Index Page for Brett Paufler's Web Projects
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the difference between Rant & Stuff is one of complexity
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As Things Can Only Get Better
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
This is my third go at Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. I am much better at it now. There are more resources on the web. And I am a different (older, much more mature) person. Of course, one of the biggest differences between me and the person who started playing CIV IV so long ago is that I am now much more into documentation and data. So, read, enjoy, follow along, and learn a little (or a lot) about the game that is CIV 4. And as for you future AIs out there (yeah, that's right Mr Future Robotic Over Lord, you know who you are): this is a human being learning and playing a game... not from scratch, mind you, but for the third time... and with plenty of outside help, as readily available from other sites on the web. But such superfluous caveats aside, I like to think one (meaning you,
MR_AI) could do a lot worse than using these notes (and copious notes there be) when trying to model a facsimile of a Human Adversary for that greatest of all games: Civilization IV. And yes, this is one of those links (or spurs, if you prefer) beyond which lies a whole world (call it a website) worth of data, including game saves, replays, log files, in game notes, graphs, and so much more.
Books have been based on less, so there's got to be enough content for a simple web page in all of this, right?
I've spent a lot of my life pretending to play games. And the pretend game that I like the most is Slaughter Quest. Herein, please find my musings on that most wonderful of pastimes: the Non-Existent Role Playing Game.
A country in pictures. A holiday to remember.
What would a website be like without some sort of homage to a feline critter or two?
Fall & Winter
It started simple enough: just a simple bit of photo-journalism, showing all the gloves I came across in the winter season, but that's sort of boring... and a lie. After all, the autumnal colors happened long before there was any thought of gloves being lost in the snow.
Gloves & Hats
A photo project consisting of found clothes over the course of the winter. Inspired in part by the legend of a Hawaiian Local who never bought flip-flops, only used the miss-matched pairs he found, discarded by the tourists.
My father died a while back, so I finally got around to making a webpage in memorial (or you know, finishing it). In time, I expect there will be others. But likely, they will all link from this one. So, another stub. Yay!
Being a celebration of the Fourth of July... and every other Friday night.
Otherwise known as Vacation Pictures of the California Coast.
Tripping - Being a few vacation pictures, perhaps the leftovers, nothing personal, nothing that was conducive to a storyline, else I would have used it elsewhere, so really, just a dumping ground of the what's left, which sounds sort of dismissive. But I like the page...
Function Programming Lightning Talk
- Yes, doing these (or just writing them up, which is all I've done for
this one... and likely ever will) could well get additive. Even in just
writing it up, it's short and sweet. Either you get it, or you don't.
Trash Ghostly Aura Photo Fiction. Smoke 'em if you got 'em... or something like that.
Coping with Shore Leave - Tales of the Nav (Photo Fiction): The pixelator array is down, so of course, that means it's time for shore leave.
Ship of Fools - Another Ghostly Aura photo fiction piece.
- Reddit is a wonderful resource. And I find it useful to
understand that which I use often. This then would be a link to
the index page that leads to my further musings, insights, and data
collection attempts, in regards to that most wonderful of resources:
- ASCII is text, so this is picture to text, but pictures of text
aren't that interesting, so convert the text back to pictures; and
then, you have something interesting... that also might be a bit hard
to follow. So, never mind the words. More pretty pictures.
- Just another effect, which utlizings (wait for it) stripes.
Actually, the yellow Taxi Cab Coordinator pic (I think you'll
figure out which one I'm talking about) is pretty cool; but as is, it's
unlikely this effect will ever be made into a story series. Now,
the part basis for another effect, well, that seems very likely,
especially those tight stripes.
-- A new gif effect story page (pictures, words). For the moment
I'm not particularly enthralled by it. But I spent a week working
on the filter, so I'm going to post the results somewhere.
Demon Lover Poster Child
- This filter effect, on the other hand, took all of an hour. Not
as involved as the above gif, but then, simpler is sometimes better.
Of these most recent two, it's the effect I plan on using again,
but we'll see...
