Friday, November 23, 2007

Particles, man, its all about the particles. I haven't explored them as much as I ought to have, since I always had this vague snobbish feeling that they are too simple, too easy, and I should concentrate on harder physics, like fluids. But the incredible wealth of phenomena you can model with a point mass, a few forces, and a cheesy Euler integrator endlessly astonishes me. O particles, is there anything you can't do?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your stuff!

Very beautiful indeed. I hope you have every success in 'monetizing' (as you say)

Dan (

5:37 AM  
Blogger Pigi said...

May I ask you which PDE solver did you used to solve the Euler equations?

6:09 AM  
Blogger BrailleRadio said...

I can't wait for dorkbot!

7:19 PM  
Blogger The Method Artist said...

Wow, I'm so delighted that what I thought was kind of a lame post got 3 whole comments -- that's a bonanza for this lonely blogger.

pigi -- the beauty of Euler integration is that it's just so dang easy:

a = f/m
v += a * dt
x += v * dt

Done -- really! Midpoint method's not much harder.

brailleradio -- me too! Just as soon as the bane of my existence (a short, sound-reactive animation I'm working on) is delivered, I'm going to get my dork on majorly.

Any ideas for what do? Come on, I know you know every potential dorkbotter inside the city limits, and then some....

7:33 PM  
Blogger The Method Artist said...

iotic Dan: thanks for your comments, and that's some pretty nifty stuff you got there yourself at iotic. Check it out folks.

Monetizing -- of course you refer to my cocky first post, where I talk out of my ass with such confident authority. But lo, such may come to pass, and sooner rather than later, after talking to some awesome vfx folks from Montreal....

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks dude.

glad to hear about the vfx thing - i got my fingers crossed for ya


9:50 PM  
Blogger eloi said...

hi ! here eLoi mAduell ... from barcelona ... i did sent u an email ... did u get it ? i'm not sure if u are busy or if my mail server has some spam problems and you never got the emails ... did u have any email from eloi[at]telenoika[dot]net ?

no need to say that i love all of your magic mirror and particles effects ...


6:19 AM  
Blogger Brian H said...

The particles start to look like an angry Tiki god of some sort in the beginning! Nice.

3:22 PM  

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