Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:46:08 +0000
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:46:08 +0000(Amazon link) A collection of brain-melting short sci-fi stories from a polluted and impoverished future that is a lot less depressing than I just made it sound. This has been out since 2010 but I recently re-read the whole thing. RIYL Ted Chiang, et al.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:29:58 +0000Adventures beneath the surface of Mars, by Der-shing Helmer, author of The Meek, another webcomic I haven’t started in on yet. Helmer’s biology background makes for some interesting Martian fauna. Backed by me on Patreon.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:12:44 +0000An independent streaming channel featuring short science fiction films. Also on YouTube.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:07:32 +0000Web-safe font stacks, complete with browser support. (Cue sound of designers weeping Helvetica support.)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:56:13 +0000A post-mortem on the PewDiePie fiasco. The always-on, always-producing YouTuber culture sounds exhausting.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:52:05 +0000A lightweight Unix CLI for automating tasks. Intended primarily for test automation but probably a useful replacement for the Linux-exclusive inotifywait. (Via)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:50:21 +0000Tons of free and paid HTML 5 templates to use and dissect.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:55:38 +0000Useful. (via)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:47:12 +0000Meredith McClaren’s charming adventure story about a city of clockwork people concluded in February. (I burned through it in one sitting.)
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:57:10 +0000Speaking of video compositing, I never posted the latest video I did with Explone, for our song “King of the Mist” from Suicide Fences. I used some of the same techniques (simplified, since I’m very much a novice) to place us in a spooky forest, conjuring spirits with our music by firelight. Come walk into … Continue reading New video for Explone, “King Of The Mist”
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:45:32 +0000Unbelievably cool video demonstrating video compositing techniques. VFX Games – The Art of Compositing from Roy Peker on Vimeo.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:32:28 +0000Two things: 1) “Scrollytelling?” Really? 2) the library I used to create the motion-comic effects in Red Moon is called Skrollr and is no longer being maintained, so these are some cool-looking alternatives. I’d love to build a motion-comic toolkit on top of one of these. I’d love to do a lot of things.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:24:24 +0000Embedded in this short overview of the influence of the original King Kong is this amazing clip detailing some of the effects that Willis O’Brien had to invent to bring Skull Island to life. The clip where O’Brien combines dioramas, matte paintings, rear-screen projections, real-time smoke, water effects and stop motion into one shot is … Continue reading How ‘King Kong’ Movies Changed VFX History, Over and Over Again
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:10:00 +0000A funny treatise on the ocean sunfish, one of nature’s weirder experiments. I laughed.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:51:18 +0000And it displays the game’s current Redux state as a JSON blob. Cool!