Archive for January, 2013

Fuzzy cat

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

This is a free item, an abstract cat sculpture, that I found on Turbo Squid about a year ago.  It was for C4D R13, a format my PPC R10 couldn’t touch.  But now that I have R14, it was the first item I opened in it.  And the first thing I did with it was export it to OBJ for use in modo 6.  It wasn’t all quite as simple as it sounds, as I was poking around quite a bit with the software, setting preferences, checking new tools, etc.

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But I got it over to modo 6 as a static mesh, gave it material zones, added fur, and rendered.  It was a pretty simple procedure, but I can already see new potential for the mesh as a rigged and morphed figure for animation.  But that is for another day.

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Fuzzy

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Intel set

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

The Intel laptop is being finished out.  Today was “what have I forgotten to install” day.  Lots of small downloads, utilities, supplementary apps, etc. being added from the net sources.  It wasn’t all little stuff, as my C4D R14 DVD set arrived in the mail.  Lots of changes since R10.  I still need to add a few things, like a Flash decompiler, etc.  Not that I need that sort of thing, as I already have one on the PPC lappy.  But it would be nice not to need to have both in operation at the same time on a network or use a stick drive.

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I managed to put an end to ksfetch, Google’s very intrusive software updater, using my own solution.  I still haven’t lost my edge about things under the hood.  And my replacement of the RAM boards was very smooth.  It’s nice to have the 4G max.  2G was a little too tight for comfort with 10.7.5 and these new big guns.

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Estate business proceeds, not all good news, but not all bad either.  The lawyer laid out the worst case scenario, which was rather upsetting to Jim.  But there is still hope for sustaining Helen’s dream.  It just won’t be quite as easy as projected prior to the visit.  But we shall persevere.

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One issue that I won’t discuss here was my bane for the last few days.  But it seems to have worked out okay, despite the cruelty intended by the person(s) who perpetrated the act.  It was upsetting for several days, but things have settled down a bit.  It was not the way of choice, but it performed something necessary for the future of the estate.  So it sort of backfired on them.

modo 601 SP5

Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 9:46 am

Well, it took long enough to get out of modo 401 because of lack of supporting hardware.  But the laptop from Sarah arrived a couple of weeks ago, and amid the chaos here, I managed to get it upgraded to Mac OSX 10.7.5.  Then I got modo 601 and Poser Pro 2012 downloaded.  And I just got modo installed this morning.  Poser will follow sometime today, probably.  There is still much to do make the laptop mine.

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Here’s a quick cube and render, my first image in modo 6.  I know it’s not much, but it assured me that the old stuff is pretty much still the same, and UI is possible on the new lappy.  I like the rendering time, not blinding, but improved over the slower single core PPC.  Rounded cube.

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A breather

Posted on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Well, it looks like Bottomland may survive.  May…..  Not counting chickens yet, but hope is in the air.

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Working on new Intel laptop, trying to get it updated on the system.  Hours of download time.  Good day for a day off.

Houston turn around, one last time

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Drove down to Houston with Jim today, to pick up Helen’s ashes.

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Tire blew out on 969, a few miles from home.  Didn’t need the expense.  Keeping me from going and getting meds tonight, the ones that were not supplied because the pharmacy was short on supply a month ago.  Next opportunity is either Monday or Tuesday evening, depending on the clinic schedule.  Monday will be soon enough, Tuesday is one dose short.

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Too many details surrounding Helen’s estate.  Lots of stuff up in the air.

Post wake

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, friends of Helen Weber gathered at Bottomland to see her off in a celebration of her life.  We began with a series of songs that Helen requested most from those who performed them.  I led it off with Lay Me Down by David Hoffpauir.  We then had a Christian service for Helen, led by Mary Ann Green, with assistance from Billy Richenbacher, John Sharp, and Javier Chapparo performing Ava Maria on violin.  People were allowed to speak on microphone about their experiences with Helen during the 90 minute service.

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Afterwards, we opened the pot luck table for serving, opened the greenhouse for people to take Helen’s plants home, and the music began.  Performances were had by Sister Jane, 2 Way Radio, Nani Wahine, and numerous permutations of performers that had played Bottomland on past dates.  The music was performed in six sets, spanning over eight hours.   The music was magic, there is no other way to describe it.  I’m certain that we did Helen proud and then some.

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It changed the course of the way the estate was to be handled.  Several of those attending offered to purchase the property, to keep the place alive.  Helen’s brother Jim (JV) got to see Helen’s dream, and it touched him deeply.  It opened many possibilities that were not previously considered.

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So, my future is more uncertain than before the wake, but that has the potential to be a good thing.  I might be staying on at Bottomland as Helen wished.  The magic just might yet live on.

January blues

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am

Helen passed away on the morning of January 4, 2013.

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It was not expected.  Helen was fighting the good fight up until late December, and it didn’t become apparent that she was in dire trouble until after Christmas, despite having a hard time with the fungal infection.

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Since her passing, life has changed.  I am missing her dearly, and I am trying to figure out where life will lead me from here.  It will not be here in Webberville, that I know, but little else.  I have offers of help, and I have a temporary place to stay.  But I am without a vehicle of my own.  I have money enough to obtain storage for my belongings.  But I need to find help to get it gathered here and moved.

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I’m sure it will work out.  I need to have faith in that, since I always land on my feet.  It’s getting a bit late in life for this, but not too late.

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The sun is shining today, drying out the rain of the last two days.  Helen’s wake will be here in the barn Saturday.  We’re going to try to make her proud as we see her off.  It has taken much time on the phone and in person with so many people who loved her to get this organized, and that took a toll on me.  Lack of sleep and inability to eat led to a low grade fever that still hasn’t settled, mostly sub-normal temps.  But at least it let me do some catching up on sleep.

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After that, it becomes time to move forward to the next stage.  She will be with me in my heart as I go.

 

Ironically, I got my first Intel Mac delivered from Sarah yesterday.  It will be something to help me move forward, filing it with new software version that have been beyond my hardware for quite some time.

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Farewell, Helen.  You know my love as I know yours.

Happy New Year

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 3:24 am

I’m hoping for a happy new year, but I have a feeling that it will take some time getting there.

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First bloom of the year, a hibiscus from a branch cutting.

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(I tried posting this yesterday, but the internet connection was so bad, I couldn’t upload the image.)

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