Unless you count Zelda or Halo 2, this is about the only thing I accomplished this weekend. Boy, it is sure easy to spend a long time tweaking low-res animations pixel by pixel. This is for the new animation (not yet visible) in my puzzle game escape.
Today I went to see the "Parallel-world Electricians" Maywa Denki give a "Product Demonstration" as part of the Wats:on festival at CMU (the first ever in the USA). For the most part this was really great. There were loads of weird nonsense machines and toys and MIDI-controlled mechanical instruments. The "president" of the art collective was especially endearing because his English was so "cheap" (as he put it).
After the show I was recognized by a young art student because of my web page (she had been "visiting since high school"), which is a flattering and alarming experience. This is actually the second time this has happened on CMU's campus in recent memory--an oddity to me since I have felt that I have been mostly concentrating on projects (ie, aphasia; escape; PhD) without much mainstream appeal for the last few years. Anyway, that was very nice of you, thanks.
Due to repeatedly having to see the massive problems in my most recent font Hockey is Lif on Jason's Weblog (as he works his project to 'cool' the font a bit into a sort of monstrous, distended Helvetica), I silently uploaded a new improved version of the font. How uncrapartlike!
In other extended project news, I have been also silently working to add animation and sound to Escape. Sound is about 1% done, but animation is probably at least half done. Be on the lookout for "Beta 2" soon!
Thanks to fontforge (Fontographer does not run on my computer any more because I have too much memory) I made my first font in three and a half years. It's called Hockey is Lif. (Also, I have restarted the Divide By Zero mailing list from scratch, so if you want to be on it, go there and sign up!)
The Most Beautiful Font Ever Constructed
(14 Jan 2005 at 16:49)
Witness the most beautiful font ever conceived, "Untitled.font." It was created by Adam and Jason and Tom 7 and Heather and Dug and Jeff at D's Six Pax and Dogz on January 13, 2005. Don't delay -- put this in your Windows Microsoft right away.
UPD: Illustrated Notes from Computer Science
(07 Jan 2005 at 20:51)
I made it back to Pittsburgh. I am currently cleaning up Last Year stuff in preparation for the new semester. I found a bunch of good notebook pages from 2004, which are now at Illustrated Notes from Computer Science.
This is me at Point Lobos in Monterey, CA. (Los Lobos kick your ass. Los Lobos kick your face. Los Lobos kick your balls... into outer space!) This was a pretty cool spot. We saw whale squirts, and the backs of whales, from really far away. Unfortunately, we were unable to catch my dream photo of the surf splashing up around me on the rocks, even though the surf did splash all over me and my stuff on the rocks.
You might have thought that it would never happen, but I am in California this week*. Here is a picture of me in San Francisco. (Click for a bigger version.) Any recommendations of things not to miss while I'm here?
* I am not setting my watch to PST, though--my final East Coast holdout.