I was using nitter as a way around having an account for twitter and connecting to their servers directly.
Sadly, the 'guest accounts' on twitter, which were used by now-unsupported versions of the android twitter app, and facilitated content delivery prior to client login, have been removed.
Without that, nitter has no way to work, and you now have no other way to browse content on twitter without logging into an account, so I created a little burner one to search after Star Fleet / X Bomber content ...
I turned up the below article, which I don't think I spotted in the past, about the Moderoid Dai-X model and how to get the most out of it when building it:
"X Bomber" Big Dai-X becomes MODEROID! Check out this powerful example based on restored props!
It has some good photographs.
Things are quiet on the Star Fleet front.
I put together my (very) little model of a Thunderbolt from possibly the least-well-known Gerry Anderson show: Firestorm, that's been sitting on my shelf for absolutely ages.
It's such a nice design, it's a pity there isn't a bigger one available anywhere.
Server move seems to have gone well,
I noticed that the cron job for search indexing wasn't pointing to the right place to find the bash script after some changes that I made the other month.
That's fixed now.
Re-adding the X-Bomber Original player ship, which is closer in some ways to the one in the show ...
- Pulse-fire neck lasers with additional sound effect kindly provided by BladeZ
- Clickteam Fusion runtime updated from 293.10 to 295.10
- Glitch with X-Bomber pulse guns in L6-10 fixed
- FG hologram effects getting further improved in L6 ...
- Player searchlights (for night mode etc.) implemented
- X-Bomber crew no longer chatter when playing as The Skull
- 'Points of interest' objects improved
- L16 reactor beam weapons fixed
- Solar system map generates faster
- Interesting glitch with map labelling fixed
- Adding further DVD screengrab images to mission briefings ...
- Ship selector in main menu displays images of player ships
- Main menu mini-map looks a bit more map-like
- Re-work quantum blaster unselected/beam mode
- Fortress reactor core sprite to resemble death planetoid
I spotted this nice illustration over nitter...
I like the 'anime-isation' of the characters and appearance of the Dai-X, and it was interesting to see the stages that the artist went through in creating the image.
I'm pretty sure I've not seen this one before.
Anyway, it's now headed to the FROM JAPAN warehouse.
Once it gets to me, I'll scan it and you can have a better look at the cover illustration.
... but here's a cool thing, by Bernard Chan, for any Macross enjoyers:
ArtStation - YF-35 KUSANAGI
Gab's AI image generator had a big upgrade over Christmas.
I asked it to come up with an image of the character: Rain from X-Bomber the Game.
I've tried a good few AI engines to try and get a good representation of what I had in mind, without it taking me days to illustrate it myself (I am not good at character drawing), but this has done the best job so far.
Our new forum user: Spoutnik has delivered an ingenious upgrade to dym2005's 720p AI Star Fleet upscale...
This version adds the Japanese audio from the US standard definition blu-rays, as well as the subtitles, for use with it, making it even more useful.
Please drop in on the forum thread to say hello.
Here's the direct link to the files at megaupload.
Well, anyone knows that I like the 2002 TV series: Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future, maybe more than the comics themselves...
Out of the 13 x 2-part stories, only 6 made it to DVD, however, thanks to home taping, which is apparently killing music, the remaining 7 2-parters are available on YouTube:
NWK - YouTube
The quality is what you'd expect and you get to see the whole series in its entirety.
I recommend hoovering up the DVD set on eBay, to see what the series looks like in DVD quality.