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CGI and the Teapot

Post by Matt Young » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:44 am

CGi 'Computer Generated Image' is probably my favorite subject on the planet. even more than laser scanning, laser scanning is just a small part of it. I have been playing computer games since the early 80's and used to create 2D views of 3D mesh's and similar things back then on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum and atari ST. I still use the Playstation and Xbox far too much and will probaly be playing on consoles well into my later years (my PSN ID is LISTA if anyone wants to try and beat me on COD5... ) . CGI relates to any computer image, whether its 2D, 3D, Games, Virtual Reality, etc.

I was wondering where to start this and I thought the teapot was the best place to begin.

Those of you that use 3D Studio Max will be familiar with the Teapot Model. The origins of this relate to the 'Utah teapot Model' developed by Martin Newell at the Utah University in 1975.
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Everything we do now on a computer that has a visual aspect to it can be attributed to these early pioneers.
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Post by Oliver Buerkler » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:16 pm

Wow - finally I found somebody who still knows what an ATARI ST was! :lol:

After working on some other persons computer the ATARI ST was the first computer my father bought me. At that time, it was a ground braking machine offering never-seen value for money.
I later replaced it by a ATARI Mega STE on which I worked until my 2nd diploma thesis.

After that time work pulled me into the universe of bugs and incompatibilities of Microsoft.

But privately I always missed my good old ATARI. Today, I am using 2 Macs at home and would like throw my office PC out of the window rather today than tomorrow :(

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Post by anonimou » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:01 pm

Atari ST is similar Atari 800 xl?

Atari 800 xl was my first computer I think I had 8 years old...and I loved the games...
Last year I bought again in ebay (and very expensive... :( ) this computer and lots of games tapes to remember again... :D

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Post by Matt Young » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:21 pm

In actual fact the atari 520ST and the 1040ST had built in midi chips that made them great for music sampling. Some DJ's still swear by them today.

Although these computers had a desktop that looked a bit like windows 95, the similarity ended there, as Oliver pointed out.
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Post by Oliver Buerkler » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:31 pm

Not to forget that they worked with a fully graphic oriented user interface at times where Microsoft was still promoting DOS which was loaded from floppy disks (for those of you who remember).
Atari STs used 3,5" disks with hard covers years before PCs. The operation system was stored in ROM memory and ready to use almost instantly after you turned the machine on.

Oh my goodness, this sounds like centuries away and I talk like my grandparents did when they told stories about their youth.
But I am only 39 years old... :shock:

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Re: CGI and the Teapot

Post by stevenramsey » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:21 pm

Back to the Teapot. I was flipping through my Great Great grandmothers sketch books the other day and came across this image. It's not a teapot but close enough. Thought it was amazing that objects like Teapots have been used for over a hundred years for artists to practice their art.

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