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A study in ugly tessellations

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Published on: August 22, 2020

A little more work on that map generator while dinner was cooking and now I have a hideous Voronoi tessellation of what was intended to be tectonic plates. I’m clearly going to have to rethink how I’m selecting the plate “centers” because I’m not getting the effect I want. Next up, Lloyd’s relaxation.

NOT THE BEEEES!!!

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Published on: August 22, 2020

So after a couple weeks of futzing around with voronoi tessellations, locating implementations, rewriting chunks of those implementations to fit my needs, not being happy with the results, ripping it all out and starting over etc I decided I’d stick with what I Know and use a radial hex map.

One cup of coffee, about an hour of coding (about half of which was sorting out an error in mapping Hex coordinates to Vector3s) and viola, one randomly colored hex grid (green tinted because, omg, random color selection is an aesthetic nightmare).

The mesh isn’t optimal but I’ll deal with that if it becomes a problem later.

Next up, plate tectonics and heightmaps.

Call me Sisyphus

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Published on: September 22, 2018

I don’t know why I continue to use Windows. Every single god damned thing feels like pushing a giant rock up a hill. I’ll admit that the fact that I’ve been doing most of my work on Linux for the past twenty years inclines me to use the linux idiom for getting things done and I’m likely just not thinking like a Windows user but my god does MSFT make doing things other than what they want to you to do in the way they want you to do it a massive pain in the ass.

I started using computers with nothing but a command prompt and while I appreciate some of the amenities of modern computing, I’d still like a marginally functional command prompt with a reasonable set of tools. I swear it takes me ten times as long to get basic work done in Windows than it does in Linux.

I think the only thing that is keeping me from just installing Ubuntu on my desktop is my recollection of how clunky desktop linux was a decade ago and my continuing vice of playing MMOs.

Also, I’m back from training people in what can only be described as a suburban Hellscape. How do you politely tell someone that you’d rather put a gun in your mouth than live in the same community they’ve chosen to make their home?

Cheating Irises

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Published on: August 28, 2018