Wednesday, November 9
MU # 3
The third of what is beginning to look like a series wants you to use your browsers scroll button to interact with the Flash animation. There's one animation, consisting of about 40 screenshots from files in the Cathedral played in succession at 25 frames a second. I've used a free 24 hour trial period of the Browsercam service to generate the screenshots and run them through Flash a couple of times, each 'Flash run' consisting of importing the images and exporting them as gif sequences with degrading quality so you can use 'm for the next run. You can do the same with a Photoshop batch but doing it with Flash is faster...
Next i've pasted 63 copies of the anim to make for a nice 64 bit filmic experience you can play around with. You could see the same thing happening here as what was obvious in MU # 2 - one anim lagging behind the other - but here you can actually play around with your hardware's capability to remain in sync with what you want rendered to the screen. You can actually slow down the animation by moving the copies up-down very quickly.
The fun part is further fictionalised by the story below: The Mu Incident is a short poetic story that's part of the ever so slowly growing net-novel (nAârt-oldie would be a better term) Anke Veld. Here it becomes a representation of fictional Anke 'reading' the Cathedral. The story was written in an hour or so, perhaps i'll edit it some later but i like it as it is. Particularly the end.
When you click the final link, and then click the girl asking you to do so, you should be hearing François Couperin's 'Les Ombres Errantes' performed by Kenneth Gilbert after a while. Autumn all over.
Circumstantial & conceited, sure. The narrator in the story is a girl, of course.
I think her name will be Dido, keeping up the Virgil quote. I can hear her voice, allready.
Best love story ever written.
Book 4 of the Aeneid, that is.