Ruddy Duck Santa Cruz County

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jeffry helms

South San Francisco, CA

#2 May 2, 2012
wilder ranch 2012 spring
Check on Reality

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 May 2, 2012
Jeffry: you are really a good photographer. How long have you been taking pictures? Have you considered sending some of your work off to magazines? Maybe some nature magazines.
Check on Reality

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 May 3, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
pictures take up alot of space so make sure you get a external hard drive, it does not have to be a TB- to store your psd,raw,tiff,jpeg.
You can never have too many forms of backup media -- there are a multitude of them. You can back up your photos in the Cloud too. Or use a VPN. You can share your photos on a virtual server. Removable disk cartridges and memory sticks work. Or you can make your photo albums into a tape archive and store them on just about anything anywhere.
Cheri B

Aptos, CA

#9 May 3, 2012
My best friend has 5 ducks. They are so beautiful, friendly, and cool. I collect snails for them to eat. One of their favorite snacks.
Cheri B

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 May 4, 2012
gamee wrote:
<quoted text>you have to be part of a union to do that, photoshop-camera raw is really burnt out, it's really easy and fun to do, so lots of people are job trained in that field, i'm working a photo web site ,i might do pay pal, photograpy is just a hobby for me, i'm starting to get better and better-lynda.com has really good video tutorials to learn all facets of photograpy--- you gotta get the premium subscription for the exercise files.
lynda.com is extremely useful. Their videos are easy to understand. We signed up for our intermediate Dreamweaver class.

Maybe this summer I will sign up to update my action script programing for flash. I got to beginning game level, but it all outdated now. I want create some art for kids educational interactive games.
Cheri B

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 May 4, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>check out ben longs tutorials on the different kinds of camera's, i got into flash pretty heavy, i got a couple of flv's to swf going into my site, css nav bars are still my favorite, although flash nav bars are way more intense with the motion guide and embedded movie clip symbols.
I will check it out. I agree with you. Flash is so pretty just like doing print media, but it has its limits for changing copy after you turn text into outlines. My first digital media class was in HTML. After it I got hooked. I was able to design some HTML coded webpages that WOWed my teacher and fellow students. PNGs are a great improvement over GIFs and JPEGs.
Cheri B

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 May 4, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>joomla and wordpress are cool too but i lost some of flexibility and the dreamweaver wamp wordpress move was not good enough to beat css and flash .-- joomla is really great for seo though .
I took a Joomla class at Cruzio to check it out for work, but was disappointed with the choice of templates. I hate boring 3-4 column webpage formats; they have no design sense. The only way to get around the problem would be to take PHP and Java classes which I don't have time for. I really like CSS, but it will take a lot of time to learn all the coding.

I need to add I am lazy. I would rather do physical art than sit in front of a computer all the time. When I first learned PS, PM, IL in adult ed in 1991, I was super excited and spent hours playing and playing.:-)
original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 May 4, 2012
I would like to create a non-player character (NPC) behavior generator which takes high level descriptions in a constraint logic programming language and outputs flash code building upon the theory I developed in my doctoral dissertation at UCSC using tree transducers.
Cheri B

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 May 4, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text> for me ,css is way better and easier with the pop up menu- than the css styles panel, after the colon type the corresponding letter of the style for the style to appear in a list of the same like, i use absolute and relative positioning , unless i have a stacking order, the html 5 "list" nav bars aren't really necessary , you use "a" and "a:hover" for buttons-- of course line height padding etc.
http://www.ladygagadeath.com/ --look at view source---
i dropped out , the teacher was really bogged down and was not really teaching the class, i learn more on lynda.com
Oh, the fun of playing the positioning game. Finding a way to position that works on all browsers. This is reason I am lured by Flash. Where you put is where it stays.
the original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 May 5, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>you sound like a game programmer?? flash game are really fun
No. I am not a game programmer. I am a computer scientist whose research has applications to games. Unfortunately for me, UC Santa Cruz created a computer gaming program, attracting some heavyweights like Michael Mateas -- http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~michaelm/ -- just as I was graduating.

Flash games could be much funner if they were more intelligent. That's where my research comes in. High level descriptions for NPC design are very deficient. Work has been done by Michael Mateas and his colleagues using AI tools to make games with intelligent narrative and plot design. However the AI programming languages they use to do this are simple and outdated. They don't lend themselves to machine learning models. My research combined tree automata, logic and machine leaning models which lend themselves to tree automata. These would be the basis for more descriptive AI programming languages to implement game behavior engines.

Flash is good because it's simple. It lends itself to rapid prototyping of games which do not require sophisticated graphics. Since behavior is really what makes games interesting, rather than shock and awe graphics, Flash is good to use as a back-end language for a game behavior engine.

