Monday, 16 March 2009

Fire in the sky

While wasting my time flipping channels on the picture box one night, I came across a scene that just kept me watching. I had no idea what film this was or what it was about. The scene is actually a pretty typical sci-fi alien abduction but I thought the imagery and atmosphere was very well done considering.

This is the scene split in two on youtube if you want to see:



I've also got into war films a lot more; I just thought they were all the same but I like watching ones that revolve around significant stories and characters particularly if they're based on true events even though that kind of makes it worse. I know jarhead is not an example of a "real" war film but I loved the scenes in the desert at night with all the oil holes set alight; makes for some great images.


GDC - human play machine

I still keep remembering that lecture, when it was said that one thing that sets us apart as a species is the ability to run scenarios in our minds. It's a fascinating thing because I realise that we do it all the time. When we have a routine, it's just a scenario that we've learnt to trust because it works.

Games...games let us play with what should be, but isn't. We play with the limitations of what has been created, the rules that have been made for this temporary world where we can do what we want to extents further than real life.
They have learning curves but that is just the time it takes to build scenarios. If I press this button at this time then that will happen etc. To keep our minds at play and interested, more scenarios need to be introduced along the game. Of course the other elements of design play their part and combine to make the experience fulfilling.

I found this article: Why the Probability that You Are Living in a Matrix is Quite High
http://www.simulation-argument.com/matrix.html
Amusing title but the content is so plausible yet utterly unbeliveable. What if we are simulations..playing simulations. We may have the power to control sims but what if others are controlling us?
Heh, reminds me of the scenes at the end of the film Men In Black where our entire universe is just part of a game of marbles played by aliens.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

The C word

"Educated out of creativity"

This statement rings true to my ears. Everything was fine and dandy in primary school, I had plenty of opportunities to be creative and the teachers actually knew our names. Then I hit high school and it all went down the shi**er. I was just part of a pack and in the reknowned worst class to teach, stuck with all the attention stealing f**k-ups that turned every lesson into a mess and teachers into wrecks. It'll no doubt be worse today, discipline has all but disappeared.
I was only ever content in art class and enjoyed getting praise for good work yet I still had no idea what I wanted to do in life. Looking back, nobody ever told me I could be an artist. They teach it like a hobby, just something to do. Then it was all about the grades and filling up sketchbooks.....and drawing from photos.
I took fine art, film studies and graphics in a desperate bid to nurture my creative side but I still ended up with average grades and an indecisive future.
If I were to live my dream, I would be a musician; guitar, violin, cello, piano, any or all of them, and I'd travel if I had the money.

It's true about people being afraid to make mistakes now, I mean look at us lot on 3ds max... all we really need is perseverance...and some more ram, you can never have too much ram.

We've all had different experiences with education and I hope everyone writes about theirs as it's interesting to see how other people were encouraged or discouraged down the path they've chosen.