The Moscow Subway

The subway of Moscow is unlike any other subway in the world. Almost every station has a different look, and the differences are not subtle – and neither is the architecture. Where else can you visit subway stations that looks like ballrooms, or space ships from a 1960’s movie? If you know me it should be no surprise that I took a lot of pictures of them when I was there last year, and now I’ve finally uploaded them. Have  a look.

Worldbuilding with Unity

As I’ve heard a lot of good things about the game engine Unity, I decided to try it out today. I’ve had it installed before, but back then I didn’t spend more than a few moments with it.

Unity has proven to be a very intuitive tool for creating environments and, according to a colleague of mine, it remains a powerful and intuitive framework if used to created full games. I’m sure it has some serious limitations and problems, but so far I’ve only encountered minor issues.

Following are a few screenshots I took while creating a small, tropical island.

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Through the noise

Here are the latest sounds I’ve identified through the noise of the tubes.

  • John August, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, writes about his craft in an interesting and entertaining way. To an industry outsider like me, it’s fascinating to get some real insight into how that business works.
  • Josh Friedman, executive producer of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Cronicles, writes in a personal and funny way about surviving the cancellation of your show.
  • Another entry about movie making, and now we’re talking about a real classic. The legends about the production of the movie Apocalypse Now is legion, and here we are given an inside look how the chaos and insanity of the movie colored the shooting of it. Or was it the other way around?
  • Trond-Ivar Hansen, a collegue of mine, wrote a report from the conference The Philosophy of Computer Games 2009, which we both attended. It’s in norwegian though, so check it out if you know the language (or have a dictionary and more patience than wits)

New batch of photos

It’s been a while, but I’ve uploaded a batch of photos, taken during last year’s vacation, to my photo blog. I’m really quite happy with some of them, so go on and have a look. Oh, and when I’ve got time I’ll publish some more photos from that summer. I still have a backlog off pictures to sort through and process.