Thomas de Groot wrote on 06/09/2017 09:30:
> And so we have come at last to the end of our long journey. A journey
> not unlike Ulysses' for we have visited strange places on the Earth and
> beyond, we have tasted strange fruits, and we have witnessed amazing
> customs and rites. All this thanks to your imagination and skills.
> As a temporary replacement for the Internet Ray Tracing competition,
> TC-RTC was the brainchild of Steve Paget, a stalwart of the IRTC and the
> Pov-Ray newsgroups. He designed it with Colin, the web developer who
> hosts the site. Steve ran the site for three years and we have run it
> for the last seven. As a temporary replacement for the IRTC, Tina Chep
> has lasted almost as long as the original. That is twenty years of
> almost continuous computer generated rendering competitions.
> As our ways are parting, we have all of us been enriched by this shared
> experience. And we, as administrators, we say:
> *So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!*
> but above all:
> *Thanks For Your Participation!*
> But it does not end here. A worthy successor to the TC-RTC has been
> found in NOA OF ARC (http://www.noaofarc.ca/en-us/) which will continue
> the tradition. Please go there and join!
> Stephen & Thomas, Administrators
IRTC was the origin of my first approach to POV-Ray (through Moray), and
this competition (united perhaps to scc) will always remain in my memory
because it was the expression of a world where art, math and code met.
Mathematical artists, artistic developers and whatever combination:
interesting and polite people. I waited impatiently for each round, and
there was always something of very interesting.
TC-RTC has filled the gap due to the end of IRTC. It was organized in a
somewhat different way, but there was a lot of enthusiastic people.
Now, I miss you already, *RTC.
Competitions for enthusiastic people are a good way to stimulate
everyone to make the best of themselves, and usually there are many
innovative elements, unlike in the contests for professionals.
In the last months I had no time for writing decent pov-code, but I'm
always following the newsgroup and TC-RTC. Should we migrate to NOA OF
ARC? Ok, let's get a try.
Stephen, Thomas and other Administrators, thank you for your efforts and
for the service given.
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