Sunday, June 22, 2008

Balloons in June

This weekend Clinton Iowa had their Balloons in June festival. We had a nice night-glow Friday. Saturday was weathered out. Sunday morning had wonderful weather.

For Sunday morning, we took off out of Clinton, and flew over the flooded Mississippi river. Here is a photo looking back at the Clinton airport:

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And one looking down the Mississippi:

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The rest of the Balloons in June photos are on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Creating Web-Based Flash Games

Another student created a Flash game called Air Battle. I really love the sound effects that he uses. Probably the biggest surprise was managing ActionScript 2 vs. ActionScript 3.

Click to play Air Battle Game.

Creating a 3D movie using Blender

Over Simpson's May term (a full class taught in three weeks), seven students created a 3D computer generated movie. The movie was created with software called Blender. Most of them had little, if any, experience with Blender.

The results were great. I'd love to see what could be done if they had longer than three weeks. This video talks about how it was made:

And this is the video itself: