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KZN 8 & 14th August 2007 - "Skip it, Girl!" [Aug. 23rd, 2007|10:28 pm]
Stephan
Whew!  Two updates in one week, and yet I seriously doubt I'm getting any faster at this.

http://sauerpuss.anobviousdistraction.com/d/20070808.html
http://sauerpuss.anobviousdistraction.com/d/20070814.html

However I AM learning from my mistakes.  As well as stating a checklist, I've also set up a gauge to keep an eye on the difference in size between the scanned images and the size they should be compared to the render.  The intention is that I'll have fewer situations where I waste time trying to fit an image that's too big or too small...

...and yes I could avoid all this when I learn GIMP.   Emphasis on the "when."

Now I'm sure that all of you are tired of seeing Sauerpüss snowboarding on steel.  Next episode (if I can get it done on time) takes place with an entirely new background.  Lot of work to do this weekend.

....

I'm still having great difficulty drawing hands (paws) and getting the body correct, but I'm having great fun with Michael's face, even though I slip up over and over (forgetting the white parts of his face, missing his teeth, eye pupils not fully aligned, etc).
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-08-23 02:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of mistakes, that first link should have the second 8 changed to a 7.

Y3K compliance? What year/decade/century is this?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-24 02:49 am (UTC)
Oops! Another oversight. I forgot that if I post my reply as a general comment, that you don't receive the notification by E-mail. My reply is below.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
>Speaking of mistakes, that first link should have the second 8 changed to a 7.

Whoops! That will teach me not to edit a URL after 10:00pm.

http://sauerpuss.anobviousdistraction.com/d/20070807.html

>Y3K compliance? What year/decade/century is this?

Heh heh heh :) That's a REALLY difficult question. I'd spoil the story if I fully explained at this early stage.

Michael lives in 2050AD, which is 15 years before the settings of 21st Century Fox and Carry On. As for GG1... she might not be a "local train" if you know what I mean. ;)
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-08-24 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm starting to see your sense of humour in here, now... ;)

Thinking from the standpoint of the designer of I.H.O.S., I understand some of the reasons behind those tests, though it's a wonder the tests don't take less than five seconds each to run...

As an aside, have you thought of having a digital display of sorts under the hood (along with a small keypad) so that those tests can be run (or skipped) without using an audible alert?
(in case the voicebox software hasn't been loaded yet)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-24 03:01 am (UTC)
>I'm starting to see your sense of humour in here, now... ;)

Yeah, I'll be able to fit some humour in, but it's mainly about the story.

>Thinking from the standpoint of the designer of I.H.O.S., I understand some of the reasons behind those tests, though it's a wonder the tests don't take less than five seconds each to run...

They *ALL* should. My own PC takes about 10 minutes from power-up to reaching fully user-responsive - that's where I got the idea for the gag. I usually get something to drink while I'm waiting.

>As an aside, have you thought of having a digital display of sorts under the hood (along with a small keypad) so that those tests can be run (or skipped) without using an audible alert? (in case the voicebox software hasn't been loaded yet)

Absolutely! It was intended to be included on the console with the other controls. When I (eventually) get around to rebuilding GG1 I'll try to fit that in. Unfortunately the comic is running away from me in terms of available time.

GG1 also interfaces with various terminals. There are purpose built mangers and stables (believe it or not, the site where off-duty passenger trains are stored is sometimes called a "stable") for the Iron Horses which have diagnostic equipment for maintaining the on-board systems.

There's a gag set some ways ahead for how excited GG1 becomes whenever she sees a manger. Anyone who has seen "Lost in Space" has a good chance of guessing what she says.. ;)
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-08-24 05:55 am (UTC)
thefoxaroo said:
Yeah, I'll be able to fit some humour in, but it's mainly about the story.

That combination makes the best stories! :D

thefoxaroo said:
They *ALL* should. My own PC takes about 10 minutes from power-up to reaching fully user-responsive - that's where I got the idea for the gag. I usually get something to drink while I'm waiting.

Yeah, it definitely takes too long to load sometimes; makes me wonder why most OS developers don't think about speeding it up much...

thefoxaroo said:
Absolutely! It was intended to be included on the console with the other controls. When I (eventually) get around to rebuilding GG1 I'll try to fit that in.

Hmm, great minds think alike, eh? ;)

thefoxaroo said:
Unfortunately the comic is running away from me in terms of available time.

I'm sure you'll do just fine and you'll learn how to manage your time as you go.
(as well as learning tricks to make things take less time)

After all, that's what experience does!
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-24 10:00 am (UTC)
You couldn't begin to imagine how welcome the encouragment is, especially just recently.

Speaking of learning tricks, how did you create those quote boxes in your reply? Or is that a feature available only on paid accounts?
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-08-24 03:27 pm (UTC)
thefoxaroo said:
You couldn't begin to imagine how welcome the encouragment is, especially just recently.

Thanks! That makes me feel good too. :)

thefoxaroo said:
Speaking of learning tricks, how did you create those quote boxes in your reply? Or is that a feature available only on paid accounts?

Actually, that's two years of using HTML/CSS and getting creative with it...
(I don't have a paid account, and probably won't get one without an extremely good reason)

Here's the code so you can have fun with it too:

<div style="border: 1px solid #555; padding: 2px; margin-left: 3em; background-color: #eee;"><tt><b><lj user="scottrell001"> said:</b>
Text-to-quote-here
</tt></div>
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-24 09:52 pm (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:
Actually, that's two years of using HTML/CSS and getting creative with it...
(I don't have a paid account, and probably won't get one without an extremely good reason)

Here's the code so you can have fun with it too:

(code)


That is rea-lly cool! Thanks!! :)

HTML is something else on my long, long list of things to learn, if I want to spruce up the pages of my comic.

...speaking of which. Time to start rendering the new background.

Ta!
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-08-28 02:36 am (UTC)
In response to your comment on my RCAF/RCN post, I don't see why not. It turns out other non-Canadians and expats have commented, so there's no reason why you can't :)
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