Sing along! (Come on, you were anyway. Admit it!)
I had a little dreidl1
I made it out of clay2
And when it's dry3 and ready
Then dreidl I shall play4
A dreidl is a small children's toy, like the one at the top right. It's
basically a top with four sides.
2 Well, this is the Age of Geeks, er, Electronics, so I made this dreidl with the Rayshade ray tracer. Everything's polygons, including the letters. I quantized the RLE sequence into one colormap of 64 colors, not to reduce the resulting file size, but because Mach banding amuses me almost as much as this animation. I converted the file to an animated GIF with WhirlGif 2.0. Everything else ought to be obvious to those with a Rayshade manual.
3 Actually, this page is already pretty dry, isn't it?
4 The primary use of a dreidl, other than the obvious hours of amusement one can derive from spinning it, is a children's game in which the result of the spin either allows the player to claim some or all of the chocolate candies in the jackpot, or requires the player to add to the jackpot. That's right, teach 'em to gamble for food while they're young!
|A greeting card I made in 1995 or so. Basically tricks with Rayshade, notably reflective surfaces, shadows, and atmospheric effects. Details omitted; this really isn't profoundly complicated compared to the card below, which I wrote up first.||
Here's the card I made for Hanukah in December 1998. Geektails are below.