Archive for August, 2011

The rest of the gang…..

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Yweeb and Slon.  Poser.  Self explanatory…..

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Nursoda additions

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I broke down and bought SpeCtor, Slon, and Yweeb by Nursoda.  They were not in my collection, and the fact was itching my id something fierce.  What can I say, I like his work in 3D.

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Here’s SpeCtor, rendered in modo (I like this guy’s mechanics):

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Fuzzy Apple

Posted on Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I decided that I want my apple to be fuzzy.

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Daz/Poser – Users/Creators

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Now that Smith-Micro has come out and stated that they are not going to implement the Genesis technology, there has been a large uproar over the split, focusing on user issues.  The one thing that stands out to me is the DS side that keeps saying “As soon as vendors start creating products for Genesis, it will take off big time.”

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How many content creators who have been using Poser as their content creation tool are going to plunk down the $430 plus several hundred more for the essential plugs, spend lots of time learning to create content in the new system, to try and sell products to a market that has been cut in half by the exclusiveness of Genesis?  The profit margin is already bad enough catering to both camps.  How many are going to undertake the expense, learning curve, and reduced sales to make the leap?  That will tell the story.

Day off

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Taking the day off.  Not doing squat except burn a few backup DVD’s, watch TV, nap, eat, play guitar, mess around, harass the critters…..

Poser and Genesis….. NOT

Posted on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 at 7:39 am

Well, it’s official.  Poser will not be supporting Genesis.  Now Poser and Daz Studio can go their separate ways and split the community.

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And to all those who told me in no uncertain or friendly terms that this wouldn’t happen….  Well, as much as I’d love to rub it in, I won’t.  Living happily is the best revenge.

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Daz made its bed with its power play, now they get to lie in it.

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Been working on Vince’s site for the better part of the week, and I’m almost done.  The gallery is the last item, and it should be fairly easy.  It should launch in a few days.

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It was a partying weekend.  Been a while since I got the chance to hang with the Elgin crowd, and it was fun.  Got a chance to play music with Patty Finney and others until my blown guitar pads started complaining.  Quite enjoyable….  Saw Sister Jane yesterday at Jovita’s, and it was fun too.  But now back to work.

Stringy

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Four sets of strings (Martin light) for my Takamine 12 string (G335) arrived in the mail today.  (UPS-MI is weird.)  Got them for $6.50 each, less than half of that charged by the local stores in Austin, and free shipping to boot.  ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ )  It will be a while before I need to buy strings again for the Meanie.  Quite a while.  I like to let them mellow out until people start complaining about my dead strings.  (Then I switch strings and drown everyone out.  I’ve been told to turn my guitar down when I was unplugged on new strings.  That’s why it’s called Meanie.  I have to play it quietly.)

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Also got an 8G USB stick for $10 yesterday.  Pressed bamboo cover, and the lid is magnetic.  Now I can hold a full DVD, something my 4G stick couldn’t do.  New mouse, too, which is why I went in the store in the first place.  Old one was getting wonky on the button switches, especially the left click.

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Been working on Vince Bell’s website, giving it a major facelift.  A few more days to go, with three major pages (and some 70 iFrame content pages) left to nail down.  Not trying to burn down the barn on progress, but it is being made methodically.

Apple’s apple

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I saw a constructed Apple logo on Turbo Squid today as I was there doing a two month refresh of the available freebies.  It was for C4D, and was 25M.  I had to wonder why so large without succumbing to the urge to download it to find out what was bloating the download.  Instead, I made my own from scratch in modo.

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The reflection texture gave it a little character to celebrate the release of Lion, even though I’m not running it yet.  Pardon me if the reflection bears some resemblance to surgical scars.

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Vet hospital

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 10:38 am

There was an incident here in the yard the night before last, while the house was asleep.  From the nature of the wounds suffered by Pup and Austin, primarily to the lower torso region, the intruder seems to have been a large raccoon.  Each dog suffered about half a dozen gashes and punctures to their undersides, requiring extensive surgery.  The vet bill was almost $3k (ouch) for the pair.  So yesterday was one of those days, with the dogs being dropped off at the emergency clinic before morning rush hour and picked up shortly before midnight.

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Today begins two weeks of tending to widely shaved dogs with metal stitches and cones around their necks to prevent their licking at the wounds.  Dispensing of antibiotics and pain medication, seeing to their comfort, and managing everything else around that, for the next two weeks will be a part of my life.

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Oh well, it’s too hot (104-106°F) to do much of anything but stay inside.  I guess it came at a fortunate time, if anything about this can be considered fortunate.  I’m redesigning a website, a fairly radical facelift.  So I’m keeping an ear open while I work, and periodically cleaning blood drops on the floor, dripped from Austin’s tube.  It comes out tomorrow, I believe.