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Buran

Ever heard of the Buran spacecraft? It was the russian version of the NASA space shuttle. It looks surprisingly similar to the better known US version. A few weeks ago, I shortly visited Moscow, and to my surprise, discovered one of them in the Gorky Park:

It is surprisingly huge, when you stand next to it. Unfortunately, the russians are not very good at tourism: There is no way go into it, or get any info about it at the place where it is located. I would have paid money for both. :) But it was just standing there, not even the shop below the shuttle has anything to do with that thing.



Irrlicht Tutorials in French

The guys at jeux developpez.com have translated all the irrlicht tutorials to French. If you are french, maybe worth a look: irrlicht tutorials in french.



Playing with Normal Mapping

I just played around a bit with normal map support, and quickly integrated it into CopperCube, as test. irrEdit, the irrlicht editor CopperCube is based on never supported normal maps, although irrlicht did, a thing which always annoyed me.

I was thinking about what types of normal maps to support, and considered only to support Object Space Normal maps, because they are easy to implement on all the targets, are a bit faster to compute on slow devices, and even need less memory. Unfortunately, they are a pain in the ass to create, so I'm now going with tangent space normal maps.
There is a lot of work to be done before it is finally functional, but I'm happy that it sort of works already in the editor now. It's a step into the right direction.



Amazed by Microsoft Developer Support

About 12 hours ago, I sent a mail to Microsoft, regarding some problem I have, developing software for their platform, Windows. Known from how you are treated by other companies, I was surprised that I received a useful, friendly answer just a few minutes ago, in the length of about 15 lines which actually helped me, and was written manually in response to my specific question.
I am baffled.

I try to answer support mail of my customers in the same way. Sometimes, this is not always possible, but usually, I answer within 24 hours. My company is small, and I have just a few customers. But that Microsoft is able to do this as well is really surprising. Great work. Especially when you look at companies like Google, who don't even seem to have support. The best you get is an automatic response by some python script, or similar.



Suicidal Squirrel

I nearly hit a squirrel this morning. Because I need a bit more practice with creating youtube videos, I created one of this accident:


(The date printed in the video isn't correct) My voice is a ~little~ bit pitched because I was horrified that I could run over this furry little thing. Thankfully everything went well :)