We’ve always had a love-hate relationship with 3DBenchy, the tugboat-shaped 3D printer calibration target. On one hand, it’s incredibly useful to have a common, widely used, and challenging benchmark object to evaluate printer performance and improve tuning, but we’d somehow like to get back the countless frustrated hours we’ve spent …read more
Building your own CNC machine can present a series of varied challenges. There are the software considerations, but also the mechanical side of things – motors, shafts, screws and slides all need to be addressed in a working design. Of course, you can always outsource some of the work – …read more
Ernie Smith has produced a spectacularly complete guide to making a “hackintosh” — that is, a Mac OS computer running on PC hardware, giving users the option of more RAM, different screens and keyboards, and many other axes of freedom otherwise denied to Mac OS users. Apple doesn’t make it easy, but the community’s extensive work has put the seemingly impossible within your grasp.
Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” was a wild ride and inarguably one of an epic show’s more epic moments if you could see it through the dark and the blotchy video. It turns out even one of the most expensive and meticulously produced shows in history can fall prey to the scourge of low quality streaming and bad TV settings.
Many talented graphic design artists with a master’s degree actually never had a chance to work with relevant tools throughout the course of their studies. In Eastern Europe, college education lacks the relevant courses to prepare students for working in the gaming industry, so they are usually left to figure out on their own, how to achieve the desired level of the proficiency in that field. Luckily, artists are resourceful and creative, and can definitely step up and bridge those gaps.
Here I will go over some suggestions that have to do with environment design, but also with digital art in general. So, if you are struggling where to start looking and how to optimize your efforts, you might find the following advice useful.
While it might not be the most traditional design, there’s no debating that Nintendo created something truly special when they unleashed the GameCube controller on an unsuspecting world back in 2001. Hardcore fans are still using the controller to this day with current-generation Nintendo consoles, and there’s considerable interest in …read more
Spoiler alert: This essay includes no specific single plot points from Avengers: Endgame, but does mention some broad plot ideas that could be considered significant spoilers.
At three hours long, Avengers: Endgame is a lot of movie, which means it has a lot of room for the things fans love about the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the things some critics find frustrating about it. Sometimes, its both thrilling and frustrating at the same time especially when its a movie dealing with time travel.
Part of the movies long, winding story involves the core Avengers (who survived the apocalyptic population-halving snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War) circling back to crucial moments in MCU history. Over the course of 22…
For many viewers tuning into Game of Thrones last night, what was supposed to be one of the shows most remarkable and momentous scenes ever was marred by, well, darkness. The Battle of Winterfell, playing out in the season 8 episode The Long Night, took an arduous 55 nights to shoot, and was the largest-scale battle sequence in Thrones history. It was meant to be a final-season flex of epic proportions.
But Miguel Sapochniks close-up directing choices and the battles nighttime setting were a perfect combination to expose the weaknesses of the streaming world we live in today. Many fans took to Twitter to complain about constant pixelation and an extreme difficulty following what was transpiring on-screen. A dozen variations on who…
Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3, The Long Night.
Game of Thrones most recent episode, The Long Night, was probably the final showcase for the Night King, the enigmatic progenitor of the White Walkers. But he went out in style, riding his undead dragon into one-on-two aerial combat, raising a whole new army of the dead to replace the army he lost, and shrugging off a blast of dragon fire to the face before Arya Stark finally took him down.
Ryan Kulp teaches an online course that costs $2,100. Someone paid for the course, copied all the materials and offered them for sale on his own website, then demanded that Kulp refund the $2,100 he gave Kulp to get access to the materials. Kulp didn’t take kindly to this so he plotted his revenge. He wrote this article about what transpired. Read the rest
The Picross series is for anyone who has ever asked themselves, What if sudoku was slightly more pretentious? And available on my Nintendo Switch?
If youre looking for an unassuming, mildly addictive distraction for your favorite handheld, Picross S3 might be a good fit, especially if you like Nintendos habit of applying a little extra charm and polish. The series is based on a type of Japanese puzzle called nonograms and then later, in horrifying instances, griddlers. Like its predecessors, Picross S3 features a boatload of puzzles (300) and a few varieties that up the difficulty (adding another 180), none dramatically different than the core experience. But at a price point thats less than a salad (I assume, having never…
There are quite a few deals worth sharing from Best Buys latest flash sale, which will end later today. The first-generation Sonos One smart speaker is $149.99 at Best Buy. The newer version of the Sonos One has a faster processor and more memory, which should make it a more future-ready option. However, the sound performance on the original model shouldnt differ at all, so this is a great deal if you want to save money on a Sonos speaker.
One year after Nubia announced its original Red Magic gaming phone, and fewer than six months after the release of the Red Magic 2, the company is back with another gaming smartphone called the Red Magic 3. The big change for the third generation of Red Magic phones is the cooling, which pairs liquid cooling with an internal turbo fan, which Nubia claims is an industry first.
Cooling has been a sore spot with gaming-focused smartphones in the past. The Razer Phone 2 had an annoying habit of getting pretty warm under load, while you had to use an external clip-on fan if you wanted to actively cool the Asus ROG Phone. Ostensibly, the Magic 3s built-in fan should solve both problems.
Mirantis, the company you may still remember as one of the biggest players in the early days of OpenStack, launched an interesting new hosted SaSS service today that makes it easier for enterprises to build and deploy their on-premises clouds. The new Mirantis Model Designer, which is available for free, lets operators easily customize their […]
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Like a lot of game developers [Amir Rajan] likes to put Easter Eggs into his creations. His latest Nintendo Switch title, A Dark Room, has a very peculiar one, though. Instead of a graphic or a Tetris game, [Amir] put a code editor and a Ruby interpreter in the game. …read more
Architect Douglas Wan transformed a small Melbourne apartment (built in the 1950s as housing for nurses) into a versatile living space. He used plywood to divide the 300 square foot space into different living areas. Read the rest