Most of the active Amiga community should have heard about this, but like most things it doesn't hurt to promote a bit more.
Basically this is a documentary regarding the Amiga History, it's influences, the culture shock and its legacy.
In 1985, a powerful new kind of computer was born. It was 10 years ahead of its time, and ready to take on Microsoft, IBM and Apple for control of the PC market. The Amiga computer revolutionized video, multimedia and digital art, with Andy Warhol being a big advocate. It was also known for being a fantastic video games machine. Despite the computer's manufacturer going bankrupt in early 1990's, the Amiga has a huge cult following worldwide to this day. This film documents the rise and fall of the Amiga in the marketplace, and gives an inside look at the passionate and eccentric community that surrounds it. We've got in-depth interviews with the Amiga's designers, engineers and advocates, and we'll be shooting even more. This is a compelling and unique documentary, rich with animation and a distinctive style. Viva Amiga is also being written and directed by an Amiga user - Zach Weddington
Rather than just a simple historic documentary it also shows the impact and nowadays uses both the classic machines and New generations ones... In the clip above it goes beyond and shows music artists using A1200's and other classic machines - covering the Blip Fest 2011 show in NYC...
It looks pretty high quality... Actually more professional quality is the word I should use!
But bear in mind that this documentary will only go ahead if the sum $25000 dollar is reached on the Kickstarter pledge site.
Check out this pledge video, and consider contributing...
quarta-feira, 29 de junho de 2011
Aros-tan mail stamp
This is a slight change from the Kitty stuff - just a quick reference to the OS-tan imagery, and in this line of sight a new AROS-tan image I found on DeviantArt!
I've recently received more work from Alain Thelier, related to Kitty Mascot.
And I've to say that this is really Top class work - up there with Eric Schwartz original work.
This is very close enough to the Pin-up design as Kitty could get, still having some original and cute setting. Being sexy doesn't hurt I guess ;).
Words can't do justice to this work, in my humble opinion!
I have to say that Alain really understands Eric Schwartz work, and pays homage in its best form - not copying but improving!
So this continues the campaign to lift up the pride of Kitty!
But before I leave there's another insight into Kitty - excellent work from the polish artist (I sure would like to hear from him!), but in rather more aggressive attitude not so recognizable for Kitty - but then women are known to have lot of facets. Go check the gallery: PPA Gallery - Gives a wonderful walpaper for any desktop (specially a Aros wanderer one)!
P.S.: I guess I'll have to do another theme as my blog is polluting the Planet AROS... Or hope that someone else writes something refreshing...
I had this kitty on my desktop for a while, made some adjustments and now I'm uploading...
I know! It's a Hello Kitty rip off! But at least I came up with something different regarding the Kitty "persona" - Not something that would outshine Eric, Saimon or Alain, AngloSaxon work...
This serves as an incentive so that our creative people come up with more artwork for AROS and specially regarding our beloved AROS mascot - Kitty!
On my farewell, I leave some avatars for use on AROS-EXEC and other forums:
quinta-feira, 16 de junho de 2011
Burning rubber on IcAROS desktop...
It's a wrap (or almost)! The STK Kitty kart has finally reached AROS. I've been able to export Tom Wright model to AC3D file format, done some bug-fixing, altered the mascot icon to 3d (Version 0.62 presents all mascots in 3D render format - and one would want kitty to feel comfortable).
Here it is running on IcAROS (AROS distro by Paolo Besser)
Wonderful stuff... Hopefully Tom will pick up and continue to improve the character so that she becomes a standard selectable mascot within the game and not a simple add-on.
Also I hope that STK 0.7+ is ported to AROS as it's much better in presentation and playability (and faster pace also)...
Just to let you know that I'm having a blast with my son with SuperTuxKart, and in the process I improved the Kitty icon to better suit the rest of the mascots present in the selection (just a simple affair of inkscape and gimp) - Also improved the aros logo on the car.
Apart from that didn't touch in a single hair of the model done by Tom Wright. We already exchanged emails and he has some ideas on improving the 3D model - and I hope he does, so maybe the STK crew could add the AROS Kitty kart as part of the main game! Good PR if I ever saw one!!
The changes I did are comitted do AROS-Archives but Tom has to give the go-ahead ( after all he is the author and the original submitter)!
Me? I'm just glad to play with kitty (although my son also wrestle to play with her also ;) )...
quinta-feira, 9 de junho de 2011
Kitty gets her driving license!
First I would like to apologize for not updating my blog, I know there's been a lot of things going on regarding the AROS front both internally, cosmetically and apps... Last week there was the lauch of IcAROS 1.3, which I strongly recommend you to grab it if you're a first time to AROS.
But I won't be posting nothing regarding those subjects - That would require a much more larger and elaborate post. So I'll continue to focus on Kitty at the moment.
And more specifically about the 3D model of AROS Kitty in a kart for the SuperTuxKart! For those who don't know SuperTuxKart is a bit like Super Mario Kart, but in open-source form with the mascots of the various open source OS distros ( mainly linux and bsd distros) as the selectable characters/karts.
Interestingly enough AmigaOS4 had it's own kart recently... But not AROS (wich is as Open-source and has a port of SuperTuxKart although version 0.62 if I'm not mistaken).
I already had bugged a lot of people regarding the use of Kitty (firstly mentioned as far as the beginning of 2011 - and not by me) for a SuperTuxKart - I believe it's top PR! People had discussed ideas, made sketches, like Saimon work here:
But it was tommywhright that actually took on the job (grabbing my suggestion) and starting the work on blender:
Well the goods have been delivered by tommywright, and here's the final product:
I guessKitty will soon leave some tire marks on the opposition! In a number of ways!!...
So how about a round of applause for the man!?! Wonderful work, tommywright - just wonderful!
P.S.: This just serves to prove my point regarding AROS mascot as good PR and not something strange and perverted as some sick minds try to imply!
P.S.2: Maybe someone will take the Manga type Kitty (by A. Thelier) and use it in some AROS distro as well - ;)