Category Archives: Dropship

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Shut Down Paragalactic Attractions

Sorry I haven’t posted about this sooner! It is with mixed feelings that I ceased operations back on September 1, 2016. Not enough bookings and insurance costs over $200 a month year-round. I guess I half-hoped that someone would be like “noooo” and force me to stay open but the only contact I had was someone trying to redeem a voucher we had donated in July.

The Dropship is now permanently parked in my backyard and I sold my truck since the only reason we kept it was to pull the Dropship.

I ran a heavy gauge wire around the fence to the Dropship along with a new breaker and additional GFCI outlet outside.

My daughter had her 9th birthday party November 12, 2016… the girls loved flying the Dropship over and over again! They wished that 3 could fit in the warm cockpit (it was cold outside) so I bought a jumpseat which I will install as soon as the weather is nice again.

The girls also asked about the next “level” or scenario which has given me a goal for 2017!

The website went dark on December 31, 2016. It has been a great run, mostly at a loss financially, but that would be true if it was a hobby… which is what it will always remain! AND it is best to try and fail than never to have tried at all!

Maker Faire 2016

Overall it was our biggest success yet!


We operated continuously Saturday with only one power hiccup about half way through… someone on our block blew the fuse! Fortunately it was between rides so no one noticed a thing.

Overnight someone shut off our generator again… but we anticipated it this time and only had the air conditioners running to cool it down from the long day.

Sunday we were neck and neck with our Saturday performance (only trailing by one ride) until 2 PM when the flight stick was broken.


The damage looks like it was malicious but the CVVRs for the last 2 rides doesn’t show any vandalism. I am hoping to fix it rather than replace it since these run about $200. I am still not quite sure how they got the large square peg through a small round hole without damaging anything else.

The event was shut down early (just before 4 PM) due to approaching inclement weather so we technically would have only lost about 2 hours of revenue. However, the weather never actually came and they made us sit around until 5 PM before we could hook up the trailer and leave.

It turns out that some of these makers are actually paid by the Faire to participate and offer rides to all ticket holders. They were also allowed to pack up starting about 4:30 PM ahead of everyone else which seems unfair since we paid $200 for the booth.


I removed the “Advertising” section from the navigation and put an “FAQ” section between “About” and “Booking” to answer some common questions I get from prospective clients. Let me know if there is something else you think should be on there (or moved from another tab like “About” or “Booking”).

Paragalactic Attractions FAQ

No-Bake (Geometryless) Clouds

5-22-2016 9-42-10 AM

The hard deck of the cloud base layer rendered here purely using shaders!

It uses a fullscreen quad which resembles the near plane of the viewing frustum which means the depth/stencil evaluation is worthless… so we have to do a painters’ algorithm to render the clouds before the models and terrain for proper sorting below the cloud layer.

I am pretty confident that this will preclude ships or structures from rendering correctly if the subject model is in the scud layer below the hard deck… but I have to work on the scud layer first before we will know what the effect is.

Raymarch Cloud Quiltwork

5-21-2016 8-49-20 PM

Finally made some headway yesterday and today on getting the frustum corner vectors properly computed and transformed. This preliminary pixel shader is showing the ray interception at 47 km (1km below the actual hard deck) where we will start our marching!

The quiltwork shows the level 7 panels that make up the clouds based on UV coordinates derived from the fractional remainders of the level 7 scale.