Thursday, March 13, 2008

Small update

The end of the term has had a bit of a deadening effect on both my social life and my ability to update this blog. In a week or so, I should be back to my normal pace. So, slow, rather than glacial.

I thought I might take a break from trying to generate a realistic jellyfish simulation (trust me, it's CS-related -- I'm not quite sure how) to post a picture or two that I like.

This first is taken from a hike I went on a month or so ago with my friend J (yes, that means I was hiking in January). Weirdly enough, despite living right in the middle of LA, there are a fair selection of decent hikes not a 10-minute drive north of me. Nice having "mountains" in the middle of your city. Anyway, this is LA. The bigger buildings, aka "downtown" (such as it is) would be way off to your left. My house is about an inch from the ocean. Be warned, it's a huge picture. But a pretty spectacular view. Alright, so it was spectacular in real life. Deal.

[EDIT. Apparently Blogger limits the sizes of pictures it allows you to post, so the first version of this picture linked to a very small image. I'm hosting it on my website now, so if you click on the following image, you should now see it in its enormous, 8MB glory.]

This second comes from the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area, which is this still-functioning oilfield right in the middle of LA. I completely inadvertently discovered it on my first day in town; Google's directions to my storage area sent me down La Cienega Blvd and, apropos of nothing, I all of a sudden I found myself in the middle of this wasteland (yes, you spotted the obvious joke: have a cookie). I've gone to visit it twice, now. The place is fantastic. Lots of good hikes. Anyway, here's a scene:

And while writing this post, I managed to figure out how to get ODE's joint system to work! Hooray! Now I've got a week to get everything else working. Fun.