Category Archives: Blogging

Connected – Apple book series

Connected

Connected: Short Hauls

A collection of twelve crime stories; they had been drinking one night when Robby had come out with the murder bit. Jeff had been talking about men he had met in prison; extreme: Killers… #Crime #Stories #ShortFiction https://books.apple.com/us/book/connected-short-hauls/id1388817659

Connected: Sanger Road

The Ford had hit the tree and climbed it a few feet before it came to a complete stop. Carl had to stand on tip toe to peer into it. The driver had no head left, there was no passenger. #Crime #Stories https://books.apple.com/us/book/connected-sanger-road/id1159120378

Connected: Dello Green

Jimmy handled problems for different people. Very many of those people did favors for, or had business dealings with, people who had bad habits. Theft. Gambling. Prostitution, drugs, just to name a few… #Crime #Stories https://books.apple.com/us/book/connected-dello-green/id1160394883



Earth’s Survivors box set contains the entire Earth’s Survivors series in one volume.

All ten books in one collection. Follow the survivors as they struggle to survive in a vastly changed world, where the living are just as likely to kill you as the dead are.

https://books.apple.com/us/book/earths-survivors-the-nation-collection/id1154467599




YellowstonE – W G Sweet

Yellowstone

W. G. Sweet “The Yellowstone caldera is going to erupt sometime in the next few days. Not a maybe, not an educated guess: It has already started. We have had a few small quakes, but the big stuff is on the way.”

“Super volcanoes… Earthquakes that modern civilization has never seen… The last super eruption was responsible for killing off the human population some seventy-four thousand years ago: Reduced it to a few thousand. And that is not the biggest one we have evidence of.” He paused in the silence. https://books.apple.com/us/book/yellowstone/id1441067513

3D Direct X Models

Wastelands Collection 2 includes the first ten models in the Wastelands collection. All models are rendered in the Direct X format and may be used for personal or commercial purposes. #3DModels https://wendellsweet.com/3d-modeling-and-game-building/wasteland-5-3d-model/

City of the Dead – Wendell G Sweet

City of the Dead

I was so caught up in wondering about the sparrow, that I paid no attention to the old man wandering slowly up the path behind me. The grit of a footstep at nearly the last second was all that alerted me. My hands came up reflexively and caught the edge of the wire as it came down to circle my throat. It bit into my hands momentarily before I was able to duck, roll off the bench; pulling myself free, hanging onto the wire with one hand. Pulling Abignew with me over the top of the bench. Catching him by surprise.Blood ran down one of my hands from the bite of the wire, but both of my hands closed around Abignew’s neck, my thumbs on his windpipe, crushing. Squeezing. #SCIFI #Fantasy #Mythology

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/city-of-the-dead-wendell-g-sweet/1139833849?ean=2940165492358

OGRE Game engine

I downloaded an open source race game, Super Racing about a year ago and finally had time to look it over. It is a little buggie but inspiring. I liked the Ogre graphics engine, the fact that it uses MESH instead of Direct X as I am using now. (I found out today there is code for a ASIMP library it can use and so import anything in the ASIMP library). That means 3ds, for me, no building, then doing the UV work, Exporting to something else. The 3DS format has a few drawbacks, but nothing I would be concerned with and the reduction in file size compared to Direct X is great.

When I found Super Racing I was dealing with an older version of Ogre and chasing it down took me to Sourceforge where the old project is hosted. I assumed that was all there was, somehow I missed that the new version had been moved to GitHub. Even so the old version was still impressive, I have been using RAD and lately Unreal 4 because it was obvious that none of these guys who say they are going to work on 3D RAD are, or they share results with a few guys. I like the RAD layout, I’ve used RAD for almost twenty years, that seems impossible but I have.

So I was going to jump to Unreal 4. I downloaded it in fact, set it up, even invested in a few blueprints to get rolling, but I didn’t really like the work flow, compared to RAD. Of course if I had quit RAD long ago I would be used to something else now, so that’s on me.