Flash is a good choice for me to try since it is OO like C++ and Java, but simpler. Maya would be a better choice for graphically sophisticated games, but that would be too high of a learning curve for me. I would employ some game programmers to do Maya programming.

Here's a really interesting company to watch: http://www.speech-graphics.com/
DBS not Colbyloser

Sunnyvale, CA

#23 May 5, 2012
the original curious cat wrote:
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No. I am not a game programmer. I am a computer scientist whose research has applications to games. Unfortunately for me, UC Santa Cruz created a computer gaming program, attracting some heavyweights like Michael Mateas -- http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~michaelm/ -- just as I was graduating.
Flash games could be much funner if they were more intelligent. That's where my research comes in. High level descriptions for NPC design are very deficient. Work has been done by Michael Mateas and his colleagues using AI tools to make games with intelligent narrative and plot design. However the AI programming languages they use to do this are simple and outdated. They don't lend themselves to machine learning models. My research combined tree automata, logic and machine leaning models which lend themselves to tree automata. These would be the basis for more descriptive AI programming languages to implement game behavior engines.
Flash is good because it's simple. It lends itself to rapid prototyping of games which do not require sophisticated graphics. Since behavior is really what makes games interesting, rather than shock and awe graphics, Flash is good to use as a back-end language for a game behavior engine.
Flash is a good choice for me to try since it is OO like C++ and Java, but simpler. Maya would be a better choice for graphically sophisticated games, but that would be too high of a learning curve for me. I would employ some game programmers to do Maya programming.
Here's a really interesting company to watch: http://www.speech-graphics.com/
With all that alleged computer knowledge,how about learning how to support yourself instead of being a parasite on the taxpayers?
the original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#24 May 5, 2012
DBS not Colbyloser wrote:
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With all that alleged computer knowledge,how about learning how to support yourself instead of being a parasite on the taxpayers?
Jeffry and I were having a pleasant, constructive conversation about Flash programming. You are acting like a dingle-berry gangster stirring up sh*tt. Unless you have something constructive to contribute about Flash programming just shut up. Stop stalking me like a dingle-doggie.
DBS not Colbyloser

Sunnyvale, CA

#25 May 5, 2012
Whaaa whaaa whaaa.

Then stop spamming under your dozen stupid names.
the original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#26 May 5, 2012
DBS not Colbyloser wrote:
Whaaa whaaa whaaa.
Then stop spamming under your dozen stupid names.
You, Dingle-Barry Scullivan, are the cyberstalker who trolls the Topix forums. If you have nothing intelligent to say, keep your hole closed. Didn't your parents teach you that rule? Act like a dingle-berry, be treated like a dingle-berry.
the original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#27 May 5, 2012
Jeffry: are you a game programmer? What do you use Flash for?
Check on Reality

Santa Cruz, CA

#29 May 5, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>the ruddy duck was so hard to shoot, it never sits still hardly, notice the bright white patch, you have to shoot underexposed with brings in noise and purple fringe, i should have sharpened more with a luminosity layer.Thats with a 2000mm lens, i take a sharpness hit and a exposure with that range of lens, my focus was out a little, to get auto focus with that range, man 14,000$$!!
Jeffry: you are really talented. You should be expending you talent on something really important, like taking photographs for newspapers, schools or the government.
DBS not Colbyloser

Sunnyvale, CA

#30 May 5, 2012
the original curious cat wrote:
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You, Dingle-Barry Scullivan, are the cyberstalker who trolls the Topix forums. If you have nothing intelligent to say, keep your hole closed. Didn't your parents teach you that rule? Act like a dingle-berry, be treated like a dingle-berry.
Hey pussyboy, anytime you think you have the sack to talk that way in person, just tell me where and when.
the original curious cat

Santa Cruz, CA

#31 May 5, 2012
DBS not Colbyloser wrote:
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Hey pussyboy, anytime you think you have the sack to talk that way in person, just tell me where and when.
DBS offered to meet you and your friends in person, yet you refused his offer, chickening out. Is that still off the table, or will you meet DBS?
Check on Reality

Santa Cruz, CA

#34 May 6, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>everyone knows photoshop and camera raw and they are way better than me, in about 6-10 more months i should be alot better, thanx
I don't know Photoshop, but I know people who do. This guy is really good with photoshop:

http://lindsaydigital.com/blog/
Check on Reality

Santa Cruz, CA

#36 May 6, 2012
jeffry helms wrote:
<quoted text>what would be way cool , would be to go on a photography safari for a wildlife magazine, i got a 600mm auto focus lens, a 2000mm lens, a portrait lens with a aperture of 1.8 with a super macro and a 4x set of close up lens for bugs and flowers.--
Go for it Jeffry. I bet there are tourist agencies which specialize in photography safaris. You don't need to hook up with a magazine. Get an agent and work independently, selling your work to the highest bidder.

I think everyone on Topix has underestimated you!

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