Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pokemon National Championships

I went out to the Pokemon National Championships at the convention center because this is what I've wanted since I was 10. I wish I entered in the tournament. I'd be in the senior division along with everyone else over 13. I feel so old and yet so young.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Freedom Force – Part 9 – Mantra

Meet Mantra.
An eternal warrior named Lukasz was reincarnated, to his shock, into the body of a woman, Eden Blake. In addition to being forced to deal with life as a woman, Lukasz also faces the particular challenges of Eden's life — in particular, her two children and her ex-husband. For the first time, Lukasz confronts the fact that for 1500 years he had been destroying families by stealing men's bodies and forcing them to walk away from their lives. He fell in love with her soul, which still existed within him.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Freedom Force - Eddie Devil

Meet Eddie Devil.

Eddie Devil has been described as the Jimmy Olsen to El Gorgo's Superman. That is, if Jimmy Olsen was a luchadore who double fists cigs and a coffee to get ready to fight mermen. Actually given the wonders of silver age Jimmy Olsen... that's possible.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Freedom Force – Penny Devlin: Woman Of A.C.T.I.O.N.

Meet Penny Devlin.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Sims’ work for while now. Check out his Invincible Super Blog to see why. He’s started writing a few comics at Action Age Comics and they’re pretty much universally great. I’ve been working on a concept for a comic of my own but the biggest snag is I need an artist to draw it. Sadly my Photoshop skillz stop where drawing begins. I tell you this because you can read Woman of A.C.T.I.O.N. for free online right now.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nerdiest thing? Freedom Force texture compression theory.

I created an unnecessarily long treatise on textures and compression in Freedom Force. You can read it here on my Freedom Force sub-site. I did this because I wanted to know how best to get my skins out to the people who so desperately crave them, (3 people tops) but I am so dedicated to those few that I struggle with how to better please them. They where not however my core reason for doing this. This is:

It may not be immediately obvious but what I’m getting at is that Minute Man, the main character, has gotten worse looking between the games. The problem is that all the textures in FF1 where at 256 pixels while FFV3R were at 512 pixels. The original characters weren’t upscaled for the sequel but they were compressed in the change to DDS from TGA. I ran the texture from FF1 through a professional level upscaler to 1024px and then compressed to DDS. This is what should have been done when FFV3R from the beginning.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Freedom Force – El Gorgo!

Meet El Gorgo.

The marvelous Mike McGee and the tangible(?) Tamas Jakab are the creators of the impossibly amazing webcomic El Gorgo! I unleashed a teaser image of my El Gorgo skin on Twitter a few days ago and these kind gents followed me. I wasn't even following them yet! (my secret shame) I continued my work on El Gorgo and posted it to the Freedom Reborn Forums and then debuted Axe Cop. Not long after I posted my my teasers of Eddie Devil I found that Mike McGee had tweeted about it. I had yet to tweet about it myself! This level of connection between artists and fans (becoming mutual fans even) is why I love living in the future.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

I made that…

...so I could make this:

Now that Axe Cop is available and you can get Dan McNinja here you can have the ultimate battle of mustaches.

Freedom Force - Axe Cop

Meet Axe Cop.

I just jumped back in to doing Freedom Force skins. It’s hard to believe the original is almost a decade old. Here’s everyone’s favorite homicidal officer with the mind of a six year old: Axe Cop. If you aren’t reading Axe Cop you should be ashamed. It’s free on the web at AxeCop.com so go there now!

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

If my major doesn’t work out, I’ll just be a plant photographer…

My boss sent me out to our medicinal herb garden to take some pictures to use for an in-house display. I figured they weren’t half bad, so I thought I’d share :)  

 

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You might know this plant as clover! It’s actually the current background on my computer. I made use of the Macros function, and I’m  pretty proud of how my camera performed :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This bee is hanging out on a Purple Coneflower. This plant (Echinacea) is used for cold and flu symptoms.

He wanted to be friends. I was hesitant.

 

 

 

 

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This Rosemary looks like a person, right?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Golf 2010 Slideshow

NCAA Golf is over again. Take a minute to let all the adventure wash over you. That is to say, watch this slideshow.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MASCOTS! They're all out to get me!

A Zooperstar (Shaquille O'Seal?) sprayed me with silly string while I was on the field. Yuck.