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Could it be? Is it possible? A gPhone released in as little as two weeks?

August 27, 2007

g is for Google. All you suckas out there who plunked down $5-600 clams on that over priced, over hyperbole-ed iToilet might want to get a load of this one. The rumor mills are all a buzz (as they were earlier this year). As it goes, some guys in India (having something to do with Google) have supposedly leaked that, as the title says, this phone could be unleashed onto the public in both Europe and the US with a possible release in India in as little as two weeks. I don’t know the story, but (as it goes) it is to have a Linux-powered engine with ad-supported service. How will this affect other cell phone companies that have integrated googleware? Who knows, but if this it true, their backsides might be feeling a bit sore. Ya know, I used to be warm and fuzzy about the big G, but now I’m not so sure. They are saving all of our e-mails (with Gmail), no doubt turning Google Earth into some kinda visual tracking whatever, and if this is true, will be listening in on (and recording) every conversation we ever have. I can see it now, voice recognition knows what you are saying, Google then jumps into the conversation mimicking the person you were talking to, and then tries to convince you to buy some pill to decrease the angle of your dangle. Scintillating. You can read stories about this here, here, and here. I’m sure its all over the place by now. Just search for it, gulp, on Google.

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More modo magic:

August 21, 2007

So here is another cool image. This one is called “Glas Dragon” by Brederock from Eden FX. Like the last one, this one is done in the 3D program called modo, and is entirely fake. Truly off the wall. You can find the original, and much bigger, version of it here. All I can say is, “Some day.” Oh, and stupid me, in my last post I made the “m” in modo capitalized, d’oh.

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Ya like this pic? Guess what? Its fake! Fake, fake, fake, all fake.

August 18, 2007

Yup, all of it. The bottle, the lights, the shadows, the liquid, even the background. None of it exists. All courtesy of the power of Modo! If you haven’t figured it out yet, Modo is a 3D computer graphics (CG) software. It also happens to be one of the premier polygon and subdivision modeling programs out there (oh, and the company actually listens to it’s users and continuously works to improve their product). I know, I know, I can already hear the 3D Studio Max (-ophiles) warming up their flamethrowers singing the praises of 3DS Max with the PolyBoost plug-in (which if you don’t know gives Max the same functionality as Modo [some zealots would argue more]). And I’m sure that a few Maya users might chime in with their NEX plug-in. So why Modo? Well, Modo: $895, 3DS Max: $3,495 (+ $124 for PolyBoost), Maya Complete: $1,999, Maya Unlimited: $6,999 (+ $148 for NEX). Hmmm. Also, Modo is a focused program for modeling, texturing, and painting and therefore the learning curve is nowhere near the dizzying level it is for Max or Maya (good for hobbyists). Although the next version, which I believe is due out later this month, will branch out into animation. Oh, and if any of you are into making stuff for Second Life? (including those little oddities called sculpties?) Can you say, “Hello Modo”? But with that said, a Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya, Photoshop workflow is pretty righteous. P.S. If you were wondering, unfortunately, no, I did not make this model. It came from a tutorial from Roger Harris. You can find the videos and download the model (in Modo format) here.

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