Archive for the CGI Category

Myka’s trees

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Pictures of Myka’s favorite two trees in spring glory.  The long, low horizontal limbs are her niche.

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The Offline Drones

Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 10:32 am

(written one day before restoration of internet services and the publishing of this entry)
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The storm Monday morning was quite a blow, damaging structures, snapping trees, and generally making a mess of things. Fortunately the property here was spared the brunt, and only one cedar tree was snapped, putting a dent in the swing set. It could have been much worse, considering the force of the winds.
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I feel pretty good about how I handled the 6 day, storm-induced internet severance. (Dropping by the neighbors with the jPad for email checks doesn’t count.) There were some cursor rituals, to see if there was any magic in the microwave transponder up on the pole here. But over all, I kept my dignity. I chuckle a lot too.
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I did get reading material on Muse, getting myself oriented while the net is down. I think I see the mentality behind the process. Some InDesign, some Photoshop, some something else, GoLive maybe? I haven’t designed anything yet, but I am starting to see the tools available and what they do. Here we go again…
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Not sure what will happen in a week. Myka may be returning to Brenham. I’ll face that in a week when it happens.  (Update, looks like I’ll be heading back to Brenham around the first of the month.)
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The refurb is handling quite nicely, though it still feels a little barren. No permanent collection folders yet. Most document files get sticked over to the old one right away. It’s still my trusted library index. (And it still has QT7 on it.)
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A couple of renderings in modo.

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Alphas

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 11:35 am

Here is a quick render from modo 10, using a TIFF alpha image (ZBrush, etc) as a displacement texture.  The refurb seems production ready.

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I’m also experimenting in Muse, starting to learn the ropes.  I’m hopeful that I will be ready to use it for production soon.

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Deep in installations

Posted on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 11:33 am

In the nut and bolt stage for almost a week.  It’s been a lot of relatively slow downloading, with much of the stuff piling up in a folder.  Mixed in with this is looking at the new features of the ones I have installed, some massive learning curves ahead.  This is going to take several more days to get everything squared away on the hard drive before I put installation brain behind me.  (This doesn’t mean that I won’t be adding software for quite some time, it just won’t be the big ticket stuff.)

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Been eating a lot of traditional meals lately, lots of bird in the mix.  Turkey dinner, chicken pot pie, etc.  Not that it’s all been traditional.  I am eating quite well.

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Sleep has been pretty erratic, too many technical details bouncing around in my head, keeping me from easily falling asleep except after a big meal.

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But the end result is that I am getting back in the digital swing with the new refurb.  It should be a lot fun to play with in a few weeks.

New drive

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:31 am

Well, the new 4TB drive has been erased and formatted, and all the 3D files have been copied over from the backup drive.  The 1.45TB transfer took 25 hours 14 minutes.   I am basically back to where I was before the SMC problem and the fry job on the 2TB.  Hopefully there won’t be any further problems.

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I will be transferring the contents of the two 500G drives over to the 4TB and retiring the pair of USB 1.1 drives from the line up.  That will give me three USB 3.0 4TB drives and the 500G Firewire (+USB 1.1) system clone/catch all drive.  It will be a reduction of external drives from six to four.

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Still no headway in finding the 2TB drive outside of the USB port reader in System Information (profiler).  Two options, get a USB 3.0 housing, if it doesn’t show up on the MacAir (when it arrives).  If neither of those work, the drive is dead.  $20 – 30 to verify would be worth it if the 2TB hard drive is still intact, and not too big a price if it’s a door stop.  It’s a 50/50 chance of it being the drive or the controller.  However, because the SMC was to blame, my suspicions lean toward the controller being fried.

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Anyway, I will have old USB drives for whatever purpose.  But it feels good to be back to quo.  Now I can move the desk and get the new fi-op internet feed installed.  That was a delay that neither I nor my wallet needed.  The MacBook Pro is slipping further away.

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On a lighter note, the Myka and the gecko story continues.

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2 TB down

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Well, the 2 TB USB drive (3D collection) crashed.  Fortunately, it was all backed up and cataloged on the 4 TB backup drive.  Whew.  I have been having cut out problems with the USB in general, but I reset the SMC (System Management Controller), and that might have solved the problem.  Unfortunately, it may not have been soon enough to save the 2 TB drive.  I was able to bring up the drive, though there were problems, but now it won’t mount and it won’t display in Disk Utility.  I don’t know if it’s the drive or the USB controller, though probably the latter.  The data is still probably on the drive.  It’s probably cheaper, not to mention easier, to get another drive unit than a new housing for the hard drive.  Another expense I don’t need taking away from the new Mac purchase.  But at least there is no loss of data.  But I won’t be doing any 3D for a while, until I get another drive.

