Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quartz Composer

I've been fiddling with Blender once in a while, which is free, but the learning curve is steep and I tend to give up after extruding a sphere or two. While I was looking up some related material I remembered Max/MSP which had a nifty kinda modular interface but costs oodles of money for honest law-abiding citizens such as myself. For some reason I looked that up on the Wikipedia and I find I have a low-budget modular video synthesizer right on my Mac. Quartz Composer is a fucking snap to use.

Share with me the fruits of my labours:



Autoplaying and looping YouTube is awfully fun.



36 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

So? Animate the shithouse troll already!

Now, getting back to music pedantry....

Righteous Bubba said...

Animate the shithouse troll already!

justme already did that one.

Right now I'm consumed with a fountain of Palin faces.

J said...

Animate the shithouse troll already!


Aye, Matey! Put McTroll in a kilt and have it doing AC/DC--Thunderstruck, man--or maybe Bay City Rollers medley.

Miss Palin could be animated in some interesting and provocative ways.

Mendacious D said...

McKakke?

Righteous Bubba said...

McKakke?

Captcha says it's only water.

fish said...

That makes passing a kidney stone seem downright pleasant.

Caliph Garrett said...

My god, it's full of quit.

Righteous Bubba said...

I would have added a pee sound, but at the same time I wanted a kind of autoplaying animated GIF thing and I didn't want to assault my wonderful readership with sound. It's the chifirlan thing to do.

mikey said...

Before broad acceptance of TCP/IP, we were highly dependent upon chifirlan. Although it was weird and picky and only liked 3com and intel NICs...

Another Kiwi said...

Oh, I see!! So there's my tea room celebrity status gone. The Pissing Palin is not real. Just dandy!

Righteous Bubba said...

If you're feeling Palin while you pee see a doctor, maybe a psychiatrist.

tigris said...

If you're feeling Palin while you pee...

Does that mean it quits mid-stream?

Righteous Bubba said...

Depends.

Depends are required.

mikey said...

Just wait 'til you can do that natively in the browser in HTML 5!

Without the need to embed or use a plugin, the opportunities for McCain to piss Palin will be virtually unlimited!!

Righteous Bubba said...

Evil corporate giant Apple sez NO to native browser video.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogg_controversy

M. Bouffant said...

I tend to give up after extruding a sphere or two

This is not healthy. Make damn sure all spheres are extruded before giving up.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Sarah Palin quits after extruding a hemisphere.

...wait, Sarah Palin was the producer on a Rush album? I'm REALLY confuzzled.

tigris said...

Make damn sure all spheres are extruded before giving up.

However, if you're getting up several times a night to extrude spheres it might be time to ask your doctor about new noctspherenex. Possible side effects include dog lung, bone piping, and explosive chilblains.

Righteous Bubba said...

John McCain is peeing squares for his country, so I cannot claim my spheres are a hardship.

J said...

Before broad acceptance of TCP/IP.

Way before my time. The Web, courtesy of some nerdy Nixonians from IBM, and DoD. TCP-IP (and FTP as well) were DoD--like covert ops-- were they not, starting like late 60s. It's not until much later when Billy Gates rips off 3com/Xerox (and Mac, perhaps) that groovy GUIs and browsers appear.

The Net pre-malware invasion of 2003 2004 (and security hype) may have had better browsers. IE 3 or 4, netscape less cluttered and more effective, however primitive in appearance. (Firefox/mozilla work of El Diablo) .

Hey RB, invent a better browser.

Righteous Bubba said...

Hey RB, invent a better browser.

Man, I started with Lynx. How much more do you need?

Simba B said...

My VMware install of Leopard is having (according to Capatcha) nonfies of this Quartz Composer stuff, sadly.

And I just deleted the native installation on my Thinkpad for lack of use. It doesn't have one of those video cards anyway, so I'm S.O.L. looks like.

Righteous Bubba said...

Used PowerPC Macs should be getting cheaper as 10.6 abandons them, including my humble machine. Boo hoo.

J said...
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J said...

I'm rather fond of those mondo McApples for graphix stuff, that cost like 4 or 5 grand, with the Cobra OSX V or whatever. Once you locate the browser, root drive, apps, docs, something like a control panel, etc. the McApples are nearly as fast as a PC which you can put together for five or six hundred shekels, tho' yes, you might as well head out to Taco Hell--or the San Jose Airport solicitation break-- while yr files download. They're prettier too.

Righteous Bubba said...

I got my Mac tower used for $500, so ha ha on you.

J said...

That's about 4 bills too much (4 x 100). I have no love for MS/Windows/vista, etc (but Win--like XP Pro--works, and no frills, once you tweak it a bit. As does the server side), but less love for McApples--overhyped, overpriced, and slow.

The supposed PC factor is mostly BS as well-- JobsCo farms out the Apple McJobs (assembly, etc) to sweatshops in Brazil and other 3rd world areas.

Righteous Bubba said...

I can still sell my machine for more than I bought it for years later, and we all agree that the Free Market Knows All, so you are thus refuted.

Really the only thing I pine for when I get home from my daily PC use is Firefox, which is better on a PC especially with all the plug-ins, and Autohotkey.

J said...

Firepox!

I hate that f-n shit, dude. It's like the preferred browser of the JW Gacy fan club or somethin'. IE 8 seems pretty tight really.

Oh another McApple type: yr guru Holblo of CT. Cyber-Decorator, and bad philosophaster . What's his new schtick? Squid and yowl. When you got yr McApple, who needs to be able to even draw a Dilbert- like figure? Jus' express yrself. That said, his decorating better than his scribbling.

Righteous Bubba said...

IE 8 seems pretty tight really.

I won't see it at work for a while; IE7 broke a bunch of stuff for us - stuff that's also shit so what the hell - but this claim at the Microsoft site is just laughable:

Sure, Firefox may win in sheer number of add-ons, but many of the customizations you'd want to download for Firefox are already a part of Internet Explorer 8 – right out of the box.

mikey said...

Call me paranoid, but after kazaa killed (KILLED) two of my computers, I REALLY like somebody in the world to have been able to actually look at the source code of the shit I run.

Firefox on Ubuntu is a near perfect solution, although on my smaller - screen machines I LIKE to be able to run Chrome, so I'll dual boot 'em with XP.

The only time I need windows anymore is for Illustrator (still no FOS equivalent), and for my iTunes/Airfoil really cool wireless music solution. Otherwise, why pay for the headaches when you can get 'em for free?

mikey said...

On Ubuntu I REALLY wanted to like KDE, it was so cool and incorporated so many modern interface functions.

But I eventually had to give up and admit that Gnome just works better, if faster, more usable.

But dammit, KDE, why can't I quit you?

Righteous Bubba said...

I'm sure one day I'll get on the Linux bandwagon, but over the past decade I've lucked into some decent hardware and the software's lovely, so I'm pretty happy.

A downfall on the Mac is that GIMP's animation module's never been properly ported.

mikey said...

Just dual boot with Ubuntu or Fedora or SUSE and commence to fucking around.

At some point you'll just tip over, and say hey! This does everything I want for nothing with regular, scheduled updates!

And that'll be it.

I still haven't gotten to the point where I have any machine (other than servers) that isn't dual booted. Not quite ready to take off the training wheels, but one day...

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