Tyrael Christmas Tree Topper

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Have you ever been to Tal Rasha’s Tomb in the Canyon of the Magi? If that’s the case chances are you might have seen the character looking down at you from the top of the Christmas Tree. It’s the archangel Tyrael. He thanks you for his freedom but he expected you earlier…

For over a year I have thought about designing a Christmas tree angel in the shape of Tyrael from the computer game Diablo II.

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An artists wooden mannequin, a sword shaped letter opener…

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The hood required some sewing

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Lots of gold paper. Care to dance?

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I designed the shapes for the pieces of golden paper on the computer. This is my belt design.

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We still need some better looking gloves…

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Tyrael’s wings attached and we’re done.

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Installed at the top of the silver fir I brought home yesterday. [click to enlarge]

Metasyntactic Poetry

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Here’s a part of the source code to my Google Chrome Extension – CM Calendar (available for download on the Chrome Web Store)

Picking good names for variables is not an unimportant aspect of programming. In programming tutorials and in code samples you usually encounter the same variable names again and again. Those reoccurring so called metasyntactic variables are meaningless place holder names used to represent actual variable names. The classic and number one metasyntactic variable name in programming is Foo. The general idea with these code samples is that the variable Foo is supposed to be exchanged for a proper variable having a name that preferably reflects its function. As you probably can see from my above example I don’t always follow that convention. I tend to stick with the metasyntactic and nonsense variable names because I don’t want the poetic qualities of those words to be clouded by meaning.

PS: The source code color scheme used above is really nice. Color coding makes programming a lot easier. But the specific color scheme is not a deliberate aesthetic choice of mine. It’s actually the default color scheme used by my text editor Sublime Text.