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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

I'd like to announce that a project which my company has been working on is now live. The project is called Thai Travel Info, it's a web based information portal which will be highly beneficial to tourists who wish to travel within the kingdom of Thailand. This site is also suitable for all types of tourists, from novice travelers to expert tourists.

The site has a unique way of navigating which is totally different from other sites, you may navigate and see various traveling destinations by categories. As for example, if you wish to travel within Thailand and want to go to beaches, you can simply jump right in to Beaches and Islands section and begin searching for your tropical paradise!

Another interesting feature in this site is the ability for users to post their traveling experience for others to see. We call this feature "Field Report". This sharing of information will lead the site to be one of Thailand's best Traveling hubs.

Things I have learned recently:
I'm reading a book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Although it touches briefly on Prime Numbers, it got me interested on their uniqueness.

Definition of Prime by Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary:

prime \'prim\ n [ME, fr. MF, fem. of prin first, L primus; akin to L prior]

1: first in time : ORIGINAL

2a: having no factor except itself and one <3>
2b: having no common factor except one <12>

3a: first in rank, authority or significance : PRINCIPAL
3b: having the highest quality or value <~ television time>

Follow this link and see some of the largest known prime numbers. Pretty cool stuff.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Caricature Studio

Like stated before about Caricature project in this blog, we have come up with an idea of opening an online store. This online store will pretty much be our store-front taking orders to do caricature. This is a hobbies project out of what we love--Illustrations. Once the project's realized then I'll post more about it.

This project will show our combined capabilities in the fields of caricature, internet marketing, and the power of programming.

This post will show images will will be parts of the new project.

Various Caricature images



Let me do a little bit of advertising for my friend, Photon. He's opening up a Flash ActionScripting course. The course is suitable for those who wish to become professional Flash designers and developers. Over the course of this training, you will learn some basic programming all the way to how to adapt for your very own project. Now there are some seats still available.

For more information in Thai about this please click here

More description in Thai:
"คอร์สนี้ ไม่ได้สอนให้คุณเก่งเลยในทันที แต่คอร์สจะค่อย ๆนี้จะปูพื้นฐานทาง actionscript ให้คุณเพื่อที่คุณสามารถนำความรู้ไปใช้งาน สร้างงาน flash ที่มีคุณภาพได้ โดยคอร์สนี้จะสอนคุณตั้งแต่ basic programmingไปจนถึงการประยุกต์ใช้งานจริง (work shop)

1. Designer ครับ ซึ่งอาจจะเป็น web designer , graphic designer ที่ต้องการจะเพิ่มความมูลค่า ความน่าตื่นตาตื่นใจ ในงาน design ของคุณครับ คุณจะสามารถทำ web flash ที่มี interactive โต้ตอบกับผู้ใช้ การควบคุมเสียง การแยกชิ้นงาน flash ออกเป็นชิ้น ๆ และนำมาประกอบกันเป็นเว็บที่มีความซับซ้อนและสวยงามได้ คุณจะกลายเป็น flash designer ที่มีงานเจ๋ง ๆ มาให้คนชมอยู่ตลอด

2. ผู้ที่ต้องการเป็น flash developer เต็มตัว คอร์สนี้ถือเป็นการปูพื้นฐานของการเป็น flash developer ได้อย่างดีมาก คนที่จบจากคอร์สนี้ยังสามารถนำความรู้ที่เรียนมาไปต่อยอดในการทำ flash game และ flash interactive (ระดับสูง) ได้อีกด้วย"--Photon.


Saturday, August 21, 2004

Here comes the head

This thing is getting addictive. Zbrushing is quite a fun thing to do. The only problem is I’m still not quite familiar with the whole software. But at least now I can make simple models by utilizing zSphere and buildup process. This time around I learned how to texture map on a finished model (Although mine’s not quite finished due to the lack of time to invest to fine tune the mesh)

Here are the steps I took:

1. Develop simple zSphere with all important parts (Nose, ears, eyes, etc)

2. Start sculpting and keep checking the wire-frame of the mesh

3. Pre-render the model with simple plastic material

4. Develop some sort of texture on the model itself

5. Begin to use projection master to create the look I need

6. Finished render from another angle

7. Keep rotating and see the rest of the model

8. A closer look at the texture that wraps around the model

Next Time I’ll try to merge the face with previously created armor (Not sure how that would look though).

