Still another non-photo

posted in Virtual Reality by Cargo Cult on Wednesday March 22 2017

Yet another digitised segment of Derbyshire to explore in room-scale VR, this time some wintry Beech Woodlands on the Destinations Workshop.

I really do need to digitise more of Seattle some time.

A bit of an experiment into capturing vegetation in 3D, with a pretty much worst-case scene. Fine detail, complex topology, large area to cover... It mostly worked. Mostly.

Some of the branches are definitely a bit cobwebby. But some aren't! This is progress.

Description contains an absolutely huge batch of discoveries and processes involved, only some of which are covered in the existing outdoors photogrammetry tutorial.

Sunday Things - nuclear wasteland edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 19 2017

Prompted by no recent events whatsoever, here's a guide to nuclear wastelands of various types - and the apocalyptic events that might trigger them.

"We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..."

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These recently declassified nuclear test videos are utterly mesmerizing, terrifying - the Lawrence Livermore National Lab is posting previously unseen nuclear test footage on YouTube. An aside: US nuclear test code names are brilliantly peculiar, and a vast source of computer names.

Protect and Survive

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Protect and Survive - the British means of surviving the thermonuclear apocalypse involved piling suitcases full of earth on angled wooden doors nailed to the floor. Brilliantly (and unintentionally) creepy, and miles away from the can-do Fallout attitude of US shelter construction.
This place is not a place of honour - no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Excerpts from Expert Judgement on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant - I don't think I've linked to this already? Whatever, it's one of my favourite things ever, and you may note elements of it leaking into my level design in the past. A treatise on guarding future cultures from stored nuclear waste, some of the language is magnificent. The danger is in a particular location... it increases toward a centre... the centre of danger is here... of a particular size and shape, and below us. The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

Bonus No Really This Isn't An ARG corner:

  • What links these places? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Sunday Things - photographic interlude

posted in Photography by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 12 2017

Since I've been thoroughly neglecting to upload any photos recently, have a purely arbitrary selection from the past year or so on the photos page. (I'm still sorting a load out in Lightroom, and realise I've forgotten many.)

747 Construction London

Yes, they're old-fashioned 2D efforts and not new-fangled 3D versions to explore, but hey. They start here and crawl their way to the present day.

Sunday Things - miscellaneous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 5 2017

Greetings, readers across the world! I had a quick peer at my web-stats whatsits, to see followers from as far afield as Austria, Latvia, Peru and New Zealand. Hello, whoever you are.

This week is mainly retro space-related, with some bonus 1970s horror.

Indistinguishable from the real thing.
Scarfolk Council - life is increasingly imitating art. 'Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever.'
BRB, building in KSP.
NASA Johnson Space Center's Shuttle II - the original Space Shuttle was meant to be the beginning of a series of spacecraft, each more advanced than its predecessors. Instead, we had the 1970s original design running well into the 21st century. Here's one of the proposed replacements, from 1988.
Soviet space robots, of the anthropomorphic kind.
Rams Un Rums - splendid Soviet space robots in this children's book from the early 1960s. Like something out of The Cyberiad or Machinarium.

Bonus Terran Trade Authority corner:

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Sunday Things - eccentric edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 26 2017


Pullies, springs and knotted string.
W. Heath Robinson's Inventions - I was thinking the other day about Heath Robinson and his splendid inventions, having seen some of the works of Rube Goldberg and been distinctly underwhelmed by them. One thing led to another, and I soon discovered that the Wikimedia Commons had scanned the entire, out-of-copyright contents of the same Heath Robinson book as owned by my grandfather. With cartoons depicting humorous solutions to both World Wars to solving the problems of communal living, via inter-war sports, manufacturing and transportation, I love how the people depicted are all so terribly serious about it all - these inventions are important, and not to be laughed at.

Wintergatan - Marble Machine

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Wintergatan - Marble Machine - speaking of Heath Robinson, have a Terribly Serious Swede with his fully functional but ridiculously over-complicated, ball bearing-operated music machine. Here is your ear worm for the day - annoyingly catchy.

Bonus Additional Eccentricity corner: