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Outline Rendering of 3D Models (POV-Ray)

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Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/3d/outline_rendering.htmlOutline Rendering of 3D Models (POV-Ray)Xah Lee, 2010-11-09Here are some images:Outline rendering of 3D models. Source The interesting thing about these is that they are computer rendered 3D models (in POV-Ray), not created in 2D drawing programs such as photoshop or Inkscape. Am surprised to learn, that this is not possible with POV-Ray (See: Introduction to POV-Ray) Instead, you have to use a special add-on software.The outline rendering is significant, because it has a lot applications, especially in illustration or technical drawing. The essence is that this illustration-style shows the important aspects and hides away irrelevant details, such as complex meshes in wireframe rendering or the realism detail from ray-tracing. (much like black'n'white photos make you see the composition) My need for 3D modeling is mostly illustration of geometry, so i really want to render 3D objects like this. (See: Illustrating…

Wandering Stars

Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/sanga_pemci/wandering_stars.htmlWandering StarsXah Lee, 2005-05 Title: Wandering Stars Singer: Beth Gibbons Lyrics: Beth Gibbons 「• Wandering stars = “... for whom it is reserved”, is a quote from a passage of Western God-believing sect's scripture. The passage connotes punishment, damnation. (See full excerpt at the end of this page.)」 「• needle's eye = Needle's eye refers to the narrow slit hole in the end of a needle, and is a ancient phrase in Western God-believing sect's scripture, as in “... it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”」 「• husk = A shell or outer covering, especially when considered worthless. (AHD)」 Please could you stay awhile to share my grief For its such a lovely day To have to always feel this way And the time that I will suffer less Is when I never have to wake Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved The blackness of…

What's Point-free Programing?

Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/comp/point-free_programing.htmlWhat's Point-free Programing?Xah Lee, 2010-11-07This page explains what's point-free programing, and how is it possible.Discovered a new programing language. Factor (programming language). Quote:Factor is a stack-oriented programming language created by Slava Pestov. Factor is dynamically typed and has automatic memory management, as well as powerful metaprogramming features. The language has a single implementation featuring a self-hosted optimizing compiler and an interactive development environment. The Factor distribution includes a large standard library.What's interesting is that it's called Concatenative programming language. Quote:A concatenative programming language is one in which all terms denote functions and the juxtaposition of terms denotes function composition.[dead link][1] The combination of a compositional semantics with a syntax that mirrors such a semantics makes concatenative …

花样的年华 (Age of Blossom)

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iPod Nano. Xah Lee, 2005-04, 2010-11-07 Title: 花樣的年華 (from movie 《长相思》) Lyrics: 范烟橋 Music: 陈歌辛 Date: 1946 Singer: 周璇 Translation: 李杀 (Xah Lee) 花样的年华, 月样的情深 冰雪样的聪颖, 美丽的生活, 多情的泉水, 圆满的家庭 墓地里的孤岛, 笼罩着残雾愁云 可爱的祖国, 几时我能够投近你的怀抱 门前的雾消云散, 重见你现出光明 花样的年华, 月样的情深 an age of blossom affectionate as the moon bright as the snow splendid is living caring is spring water in union are families the lonely islands in the graveyard, shrouded in torn clouds and grief-stricken mists O my dearly beloved country, when would i be in your embrace to see clouds dissipate and see you shine again an age of blossom affectionate as the moon Clip of from the movie 长相思. Amazon music at amazon The PoemNote the sudden twist in this poem.I was listening to this song and like it fairly and have been listening to it repeatedly. Though, i was not quite sure what it is si…

Apocalypse Now; Ride of the Valkyries

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Perm url with updates: http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/skina/apocalypse_now.htmlApocalypse Now; Ride of the ValkyriesXah Lee, 2010-11-06Apocalypse Now amazon Apocalypse Now (1979).The helicopter scene. The music is “The Ride Of The Valkyries” amazon by Richard Wagner.What is a Valkyrie? Quote:In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who decide who will die in battle. «Valkyrie On Horse Statue of a warlike valkyrie, riding a horse and carrying a spear. Labeled as “SINDING VALKYRIE” and located in a roadside park in Copenhagen, Denmark.» Source Walkyrien by Emil Doepler. Source Julie Taymor's Titus; ScreenshotsEyes Wide ShutA Love of Mythology of the Greeks