Master Sword: Additional Thoughts

After looking at several of the weirdnesses of the Master Sword, a couple can be explained as being Japanese influence. For example, katanas have relatively short blades for a two handed weapon, so the Japanese designers may think the longer grip looks right.* Additionally, the katana's tsuba (guard) is usually a round or oval disk, … Continue reading Master Sword: Additional Thoughts

AI Art

A while back I saw a video of some Japanese animators trying to do a similar experiment, and both of these experiments have gotten me thinking. When AI can create characters that are human enough, when they can render scenes that are realistic enough, and they can stumble into interactions between these objects that are … Continue reading AI Art

Word Choice

When I was in middle school, I read a biography of J.R.R Tolkien. The biographer took a few pages to describe how fastidious Tolkien was when choosing the exact wording for his writing. This is probably the only detail from that biography that has stuck with me over the years. Compare: "Dwarf doors are invisible when closed." … Continue reading Word Choice