November 9, 2010

Lacuna Expanse

I've been playing an MMO lately called Lacuna Expanse. It's a resource management / interstellar cold war MMO. It's still very new and rather sparsely populated. The entire backend is written in Perl. It has a fully scriptable API. Currently, there's a web client and an iPhone app.

October 27, 2008

Zeppelins at the Gas Works

I've had this idea for a couple of days now. Just north of downtown Seattle is the Gas Works Park. It has a some really cool old industrial equipment. I've also been following the Steampunk Wallpaper blog. Combining these ideas, I thought the gas works park would make some pretty cool steampunk. All I needed was something to make it more interesting. The obvious choice was airships.

Enter Flickr. A couple of searches turned up a great photo of gas work park, and a couple of zeppelins. Some time spent with Gimp and I had something looking pretty decent. I still needed that antique paper look, though. This time Deviant Art turned up a great old paper I could overlay as a texture.

And the final image looks like this.

Update: I forgot to give credit to for the clouds.

Update #2: I thought the black border made this look a bit dark so I changed the border to white. Check it out here. I'm also working on full-screen versions (in black- and white-bordered). I'm not happy with the border yet. I'll be working on those on the bus this evening.

Update #3: Now in full-screen with your choice of white or black borders.

August 2, 2008

Steampunk your computer the easy way


Thanks to Boing Boing, I came across the Steampunk Wallpaper site the other day. This inspired me to create my own. It's subtle. Also available in wide screen. Credits go to Apple for the basic image and to Curious Expeditions for the gears.

July 31, 2008

Facial Replacement for Privacy (or Perfect Photo Albums)

Some researchers at Columbia University's Computer Vision Labratory have developed software to automatically replace faces in batches of photos. Practical applications include protecting the identities of people in Google's Street View, coupling it with a digital camera's burst mode to create a perfect group photo, or protecting the identities of witnesses or law enforcement and military personnel. Other links to coverage include Boing Boing, American Public Media, and New Scientist.

June 17, 2008

Firefox Fail

I've been using the Firefox 3 beta for a while. Today (June 17) is the big world record download day and they are having problems. They have been down. They have had to roll back to the "old" page. And now they have the new page touting Firefox3, but are linking to the old release. ff-fail.png Oops.