Can’t wait for IKEA to adopt this technology!!

April 21, 2006

Self reconstructing chair!


Yoyo skillz!

March 31, 2006

Nothing to add!


March 31, 2006

A radio show I listen to up here in Montreal, called "Les Grandes Gueules" have been airing short clips of a called "Chacarron". I find it really funny because it ties in with one of the character they're doing in the show (it's a humoristic back-to-home show). Anyway, here it is, judge for yourself!

Quake3 on 24 monitors!

March 20, 2006

I’m not a quake3 fan (I played when it came out, but that’s more than 8 years ago I think) but I’m still impressed with what some student did! With a resolution as large as this, I guess only a game as old as quake3 could render at 60fps (modern games are fill rate bound at resolutions as small as 800×600 or 1024×768 – maybe when we have a pixel shader ALU pipe per pixel we’ll get those framerates with large resolutions!!!).


March 14, 2006

Don’t be afraid! GRAW stands for Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter. It’s the latest in the series and just hit the xbox360 last week. I haven’t played it yet but since I work for the company that developed the title (and with one guy who was on the graw team in France) I know enough to say it’s a great game! Also, the reviews on Gamerankings speak for themselves with an average of 90%!

People from outside the game industry must find it weird that the company for which I work for releases a game and I barely know anything about it (except what everyone reads on the internet). Of course, if I wanted, I could get in touch with the developers to get some inside scoop (!), but otherwise nothing. I guess it’s not specific to the game industry after all but to any big compagnies. Ubisoft has more than 3000 employees in multiple studios around the world so it’s tough to know what’s going on everywhere at once. That’s the job of the studio managers and various CEOs which they are pretty good at. I wouldn’t change job with them anytime soon as it a lot of managing, trips away from the familly (great once in a while, but not too often) and a lot of extra hours.

I don’t know where this post is going, but if you can (and have an xbox 360), grab a copy of graw as soon as you possibly can (or rent it)!

I’m anxious for the game I’m currently working to come up to get all that hype around it!! Can’t say what it is and when it’s coming out though!

That’s a fast Volkswagen Beetle

March 13, 2006

Just found this on the front page of youtube! That’s a modded car!

Google mars

March 13, 2006

Ok, it’s all over the web by now and this is just another blog post about it but I was really surprised when I read about Google Mars. It’s not the first time Google gets me (ie: most of us) by surprise with this kind of service. Pretty useless for most of us but still really interesting. I’m sure pretty much everyone spent at least 5 minutes on the site trying the different display mode, zooming and panning on different regions! What’s next?!!! (Google moon already exists).

Organize your mind – FreeMind

March 10, 2006

Open-source counterpart of MindManager used to organize all your ideas/task/etc (your mind!). I saw some of my collegues using MindManager (the one from Mindset) and though it could be great to organize all my personal tasks, ideas in one place. I then found FreeMind on sourceforge. I don’t know about all the feature of the retail version of MindManager, but FreeMind has everything I need.

I don’t like the fact that it requires the JRE to run it (and I had some problems with it – see below), but otherwise the basic functionalities work pretty well. I seem to have problems using the shortcuts and some other commands, but I guess it’s because of the fact that it runs on Java and is not a native windows application. Anyhow, give it a try, it’s free!

I had some problems launching the .exe because it uses the Java Runtime Environment, but instead, launching the .bat located in the same folder of the .exe works fine.

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March 10, 2006

I’ve been wondering for a while now if some people, or at least 1 or 2 people are reading some parts of this blog (just add a comment saying, “I am!”).  I’m now aware at how hard it is to get your blog to be “popular” with all of them out there.  Nonetheless, I still enjoy posting as it at least archives some fun things I’ve found on the web.

I know I’m not doing so much personal blogging.  I’m more dumping links, embedding videos, pictures of things I found on the web or received through different rss feeds.  I mostly update my blog from work and don’t have much time to write long bits at a time.  I know that blogging and “don’t have much time” don’t really make help to popularize a blog, but still, I think/though that some people could find it fun to have some text, videos, pictures posted a couple of times a week about stuff I find on the net.

I could probably blog more about the industry I work in (games) and the work I do as I think it could be interesting for a couple of people.  I’m a 3D programmer so it’d probably be more about engine technologies, comments on different techniques, games, etc.  It could prove to be interesting.  Maybe I’ll try that.  However, writing about game programming probably involves writing a lot of text at once and as I said, I don’t have that much time and probably, not too many ideas.  Hmm, seems like a deadend!  Anyhow, I’m pretty sure I’ll continue posting miscellaneous tidbits at least so if you enjoy those, great and I’ll try to post stuff about games, game programming, etc when time allows and have good ideas of stuff I can post (that doesn’t violate any NDA about the stuff I’m currently working on).


Microsoft UMPC photoshop

March 9, 2006

Earlier today (March 9th), the top banner on Microsoft UMPC website was clearly photoshoped (LCD screen not positionned correctly) as you can see below – it was fixed later on the same day and completly replaced by a flash animation at the end of the day!