Saturday, November 24, 2007

I <3 Videogames

Things have been kinda nuts, and I haven't had much free time for my own stuff, so I figured I'd make another "what's my inspiration" post.

I like videogames. I like them a LOT. The "Final Fantasy" series is one of my favorite series. I played FF7 for the PC back in the summer of '98, and I was hooked. My brother and I bought a Playstation after that, solely in anticipation for "Final Fantasy VIII," which came out September 1999. In the many months between summer of '98 and fall of '99, I did a TON of research on the game, and analyzed every screenshot I could get my grubby paws on.

What struck me as odd were the prerendered screens of the two main characters, dancing in a ballroom. It was odd because it seemed like such a trivial event to have to fully render using CGI. Videogames weren't really like that yet. When the game finally came out that fall, and when I ever saw that scene, I was completely blown away.

Keep in mind, this was 8 years ago. Pre-Shrek, Post-Toy Story. And while you can hardly call it "animation," since it's clearly motion captured, it still absolutely blew my mind. Especially when their previous effort, just two years earlier, looked like this... and people considered that pretty amazing at the time. I'd never seen characters really come to life like this before, and I still can't help but smile whenever I watch it- even 8 years later.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


This is what happens when your brother wants you to do an animation, and you're falling behind on an impending deadline.

This is "Animation of Dan being silly and Tim scolding him."

about 5 minutes

Friday, November 9, 2007

Math and Global Warming

I did some math. A few months back, I discovered these facts (though they've been updated since then):

Number of miles put on my car since I got it (roughly 1 year ago): 17,000
Amount of money spent on gas since I started my most recent job (March 2007): $930

I never really minded my commute. I've been working at Soup2Nuts for just about 8 months. The drive just never really bothered me after I got used to it. I've wanted to move for a while, and I know I have to, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago, until I started thinking too much, that it all began to bother me. So, with the help of a calculator, this is what I've discovered.

Hours spent in car per day: 2.5
Hours spent in car per week: 12.5
Hours per month: 50
Hours per year: 600
Days spent in car per year: 25

That's right. The amount of hours I'll spend in my car, should I have this commute for a full year, will amount to 25 days. Could you imagine sitting in a car by yourself for 25 straight days? Could you imagine how much you could get done in 25 days?

That's right. I am the sole cause of global warming.