Archive for February, 2012

Semil and Anceata

Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Saturday was the first house concert at Bottomland, featuring David Vidal, Rick Dinsmore, and Jocelyn Callard, and I did sound.  I was tipped $25 for my efforts, which were greatly appreciated, guaging from the remarks of many there.  I’ve been dealing with the audio tracks recorded from the mixer board, and I must say, the sound is very nice.  David is a rare talent and was a treat for all who attended, and the CD that I assembled is as good as any live albums I’ve heard.

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I used part of the $25 on Nursoda’s Anceata and Semil from Renderosity.  Nice figures.  I like them…. Rendered in modo.

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ugh

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Getting over the grunge, coinciding with the exhaustion of the antibiotics.  It was a close call, but I think it’s whipped.  Good thing, too, as there is a big weekend.  Thursday Jam, then sound check and Quoffer’s on Friday and David Vidal on Saturday.  Lots of clover to knock down for parking.

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Getting tired of Craig’s List.  Nothing but scammers with bots responding.  I ruled out email transactions in the ads, and the email offers to by are still coming in.  That tells me they’re not reading the ads.  None of them.   Not pleased with the service.

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Been watching a fair number of movies in my downtime.  Could be worse.

fever….. groan

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I hate February.  It’s when I come down with fevers, usually less than comfortable ones.  This year is no exception, but I am determined that it won’t be for three months this time.  Fortunately, this one has the profile of a bacterial infection, and I’m on antibiotics on  day one.  I don’t like the way this one started off.  Hopefully, I’ll be ready for Thursday Jam.  But I’m not banking on it yet.

Spring ahead

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Winding up the last part of winter trying to get some rest, though it never seems to be enough to fully recover, always something stressing the body before it comes around for good.  But I’m getting better from all the moving over the last couple of months, though I still need to polish the appliances and  get them sold and out of the way.

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Looking at the booking of Bottomland for the spring starting to get busy, people vying for spring slots, me making posters, etc.  It will be a busy season, from what I can see thus far.  This coming weekend is a three nights in a row, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  Thursday will be here, the others not that distant, fortunately.  I have a feeling that my fingers will be sore by Sunday.

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I need to modify the  greenhouse heating ducts, as closing off one of the two ducts trips the breaker for back pressure that could extinguish the flame.  I need an 8″ to 8″ Y switch before it gets to the wall and into the barn.  As is, it must flow into the barn and waste heating, or it won’t stay lit (breaker tripped).

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Been reading the responses to Daz Pro users who found their software given away for free for the month of February.  Daz claims it was a means of celebrating a new award for Genesis, but those who forked out hundreds aren’t so amused.  Keep in mind, this is the deep core of loyal DS4 users who got bruised.  I can understand Daz’s reasoning.

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They split the community  by making the new stuff at Daz incompatible with  Poser.  This moved was accompanied by a pointing of fingers at Poser developers for not following along.  Now they find a great many of the Poser based content developers did not make the move to Daz Studio as a creation tool.  In their logic, to increase the number of items being submitted to the store and make their new platform look good in the general market, they need more developers.  Sales had dropped off significantly on the Pro version that has the creation tools, and they didn’t feel comfortable with the fraction they managed to lure over from the Poser developers.  So an attempt to grab more potential developers, they gave the Pro version free.  It also silenced a lot of users’ of lower grades of the studio complaints by giving them full access to tools that allow conversion of content from other platforms (Poser’s).

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Hey, it makes sense to Daz’s ambitions.  But alas, they didn’t think of the backlash from their most loyal users.  They are attempting to placate them with gift certificate vouchers equal to what they spent, refunding those who request it without offering cash, giving away the duplicating intangibles instead of hard currency.

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Enlightenment comes with a hard price tag attached.  Some of the staunchest DS supports/Poser bashers, who had defended Daz to the hilt against all insults and detractions, are beginning to see the reality of what some of the veteran Poser users were saying.