Update (Sunday-August 22, 2004, Noon):
Spent half an hour more and redid everything from scratch in the attempt of getting a better understanding of the program. This is what I got.

Model with texture

Close up shot of the image

Update (Sunday-August 22, 2004, Night):
I decided it's time to combine the 2 pieces of models together; the head from this entry and the armor from this entry.

The final render in full view

Closer look at the armor's texture

Closer look at the head

You can see the detail from this pic

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

3D Modeling Practice

This entry is a follow up to my post about Learning a 3D program, ZBrush. ZBrush is a very cool 3d modeling program developed by Pixolator. It is perfect for modeling organic stuff especially strange creatures. The program was even used for the action packed trilogy, "Lord of the Rings". You can read up about ZBrush usage in the film here.

So I try to spend sometime everyday to read up the manual page by page in order to get a clear understanding of what the program is and how I can master it. The the last post, I have learned how to do a basic 2.5D painting and I finished up a rusty stickman image. Every time I finished a tutorial for this program, I feel like I have learned a lot. Perhaps because my 3D knowledge is rather limit, so once I can create something in such programs, I'd good.

This time around, I spent a good one hour to do an armor model. I followed the tutorial instructions and made some modification to personalize the look of my armor. The process utilized the program's intuitive Z-sphere system allowing me to model the armor.

Wire-Frame of the model

Once I have my model as I imagined, I started rendering it with basic plastic material.

Rendered model with Shiny plastic material

The I tried a few more material for different looks.

Rendered model with different materials

I'll try to squeeze more time and invest in this program. Hopefully by my next ZBrush related post, I'd be able to model something more impressive. Overall, it's an amazing program.

Tonight I got another half an hour free, so I decided to re-practice the armor model. Here are what I got:

ZSphere Model

Wire Frame

Final Render with Metal Material

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Old comicker friend of mine

It's been awhile since I last chatted with this friend of mine, Natt or Thanet Sangsuwan. (Not the same Nat I mentioned on this blog before) He's a good friend from my high school, Samsen Wittayalai school. The last time I really talked to him was over 10 years ago and we were merely high school students. We both were very interested in arts especially the art of "Cartooning" or what most Westerners know as "Manga".

We would rush to newsstand nearby our school (or shall I say comic book stand?) every Tuesday/Wednesday to get us a copy of either "The Talent" or "The Zero" comic magazines, whichever one's available. I believe "The Talent" magazine was published by Mitr Mai Tri publishing house and due out every Wednesday. "The Zero" was published by Vibulkij publishing house and due out every Tuesday. The two got similar contents, the main content that we were eagerly waiting for and was the drive of our rush to the newsstand was "Dragon Balls". Aside from Dragon Balls, our other favorite comic was "Akira" by Otomo Katsuhiro. We would practice drawing and sketching on a regular basis hoping to one day become great comic artists. We even did a collaborative comic together but it never get to see light of the day.

After My 4th high school year (equivalent to US's grade 10) I got a scholarship to New Jersey, USA and since then we didn't not keep in touch. Partly because I was too lazy to write snail letters (at the time, computers weren't common yet). was my fault for not keeping in touch.

Years have passed and through the magic of technology, or Bill Gates' to be precise, we manage to get each other's msn contact (I got his contact from another Samsen friend of ours, Jaturong). I learned a great deal that he has grown from just an aspiring comicker to a full blown architect. At the moment he's attending London Metropolitan University doing MA in Architecture and Interior design. Additionally he also has a part time job as an interior/stage designer for a Bar in London. I'll be chatting with him more on a regular basis and he promised me to show some of his interesting works which I'll post more on this blog. For now here's his updated pic with his GF, Fon.

