Well here's a solution for those who crave instant gratification: I could provide a large flock of sheep on a external hard drive. Just plug it in to your PC or Mac, point the software at your new flock, and enjoy the show. It would take one computer 20 years to render all these sheep.
For those who want the ultimate sheep experience I have also developed a sheep appliance. This is a special super-silent fanless computer loaded with sheep software and configured to run completely automatically. No keyboard or mouse is required, just plug it in and turn it on. This is a very good looking device that goes well in your bedroom or livingroom (or your restaurant, bar, or lobby).
Does this interest you? Drop an email to shepherd at electricsheep.org.
The big change here is the evil smiley has been replaced by a nice overlay that doesn't stop the sheep playback. Try voting with the up arrow key and you'll see what I mean right away.
Also the same flam3 updates as in the linux client 2.6.1 and also fixes the sometimes lack of termination of the unique id (this is kind of important).
I tried Jay Allen's blacklist which is a database of URLs to block, but even with frequent updates from the master blacklist and aggressive additions by myself, tons of spam still got through. I tried changing the locations of the comment scripts, and that slowed them down... for a while.
Now finally I am using James Seng's ancient, simple, and functional scode package. Very very little gets through (how?) and so far I have been able to keep up with the new stuff. I've even been able to go through the archives and delete the spam that collected before I was so well protected.
I know eventually they'll be back, but today I declare victory :)
changes from 2.6 to 2.6.1: update flam3 library (see below), reduce load on server and startup smoother.
the FLAM3 changes are:
05/20/05 fix memory trashing bug resulting from xform overflow. put regular xforms before symmetry in printed genomes. enforce weights non-negative & at least one xform. remove nan-protection from popcorn variation. truncate xforms with very small weight.
changes: fixes bug where can download some sheep from old server. wait before reserving frames to reduce timeouts. reduce max repeats.
Linux users should also install the hacked version of xscreensaver so that keyboard voting works.
Unfortunately nobody has updated the Mac OSX client, so Mac users will be cut off. I am sorry, but i don't have a Mac and so i can't do it myself (it's not hard, really, hint hint).
Highlights of changes from 2.5 to 2.6: more colors, more shapes, more reliable downloading, more responsive, faster server, fewer bugs, etc, etc.
thanks to everyone who contributed to this release!
PLEASE SEND ME E/MAIL ADRESSFROM ANGELINA JOLIEYears have gone by, the Bomb software has become history, and postings about it in the forum slowled to a trickle.
Presumably via google this celebrity plea has over the same years attracted others, and this branch of the forum has taken on a life of its own where lonely men for far-away places pledge their love for Ms Jolie in broken English. Like today's:
Hello Angelina Jolie, many kiss for You.There are a bunch, including angry replies from those who think "AJ" would not care to read such things. Here was one from a teen fan looking for acting tips:
I am student of chemical technology in the University of Quindio, Colombia, and I am needy your collaboration voluntary economic.
I have a great many hope in You.
Please help me...
LUIS GERMAN VILLA CUASTUMAL Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.
Hey.... i really do not think this message is actually going to get to Angelina! i have tried many times b4..Anyways i just wanted some contact with her... like if she could write me back. My ambition in life is to be an actress, i am 18 yrs old and i know that this is what i want to do. I watch angelina and it makes me want to be an actress more, i wish i couls get some help form her,i feel like she is my distant sister, we have so much in common. i love the fact that she is not like the rest of the celebrities. she has her own life, and she is gonna live it the way she wants to. I want to be like that, i also love knifes i collect them as well. i am great fan of hers, i have tattoos as well. And i really dont give a shit abt any other celebrity, i just love her attitude, and ppl may say that that she is crazy, but i think the world needs more like her... well angelina if u get this, i hope u could help me, i want to be an actress, but not just any actress! i want to be like u, and if u could write back and give me some ideas on how to do that, that would be great.. thnx CK
New in this release: fixes to rendering algorithm, option to display on primary monitor only, more responsive on multi-cpu systems, increase default cache size, update about box.
the flam3 package now has 2.6b1 available for linux and windows. These are the render algorithm fixes mentioned above. changelog:
05/13/05 fix bug reported by erik reckase where fan variation could blow up to NaN because the domain of atan2 was not protected. remove protection from all atan2 calls and instead detect NaN results and replace them with noise. count really large values as bad too to prevent blowing up to infinity. enforce 0<=hue<1, release v2.6b1.
05/05/05 report choices made during genome generation in notes attribute. flam3_dimension no longer hangs when most of the attractor is outside the camera. limit number of variations produced by genetic operators to 5. reduce rate of interpolation method of crossover.
03/17/05 put cloning back in (found by James Rantanen).
from jon ross.
Last week I visited Alex in his studio out by Ocean Beach and got permission to set video to "Oasis", the title track of his next album. I took high-resolution renders of my favorite Electric Sheep from Generation 165, and edited them to follow the lines and structure of the song.
I am pleased to share with you the result: "165 Star Oasis". The video is at full resolution, totalling 100 megabytes in Google Video or in MPEG-4 format (Windows users may need this media player) by bittorrent:
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The visuals are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 2.0 by Scott Draves, and the music is All Rights Reserved by Alex Theory.