Here’s a quick piece of troubleshooting info for anyone using AlpineJS.
I was doing some very simple work with the x-if directive today and kept running into an annoying error message in the develop console.
I want to share some of the design process for arriving at this little guy. But first, here’s a little background for the uninitiated.
What is a Wapuu?
The Wapuu is essentially a mascot for WordPress. It’s supposed to appear inviting and make web development seem more accessible. According to wapu.us:
This cute little Japanese monster had its start in 2009 at the WordCamp Tokyo after-party. Matt Mullenweg asked Japanese users for ideas to promote WordPress in Japan. One suggestion was to make a mascot in Japan for WordPress.
Once unveiled, the Wapuu mascot grew in popularity. Now, meetups, conferences, and brands within the WordPress community create their own Wapuus.
The Atlanta Wapuu Design Process
The theme of this year’s conference is “Tech City South”, but we decided it would be a good idea to create a Wapuu design that would represent Atlanta more generally, as opposed to the conference specifically, and could be re-used for future WordCamps in Atlanta.
First Round of Sketches
After discussing these sketches with Diana and Kathy, we decided to try and take this in a more peach direction. However, Diana and Kathy also liked the Phoenix Wapuu and the Kaiju Wapuu, so I decided to try and explore those designs further.
Second Round of Sketches
Everyone’s favorite ended up being the Kaiju Wapuu hugging the “ATL”, so I’m glad I decided to keep working on that idea!
Vector Illustration of Wapuu Design
After selecting an idea, the next step was to create a polished, vector version of the illustration. Once I completed the vector version of the Wapuu, it became a lot easier to iterate through different color variations.
My personal favorite was the “dope palette”, but we were having trouble selecting one to use. Then we had the realization that the Wapuu should employ the color palette of this year’s WordCamp, allowing a revised Wapuu to be created every year with the new palette.
So, I updated the color palette, added the year “2019” onto the ATL blocks, and an annual Wapuu template was born.
I decided to enable encryption my Android phone this week (at the urging of an acquaintance). I don’t know why I haven’t pursued this in the past, but it’s never too late to start.
The process seems simple enough on the surface.
Settings > Generals > Privacy > Encrypt Phone
It warns you to have 80% battery. No problem. Hit encrypt. Phone restarts After about 30 seconds. Where’s the encryption? Wasn’t this supposed to take an hour?
A google search reveals that I’m not the only one having this problem on Android. Possible solutions people discuss on the intertubes range from “force stop all third party apps before encrypting” to “set your phone to landscape orientation at the encryption settings screen and turn wifi off before proceeding”.
None of these seem to work for my specific model. More troubleshooting is in order, but I find this a little disconcerting from a privacy standpoint.
Don’t worry, I’m just playing a few WADs. I can quit whenever I want to.
It never ceases to amaze me how the fan community for this game just never seem to fade away. Every time I revisit this game, I think to myself, “I bet Doom World is completely dead now”.
I’m always wrong, of course.
There’s something kind of refreshing about this. The game industry as a whole seems to be centered around constantly improving graphics capabilities with every new title that is released. I speak for myself here, but the graphics, while nice, are not what keeps me playing a game.
The Doom fan approach is completely different: “Let’s take the same game, and find ways to constantly improve it and supplant it with fresh content.”
There’s something kind of refreshing about that mindset.
I’m at the point where I’ve stopped playing new games. I’ve got plenty to occupy my time as the director of an indie film, and the newer game titles generally fail to interest me. But it’s always nice to know that when I do want to kill some time, the Doom fan community is still there cranking out fresh content.
Shadows of the Nightmare Realm by Alexa “YukiRaven” Jones-Gonzales
These maps are absolutely gorgeous. It feels a lot like Quake, but it has a very juicy color palette, while still remaining eerie. The textures and enemies seem to pull from Doom, Heretic, and Hexen. I’m loving this one.
I’m working on an independent sci-fi film right now called Salvage Mission 9. It’s a good fit for a micro-budget movie: ambitious enough to be a fun challenge, but simple enough to be actually achievable.
I’ve had the film in the works for about a year now (January 2017 was when I initially conceived of the idea). I spent many months writing, re-writing, and editing the screenplay. The past several months have been about casting and pre-visualization.
I decided to shoot a short film last July that acts as a functional prequel to SM9. It’s completely unnecessary from a story-telling point of view; however, I wanted to do something that would give people a taste of what to expect from the final SM9.
I’ve been in post-production with this short film for a while now. I’ve got a small group of very talented friends helping me out with it. The edit is complete and our main hurdle now is finishing VFX.
That means I have to put on the compositor hat for a while.
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I typically use the After Effects 3D camera tracker for most of my match-move, but I’ve run into a lot of limitations with it on this particular film. One particular annoyance is that it constantly tries to re-solve the camera, even while you are editing the 2D track points. This makes it very clunky when tracking scenes with complicated motion.
Enter: the Cinema 4D motion tracker.
I’m not sure what took me so long in giving this particular tool a try, but I’ve tried it now and I love it.
I’m still learning a lot of the finer points, but even so, this thing works great — and there’s no more AE to C4D and back to AE round tripping with the camera.
[EDIT]For the very first time in my life, I’ve decided to edit this post instead of delete it outright. Hey, there’s a first time for everything, and I’m not shutting myself off to new experiences. Not just yet.
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