Archive for June, 2007

iPhone. I want one.

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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This picture just says it all. It’s good to own an iPhone. I want one. Wait, $499 each?

Above, cheering customers in line as one of the first waiters finally gets his iPhone. Was it worth it?

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Map of the Internet in 3D

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Ever wonder what the internet looks like from a bird’s eye view? I’m not talking about web sites but rather how networks are connected all over the earth. Below is a picture I found at the Pop Sci Blog that shows a 3D map containing nodes, the larger the node the closer to the center of the map it is. Nodes, in this case, from smallest on the outer edges to largest in the center, are actually organizations such as your local internet service provider, AT&T, Google or anything that controls some kind of network that data travels through on the internet. The map sprawls out like a tree from center to it’s outer edges, connected vertically.

Map of the Internet

The article mentions how inefficient it is to have data travel through these large bottle necks at the center of the map, because if you start at one edge of the map you must travel through the middle to get to the other side. There is no going around the edges of the map: sort of like when you send an email using Google’s Gmail service, it must travel through the center to get to it’s destination address.

I wonder what a future map of the internet will look like, say in 10, 30 or 50 years? Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to travel through the center just to get where you are going?

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Very Cool Strategy Game with Lasers!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Check out this awesome new game from Kongregate where you must connect dots using lasers. Be careful, this is a time burner and is quite addictive :)

Kongregate

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Laser Gun Tutorial Updated

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I’ve updated my laser gun tutorial that I started about a year ago. Finally got some time today to wrap that up. This tutorial assumes you have gone through my light saber tutorial because the steps and concepts involved are built on the methods from creating star wars styles sabers. Let me know if you need more details.

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Updated Resume & Fire Effects Test Video

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I’ve updated my resume to reflect some of the web sites that I’ve been working with in the past. Not a big deal for most people but I figured I should do this for linking purposes. By the way here is a new video from my latest batch of movies:

This clip is a fire effects “test” that I put together about a year ago, but am now showing it becuase, hey, it’s been sitting around long enough ;) The explosion is made up of several different layers using the “particular” plugin for after effects - same goes for the fireball. I think I will put up a new tutorial some time this week.

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Cal State San Marcos Track 2007 Video MAILED

Friday, June 8th, 2007

FYI, today I’ve mailed copies of the Track 2007 Highlight Video to all who signed up last week. You should receive the DVD early next week (mon-wed). If you’d like a DVD copy but haven’t signed up yet, please email me at mike@mlsstudios.com with your full name and address. Thanks!

DVD

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Track 2007 Complete Video

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

OK, I just posted the entire highlight film for the Cal State San Marcos Track & Field 2007 season (by popular demand). There are 5 short videos I put together for this one and a few new special effects, go check it out here and enjoy!

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Track 2007 “Harmonic” Video

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Hello everyone, I’ve created a new video recapping the Cal State San Marcos Track 2007 season. After showing it at the athletics banquet it’s time to post on the web. The song is by Unwritten Law: “Harmonic”, from their self titled album. Enjoy!

I have a few other short videos I will post in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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Richie Gray - Optometry Student

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Today I created a website for a good friend of mine, Richie Gray. He recently graudated from Cal State San Marcos and is now attending the Southern California College of Optometry. He is also getting married on June 23rd, congratulations Richie! Richie has also appeared in several of my videos since the spring of 2004 and has been a tremendous help to my work over the years. Thanks man, and good luck!

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