Cities of Minneapolis and Duluth plus wide angles

Minneapolis

First of all, the skyline of Minneapolis on MN-65 northbound. It is a beautiful city yet I haven’t post any shots of the city itself, so here is one.

Minneapolis City Skyline
Minneapolis City Skyline

The Minnehaha falls is within the city bound among private residences. Too young, too simple, sometimes naive. Continue reading Cities of Minneapolis and Duluth plus wide angles

Lake superior and sunset

Lake Superior – Sugarloaf Cove

Position: 47°29’11″N 90°58’59″W

Cobblestone underwater. Taken on sugarloaf cove beach with waterproof Xperia Z5.
Cobblestone underwater on sugarloaf cove beach with waterproof Xperia Z5.

I took this photo with the waterproof Xperia upside down with camera underwater. Not exactly what I expected but still amazing enough to see colorful cobblestone underwater.

Colorful cobblestones on the beach of Lake Superior
Colorful cobblestones on the beach of Lake Superior

Yet another regular collection of colorful stone beach.

Lake Mille Lacs

Position: 46°10’52″N 93°43’42″W

Lake Mille Lacs, partially frozen. Taken on a trail 2m from the shore.
Lake Mille Lacs, partially frozen. Taken on a trail 2m from the shore.

This one is pretty off-road on the side of a trail beyond Indians point. Cold, but beautiful.

Minnesota Route 1

Sunset on MN-1 westbound
Sunset on MN-1 westbound

Unfortunately I lost Geo-tag in this photo… So I don’t know the precise location on the road.

Minneapolis food journal?!

So it is spring break, aka. time for playing around. Apart from plenty of iterative integral assignments that are due after the spring break assigned by Tullia, we are travelling (and ingressing) in Minnesota this time. This is just a brief food journal, and I guess these courses are worth trying.

Food we had at the Ecuadorian food restaurant Chimborazo:

Seco De Carne, beef tender with rice.
Seco De Carne, beef tender with rice.

Seco de carne is over satisfying and hearty. Taste of rice is pretty unique, a little bit sour and juicy, which is not regular Chinese or Japanese way of cooking. I don’t know how they prepared it but it turns out very nice. I didn’t had a chance to taste the “Chaulafan” (sounds like “超辣饭”, super spicy rice bowl but not actually spicy at all) ordered by Jeff and other guys, but I took the picture anyway. Continue reading Minneapolis food journal?!

Goodbye, chunky. Hi, Blender! (with the Interior Of Dat Triangle)

This would be one of my last frames of Minecraft renderworks with chunky. I will be switching to blender, an open source modeling software that supports GPU ray tracing with CUDA and allows tweaks to model before performing actual (now night-long) rendering.

Chunky is still pretty straightforward to newbie CG makers, written in java that virtually runs everywhere, but it does not support GPU rendering, and java multi-threading overhead made it even worse.

Blender, on the other hand, needs a few hours to setup but provides far more precise control over elements, vertices, edges and fancy stuff. Cropping down map portions out of the camera view, customize torch light color, removing specific blocks, render entities with actual motion…

So… Goodbyeさようなら, chunky. Hi, Blender!

I might still recommend chunky for those who want to have a sip of minecraft rendering, but for more complex terrain and huge creations, use blender.

Here’s the downscaled rendered frame, but you can still find full resolution on deviant art.


Rendering Specs:

Rendering time: 1.57 days
Threads: 3
Original dimensions: 4000x4000
Downscaled dimensions for uploading: 2000x2000

 

Via Noir Chicago!

Last weekend I went to Chicago with my roommate. I split up with my roommate after we arrived in the city.

Before the battle, there are riots against Trump’s presidency on south side of Chicago River and in Millennium Park. (The surprising part is that Chicago police are on bikes.) The POC soon announced that there will be no anomaly portals in those areas.

Play Hard Play Fair Signing Board!
Play Hard Play Fair Signing Board!

This battle was more harsh than I originally thought. Enlightened faction players are organized into car teams, bike teams and foot teams. My team was assigned to guard a target portal in Milton Lee Oliver Park in east part of Chicago. Although we lost the battle because the resistance faction deployed 3 teams to our portal, Enlightened faction won the battle in the end and I leveled up to L13 as well. Everyone enjoyed the night view of Chicago and we had a fun after party in a pizza restaurant. According to my GPS, our team covered a distance of 16 km during the whole anomaly. Continue reading Via Noir Chicago!

毕业后记

Portal @ SHS紧接着高考的毕业,见多了的合照、毕业典礼、教师赠言。

虽然说是从上中毕业,然而我必须承认,三年上中生活对我的性格并未产生巨大的改变。然而这个地方使我明确知道自己想要的东西要尽力追求、自己厌恶的东西能改变则改变,不能改变就远离。从某种意义上说,是对于理性的加强,情感的弱化。

过去的三年,我在控制自己的情感上越发的熟练。站在现在已经获得美国 F-1 签证的我的视角,看 5 年前的自己,觉得 too young too simple sometimes naive,看 3 年前刚进上中的自己,就像在看昨天的自己的背影。然而那个时候的我不会想到,被录取并决定去上中成为了世界线的分歧点,此后的 3 年(不能说全部是愉快的)不断把我推向出国深造的未来。

在工作站里存着的那些放出一定会被同学追杀的照片,却不断地提醒我,情感是我固有的一部分,无论我多么试图克制,也一直潜意识地给我提供自己能接受的做这做那的理由。翻看照片才猛然意识到,我所认识的可爱的、阳光的、脑洞大开的、污力滔滔的同学,上课开黄腔、一本正经胡说八道但负责的老师也曾经是我生活的一部分。

我想要记住的东西,无论是照片还是文字,将会永远留存。

我想要留住的东西,无论怎么试图去挽留,都会随着时间飘散。

It’s happening, and here I come.

</高三狗>
</高中生活>

又到了樱之雨的季节……然而已经没有樱花了。

それぞれの場所へ旅立っても、友達だ 聞くまでもないじゃん。
Your presence will always linger in my heart.
桜ノ雨

El Psy Congroo

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