have to learn from him how he does it some time.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Digipen Week 5

Not much of an update since well school is school.

But I'll leave you with a picture I did for my GAT300 course (modeling / animation)

Its a scene of a jeep (or rather a humvee).
The professor just gives us a texture map (think of all the sides of the vehicle drawn on a flat piece of paper) and we have to create a model to fit that texture map.

Done in 3D studio Max.

- Mike out

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Digipen Week 4

Last week was rather interesting in the non-interesting way...
This coming week we had like 5 or so assignments / projects due. So everyone in the Pre-Master's program was stressing to get everything done.

I didnt find it that bad myself. I just worked on the assignments as we got them and finished with extra time to spare, which didnt work out so well in the end. Why you ask? Simply because all my other group members were to busy doing the other individual HW they didnt have time to spend on finishing / polishing the Game Design Document. So I ended up putting far more time in to that then I wanted... I even had one of my group members call me at midnight to ask for help on the (Weekly) Math Assignment. I wasnt sleeping yet but it was just sorta odd. Now I shall continue rolling my eyes at these people who have apparently gotten Computer Science Degrees >.>

Well to be fair not my group is not all that bad but I guess I'll categorize them. To avoid naming names I'll just call em person A, B and C

Person A: Tries to stay ahead and puts in a good amount of time. Only issue is he gets fairly heated in discussions / debates that arent going his way, which are instigated by Person C.

Person B: Is enrolled in 1 extra class this semester which is programming. (The other 2 are ta
king that next semester). Seems to want to be just given tasks and doesnt step up in any regard. Seems to only do the minimum doesnt add alot of input in discussions.

Person C: Talks the talk but doesnt walk the walk. Wants all this stuff for our game and likes to play "devil's advocate" for no good reason (aka likes to debate for the sake of it). Has a different "startegy" for doing work that goes against everything I've learned in Engineering. Basically he'll spend hours and hours on one thing until its done before moving on. Now apply this to a group discussion and we've (IMO) wasted several hours talking about 1 subject cause he won't let the conversation move on. Doesn't have a clue about how the 80 / 20 rule works. Also doesnt really start Assignments until the due date gets fairly close. I fear hes going to burn himself out real fast and request certian aspects of the game be implemented that arent neccessary in the bigger picture, but will spend large amounts of time working on it.

Okay... so we can see how this is going, lets hope it doesnt actually go that way.

/end Rant
- Mike Out

Monday, October 02, 2006

Project Clean the Blinds Complete

A few days ago I finally finished cleaning all the windows & blinds in the house. What a pain that was! For those of you who wonder why I felt the need to clean them I present to you this picture demonstrating the before and after.