Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Geeky Christmas!

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Annnnnnd that’s my geeky Christmas contribution :) Just a Christmas tree ball I painted up a bit to make R2D2. Didn’t come out great though as I didn’t use the right type of paint.

That’s it for me until after Christmas. May you all have a nice holiday :)

I saw The Hobbit yesterday

That just about sums it up…

To be honest, I wasn’t super excited about seeing it (my brothers were ecstatic though) as I’m not a ‘huge’ LOTR fan.  I think it’s a gorgeous movie saga with impressive quality and good plot and overall just excellent, but…it’s a bit too violent for me.  I don’t mind watching it but I wince a lot, LOL.

The Hobbit got some riff for being not as dramatic and not following the plot of the book exactly.  Well they’re making it into THREE movies, how do you follow the plot of ONE book exactly to do that?  And if my sources are correct (aka the LOTR fan in my life), the things that were added to the movies were taken from other Middle Earth works that Tolkien did.  So it’s accurate to the world it’s based in, if not exactly the book.  And frankly, I loved the movie (still a bit violent in some places but nothing like the LOTR movies).  I think I’m going to enjoy The Hobbit saga more than the Lord of the Rings.  It was funnier and more whimsical which I liked a lot, but at the same time had a fantastic setting and plot.

And actually, I think the hottest dwarf was Kili.

Yeah, this is pretty accurate

And hilarious, lol.

A gamer’s best friend…

This reminds me of somebody I know…

Awww Pokemon <3

How to quickly and easily crop an image in Gimp

In my many artistic/coding/digital endeavors, I find myself with that same old problem of wanting to use an image for something – but it has that nasty white space behind it! And usually the only method (that most people know) to remove it is to slowly crop it by hand.

I hate cropping pictures.

So I fiddled around in gimp and found a fantastically easy way to cheat at cropping! :D

To start, open your image up in gimp.  The image I’m using is Oracle from the game Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns.

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1. Go Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Chanel.  Next, using the Magic Wand tool (circled in red below) select the white space around your image and delete it.  You’ll get rid of most of the white space.

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2. Now add a second layer to your project, move it under your image and fill it with black.  Ahhh, see all that nasty white residue still clinging to your character? Not what we want.

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3.  Using the Magic Wand tool again, select around your character, then go Select > Invert.  Next, go Select > Shrink and shrink the image by 1 pixel.

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4. Now go Select > Invert (again!) and then press delete  and unselect the image so you can get a good look at it.  Hey! All that white is gone from around the character! Pretty neat, huh? Here’s a comparison of before and after:

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5. Whoops, okay, so nearly all the white.  There’s a few spots that managed to sneak by:

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6. To get rid of these, you’ll have to use the Free Select Tool (looks like a little lasso by the Magic Wand) to select the areas, and then delete them.  Like so:

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7. Now remove the colored layer and save your image (make sure to save it as PNG to save the transparency!).  And here she is, all cleaned up and ready to go on any colored background you choose! :)

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The Chronological Superman

*swoons*

I just found a great blog, The Chronological Superman on tumblr.  It describes itself as “Chronicling every appearance of Superman- from comic to newspaper, cartoon to film, and more – in the order it happened.”  It’s very interesting! It talks about all the appearances of Superman (duh) which is pretty cool and a great way to waste your day away :)

On a totally unrelated note, my BF and I recently had a disagreement on who would make a better husband: Superman or Batman.  I say Superman with all his honest-loyal-brave-and true boyscout-ness would make a fantastic husband.  He says Batman is better.

Batman has issues, honey.

Besides, what does a guy know about what makes good husband anyway? Just be quite and put the cape on, dear ;)

 

New Coding Book! (and my latest coding project)

Ugh so I’ve been pretty sick with a horrible cough this last week, spent most of the weekend on the couch watching I Love Lucy and The Flying Nun (because I’m so hip!).  Feeling better, but still not 100%.

BUT I have a new coding book and I’m very excited! :D It’s HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL
by Jacon Seidelin.  I can’t wait to start working on it, it looks fantastic.  I can’t believe how out-of-date my HTML knowledge has gotten (vintage 2008) and I only recently learned about all the new additions to HTML and CSS.  Canvas! ContentEditable! Audio! Smart phone support!  I mean, it’s so sci-fi now! ;)

I’ve been working on a text-based online roleplay  which is how I realized my coding was so out-of-date.  The RP is basically going to be a Harvest Moon fangame (no surprise there) and I was working on some code to make it more interactive than just players writing everything out.  Hopefully players will be able to milk their cows and grow multiple crops by the time I’m done :)  It’s going to be based in Tumblr and I’ll post more info on it as I get a better idea of what it’s going to be like.  Right now I can tell you it’s going to be based in a unique Harvest Moon village and have a central plot of saving the Harvest Goddess’ garden.

And now I have to get to work because it’s 8am Monday morning…

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