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Monday, May 10, 2010

Is This Thing Still On?

Blogger's dropped support for gazillions* of their users who update via Blogger to personal sites via FTP.

(* ... for certain values of gazillion ...)

I've therefore been working on that new site backend that will hopefully allow all sorts of fresh new awesomeness, but in the meantime there won't be blogs.  Even this shouldn't work.

Stay tuned to the main site for updates.  I'm not posting an ETA because, well, this is a hobby and I've got other stuff to do too, and as a result of the needed backend work I'm trying to avoid doing page work.   That will hopefully keep me motivated to get the former done so I can do the latter even more easily.

But for the moment, this blog signs off.  Feel free to jaunt over to StarfleetJedi.Net's forums if you miss my geeky ramblings too much  . . . I'm sure I'll still post there sporadically.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Avenger and Devastator

Random fact:  The United States Avenger Class features the most badass and simple ship names of any current ship class, including the Devastator, Warrior, Gladiator, and so on . . . though they also have the Dextrous, which is kinda lame by comparison.  But that's about as lame as most other current Naval ship names.

In short, that class gets all the good names that are taken up in other classes by excessively verbose hails to various people in modern Naval naming conventions.  I mean, really, is USS Ronald Reagan or USS Dwight D. Eisenhower better in any way than USS Reagan or USS Eisenhower would've been?

But in any case, it's nice to see the Avenger and Devastator together.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Equinox Notes

Just a couple of random observations while watching "Equinox" . . .

1.  Voyager arrives near the coordinates indicated by the Equinox distress signal, drops out of warp, and the ship is 2000 kilometers away.  Janeway orders intercept.  As they approach and discuss the ship for a few seconds, Kim finally notes that "we're in hailing range".



A.  Kim is quietly suggesting they quit speculating in a vacuum, or simply that he's excited to hear from them.
B.  Their assessment of the ship's damage indicated that only a particular receiver or some such other unit was functioning, thus limiting the Equinox capacity to pick up signals.
C.  Voyager proves supremely limited comm signal range despite all other evidence showing interplanetary ranges even without relay stations.  Literally, relay stations would have to be placed every 2000km or so if this is true.

I figure it's B, or perhaps A.   Rabidly anti-Trek folks will no doubt conclude that the correct answer is C.

2.  While on the Equinox, Neelix taps his combadge and says "Neelix to Sickbay", at which point Voyager's doctor answers normally. 

Damn psychic combadges again . . .

3.  Cutie says "but we're the only humans in the Delta Quadrant."   Chakotay notes that they'd thought so too until just a little while ago.  It's a proper response.  But that brings us to the point that if we were to see "The 37's" in
flashback form after Equinox, somebody would probably complain about
Chakotay's line.

That's partially okay, too, I guess, but it wasn't really relevant to the conversation at that moment. 

4.  The guy playing Noah Lessik would later play a Cylon.  But he's equally creepy here without even trying.

Ah well, no time to finish the episode.  Maybe more later.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Volume Bender Over

Okay, no more volume stuff for me for a little while.  Cleaning out models to get volumes has killed it for me for right now.  Besides which, I've got pretty much every Trek ship of note and most relevant Wars vessels.

Also, the .off format is exportable by 3D Object Converter and importable by Blender, which of course can then export to LightWave or .3ds that SketchUp can then import.  Just an FYI . . . that was how I had to get the Republic Light Cruiser from an Empire At War mod (which uses something called Alamo .alo files I'd never heard of). 

Special thanks to through all of this, since Blender can import just about anything but evil proprietary .Max files . . . that's how I got the Sydney Class out of Armada 2 (thanks Dragon for mentioning it!).

I still have some Star Wars fighters and whatnot to do, as well as more work with Trek shuttles.  I have them all sitting on the drive, but I've been way too obsessed with this stuff lately for my own good, so I'm dropping it for now.

Monday, March 08, 2010

ISD Width Ruminations

The ISD model for Episode IV and the one made for Episode V (commonly referred to as the Devastator model and the Avenger model, respectively) have differing proportions in addition to different detail work.

On this page, you can see images linked to above the text "Ventral views of the Devastator".  Most everyone seems to use the first image for width, which is odd since the model is missing pieces and has odd shadows and whatnot.  Also odd is that the first image shows a model that is too wide, her width some 63.26% of her length.  This is the source of the width estimates of around 1015 meters.

The second and third images (the blueprints and a model shot) seem to agree on a ship around 915 meters wide, or 56.74%.  This is especially interesting given that the model shot shows the finished model and makes clear that one or the other image is reversed between this shot and the 1015 shot.

The Avenger, meanwhile, is noted as being not as wide, proportionately.  This is probably why, based on TESB scenes, I once obtained a value of around 815 meters for the width of the Star Destroyer (811 actually, but everyone else seems to end on 15 so why not me, too?).  That would be 50.72%.

However, the EU reports 885 meters (55% even), and though some deride this value it may be accurate.

Anyway, all this came about because I discovered that apparently, the old LightWave ISD previously used to derive a volume estimate apparently had some sort of issue.  As such, I think the old volume value on the Volumetrics page was about 40% too low.  Confirming this for sure with a new model and via other means is taking some time (nobody seems to make a leak-proof ISD model), but I'm very close.

(Initially, the new model's width was some off-the-wall figure, and it was only in checking around for the correct width that I was reminded of the whole ISD width debacle which you now know of, too.)