Last night marked the beginning of VH1’s I Love the 80’s Strikes Back, which is a great way to be simultaneously nostalgic and repulsed by the things we watched, wore or listened to in our youth.
Of course, it’s not like I can really say much bad about the era, when I drive a 1984 Pontiac Fiero now.
I just found out that the Transformer series of toys from the 80’s actually had a robot that could transform into a Pontiac Fiero.
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I, of course, have begun the furious search and bid process on eBay to ensure that I posess one as soon as possible.
Apparently there’s a film production and direction company in New York City called Psyop.
<-- This is their logo. Having been in a PSYOP unit, this amuses me to no end. :)
Weird Science was so much funnier when I was 14. *sigh*
If you have an ATI Radeon 9500 and higher video card as well as the latest video drivers (currently Catalyst 3.8) then you can play with some of above graphics using the built-in Smartshader effects.
If you open the advanced video driver properties and look under the “3D” tab, you’ll notice you can change the custom settings for both Direct 3D and OpenGL. Within the custom settings, you’ll find another tab for “Smartshader”, which will apply such effects as a Sobel edge detection algorithm based “sketch” mode, as well as stylized black and white, which converts low intensity pixels to gray scale, leaving a nice effect of only certain objects containing color. The “classic” effect turns everything into a sepia colored mode which resembles older movies, and which helps the immersiveness of games like Mafia or IL-2 Sturmovik.
A useless, yet fun, little addition, and example of the possibilities of smartshader technology.