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  • Random Image

    October 10, 2004

    Barry Birthday CardWas just browsing my archives, and came across this image I made for my friend Barry’s birthday party. Barry had just moved into his house and was consumed by painting. We thought it might be a good idea that he had something to distract him. Because we’re evil.

    This is a good example of some clip art scrounging + shameless use of built-in Photoshop layer effects. This follows some good advice from former CGD mentor Bill Colgrove, who taught me that clip art was not to be despised for its humble ready-to-wear origins, but to be used well.

    The wax, unconvincing as it is, is all Photoshop effects, so it was easy to change the shape. The better way to do it would have been to render it in a 3D program that supported subsurface light scattering, but I am several versions behind on my 3DS Max license. Anyway, the result is a slightly cheesy rendering that reminds me of multimedia from the 90s, but Barry is also slightly cheesy :-)

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  • Screwing around with Headers

    October 9, 2004

    I was curious what a 100K JPEG image would look like below the rather bland navigation bar. Not too bad, actually! The image whitespace at the top looks cool with the category tabs.

    But yes, it’s a big JPEG, both in terms of bandwidth and layout. The tick marks on the side are also a problem, because they blur out if the JPEG quality isn’t high enough. And you can’t really see very much text. Annoying? I guess I’ll find out.

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  • Big MovieClip “Duh”

    October 9, 2004

    For a while, I’ve been wondering if there was a better way of catching events from MovieClips in an object-oriented context. If you use the “onEvent” hooks in MovieClip, they store only the address of your function. The way I did it in Prove It was by (taking deep breath) creating a static method in a special MovieClip wrapper class that used the this keyword as the key in a hashed array for looking up registered instance references

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  • Saturday Night PHP Hacking

    October 9, 2004

    After using mod_rewrite to set up categories, I needed a visual way to distinguish them. Well, maybe I didn’t need it, but I wanted it!

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  • The Power of MOD_REWRITE

    October 9, 2004

    As the entries have been piling up here at davidseah.com, I’ve become aware of three main categories:

    • Stuff I’m thinking about of an investigative nature
    • Stuff that’s interesting to my friends of a happy, fluffy nature
    • Stuff that’s related to work, media, and career in a more serious way

    I looked at creating multiple blogs drawing from the same database tables in WordPress, but it seemed to be a hassle. Then I realized that mod_rewrite, which I’d used to set up the permalinks, could do this for me.

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