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General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:29:00 am »
I hope you find him, or that he's happy and well. Check wall gaps if there are any around the place too, though that happens more with kittens than big cats AFAIK. Also check the pounds and RSPCA type places - they keep pets for a while - put up fliers, etc. Best of luck.

2D & 3D / Re: Official OT-Creativity Thread 2
« on: September 27, 2009, 01:01:01 pm »
I've finished a new song though, if anyone cares to take a listen...

This sorta stuff makes me absolutely miserable about this horrible character flaw I have - upon hearing/seeing something marvellous, being miserable about how much better everyone else is at everything I'd love to be good at, instead of just being inspired to succeed. Anyone else get that? The feeling that success is suddenly that much further from ones grasp?

Darned brain doesn't get into "Time to succeed mode!" until it reacts to the realization it's stuck in nasally childish gitdom where the best anyone can come up with is "Eat brains, brains give you goodies!"


*re-tunes brain and listens to song again*

This is better than the vast majority of professional stuff I hear, IMHO. Great voice, great lyrics, putting an album together someplace?

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 21, 2009, 10:45:59 am »
Oh, I don't mean to sound arrogant or anything when I said laughable - I meant that sort of half-suffocated laugh of shock/disbelief when comparing the ease of reading the syntax. I am a VERY inexperienced programmer here. Please expect many unintended stupid sounding statements.

I certainly don't mean laughable in terms of capability! Far as I can see they're all perfectly capable of what I want to do.

From what I can see it looks like if I want web development I need to know PHP regardless - at least the basics. And it does look like Ruby vs Python aren't miles apart. Apparently if I learn one the rest will come without too much trouble, so hey... it's all good! :)

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 20, 2009, 11:38:50 pm »
I was struggling to pick between PHP/Ruby/Python until I had another look at the syntax - PHP looks laughable.

I'm torn between Python and Ruby now. As Atnas points out, Ruby definitely looks simpler and a bit more intuitive (like maybe you really could be happy writing in it), but Python looks like it might not be too much harder. I'm torn. Of course I still have no idea how all this will translate to this thing called 'web application frameworks' and how it might wind up with me making a basic facebook app, but hey. I'll just pick one up and start.

It's like... perceived practicality (ruby) vs theoretical superiority & mates who can debug anything for me (python).

I have no idea yet how using Flash would compare (adamatomic + flixel libs = how simply?)

Thank you for the links. *studystudy*

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 20, 2009, 08:15:43 am »
Learn C. All else is peripheral.

Eee... I was thinking something less hardcore and painful to learn. Along the lines of no coding confidence, hated java at uni (10 years ago, though), found Ruby in RpgMakerXP vaguely comprehensible and realized could handle something a little better than that, etc. End-user coding type... stuff. What be used in making apps on Facebook or web browser games - not what be used in making alternate universes.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 20, 2009, 12:19:53 am »
Traffic is already a dangerous hellhole when you're sticking to the rules

Agreed. Out here where I am atm on country roads everything's just dandy - with no traffic and miles of straight road with beautiful skies and mountains in the distance, it's as pleasant as could be and one is even tempted, occasionally, to sit at the speed limit. I still imagine and automatic turret popping up out of the bonnet and blasting away whenever someone speeds by, though, especially when it's a cop who isn't chasing anyone, doesn't have his lights on and is doing about 40 over the speed limit.

So much worse in the city (Melbourne) - so much panic everywhere. And drivers ignoring the basics.

The rule here is do not speed up until AFTER you reach the sign, and reach the 'slow down speed' BEFORE you reach the sign, yet I have idiots pushing away behind me to hit 100 the moment the sign hits the horizon. People seem to think the right hand lane gives you the right to ignore the speed limit.

Apparently the P in my Probationary license stands for 'Pissing You Off'.

90s - 2001
Console type, 2d arcade platform
fairly generic futuristic blue-ish metal armor suit (but I don't think he wore a helmet)
low resolution
'by the numbers' kind of game

I was so going to say Megaman until I saw the helmet line. :P Remember anything about the enemies or the story or what sort of gameplay was involved?

*goes back to reading about REBOL*

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 19, 2009, 08:43:57 am »
I think that tale is enough to make me better about backing up!!

Tempted to take a break from all the art study and learn to code a bit - any suggestions on what language might be best learnt if one was looking to experiment with making Facebook applications? Only know basic HTML and how to manipulate a smattering of Ruby for scripting so far.

One downside to getting into art so much (and away from coding a long time ago) is that I really prefer if I could just code by moving blocks around visually instead of actually remembering syntax etc.

I was thinking PHP for starters, SQL and checking out REBOL.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 19, 2009, 05:20:08 am »
I'd be struggling horribly to learn to draw - heck, if there was no internet I probably would've never gotten into drawing to begin with and just stuck with writing. May not've even gotten into writing without the opportunities via the internet... probably would've wound up in music or IT.

Computer, oddly, seems to be functioning again - enough to have turned itself on okay, but still has random keys being 'activated' and can't do anything other than check for any files that need backing up. If I could disconnect the built in keyboard, maybe I could use it.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Antelope Skull
« on: September 18, 2009, 05:57:56 am »
Aye, it looks flat as in lacks volume. I wondered after if you meant for the horns to be spirals. I have no pixel software as my laptop died just five minutes ago... but I'd say perhaps try it without the shading and just the line art, to see if you can convey the spiral there. Zooming is all fuzzy on this browser so I can't get a decent look. :(

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: September 18, 2009, 05:56:21 am »
My Toshiba M200 Portege Tablet PC (aka ancient, refurbished laptop) just died. All within the space of about two minutes.

Started with 'delete' key not working, then spitting out '=' (key next to it), followed by random keys not working. Turned it off to clean the keyboard, back on and the screen won't come on at boot. Just beeps every second.

I'd been happily reading all these old art books off it and learning to draw, too - ideal opportunity while stuck here in rural Victoria with my fiancee for a few weeks. Looks like I'm being forced to focus on sketching skills & away from pixels - but I'm confused as to why the Powers That Be think I need forcing when that's what I'm doing anyway. o_O

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