Mother told me to try something different
I made a stop-motion video (mostly to see if I could) … also, I wanted to see if I could record “blocked out” storyboards since I’m a crap pose drawing person.
I spent £2 on some pipe cleaners and a dopey phone stand. I took the pictures on my phone. I used some bluetack to help posing, pyOpenCV3 to encode the jpegs at 3 FPS, and ffmpeg to reduce the file size so that I could upload it in < 40 minutes.
The writeup took about 40 minutes … so maybe I didn’t save much time
I think the fella could use some firmer limbs - (maybe pasta tubes?) to make animation easier. I went looking for used-GI-Joe toys to produce storyboards from. I wanted the articulated hips and joints to show things like dudes slouching. With firmer limbs - I’d probably get smoother results … maybe …
It also might be good to have a steadier hand when taking the pictures.
Literally the punchiest title I could come up with. I’ve been told that heterogeneous GPU setups are ridiculously slower than a single-GPU. This is largely an anecdotal shrug of “hey - a second GPU doesn’t really slow my computer down in any meaningful manner at all!” I’m sure that I did this all wrong and that the GPU is capable of being tweaked into a setting where this all becomes conclusively - the legwork for that isn’t interesting to me so I haven’t done it.
TL:DR; A second GPU which doesn’t match up or SLI won’t give you cooties.
My workstation came with an NVidia PNY Quadro K600 GPU, which was replaced with a K620.
I decided to put the K600 back into my computer as a secondary card and run UniGine Heaven benchmark to see just how slow a third wheel makes it.
All tests were carried out at full-screen-exclusive resolution but were otherwise using the Heaven Benchmark’s default settings for their namesake.
Stereoscopy was disabled for the non-stereo setting, and I used
3d Vision as UniGine’s the stereo method.
For stereo settings the
3D OpenGL Stereo profile was used with
Stereo= Enabled and
Display Mode= Generic Active Stereo.
I really can’t see any reason that a consumer would use this setup - it just amused me.
|Configuration||Detail Setting||Stereo||Score||Frames Per Second||Minimum FPS||Maximum FPS|
|K620 + K600||Extreme||Yes||131||5.2||3.7||10.0|
|K620 + K600||Basic||Yes||270||10.7||8.2||18.4|
|K620 + K600||Extreme||No||280||11.1||7.2||22.0|
|K620 + K600||Basic||No||591||23.5||14.8||40.5|
The relation between the numbers suggests that;
- the second GPU does kind of slow it down measurably
- the second GPU doesn’t slow it down noticeably
- the Dual-GPU is a teensy bit helpful with Stereo rendering, but not quite worth the cost
- in a real-game, I could tell the second GPU to do PhysX work and maybe see some improvement?
I may have left some junk running on the desktop during the single-GPU tests, so the difference could be skewed a bit. Regardless; I’m confident that adding the second GPU to this desktop hasn’t sucked-up all my PCIe lanes or something silly.
- how would this work in an AMD/NVidia mix? (Red/Green)
- would a x86 OS work any good/evil with with x86 benchmark?
- would something with PhysX really be that different good/evil?
I have had several geese charge me - this is a poor approximation.
I was quite young and the geese were acclimated to humans, more importantly they knew how tasty the french fries and clam strips we carried were. I never had a chance, nor will I ever forget. Honking with an bestial hunger, the savage geese charged! Pursing me across the fried clam shop’s parking lot, my mother could only cackle as she scrambled for the camera.
To this day - I have not returned to that shop.
I was playing with Python’s binary extension system and was impressed with the simplicity. I think that the usage of setup.py encourages a consistent ecosystem … as opposed to the more open conventions used by Java and CLR.
(I followed the generic instructions and they worked fine on Windows 8.1 - disregard the hype/hate!)
In which I pontificate on the subject of Hungarian Notation
It boils down to an ambiguity for the word “type” within English / C++. MicroSfot’s modern style-guide says not to use “Abbreviations and Acronyms” or “Hungarian Notation” - originally Hungarian Notation was a style of abbreviation. I’m going to paraphrase a long blog post by Joel on Software and summarize my thoughts at the end.
I’m going to illustrate this with an example of storing the day number as an integer.
Charles Simonyi’s idea was that when you created an
int day; to store the weekday variable you would use the name
int wDay; to denote that the semantic type of this day integer was “week.”
They were using “Abbreviations and Acronyms” as a sematic-type on their variables
The IT managers who set policy didn’t understand the difference between semantic type (the meaning of the data) and storage type (the mechanical storage of the data) but knew Simonyi’s team was working better and the “type” as a prefix to their variables.
So the convention became “thou musteth prefixth thine variable names with their types” for a long time.
I think that this was before IntelliSense and CodeCompletion was practical - error checking took a long time and this misinterpreted version of Hungarian Notation did help. My guess would be that IntelliSense and CodeCompletion came along and the practice became a redundant chore so it was abandoned mostly.
