Trying to be more efficient and dedicated with these blog posts now. The last couple took much too long. Let’s see how I fare on my first consecutive day of posting.
Checking in on wifi-hermit @ futureland
I caught onto Wifi (artist & acquaintance) making this journal at Futureland over instagram a few weeks ago, didn’t look into the platform much but enjoyed the BTS (behind the scenes, not a gaggle of Asian singer-dancers) style postings. I bookmarked the page and I’m going to have a look now… first off I’d like to know what exactly this website is all about.
On the main landing page Futureland is defined as a tool for creating a “network of public or private digital journals”. This honestly seems like something I should have looked into before deciding to put my efforts into creating and initiating this blog. I really like how targeted they are on the idea of reliably maintaining and nurturing attention to documenting projects, skill progressions and the like:
We find it is difficult to overstate the power of continually bringing your attention back to the things you care about most.
You can view what appears to be a global activity feed, but on closer look might be a curated or limited to site developers feed, which reveals a breadth of things journalled on the platform. Right now the latest post is about barbecue (stylized as BBQ) and there are posts about yoga, reading and of course a plethora of digital design and programming tasks.
I’m here for Wifi, though. Last I looked, there was posts on a variety of 3D work. Less focused on hard surface or traditional 3D modelling and armature/vertex animation and more focused on what appears to be procedural stuff, rigid body physics and fluids. Here’s a good reference point, including a complaint of the load that computing such things puts on a PC. Lot of cool visuals, I really liked the floating island. I could probably just ask, but I’m wondering if the body of the island a straight up sculpt or something more.
Recent posts that I haven’t seen, cover most of July. There’s some kind of array of points forming the surface of earth, to create a “Lego earth” - hard to say if this was done manually or otherwise, but effectively quantizing the surface by colours (or nothing, for ocean) to help create a lego-block version of earth. Futureland has an slightly unusual way of serving video, but I managed to collect a ts file and I will share the contents converted to a nice gif below, possibly illegally.
Even more recently he’s been posting a bunch of real nice looking photo-realistic jewellery. I can’t say I know what the impetus is for this and it kind of diverges a bit from the work I know him for, but this stuff is really amazing to look at. Of extra interest is recent investment in networked octane rendering and a rigid body physics “pillsplash” animation which looks so potentially great.
Horsell Common Landing Site A.R. Experience
On the “Librivox” app, you can listen to a wide range of public domain works, narrated by volunteers. After finishing my reading/listening of “The 9/11 Commission Report” by the U.S. Government, I moved onto the H.G. Wells classic “War of the Worlds”. I don’t live particularly close to the site of the events, which unfold in southern England, but some would say most of England looks alike, and hearing town names I recognized thrown about as the setting for an alien invasion along with my visualization of a place not unlike where I live, was quite frankly hilarious.
It made me consider how perhaps lesser known but still iconic sites might be memorialised in the real world. The first thought, which I quickly strangled, was a sculpture of one of the landing craft, a monolithic cylinder, at the real-world location of the fictional landing in Horsell Common. Horsell Common is of course a protected area of land with open fields and woods - and a large sci-fi themed sculpture is entirely unwelcome there, but what if you could parley the real-world basis of long and wide array of iconic and classic fiction and art in some kind of AR application?
See some good drone footage of this particular landing site here. Then imagine you are looking through a phone screen at a giant cylinder somewhere in the water.
My thinking is that the UK government could serve its people in many ways at once by creating and promoting such a thing. It’s just Pokemon Go, except it promotes tourism, outdoors activity and exercise, as well as being a tribute to great works - especially British ones. We have so many great writers and stories. This is either a extremely ingenious idea or a bit cringe worthy and silly… regardless I don’t think any government could execute on such a task, maybe some kind of museum or foundation could do it, by proxy with funds they extracted from the novelty-wary government.
Just to add: I would never use such an app if it entailed letting the government into my handset and GPS ping log. Also, this is a free idea. While I think it’s potentially valuable I’m happy for anyone to take this and run with it without giving me credit. I also reckon things like this exist to such an extent that my idea isn’t exactly novel anyway.