Thanet(Natt) and his sweetheart, Fon

Sunday, August 08, 2004

So little time to learn

There are so many things I would like to do and learn. Too bad time always seems to be my biggest enemy. There are times when I wish a day should consist of at least 56 hours; 8 hours for normal workload (where I get my salary paid and stuff); 8 for sleeping (Because recently I got only 3-4 hours a day of full sleep); 8 for self relaxation (I got 4 different games consoles which I haven’t turn any of them on for the last 2 months); 4 for being a social animal ; 4 for regular activities (Such as eating, walking, transportation, etc); 4 for exercising; 4 for regular reading (This reading’s limited to comics, novels, and magazine—not including learning technical stuff or art techniques); and 16 for learning new things.

The reason is because I feel like once you have graduated and started working full-time, you will realize that you have less and less time to improve yourself. Of course, your work will probably improve over time as you will be more skilled at what you do. But will you learn something radically different from what you already know? Probably not! This is truly a sad thing.

Let’s get back to reality….This is how I really spend me day:

9 hours working as a project manager
4 hours sleeping time
3 hours for daily transportation.
3 hours for eating; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack
1.5 hours for learning new things
1.5 hour for reading novel, comic, magazine, news
1 hour for social activities; chatting, MSNing, ICQing
<1 hour for sport and exercise

Basically with the current configuration, my brain won’t improve much since I can learn only 1.5 hours a day (6.25% of 24 hours). Within 1.5 hours time slot, I wish to learn so many things such as ZBrush (a 3D program which supposed to be great at doing organic modeling), English language improvement, Traditional Drawing, and Digital Painting.

Examples of what I’ve learned and tried recently:

ZBrush Tutorial:

Traditional Drawing:

Digital Painting:

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Limewire = Spyware

A lot of freeware are bad for your computer security, particularly those peer-to-peer programs like KaZaA, LimeWire, and Morpheus. These programs often install additional unwanted components such as "SpyWare". These components often remain in place even after the Peer-to-Peer program has been removed.

This happened to be because I was a music glutton. I downloaded LimeWire 4.07 and installed on my Windows XP. At first, this app seems to be quite promising fro what I wanted as a free music getter as it allows you to search for multiple files at the same time, music and programs. The sin caught up with me faster than light. I noticed that once I logged on to my DSL connection, my computer would keep sending and receiving several megabytes of packets. Making my system virtually slower than a 28.8 connection. I got quite paranoid because I have no idea what it was doing to my computer and what kind of damage has been done. I wanted to remove this piece of crap right away. I ran "Windows Add or Remove Software" immediately in hope that this will eliminate the problem.

I was dead wrong! Even after I ran the removal software process, my net connection's still fucked up. Meanwhile, my Norton Antivirus kept on finding 30+ viruses and Trojans on my system ranging from ABAP.Dosjob, Bloodhound.packed, DSO Exploit to Zyrtec.4300. Pretty much covering every letter from A-Z. I was frightened! After I have removed most of the viruses, I went and checked up on several webboards and downloaded a free trial version of NoAdware and located the process which was the source of the problem. All this went on for 8 hours from the time I got home at 8 PM to 4 AM this morning. This is crazy! I'll never install LimeWire again......It caused me more pain and trouble than other actual viruses. My suggestion to you all is "There are no such thing as free and good stuff.....and go buy legal stuff"

More info about Spyware:

What's that SpyWare thingy ?

Quote from :

"In general, spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. On the Internet, spyware is programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program. Data collecting programs that are installed with the user's knowledge are not, properly speaking, spyware, if the user fully understands what data is being collected and with whom it is being shared.

The cookie is a well-known mechanism for storing information about an Internet user on their own computer. However, the existence of cookies and their use is generally not concealed from users, who can also disallow access to cookie information. Nevertheless, to the extent that a Web site stores information about you in a cookie that you don't know about, the cookie mechanism could be considered a form of spyware. DoubleClick, a leading banner ad serving company, changed its plans to combine cookie information with database information from other sources to target ad campaigns directly to individuals without their permission. DoubleClick's current policy is not to collect "personally-identifiable" information about a user without their explicit permission or "opt-in."

Aureate Media, which distributes free software on the Web in exchange for the right to gather user information, is another company that has been criticized for not plainly indicating what data it gathers and for making it difficult to remove its programming.

Spyware is part of an overall public concern about privacy on the Internet"