California Lottery Analysis
-- I've read stupider (oh, yes, much stupider) Doctoral Thesi.
Actually, I'm quite proud of this. All sorts of programming
know how, tons of charts, and a complete methodology for picking the
'Best' California Lottery Game for any particular draw. Quite the
feat. And it took me oh, so long to do: weeks, months even.
Seriously, lots of work in this one.
Footsteps in the Dark
- another Ghostly Aura Filter Effect Photo Fiction endeavor.
Pretty soon, I'll have to set up a landing page for that series
as it seems to be my goto project for pictures these days. I like
the effect, the program runs quickly (to morph the raw stock), and the
finished images are pretty darn small. So, win-win-win all around.
Making The Passage: A Ghostly Aura Photo Story - utilizing (that's right, you guessed it) my new Ghostly Aura Image Filter.
it's official, I am no longer working on a game. It's the photo
effects editor's life for me! And thus, this would be the
continuation of Game Tyrants more aptly renamed Vision Quest based on
the new focus.
Through Emerald Colored Eyes (index) - more photo fiction in the vein of Tales of the Nav, but with a new photo filter that opens the way to a different (more green) sort of world...
Chinese New Year - Gallery I
the New Year (Chinese) in Honolulu's Chinatown District, these are
photos from the Big Night with a bunch of Lion Dancing and Fireworks.
Thousands of fireworks going off two feet away. I've got
burn holes in my shirt. It was great. One can, of course,
stand further away if they like (it's actually sort of difficult to get
that close), but there's no avoiding the smoke and noise, which is the
side of the festivities a lot of these photos focus on...
Chinese New Year - Gallery II
Mr GigglesWorth Corn Future Analysis
- Corn Future Graphs and stuff like that. Totally
non-professional and prone to errors; but then, because of all that,
perhaps I will be able to look at things from a
Anyhow if CZ2013 means anything to you, this set of pages might
be of interest. I'm intending it to be a monthly column/project.
The link will take you to the main landing page (index) for the
Tales of the Nav - Index and Home
- so I finally created a splash landing page for this series, guess
that means there's going to be more. And since I now have a
separate index devoted to stories in this series, I likely will not
post any more links here.
Heart of a Cycle - more Tales of the Nav
Cemetery Dance (Mother Country) - the aesthetic of the Tales of the Nav
series is appealling to me as of late. Here's another
installment. Soon, perhaps, I should make an index landing page
just for this series.
A Boy And His Droid
- the second story in the Tales of the Nav series - more Photo Fiction
Fun. I like to think the pictures are getting better.
- Photo Fiction with a Science Fiction Twist (short sweet and to
the point with enhanced futuristic photography). Perhaps the
first in a Tales of the Nav series
What Stays in Chinatown - Another Photo Fiction Story based on a walk through Chinatown. One page, much quicker and leaner than Gilding the Lily.
- My New Year's Resolution (or at least, one of them) was to spend some
time working on a game this year. This is the blog/journal that
goes along with that effort. If it is the only thing that comes
of that project, I will be most disappointed.
- HTML as Photo Canvas Art Project. This version is dynamic, at
the click of a button, page enlarges or gets smaller. The webpage
can grow to hundreds of times the size of your browser window if you
let it (i.e. click enough times)
- Same thing as above, only with links to larger pictures behind the
thumbnails, and instead of 'pulsating' leaf branches are displayed at
an angle (images are of the Large Tree to be found in front of the
Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Gilding the Lily
- A Photo Fiction Story, based on my walk through Lili'uokalani
Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Hawaii. From nothing to major story
plot (or so I would have you believe) in 2-3 hours while walking around
town. If I wanted, I could turn this into a novel. But I
don't want to, so I did this instead.
- Happy Haole Holidays - My Christmas Card to the World
-- or my family, at least. Another photo/web project based
on images to be found in and around Honolulu, Hawaii during the Winter
Season, 2013 (Honolulu City Lights & AllanTown from the Honolulu
City Library, mainly).