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Our friends from the neighborhood are back from their extended trip to Oklahoma. We are very happy to see everyone again, and the Gunnar-man has been reunited with Jedi, his doggie (mostly) bff. It's not all good news by any stretch, however, as their vacation was interrupted by a freak accident. While sitting in a park, a tree limb fell on one of the twins, hitting the boy right in the head out of the clear blue sky, so to speak. Apparently looking up at sound of the branch breaking saved his life, as he "only" suffered a skull fracture, rather than a broken neck. The good news is that he suffered no apparent brain damage, and he remains as chatty and charming as ever. But there are lots of issues with this that still must be worked out, and he's not out of the woods yet. This means most of his physical activity has to be curtailed, and it's very likely he has surgery in his future. This is all obviously very upsetting, so we're all just trying to help out as well as we can while we hope for the best. My contribution for the day is to be spending a little time with him to help with some complicated LEGO problems, which seems the definition of the least I can do, but you do what you can.

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26. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2018, 17:58 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 28, 2018, 11:35:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 28, 2018, 06:27:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 21:07:
Meh, the Alita look is a little weird, but the action looked fantastic. I'll be going to see it. I'm sure they'll explain the reason they went unnatural for the size of her eyes at some point.

I think my entire problem with the trailer is that Alita herself looks animated into the real world as opposed to a part of it. She looks like a bad effect, thus my comment about hoping they can improve the CG.
Is that possible or even necessary, I mean with Ex Machina they are going after the turing test. But with this story not so much.

I thought she looked fine, along with the rest of the CGI looking above average. Robert Rodriguez has the tools, knowledge and skillset to make any directors ideas and story come to life.



I guess it depends if you want your characters integrated into the world like Rocket and Groot, or if you want them to look obviously not part of the world like Roger Rabbit. To me right now, Alita is looking a lot more like Roger than Rocket. That being said, a lot of times trailer CG is incomplete, so I'm hoping that is the case.
 
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25. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2018, 11:35 RedEye9
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 28, 2018, 06:27:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 21:07:
Meh, the Alita look is a little weird, but the action looked fantastic. I'll be going to see it. I'm sure they'll explain the reason they went unnatural for the size of her eyes at some point.

I think my entire problem with the trailer is that Alita herself looks animated into the real world as opposed to a part of it. She looks like a bad effect, thus my comment about hoping they can improve the CG.
Is that possible or even necessary, I mean with Ex Machina they are going after the turing test. But with this story not so much.

I thought she looked fine, along with the rest of the CGI looking above average. Robert Rodriguez has the tools, knowledge and skillset to make any directors ideas and story come to life.



 
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24. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2018, 06:27 jdreyer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 21:07:
Meh, the Alita look is a little weird, but the action looked fantastic. I'll be going to see it. I'm sure they'll explain the reason they went unnatural for the size of her eyes at some point.

I think my entire problem with the trailer is that Alita herself looks animated into the real world as opposed to a part of it. She looks like a bad effect, thus my comment about hoping they can improve the CG.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 21:54 Kxmode
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 21:07:
Meh, the Alita look is a little weird, but the action looked fantastic. I'll be going to see it. I'm sure they'll explain the reason they went unnatural for the size of her eyes at some point.

Real big eyes are classic to anime.
 
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22. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 21:07 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Meh, the Alita look is a little weird, but the action looked fantastic. I'll be going to see it. I'm sure they'll explain the reason they went unnatural for the size of her eyes at some point.
 
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21. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 14:37 Kxmode
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 04:52:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 00:47:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 23:20:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:15:
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.

I think Cameron is trying to add realism to Anime. The problem is anime is not realistic and the brain quickly tosses it into uncanny valley land.

I dunno, the anime look of the character is definitely part of it. However, the CG of the character herself is also a problem: it's too shiny compared to the live humans. Uncanny valley for sure.

I agree. I mean is she supposed to look like a robot? I mean she has an obvious robot body and a strange alien looking face and head? Or is that simply the manga style that doesn't translate well to the screen? I think the producers have no fucking clue, and should have maybe asked the author of the manga for an opinion.

I think she should look like a regular girl.

It would have probably been better to make the film traditional anime with state of the art CG.
 
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20. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 04:52 VaranDragon
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 00:47:
Kxmode wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 23:20:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:15:
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.

I think Cameron is trying to add realism to Anime. The problem is anime is not realistic and the brain quickly tosses it into uncanny valley land.

I dunno, the anime look of the character is definitely part of it. However, the CG of the character herself is also a problem: it's too shiny compared to the live humans. Uncanny valley for sure.

