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  • Eguchi Aimi – real and fake Japanese idol at th...
    By on June 24th, 2011 | No Comments Comments


    Normally this type of girl isn’t really my cup of tea, too doll-like. But this one caught my attention. Eguchi Aimi, one of the members from a popular J-POP group AKB48 has drawn quite a lot of attention from all over the world not just within Japan. Everyone, including me, my friends and my co workers were surprised when we found out she was actually just another computer generated or “synthetic” person. Aimi (that’s her first name, Asians usually put their last names first) is a combination of six of her fellow members (one facial part from each of them).

    Watch this youtube video and you will know what I mean.

    I’ve also found a Japanese site that has more at glico that has more infomation about her. And for those who are too lazy navigate through the site and/or do not understand Japanese. She is born in 1995, Feburary 11th, 152cm tall, blood type O and interest is singing (well this one is no brainer). She and her 6 fellow members star in one of glico’s snack commercial as shown in the video above.

    Or watch the actual commercial:

    The reason why I said I’m not interested in doll-like girls and yet here I am talking about one is the fact that I’m extremely amazed by CG technologies these days and also the Japanese who never cease to amaze me with their crazy things. This is one of them, its so realistic that its almost freaky. I will for sure pay attention to her and her up coming activities, perhaps some day she will turn into a real idol?

    For those looking for wallpapers / videos I’ve extracted the links from the glico site (not going to host them on my server just incase of copy right issue):

    Entry site about Aimi and her team: http://glico.icenomi.com/special/index.html
    Commercials: http://glico.icenomi.com/cm/index.html

    Wallpaper 1:
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    Wallpaper 2:
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    [update] Just found a slideshow on youtube with more super realistic images of Aimi

  • Twist Casino – eyecandy for 3D graphics
    By on February 21st, 2011 | No Comments Comments

    Finally, an online casino as classy and sophisticated as top Vegas casinos has arrived. Twistcasino hosts card games, roulette, slot machines, Craps, Keno and Video Poker thru both its downloadable and instant play applications. Their 3D Flash-based games run pretty fast with eyecandy for graphics. You can gamble in the privacy of your home and not have to install anything. That means real privacy for most players. What’s more is that you can play for fun without any real money involved, a great option if you want to try the casino out first and see if you’ll like it.

  • First came fire, then came fire and ice
    By on August 19th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    So while I’ve been enjoying playing with my buddies and total random strangers. I’ve also been experimenting more with reflection and refraction in Blender 2.49 as well as some lighting. One thing I found out is the fact that my computer can barely handle higher than the preset settings for the reflections and refractions. That is unfortunate, on the bright side that kind of gives me an excuse to upgrade my computer (right now I’m still using a very old E2xxx series Dual Core chip. I thought my recent 1 extra gb of ram upgrade would help out a bit but I guess it was not too noticable. Starcraft 2 does indeed load faster though so its not too bad afterall. Oh yea, I also bought a new ATI HD5670 just for Starcraft 2 so it turned out to be a $200+ game.

    Anyway enough of Starcraft 2, here are the two images resulted from all the reflection and refraction tickering.

    First came the fire:
    Glass of fire

    Then came the fire AND ice:
    Glass of fire and ice

  • Inspired by Starcraft 2′s Battlecruiser
    By on August 7th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    I’ve been playing Starcraft 2 non-stop these days, first finished the story and now onto the multiplayer world. And that’s the reason why I created this, my own battlecruiser in Blender. Still trying to figure out how to do better lighting for the windows though (the bridge, windows etc.). Hopefully I will figure out in upcoming projects. :)

  • Interior Design with Blender
    By on July 12th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    The first image turned out pretty nicely and so I have moved on to the second render. This time I tried to play around with some interior lighting techniques.

    I started out with this initial test just to experiment the some lighting as well as reflection/refractions:
    Interior design with Blender

    Then I moved on to the actual interior design:
    Interior design with Blender

    Ended up with:
    Interior design with Blender

    While I was playing with the lighting I also accidentally generated this rather cool looking effect where most of the light source is coming from the three columns on the left. It was totally an accident though! The space ship to the right is actually an existing model that I created a few years back, I thought putting something long above the rectangular shelf would make a nice decoration piece.
    Interior design with Blender

    Hope you guys enjoy!

  • Blender still going strong after all these years
    By on July 7th, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments

    I was 15 at the time, I was bored and just wanted something free and fun to create 3D things with. I literally typed in free graphic software (or something similar) and this was how I found Blender. Boy what a piece of treasure I found. It is still free and if you are interested, don’t hesitate and grab a copy yourself here.

    This is the first project ever in years, probably more than 5 years. Still trying to figure out all the existing and new functionalities.