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Re: RFS: endless-sky/0.7.9-1 [ITP]



Michael Zahniser <mzahniser@gmail.com> writes:

> I agree that having the "source" for all the graphics available for 
> anyone to view or modify is important. But I can't just export from 
> Blender files: for the 3D images, I touched them up by hand in GIMP 
> after rendering them, adding texture, scuff marks, color variation, and 
> random shadows and highlights. That was to make them look dirty and worn 
> rather than pristine and artificial. Similarly, a lot of the photos have 
> been retouched, e.g. shifting the colors to make them look more like 
> alien landscapes.
>
> That means that the "source" files include many large GIMP files, and 
> add up to over 3 GB. That's large enough that I think it's better for 
> the image source files to be available separately rather than including 
> them in the main source distribution. (I could add a line to the read-me 
> giving a link to the current location (Google drive) of those files.)

I predict that Google Drive can and will go down sooner than you think,
with little advance warning. You should never rely on services provided
by an entity with a history of breaking running systems like Google. See
<http://web.archive.org/web/20071020051936/http://iq.org/#Selfdestructingpaper>:

>  A spy opens an envelope. Inside is a thin sheet of paper with a
>  cryptic message. After it is read the paper spontaneously bursts into
>  flames.
>
> The message is the communicable distillation of your hopes, dreams and
> imagination. The paper is the internet. The internet is self
> destructing paper. A place where anything written is soon destroyed by
> rapacious competition and the only preservation is to forever copy
> writing from sheet to sheet faster than they can burn.
>
> If it's worth writing, it's worth keeping. If it can be kept, it might
> be worth writing. Would your store your brain in a startup company's
> vat? If you store your writing on a 3rd party site like blogger,
> livejournal or even on your own site, but in the complex format used
> by blog/wiki software de jour you will lose it forever as soon as
> hypersonic wings of internet labor flows direct people's energies
> elsewhere. For most information published on the internet, perhaps
> that is not a moment to soon, but how can the muse of originality soar
> when immolating transience brushes every feather?

-- 
Nils Dagsson Moskopp // erlehmann
<http://dieweltistgarnichtso.net>

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