I agree. I mean is she supposed to look like a robot? I mean she has an obvious robot body and a strange alien looking face and head? Or is that simply the manga style that doesn't translate well to the screen? I think the producers have no fucking clue, and should have maybe asked the author of the manga for an opinion.

I think she should look like a regular girl.

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19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 27, 2018, 01:42 Mordecai Walfish
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 14:00:
Motherfucker! I hate cheap people. Disco'd the PC took it outside and gave it a good cleaning. All amped to install the new SSD and...? Fuckers didn't include the mounting screws? Are you fucking kidding me? $140 HD and you can't throw in 4 tiny screws?

Usually your case comes with more than enough spares for whatever drives you want to add, i know i have a little baggie of like 50 of the fuckers
 
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18. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 00:47 jdreyer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 23:20:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:15:
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.

I think Cameron is trying to add realism to Anime. The problem is anime is not realistic and the brain quickly tosses it into uncanny valley land.

I dunno, the anime look of the character is definitely part of it. However, the CG of the character herself is also a problem: it's too shiny compared to the live humans. Uncanny valley for sure.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 00:36 Fleche
 
Oklahoma City is a dumpster fire. Tulsa area is a bit better, but it's still, you know, Oklahoma...

Really? Wow. Shots of it looks pretty nice. Hell, they wrote a musical about the state, it can't be all bad.

It's not that bad. Lived there a good chunk of my life and still go back often and even miss it at times.

That said, I'm happy to live elsewhere now.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 27, 2018, 00:18 Nucas
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:15:
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.

i thought it looked ok.

i'm mostly just blown away to see this movie actually coming to theaters. i remember hearing about james cameron wanting to make this movie when i was back in fucking high school.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 23:20 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:15:
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.

I think Cameron is trying to add realism to Anime. The problem is anime is not realistic and the brain quickly tosses it into uncanny valley land.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 21:47 RedEye9
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:14:
The musical was written in the early 40s and takes place at the turn of the century. Things can change.
No damnit, they wrote a musical about, nothing can change from a stage play to reality.
Anyone watch the Battle Angel trailer? I hope they work on that CG.
It looked fine by me.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 21:15 jdreyer
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 21:14 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 21:08:
Creston wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 16:15:
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 11:55:
As they say in Bawstun, Okler-a-homer. When I was in Dallas for work one time I wanted to take a road trip up to Okie City but I didn't have time. Anyone ever been there? It looks small and pleasant. Except for the killer trees. Hope the little dude makes out ok. Upside is being that young his healing factor really works in his favour.

Oklahoma City is a dumpster fire. Tulsa area is a bit better, but it's still, you know, Oklahoma...

Really? Wow. Shots of it looks pretty nice. Hell, they wrote a musical about the state, it can't be all bad.
The musical was written in the early 40s and takes place at the turn of the century. Things can change.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 21:08 Cutter
 
Creston wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 16:15:
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 11:55:
As they say in Bawstun, Okler-a-homer. When I was in Dallas for work one time I wanted to take a road trip up to Okie City but I didn't have time. Anyone ever been there? It looks small and pleasant. Except for the killer trees. Hope the little dude makes out ok. Upside is being that young his healing factor really works in his favour.

Oklahoma City is a dumpster fire. Tulsa area is a bit better, but it's still, you know, Oklahoma...

Really? Wow. Shots of it looks pretty nice. Hell, they wrote a musical about the state, it can't be all bad.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 16:15 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 11:55:
As they say in Bawstun, Okler-a-homer. When I was in Dallas for work one time I wanted to take a road trip up to Okie City but I didn't have time. Anyone ever been there? It looks small and pleasant. Except for the killer trees. Hope the little dude makes out ok. Upside is being that young his healing factor really works in his favour.

Oklahoma City is a dumpster fire. Tulsa area is a bit better, but it's still, you know, Oklahoma...
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 16:14 Creston
 
their extended trip to Oklahoma

Wait, what? Why are you people coming HERE of all places? You could go to Hawaii! You could go to Malibu! You could go to Miami beach! Corpus Christi! Cozumel! Barbados! The Maldives!

You come to OKLAHOMA??? Confused
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 14:29 Nimh
 
Some friends and I used to cut vines and swing on them as kids. The first few swings were always quite telling if it was going to be a stable and fun vine. I landed on my butt one time with that ominous crack sound coming from above. Several seconds later a branch broke over my head. Luckily it was only 4-5" diameter and a little rotten. It split in half when it hit me, but I can say with certainty that it was the hardest I've even been hit in my life. And to be honest I'm probably luckily that I managed to stumble away with only a concussion.  
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