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General Discussion / Re: Atari 2600
« on: August 11, 2008, 05:13:04 am »
Google Image Search for "Atari 2600 palette" turned up this:

I'm assuming you mean this. If you're talking about programming it, then good luck. Wikipedia cites that the 2600 was one of the most difficult machines to program at the time.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: August 09, 2008, 02:52:41 pm »
So I'm trying to get back into programming more, and I chose to start using Java. In the past, I used C++ primarily, and a little QBASIC back in the day.

I chose Java because it's mid-level (so it's powerful, but not too complicated,) it's well-documented (I got a free 700 page book online about it, and it seems pretty official,) and it's completely cross-platform, which doesn't matter for me since it's just recreational programming, but it's nice to know that Mac users and Lunix users can use mah softwarez too.

What I'm wondering, however, is why most programmers that I've encountered on the internets hate Java?

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:26:23 pm »
Helm, I wanna pet your kitty on the belly.

I have a dog, but I don't have a camera so I don't have any pictures of her. She's lazy, though, so they'd probably just be pictures of her lying there.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: August 06, 2008, 03:20:39 pm »
Sorry to derail the thread, but I've never played Final Fantasy.

Has anyone else noticed that the Vista recycle bin is really buggy? I mean, I don't think I've gone through a complete day of using my laptop without having to restore the recycle bin icon on my desktop. For some reason, every time I put something in the recycle bin, rather than change the icon to the recycle bin that's full, it just disappears, and all I can see is the text saying "recycle bin."

If I can find a version of Linux that will run on my laptop and be compatible with everything I have, then I'm about ready to switch.

On that note, is there a distro of Linux that's pretty compatible with everything? The only reason I ask is because I know it gets pretty spotty when it comes to laptops, especially wifi and the like. The distro I was looking at was Debian after talking to a few hardcore Linux users, and it seems pretty well-supported, but if you guys have any suggestions, that would be helpful.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: August 05, 2008, 04:22:52 am »
I drained it, but then put stuff on it and gauzed it up. I guess it's sanitary, but I dunno. I'm not too worried.

Hah, grabbed a lightbulb, that's rough. I guess when I was little I grabbed a curling iron. I don't remember it, but I guess it was pretty awful.

Oh, and what's up with the unused karma system?

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: August 05, 2008, 03:29:35 am »
Hey Y'all.

So I was working tonight, and cooking a butt-load of bacon, and I splashed a lot of bacon grease on my forearm.

It started about that size (it was about the size of a dime, give or take.) By the end of the night, it was the size of that red area. I drained it when I got home from work, and it was nasty.

2D & 3D / Re: Official OT-Creativity Thread 2
« on: August 04, 2008, 03:47:08 pm »
So I haven't done pixel art in a LONG time, but I haven't stopped doing art. For a class called "Media," we made groups and directed videos. There were three videos: The 8 shot, which was more of a tutorial than anything else, where we had to make a video in 8 shots with each shot being 8 seconds or less; the PSA, which is self-explanatory; and the final project, which really doesn't have many restrictions. I was in a group with my best friend, who is going to college to be a film major. I didn't upload our 8-shot, mostly because it didn't turn out that well (although it was a small eastern-European riding a tandem bike with the fattest kid we know.) The other two, however, turned out really well.

The Elderly - This is our Public Service Announcement. To be honest, the idea of having our friend's little brother dance with old people started as a joke, but I think that the fact that it is so humorous is what makes it so effective. And that lady in the video is my grandma, although she's wearing a wig because she didn't look old enough.

Over Spilled Milk - This is our final project for the class. You should watch it in high quality, because we filmed it on a really nice camera. I guess the idea for this video was "let's start with a crazy shot, and then the whole video is a series of events leading up to that event." That's somewhat glib, but that's what it became. The teacher for the class was really worried about projects not getting done, because the class had earned the reputation of being an "easy A" or a class where you get a camera and you get to film your asshole friends imitating "jackass." In reality, it wasn't that, but I digress. The teacher put the deadline for the final project's script/storyboard less than a week after the project was assigned.

The music in this one was made by my friend Charlie. He has a myspace of his music, which is really schweet. He's the pirate in the video. I'm the one who spits the tootsie roll at him. EDIT: can't find his myspace, but whatever...

And for you Dr. Who/Torchwood fans, yes, my friend is John Barrowman's nephew.

Sorry for the long post, but I don't think I rambled that much.

While it's, for the most part, 1 bit, you could get a graphing calculator. Note that I say mostly one-bit because I believe there are models that are color, but I've never seen one in real life.

A graphing calculator is somewhat cheap (I would reccomend the TI-83, as it's fairly standard, easy to find, and since almost everybody who used a calculator in high-school had one (at least around here) you could probably get one on ebay or amazon for pretty cheap.) You can also develop apps on it using a language somewhat similar to BASIC (it's not flash or java, but c'mon, you could develop an app in BASIC without trying.)

While it wouldn't offer the control or color-options that a DS would have, it's easy to use, you can develop pixel apps for it, and it would probably end up costing you a quarter of the price.

General Discussion / Gimme something to draw.
« on: July 28, 2008, 05:14:30 pm »
Howdy all.

My senior year of H.S. (this year) I took AP Art, and it was fun, but it was the only reason that I drew. I like drawing, but I can't just sit down and decide to draw something that often. Most of what I draw is just strange looking people, and I think it's funny, but I dunno. One of these days, I'll sit down, hook up my scanner to my notebook, and scan everything I can and upload it.

But I digress.

Give me some suggestions of stuff to draw. I'm looking for creativity here. Also, if you ask me to draw characters from anime, I will just draw what I think they look like, because I don't watch anime and I don't plan on looking any of this up.

I'll take a few suggestions and get to work, because I have to get motivated and hook my scanner up, and also I work quite a bit this week. But I'll do as many as I can. Keep 'em comin'.


Pixel Art / Re: WIP Motorcycle and Junkyard
« on: July 28, 2008, 04:55:39 pm »
The pieces are both good for a first, or near-first attempt, but there are a few issues.

In regards to the first one, the background (the blue sky) is far too bright. It makes it hard to make out the details in the foreground, which is really what you're trying to do. The background shouldn't stand out that much.

Second, the shading in a lot of areas (in both pieces) seems somewhat random. Although it's hard to tell for me because of the stupid Firefox 3 smoothing pixels zoom thing, the round areas in your first piece (i.e. the helmet, the wrecking ball, the wheels) are shaded to some extent, but using a strange speckling effect. I think the easiest way to get down the concept of shading is to draw simple objects, like spheres and cones, and shade them.

 Also, the chain-link fence in the first one is distracting, and hurts my eyes. I understand that that's how chain link fences look, but it's hard to get that effect in pixels. Try making the fence have larger holes, or something.

I guess the biggest issue here is that the subjects of the pieces are hard to identify. In the first one, the motorcycles do not stand out enough from the background, and the wolf-type thing in the second one is also somewhat small and dull.

I'd be interested to see if there was any line art for either of these. If there is, please post it, it'd help resolve some basic issues.

Welcome to the forum :)


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