To get the best of both worlds (and still look clever) name your
int day; as
dayOfMonth so that things like …
… will look more-wrong and stick out when you’re debugging.
Certainly better than;
// What is this?
Awhile ago I undertook a goofy little “game-play study” with space ships.
It has space ships
I’m calling it Space-Ships.
I wanted to see if 2D game-play (like S.P.A.Z.) could “feel” like traditional 3D. (like Freelancer) To study this I built a game-play prototype with a 2.5D chase-cam in (Unity) a 3D game engine. I used engine’s existing rigid body simulator (PhysX) to provide a limited version of physics. After constraining everything to a 2D plane and fiddling with the interia values in various ways I was happy with the flight mechanics. I made a doo-dad generator to setup and teardown an infinite (not-quite) random set of space junk - amusingly this reduced disorientation with the slight tradeoff of vague motion sickness. I created some guns and a dumb AI ship that flew in circles until e saw something and started shooting at it.
Even when constrained to a 2D plane, the “accurate” dynamics simulation annoyed me. Momentum became an obstacle when I wanted to rapidly change directions to pursue another ship. My I changed the ships to get a lot of “inertia” when the controls weren’t being used - take your foot off the gas and you start to slow down. (It wasn’t actually inertia - it was “drag” … I think the manuals call it inertia … which is going to bug me now) Hunting down other ships was amusing, but the core of the game-play literally felt shallow I think that it would work for PvP style game-play, or as a sugary layer over any game with a meta-strategy system - but I’d worry about trying to make a game out of just shooting other ships. The lack of height variation limits the size of ships a bit so doesn’t lend itself to sweeping space-opera drama without big triangular ships looming over the audience’s view.
I don’t consider the technical aspects especially interesting - however I’ll outline them for the purpose of self-promotion.
The project allowed me to go nuts with extending the UnityEditor - an experience that I’m happy to repeat.
Unity’s Editor is the real star of Unity - adding extra shiny-bits in the SceneView is relatively easy, and extending or replacing the inspectors to give each script its own special arrangement of buttons doesn’t take much thought.
The most delightful of this was using a drop-down menu to assign
string values (parsed from
ProjectSettings/Inputmanager.asset) to controls that had to read from
Input.Get??(...) - a trick that I’m surprised I haven’t seen this sort of thing in Unity proper.
(It’s too cool to be a new discovery though … also it relies on using forced text asset serialization)
At a higher level - I experimented with a sort of “detached manipulator pattern” to decouple functionality without relying on inheritance.
The spaceship’s engines and guns were
MonoBehaviour classes with public variables to control whether they were firing or pushing or whatever.
The player’s ship and the AI ships both had an additional
MonoBehaviour class that grabbed these scripts and set the values as their logic needed to.
The player (of course) set the
openFire field to the value of
The AI ship used a trigger volume pointing forwards and “fired” whenever something which could be destroyed moved into that volume.
While the pilot scripts were coupled to the flight system, the flight systems weren’t coupled to the pilots.
This had the unexpected benefit of making it possible to “fly by inspector” and debug things that weren’t quite right.
For the moment I’m happy with this as a sort of “game-play study.” I’m not especially interested in carrying out more work on it at this point, but I’m not nearly as put off the idea as I would expect. I was able to try out various technical approaches and feel that while it’s not “done” it’s a decent RoI for the weeknights and weekend I spent on it.
Maybe someday I’ll add multi-player …. or maybe I’ll tryout a 2D isometric adventure.
… did I mention that there are SPACESHIPs!
I have an old Unity project that I haven’t looked at in awhile - this one. If memory serves; assembling a WebGL version is slow and boring - so I’m making my eager little Jenkins server do it.
Really I’m a bit bored with
sbt-launch malarkey and I wanted to see if I could get this rolling.
Broadly the steps that I followed went like this;
- Install Unity (5.3.3) with WebGL modules
- 5.3.3’s WebGL stuff has improved since I last checked
- Build the whole tootin thing by hand (on your workstation)
- This never works on the first try - better to do it locally
- A custom build script was involved but many snags later it lives!
- Validate WebGL player
- Build by hand (again) on the CI server
- I needed to reinstall Unity5.3.3 to get the trimmings I wanted
- I also needed to make a build script
BB8ild(script is below)
- my CI server is slow so I wanted to iron out slow problems before I started picking at it here
- still need to set it up for CI stuff
- Configure Jenkins to assemble and post the project
- This was more complex than I had anticipated
- I needed to
cdaround and run a variety of tasks (script is below)
- In the end - I cloned and pushed the whole site
- … and hoped for the best
Some paths were changed for security-via-obscurity; this won’t literally work but if run line-by-line and changed as you go you’ll get there.
This’ll work as-is