#918

1:08 am, Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Have you seen VectorMagic? It was on Digg, reddit, etc. like a week or two ago. It’s a pretty cool webapp; turns raster images into vector graphics, like Illustrator’s Live Trace. I’ve been messing with Inkscape a bit lately, so it caught my eye. (I prefer Illustrator, but I only have the Mac version and I didn’t want to haul my iMac out of its box just to use a single application.) Inkscape has a sort of similar “Trace Bitmap” function, but it sucks. Anyway, I used VectorMagic on an image of Squigley (from Sinfestthis comic, specifically) and, with a little palette tweaking, got this:

Squigley (from Sinfest) going through VectorMagic

Threw the SVG into Inkscape, cleaned up the background, corrected a few details VectorMagic mis-guessed on, and came up with something pretty nice looking (IMHO). I left some parts “chunky” cuz I thought it looked neater that way. Now I’m using it as my Steam avatar and desktop. Check it out:

Nov. '07 desktop, Army Squigley on mustard

BTW, had dinner at this new sushi restaurant over by the Nendels Inn on Main. “Tokyo Seoul.” It got a really good review in the Daily Evergreen, so Brett and I went this evening. We had salmon, tuna, snapper, yellowtail, and eel nigiri and three rolls: Spider, Ichiro (deep-fried California roll), and rattlesnake (like caterpillar, but with shrimp inside and eel on top with the avocado). Oh, and a little green tea ice cream for dessert. The food was excellent, but the service was really slow. This place is way, way better than Sakura. They have hibachi tables too (is that the right term?) — we’re going to try those next time.

I figured out how to import sprays in Team Fortress 2 without resorting to the HL2DM trick. Just use VTFEdit to convert your JPG (or whatever) to VTF (File > Import, File > Save As), then stick the VTF in these two directories (you might have to create some folders):

Steam\steamapps\[steam ID]\team fortress 2\tf\materials\VGUI\logos
Steam\steamapps\[steam ID]\team fortress 2\tf\materials\VGUI\logos\UI

(Substitute your Steam ID for the [steam ID] part, of course.) Then, in TF2, go Options > Multiplayer > Import and select the VTF in the logos folder. Voila, no more “cannot locate vtex.dll” errors!

I’ve got cooking/baking crap to talk about, but I wanna keep this short. Next post.

3 Responses to “#918”

  1. Krunk:

    Yep, hibachi is the correct term, but it’s also americanized. 火鉢 (hibachi) literally translates to brazier, and not those little portable grills people associate it to nowadays.

  2. hjo3:

    Ah, good to know. Thanks, Krunk. :)

  3. Amy:

    ooh krunk droppin the knowledge!

    i love the ichiro’s!! only a few places i know make them, but they are sooo good!

    can’t wait to see the cooking/baking!