Engineering Accuracy

This came out a while ago but its soo cool it’s worthy of a permanent place in everyone’s favorites list.

Amazing engineering!!! Take a couple of minutes to watch a clever commercial …BUT DO READ THIS FIRST BEFORE YOU CLICK ON THE LINK. There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film. Everything you see really happened in real time exactly as you see it. The film took 606 takes. On the first 605 takes, something, usually very minor, didn’t work. They would then have to set the whole thing up again. The film cost six million dollars and took three months to complete, including a full engineering sequence.

In addition, it’s two minutes long so every time Honda airs the film on British television, they’re shelling out enough dough to keep any one of us in clover for a lifetime. However, it is fast becoming the most down loaded advertisement in Internet history. Honda executives figure the ad will soon pay for itself simply in “free” viewings. (Honda isn’t paying a dime to have you watch this commercial!).

When the ad was pitched to senior executives, they signed off on it immediately without any hesitation-including the costs. There are six and only six handmade Accords in the world. To the horror of Honda engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the film. Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp, and complete Honda Accord) are parts from those two cars. When the ad was shown to Honda executives, they liked it and commented on how amazing computer graphics have gotten. They fell off their chairs when they found out it was for real.

Thanks Dre

We Blow It

Everybody likes seeing things blow up, but now you can have the stuff you hate star in the explosive footage – for a small fee, of course. Yes for $100 this web site will blow X up for your (generally some type of electronics that has pissed you of for the last time) and send you the footage. They have a demo video that is fun both for the cool explosions but also for the background comments of the “explosive experts” enjoying their work.

Happy B-Day To Me

I got the ATI 9600XT video card today and I must say that it is sweet. It is a nice boost in 3D power over my last card. Basically it can run things at the same speed with 4x AA & 8x AF on as my last card could with everything off. :D But I must say that the more noticeable difference is not the speed, but the visuals. Since the 9600 is a DX 9.0 card it is capable of effects that my last card wasn’t. While some effects can be “faked” through horsepower, others are simply turned off if your card can’t do them. URT 2004 runs smoother and looks prettier (in a basic texture kind of way) but also has noticable changes: power graphs that were a single color are now a color spectrum and smoke now actually looks like smoke (more so than I have ever seen before in a game).

My only real complaint is with my particular card. I intially choose the 9600 XT because several reviews had stated it had built-in overclock SW that allowed for easily OC’ing. My OEM card however does not have such SW. Oh well, downloaded ATI Tool and was on my way… almost. Apparently while I can OC my card manually, something deeper down keeps resetting it to it’s default state. I am as of yet unsure if this is a simple bios problem or something temperature related but I will persevere…

Oh the reason i question temp, is the fact that this card has a much smaller fan and heatsink than my older card did which of course is part of why i left the nvidia camp and why this card is very quiet.

Doom 3 Is OUT

The much anticipated game Doom 3 is finally out. I think this was orginally scheduled for like March 2001 (ok maybe not that long ago). Seriously though this game looks AWESOME. Assuming you can see it’s wonderness with your puny 3D card. Hurray for me, with my B-day next week: I can get the game and play it on my new ATI 9600XT which should double my 3D horsepower. :D :D :D

The trailer on the new flash site is a MUST SEE. And then we’ll see if you can resist the urge to go buy this game.