We sort of missed the
traditional mid-August back to school events. Now
we're smack in the middle of Labor Day
celebration. Let's have a sale! But let's
also not forget Pluto, Earth, and the other
wonders of nature worth documenting in your
paintings. Even if just imaginary.
NASA’s New Horizons
Spacecraft Begins Intensive Data
If you liked the
first historic images of Pluto from
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, you’ll
love what’s to come.
Seven weeks after
New Horizons sped past the Pluto system
to study Pluto and its moons –
previously unexplored worlds – the
mission team will begin intensive
downlinking of the tens of gigabits of
data the spacecraft collected and stored
on its digital recorders. The process
moves into high gear on Saturday, Sept.
5, with the entire downlink taking about
one year to complete.
“This is what we
came for—these images, spectra and other
data types that are going to help us
understand the origin and the evolution
of the Pluto system for the first time,”
said New Horizons Principal Investigator
Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research
Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado.
“And what’s coming is not just the
remaining 95 percent of the data that’s
still aboard the spacecraft— it’s the
best datasets, the highest-resolution
images and spectra, the most important
atmospheric datasets, and more. It’s a
treasure trove. ”
Even moving at light
speed, the radio signals from New
Horizons containing data need more than
4 ½ hours to cover the 3 billion miles
to reach Earth.
is the time to imagine. The time to dream.
The age of Acquarius!
We close our eyes and see some photos
that challenge our imagination. Or do they?
Here are some ideas you may want to
Take a picture of your bowl of morning
cereal, Have a mix of rugged landscape from
corn flakes, with lean milky snow fields,
and add some deep valleys of chocolate
Step out of the house and look at the
concrete floor. There are patterns with
varying brightness, looks like a eprfect
setting for a canyonland-style experience.
Monument valley 2.0
Look up in the Sky... it's a bird! an
airplane, a cloud! or is it just another
There are so many ways around us to help get
creative! Here's a look at come
concrete area in my backyard:
We have started the long road
to developing the next major version of Howler. It
will probably be version 10 at some point, perhaps
early January'ish. We want to share some peeks and
previews on occasion. Get ready, and send us
feedback too and last minute requests for other
new features and enhancements that you'll want to
First off, you'll want to be with v9.6 of PD
Howler. That will give you eventually the lowest
cost upgrade path to the next best thing.
In the tutorials above, one of them deals with
animated caustics. You can alsready see them on
the ground of the ocean floor. That's done by
designating a stored animation as the animated
swap. The Puppy Ray path tracing renderer will
thus use the animated caustics as color channel in
combination with the elevation map as given by the
image or images in the main sequence. The
elevation can be animated. The coloration
(caustics) can be animated. Now how about the Sky
above it all? When we look up, we're want to see
animated refelctions of the water surface.
That will be coming in the next version. We
already have it implemented. It's simply another
animated resource: the animbrush.
Another example of whereby Dogwaffle is
brush-centric. Think through the brush, and magic
Stay tuned for more.
The next generation of Howler will have some new
focus on brushes too. And a whole lot more.
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