In any case I download the new Ogre version, the source code, Rigs Of Rods. I have Crazy Eddies GUI system from the older game, I like that, and this version of Ogre is good. I downloaded the mesh viewer, all the source code, the modeler and the terrain generator which looks a lot like GMTE, and works a lot like GMTE. All in all, pretty impressive and there are more than a few game demos out there made with Ogre to give you direction, and plenty of documentation. So, I’m hooked in one day, the engine is nice, well documented and the code is right there, along with custom built editors as well…

Open Directories

Open directories are places on the internet with directories that are unprotected. Normally when you create a new directory on your server you add and index.html or index.htm to it so that a search engine will not simply load the page along with an index of whatever may be in that directory.

https://www.reddit.com/r/opendirectories/

I found that open directories are a hot subject, interesting places where you never know what you will find. At the link above, on Reddit, there is a whole sub-reddit devoted to it. You will find anything from movies, TV series, Software, Music and anything else you might wish to find. You will also run across virus files, hacked files, worms and just about anything else you can imagine; so my advice is run a scan on anything you decide to download and tread carefully. I would post some links here, but they don’t last long. The best thing to do is follow along at the link above…

Hashima Island

In the James Bond movie Skyfall, the abandoned Japanese island of Hashima serves as the secret headquarters of the Bond villain played by Javier Bardem.

In reality the island serves as a sobering reminder of industrialization, war, and the human toll it can exact. At the turn of the 20th century, was a bustling coal-mining town owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation.

In the panoramic shot of Bond approaching Hashima by boat, it’s clear to see why this island in the middle of the ocean with high-rise buildings sprouting from it has been nick-named “Battleship Island”. In fact, the island was actually torpedoed during World War II by American submarines.

At the dawn of World War II the Japanese turned the island into a forced labor camp for Chinese and Korean prisoners.

Modern buildings made up of apartments as small as 10-square meters with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, continued to sprout across the tiny island. Soon Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima) had over 30 concrete residential blocks, 25 shops, a school, two swimming pools, a hospital and a graveyard.

Hashima Island came about as a result of the country’s rapid industrialization. Once a thriving coal-mining town owned by Mitsubishi, eventually it became home to more than 5,000 employees and their families. From 1887, Mitsubishi mined coal from the sea floor under Hashima and at its peak was producing more than 400,000 tons in the early 1940’s.

Mitsubishi illegally forced Korean and Chinese prisoners to mine coal 600 meters below sea level between 1943 and 1945.

Some 500 Koreans and 200 Chinese were brought over on Mitsubishi-owned boats known as “Hell-ships” that transported prisoners to their assigned destinations for forced labor. It is believed over one hundred forced laborers at Hashima died on the island.

By 1959 the island had the highest population density on Earth (139,100 per square kilometer) and living conditions were horrible. To put it in perspective, Hong Kong’s population density was recorded at 6,782 people per square km in 2010. Hashima residents were literally living on top of each other in prison-like conditions. In 1974, after more than a century, Mitsubishi closed the mine. The company offered alternate jobs to a small fraction of people: Within weeks, the most densely populated place ever recorded on earth was completely deserted. Today the island is remains completely abandoned and has been for more than 38 years.

For many years, visitation to the island was forbidden, punishable by deportation from Japan. But in 2002, Swedish filmmaker Thomas Nordanstad visited the island with a Japanese man named Dotokou, who grew up on Hashima. The occasion marked the first time that Dotokou had been on the island as an adult, and his experience was nothing short of harrowing. Throughout his visit, the former Hashima resident found memories from his childhood; the decorations his mother hung on their apartment walls, and remembering a deceased friend with whom he grown up on the island and who had remained behind, buried in the island cemetery. Nordanstad documented the trip in a film called Hashima, Japan, 2002. in 2008, as interest in the mysterious island grew, it was proposed that Hashima be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has yet to be designated, possibly due to the protests of South Korean authorities, who object on the grounds of the suffering incurred by Korean forced laborers during the war. Remaining survivors today have yet to be compensated by the Japanese government or Mitsubishi.

In 2009, Hashima was allowed to be re-opened to the public and can now be visited by tour groups. Many areas are unsafe and restricted and tour guides keep a strict eye on the visitors they bring.

For this reason, some of the more risky action scenarios set on the island with Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and the Skyfall cast were likely filmed on a re-created set at the famous Pinewood Studios: Even so, you can’t mistake the film’s shots of the real island.

YouTube Videos:

One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5kmKO_gGsc

Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9w8APSmaRg