Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

RE: [Icehouse] Idea for Wiki Art

  • FromDavid Artman <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 08 Nov 2007 10:39:46 -0700
> From: "Timothy Hunt" <games@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> No, I think MediaWiki will not allow embedding of images without
> uploading them into the Image: namespace
> You can change the camera angle to anything you like - there's
> instructions on how to do it somewhere...

So assuming that the transparent background is possible, POVray (merely)
serves as a drawing tool which requires code to manipulate. Hmmm... I've
already got primitives in GIMP; I'm disinclined to learn a coding
language, code each piece orientation, and save to a local file; just to
get to the same place I can get with GIMP layers and some fast paint
bucket tool work.

> From: "Don Sheldon" <don.sheldon@xxxxxxxxx>
> Also: SDG's servers are very slow and I wouldn't want to mooch Aaron's
> bandwidth like that.

Ah, yes, good point.

So... for every color (11):
-Large, medium, small (3)
--Up/N, S, E, W, flat left, flat right, above (7)
-Nest, tree (2)
--side, above (2)
11 x [ (3 x 7) + (2 x 2) ] =
11 x (21 + 4) = 11 x 25 =
275 images to make, save, and upload.

Hmmm... so if I can save out a PNG file for each one every, oh, thirty
seconds, I am looking at a bit over 2 hours... plus the upload time,
which will probably be another *4* hours--I doubt I can do better than
one a minute, with the wiki.

That would be a good volunteer thing, actually: volunteer to share the
uploading task (I e-mail a subset of the final files to each volunteer).

And I won't want to hear *one word* about the choice of colors, scale,
or anything else, after all that work!

Actually, that's where a graphic artist could help: create a baseline
palette of high-utility, semi-transparent (if not opaque pieces) color
swatches and the "standard" above and side views (as vector art?
half-scale to full sized pieces?) which I would then orient and fill and
save to PNG.

Anyhow... it's just a thought. It's seeming less useful, the more I
think about how rarely it would be of benefit (e.g. we can't overlap
images without DHTML, so no making multi-color stacks; we can't
arbitrarily rotate an image without DHTML, so no odd angles of
rotation... or, God, I have to make 45º and 60º etc angle views!)