Archive for February, 2017

Yoga Hosers

Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 9:06 pm

I watched the movie Yoga Hosers recently (the 2016 Depp nepotism film), and that changed my definition of yoga hoser.  Today changed it again.  Two lanes at the grocery store reserved for 15 items or less.  One lane has nine people in it, each with a few items, the other has one person wearing yoga hose with a basket holding over 80 items.  “Damned yoga hosers!” (to quote the movie).

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(See the render below.)

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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Done

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Okay, the refurb is done.  All the apps, all the plugs, all the tidying.  It’s ready to roll as soon as I add a few folders.  It’s still not my mail machine, but that is a matter of time before I decide to move the preference folders over with the mail since 1/1/17.  But for all intents and purposes, it’s ready to start working.  I wish I was.

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Next few days are lazy days.  Get back into the routine of grazing.  Do laundry.  Start checking the mail box by the road.  Feed the fish.  Check phone messages.  Tomorrow is a heavy rain day by the forecast, so not much to do except sit tight.  I have plenty of movies to watch.

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After that, I start the learning curve, starting with Muse.  After all, the reason I purchased this refurb was for modern internet production.  It’s time to start learning how.

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Two and a half weeks before I return to Brenham.  Spring is popping out here, red buds, honey suckle, hawthorne trees are all blooming, the grass is turning green.  The wild flowers should be starting by the time I head back.

Done

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 7:07 am

The refurb MBP1 (from which I’m typing my first entry here) is officially loaded.  That doesn’t mean it’s entirely prepped, but the software is all there on the hard drive.  I still need to do navigation config, setting preferences, moving documents over, and other things that make a computer one’s own.  But by and large, the refurb is ready for production.  Yes, there will surely be more applications to accumulate over time, but for now, the installation frenzy has been completed.

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*sigh*

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It’s been an arduous twenty days whipping the rascal into shape.  Some things I’ll miss, like QT7Pro, GoLive, and so on, but the digital world moves on, whether it’s for the best or not.  Then again, it sure is nice to have the browser not be rejected because it decrepit and ancient.

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My USB sticks got a real workout.  And I added a 32g stick to the collection, as they have dropped to under $10 (my traditional standard for buying one).  Now I have a 4g, an 8g, a 16g, and a 32g, and each is a different style.  It’s easier than using the WiFi here with file sharing.

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One issue with the WiFi is the introduction of the Amazon Fire Stick on the TV at the main house.  It has been playing havoc with the DHCP on the old dlink.  So tomorrow I’ll be installing a Linksys with a lot more capacity and power.

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Only a few more days before I take stewardship of the property for three weeks.

New month

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 9:41 pm

I just changed the strings on the Maha.  First time they’ve been blessed with fresh strings, the set removed was the store set (manufacturer supplied).

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The refurb is 80% there as a production tool.  Most of the primary tools are on board.  There is still work to be done though, to bring it up to full specs.  But I can do it at a more leisurely pace.  The focus is starting to lean toward the learning curve, and Muse is the primary study at this point.  It works much like InDesign, so part of the curve is already behind me.  But the variables for multiple formats (browsers, phones, tablets, etc.) is something I need to tackle.  Ah, virgin computer systems and the headaches they generate.

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Been eating very well.  Stephen is on a very pleasant run of Caribbean recipes with tamarind in the fore.  I can’t complain a bit.  Had fried boudin for the first time ever…

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Myka is not complaining.  She is having a great time.  Today was cool and windy and she came in shortly after noon and slept the rest of the day away.

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One more month before I head east again.