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Since the SMC reset, the mouse has been steady, the catch all drive works fine on USB again, and things look okay, at least for now.  I’m hoping it stays that way.  There were a number of small problems, such as the temperature monitors, that were also giving me problems right before I’d lose the mouse.  So I think the solution is the right one.

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Looks like I’ll be getting internet here, AT&T looks to be the choice.  Another $50/month drain on the finances.  I was hoping to sign the contract today, but alas, the USB issue has prevailed, setting the cleanup back another day.  I need to get some sleep.

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For what it’s worth, the temperature has been downright pleasant with the Gulf system keeping everything overcast and rainy.  Had a low of 72°F last night.  I haven’t seen a temp that low since May.

Relieved

Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I am relieved from kitten duty.  I think Myka misses her, as strange a twist as that may be, considering all the hissing.  Or maybe it’s just disbelief that the kitten is truly gone.

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Time will tell if she’s wrong.

Erwin Schrödinger

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 3:06 pm

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Shoe diving

Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at 10:12 am

Here is a photo (albeit blurry from motion) of Myka shoe diving after a brushing.  Crazy cat.

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Candle Holder

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Rendered this candle holder, all materials original procedurals in modo. All light is from the candle and background (reflection).

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Blue Screen

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am

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David Rodriguez

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Heard on Wednesday that David Rodriguez passed away.  For someone I never met face to face in the flesh, he had quite an influence on me.  I had video conferenced with him and emailed more than a few times.  I almost did his website, but a bad deal messed up domain rights…  We did a round of Ballad of the Snow Leopard and the Tanqueray Cowboy for him.

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One of the Texas flames has gone out.

Rattan

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 9:41 pm

I rather fancy this rattan chair that I found at 3D Sky.  It took a bit of basic texturing, as nothing in the FBX held true to modo.  But it pretty much universal for all textures.

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Cherry Martini

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 12:44 am

A cherry martini in modo, some things borrowed, some things new.

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Weather plug

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I’ve been pretty closed mouth about the weather plug that I’ve been developing for modo.  It’s in alpha at the moment, and it has been tested, showing proof of concept.  Lots and lots of work ahead before it becomes a commercial product.  Details as I make progress, but ‘m not going into any great detail yet.

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Music school tomorrow.  One last run on the old radiator.

Vid

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Here’s a little pre-Halloween iPad video FX for Myka.

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Vase

Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Playing with textures on this vase in modo, some interesting glaze effects.

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Chairs

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Found this set, not for the first time, but for the first time in the original quadded mesh.  Every other time I found them, they were all triangulated, Max related, third generation modified at best.  The bad news is that it was a single OBJ, which means manually extracting the chairs individually to a new mesh.  I plan on making a sliced and dice group original which can serve up any combination of individual chair, like with the bird chair solo.

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Pebbles galore

Posted on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 9:47 pm

In the great blues and zydeko tradition:

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Decanters

Posted on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Decanters in modo. (Back in the upper 90’s today.)

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Poor Magician

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Poor Magician

I found this at 3Dsky in the sculpture section.  I love the dog to no end.  Gave it a jade (-ish) shader in modo that best showed off the mesh.

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Glass jars

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I was working on a project with glass that got cancelled, so I fond new glass to raise my spirits.

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Screwed

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 5:53 am

Use of a displacement map to create a screw head in modo.  (The party is today.)

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Changes

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

The Takamine popped its bridge last Friday, not a complete separation, but a distinct crack and detune.  It has been retired.  I have reached for it a couple dozen times in the last four days.  I miss it.  Vince and Sarah are sending me a Yamaha 6 string that Vince got for a trip, only been played three times.  It should be here tomorrow.

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Like a fool, I went to Craig’s List and found a Meenie clone for $350, barely been played, in San Marcos.  I can’t justify the $350 at this point.  Dumb thing to do.

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I have been hunting distractions all weekend and this week.  Nothing quite replaces the void.  One of the distractions in modo.

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Laying some pipe

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 11:14 am

Playing with a C4D pipe generator.  It takes a little effort to get it over to modo, but not terribly so.pipe