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  1. The Leftover

    Marking questions as solved

    Can we pin that GIF to the top of this board or something? It is sortof a community thing. If most people start using it, others will too.
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    Text as polygon mesh

    I think you and I have pegged the needle on opposite sides of the creativity scale. I might steal. Illuminated Cities are a rectangle floating on sky-texture. Everything goes on the rectangle for now . . . except when I did this, (http://www.illuminated.city/mp4/BurglaryCategory.mp4) I rotated the date numbers for y'all to see them. For me, a radical departure. It then occurred the me that the "low wall" around the city rectangle could hold useful information. I don't think I will try a circle but I am keeping it in mind. In other news, Helvetica does not yet support single and double quote but I will add them.
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    Illuminated City

    The data is actually official city data -- many cities offer is as part of an open data trend. We work with San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston. This only looks at where and when. There are absolutely other correlations to be made. For example, February is always the lowest crime month in Chicago, by a consistent percentage. I don't look at stadium events, national holidays or anything else. I can see many other trends when I am fiddling around. For example, theft from auto is geographically concentrated but auto theft is not. Violent (assault) has strong place and time patterns. Burglary also has patterns but less pronounced.
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    Illuminated City

    After months of painful number-crunching, I have built a demo of something that shows the trend associated with crimes. There is a theory that some crime-types have micro-geographic behavior -- and staying on top of those trends can help target police patrols. This is a rendering of burglaries in part of San Francisco for about a year. Red is rising, green is falling, blue is neither. The elevation indicates the frequency of burglaries with some geographic weighting. http://www.illuminated.city/mp4/BurglaryCategory.mp4 The video clip is running at 3X so the visualization is rendering pretty fast. I cannot do a whole city at once.
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    Illuminated City

    I was struggling with how to provide camera views optimal to people interested in different parts of the city. A lot of times responsibility is parceled out with a bit of geography, e.g. a police district. Wingnut gave me a clue having to do with changing the target of the arc-rotate camera. I like the results. Check it out. http://www.illuminated.city/mp4/DistrictZoom.mp4
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Thank you for the helpful comments. I went with MeshWriter; this was partially influenced by your constant use of "mesh" in the name -- which is appropriate. 'text' means too many other things in the context, most of them not similar to this. 'glyph' is more on-point but is intimidating and hard-to-spell. BTW, TextMesh sounds like TexMex when you are quite drunk.
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Train? I was thinking of maybe a segmented worm having convulsions. (Or maybe a clump of balloons with excessively high static charge.) You gotta admit the basic framework is some creepy alien planet. I am going with the worm . . . This week, I should figure out how to create documentation for MeshWriter (the final name). I may want to tap you for a simple sweet playground showing a conceivably useful application. (My only application, until yesterday was labeling pieces of real-estate.)
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Holeee Sheeeit! May I suggest you switch from type.min.js to meshwriter.min.js? This is the newer version and, as promised, each individual letter origin is the calculated letter-center. http://playground.babylonjs.com/#1KPF49#26
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Wingnut, I do humor on Internet (because I cannot resist) but I miss a *lot*. Or that is what I suspect. Hard to know for sure. It's a tough medium for humor and, separately, for humorists. There are not many cues going either direction.
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Ha ha haha!!! Well, I do step away from the computer from time to time. I just finished a hike in the hills (you would call them mountains). Stand by for possible rejoinders after dinner. Or maybe tomorrow after coffee . . .
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Deltakosh, I am up for that. What is the next step? I don't seem to have authorization to make a branch or push on the Extensions repo. See my note.
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    Text as polygon mesh

    This is why nobody wants to ask for customer input. 😎 Moving right along . . . I am speechless.
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    Text as polygon mesh

    Wingnut and Jerome, plus any others: Survey question on Babylon Text. Right now each letter mesh is relative to the "origin" as defined by the font. See the red star. Actually, it is relative to the "origin" of the first letter in the string. So I am thinking of changing it so that each letter mesh is relative to its own origin. The text string will not appear any different but people like Wingnut who wish to do special effects may find the meshes easier to manipulate. The only other sensible option to consider is to define the mesh relative to the "center" of the letter. This will take a bit longer and is not "text-like", although it might be similar to other particle types. For example, the vertical origin will bounce up and down as a function of the height of the individual letters. I am OK with either approach but do not plan on doing this twice. Again, the generated string will look and behave the same as it does today.
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    Material for SPS

    Thank you. "Baking" was the best approach for me. Glad I asked.