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Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 11 — Curvy Organic Object

Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 11 — Curvy Organic Object (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) It’s apparently an eggplant, but whatever it is, it’s curvy and organic, rather than blocky and angular, like every other 3D object I’ve ever created. I made it with Anim8or (a free 3D modeling program), after following (not all that rigidly) this eggplant tutorial. Everything I’ve read on the internet suggests that Blender is a better program, but the…

Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 10 — Why Hammer Isn't Good for Fiddly Details or, The Mystery Room Revealed

Half-Life 2 Mod: Week 10 — Why Hammer Isn’t Good for Fiddly Details or, The Mystery Room Revealed (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) These last few weeks were a bit crazy, so I fell a bit behind in my Half Life 2 modding. Instead, I spent some time working on two different conference proposals that deal with interactive fiction. Oh, and there’s the end-of-term rush of students who suddenly want to learn. Anyway,…

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Crap Blog Junk Design Vomit: Some Thoughts on MySpace Design

It’s an outlaw town, a ghetto of perfunctory design that assaults almost every one of our senses–if it had an odor, it would be that of a rotting corpse covered in Dollar Store cologne. It’s a beast that has yet to be tamed, and has actually grown wilder as the years go by. And despite the best efforts of those who avoid it like the plague, MySpace is seeping into…