Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
as clouds scuttle in the wind.
Gold leaves gild my vision
and spread brassy sound
round and round.
Some are descending notes lost
in the still green honey suckle
whose red berries will fly ostinato
over the low drone of winter
and the crack of white crust.
Then there is a chorus of paw paw
singing with yellow pellucid soprano voice
in the dark drum understory,
cymbals clash in suddenly bronze light
that quickly dims to subito.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
So here are some recent shots with my LG G2. These first four were taken in HDR. I love HDR for textural and architectural details.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
So here are some pictures, some taken with my DSLR telephoto but some with my new phone (LG G2) and its pretty amazing camera (OK for a phone). The animated gif is made by G+ from photos taken with 'burst mode". This is cool.
First, from the phone:
From my DSLR (Canon 2i with 250mm telephoto).
I love the red ground color the grass seed heads are turning.
|A Fritillary-not sure what species. 250mm telephoto lens.|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
gets the location of every drop
of mist for anyone thirsting.
Be quick at dawn
before each place is extinguished by the light
and a new map draws itself.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
My son and I spent much time here when he was growing up and it was one of my favorite photo areas. Sure there is a new fancy board walk in the mitigation area but it is not as intimate, being higher above the wetlands. Maybe when the new wetland areas are better established it won't seem so out of place. Maybe other parents and children will make find it a friend as we found the old boardwalk.
Good bye old friend.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Do you think maybe I waited too long to treat my squash plants? What's weird is that these squash bugs don't seem to like cucumbers even though cucumbers are in the squash family.
Do you think maybe I was a little late in treating my squash plants?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Sunday, July 07, 2013
|If you think the prairie is boring you are not looking closely enough.|
|Not sure what the mailbox in the middle of the prairie is all about.|
|These rocks remind me pictures I have seen of the Scottish Highlands. Very different plants though.|
|The valley areas have huge trees. These are oaks. Maybe 80 ft tall.|
Here are some of my first attempts at mesh modeling in Second Life. The mushrooms weren't too bad in terms of cost to upload and for land impact..but the green Equisetum inspired plant cost 30$L to upload the model. I wasn't taking particular care to optimize the mesh. Probably wouldn't have been too expensive but I extruded the mesh in the tops to get that texture and I think that is most of the cost.
But sounds like another reason to go to an Open Sim grid.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
The interface is similar to the MIT Scratch for LSL, The new Lash version is called called FS2LSL. Here is the interface along with a real simple program to change the color of a prim from red to green to blue and to white, shown in Scratch blocks.
The LSL code generated by FS2LSL can then be copied and then pasted into Second Life or other viewer's script editor. Granted, my program is super-simple but it gratifyingly worked without any modification. The code is well laid out and some automatic commenting related to the program is generated. The web site for FS2LSL gives lots of good examples many of which are from Scripting Your World: The Official Guide to Second Life Scripting.
Most of the basic elements of the LSL language are covered, but don't expect to make complex menus and don't expect to find more than a few math functions built in. But you do have the ability to make your own functions. I appreciate that there is good coverage of control structures and if you work with IF statements you might find FS2LSL useful for working with them.
I am not an expert LSL programmer; It took me forever to understand events and states for instance but I think FS2LSL is potentially useful not just for beginners but people such as myself who are trying to improve their programming skills. Certainly anyone just starting programming in LSL either in Second Life or OpenSim's version of LSL will find this tool useful, though it may not be completely compatible with OpenSim's version of LSL.
The Link to FS2LSL's page and examples is http://redwood.colorado.edu/jkb/fs2lsl/. The link to the actual Flash program is at http://www.free-lsl-scripts.com/Secondlife/Posts/fs2sl/
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Dogwood Canyon Summer 2013, a set on Flickr.
Took a couple days to get out of town and go to the Ozarks. Saturday went hiking at Dogwood Canyon. This is a private park but worth a day. Best to come in the middle of the week when it isn't as crowded as it was this Saturday. You can rent a bike, take a tram ride or even rent a Segway. But the park is best seen on foot. The main trail is paved but there is one side trail that is not. But I know from past experience the flies can be really bad there so I stuck to the main path...in spite of the Segway riders.