Seanachai Quote

"Do you really think there are no larger answers to the small ones we can supply? Miguel, we know there are answers for everything. Unfortunately, we know very few of them." (Alexis Paninian to Mitchell Campion following a 4 minute teleportation from Paxton, Ohio to 3XNorth, 3YEast and 150Z off the Coast of Spain, circa 5/28 & 3 weeks, OSB airdate 4/7/1959).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mrs. Pinkstaff Inspired Table Cloth

It may not be a big deal to buy a tablecloth --- to expect there will be an underneath to it.  But in the 3D virtual world it is common to see a piece of empty or transparent cloth.  The exterior shows up and when you turn it over there is nothing there.   To learn how to make cloths I listened and read the tutorials.  *None showed me exactly how to "sew" one.   And when I did figure out how to make the underside solid, the textures wouldn't line up.  Finally after a night's sleep,  and 6 hours of using Mrs. T. Pinkstaff's "1 variable" scientific method, I developed my own concoction.

My last move was make a tutorial for me (lest I forget - I do) and my friends.   Now we can make bedspreads, comforters, picnic blankets, curtains, (even clothes) all those things we never think about folding until laundry day.

Whine/Opine - At least 80% of  the Blender tutorials are created by men.  They notoriously leave out about 30 to 40 steps.  Where are those Betsy McCall patterns when you need them?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Discovery and Adaptation

Every time I look into the past, I realize how much discovery and adaptation trumps a thing called invention (that never was).   Ruby is learning that too.   Today she practiced adapting.   A useful device made into a similar useful device --used for an entirely other purpose. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ruby continues to work on her Blender Learning Curve.   If she plans to be a master age builder, it is apparent that Blender is her destiny.   Sometimes it is aggravating and sometimes fun.   It requires her (and me) to practice our close reading strategies every minute that we are working on a project. 

Since the deadline for the Oakes Valley build is 9/1/2014, this week's project is getting the vineyards up and running.  It won't mean that Oakes Valley's buildings will be fully furnished.  In fact the fictive residents of Oakes Valley are petitioning the Midtown Ladies Guild to quarantine Ruby until she finishes Oakes Valley.  Instead the petition story is becoming part of the first Mount Bethel Mystery, "Wear Your Goggles to the Gold Rush."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush"

It was a tedious, but wonderfully long day of learning curves.  I attended the OSCC conference building meeting at noon, visited with Ghaelen for a long while about using mesh, and finally worked on the Oakes Valley Mystery story.   The mystery story needed a pair of virtual reality goggles. Sleuths will use them to find clues that are hidden around the valley.  What I figured would take a couple of hours ended up taking 6 hours.   My issues with polygon counts kept coming back to haunt me.  Not that I needed more.  No, I needed less.  The "tome" syndrome continues even in my building.  Oh dearie.   Finally I ended up with the goggles worn here by Simona Stick.
It is good that I can spend another learning tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that, because there is still many more Blender builds I haven't tried.
To Ghaelen:  More long phone calls incoming.:)