Extreme Ice Survey

Long time no bloggy!  To begin with, here’s a link that’s sure to thrill the materialists out there:

http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/

A team of cameramen and remote cameras devoted to documenting changes in ice caps and glaciers.  Check out the movie clips under “Evidence” at the top.  I think their footage is too focused on cool effects, but nonetheless the shot of the iceberg calving is pretty sweet; it’s incredible how thick the sheet of ice is, when it finally flips out and you see the bottom.  I just wish they had controlled time a little more maturely in their time-lapses and live footage — I have to believe that the clips shown are faster than real time (an admittedly arbitrary but immensely useful standard for film play-back).

What am I doing with myself this month?

1. Working on construction documents (i.e. detailed drawings) for our condo building in Long Island City, which is fun, educational, but quite tiring.

2. Teaching drawing in various forms at Pratt, which includes trying to write a script to export cameras cleanly from Rhino to 3ds Max (McNeel has mysteriously removed the script they used to offer on their site…).  Eventually I would like to define a file format, a kind of ‘rendering harness’ format that could hold camera and perhaps lighting information for use in multiple programs (e.g. also Maya, maybe Sketchup).

3. Organizing the occasional ‘scripting salon’.  Last week we had #4 which was fairly quiet due to low attendance.  I did learn some very interesting things about Flash as a development tool, and we discussed how to export cameras effectively from Rhino.  I will check my notes tonight and if there is anything interesting I will post them here.
4. Reading Horatio Hornblower and the Aubrey/Maturin series in parallel.  Now at #6 in Horblower, #8 in Aubrey.  They are both gripping and deeply inspiring for any technical work, I believe.  They present the British navy of the Napoleonic era (c. 1810) in a way that celebrates the courage behind logistics.

For a break, though, I’ve just cracked open Sentimental Education by Flaubert.

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