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).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Some Say 2 Lives, Some Say No, Just the One

Setting up for an immersion art festival is not so different than setting up any other time.
The 10 metaphors are all there:
1.  Getting directions to the venue and your artist tag
2.  Being sure all supplies, giveaways and traditional pieces are labeled.
3.  Adding your artist business card and hanging instructions to the work.
4.  Asking your booth partner to use half the sign, while you use the other.
5.  Asking for permission from a man called Zaphod, who then gets the ok from Anette to set
     your "too much brought from home" on the sidewalk in front of the booth.
6.  Thinking safety first, so that no one sues you for stumbling into the easels.
7.  Offering to other artists frames, stretched canvases and tools, so they will want to share stories with you, and the location or invitation to the next festival.
8.  Having your booth partner leave for pots to glaze, one minute after the festival gates close, so she is not in the picture and Zaphod, who helped us set up the booth is in the selfie.
9.  Saying nice things to the festival organizer, but not knowing how to say them in German.
10.   Wearing a wig that keeps falling off, instead of your hard hat over your bald head.  The hard hat was lost during permissions in and out of the venue. (You might think this last part only happens in 3D, but not so.   My caps nearly always fall off in a strong wind, leaving me with a mess of tangled hair underneath).

So the booth is up.  Ghaelen D'Lareh and I will attend the festival when it opens.  She will set down her newly glazed pottery when no one is looking, and we will have a great deal of fun walking about and meeting other artists.   Thanks Mr. Enoch for standing in.


The last few days were very busy 1) preparing to take part in the Metroberfest Art Show on the German Grid, 2) re-sampling a mesh chair for an upcoming conference, 3) and planning with Ghaelen D'Lareh our newest secret mission, like two very tired and overbooked school girls might do.   Lots of late nights in chat, need more sleep, silliness and giggles.
Working Title  - Lakewater Lessons
While we are not discussing the whole mission yet, Ruby is planning her latest build that will carve out a 16 region build from the 28 she now tries to manage (emphasis on tries).   Since learning more about Mesh in the last few months, she is ready to fully incorporate mesh into the basics of the build, starting with the terrain.   More about this build will surely be written, but for now these are the beginnings of a long in the making storybuild, called the Lakewater Project.   It opens with a cave, an familiar place for Ruby and exits through the Midtown Arts Museum under the overpass.  What develops in between is...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveling Through Hyperspace - My Other Car is REALLY is a Tardis

My neighbors must think I go nowhere.  My 10 year old Kia rarely leaves the driveway.   If only they knew I hyper-fly everyday, and talk with folks from all over.   I went to Germany today, and met a French Artist there along with the German Artists (Zaphod Enoch and Annette Hummel), who hosted my visit on the Metropolis Grid.  They are getting ready for their Metroberfest coming about in a few days.

When I was just about to leave another French artist showed up and an artist from Japan.  So what about that Kia that says on its only bumper sticker (thanks to my friend Sherrie) My other car REALLY is a Tardis.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ruby will be attending and sharing work at the Metroberfest very soon.

The Hyperzette: Metroberfest 2014 on METROPOLIS Grid: Metroberfest 2014 on the METROPOLIS Grid  Region Oktoberfest  from September 29th until October 5th Every day Events starting a...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

For Mr. Tyion

While testing horses in Oakes Valley, I decided to invite Madge Millicuddles into Oakes Valley for a ride.   She so badly wanted to Mr. Tyion to see her riding a horse, she asked me to post about it.  So I said I would in between reading about the "end of the classroom."  Madge does keep me laughing and Madge does keep me honest.

By the way, Neither Madge or I are unhappy to see that old classroom go.  It truly outlived its usefulness.  Bring on the future.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yesterday too many legs, today too much 2D geometry to make 1 little teapot.

Yes, it takes all these pieces of digital paper stood upright to build a teapot in Blender.  They don't call it the most obtuse, widely used, aggravating, amazing, hair bending, entirely open source 3D software for nothing.   Although it's headaches were too much in the beginning, once learning curve is bounded, it becomes the very best tool you never knew you needed.  While my cell phone sits uncharged on the desk (will never be able to see the little numbers or the text), and copiers/printers continue to annoy me so much, I'd rather keep carrier pigeons, Blender has become my tool of choice - my addiction.  I simply love the forever "could never learn it all nature of the thing."

Now to aggravate myself a little more, I should go in and take out about half of those not needed quads, because a good repotologer would do that;.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh the aggravations of making 3d animated horses...

Oh the aggravations of making 3d animated horses...

How many legs does a centipede have?

I originally meshed this horse some months ago, but neither had I the time or emotional countenance to tackle the issue of it walking about, carrying a rider or hauling a cart.  

Yesterday after building 3 bicycles to share with my fellow builders, I decided to tackle the horse ordeal today.   When I was through with the adventure the horse successfully walked - another possible gem in my Shadowgate belt. (I secretly hope with it will be the Lapis lazuli stone).

 Moreover I hope someone will enjoy plodding along with the cart horses in Oakes Valley and Brantley No. 3 Shaft.
12 invisible legs at "standstill"
Horse hauls cart though Oakes Valley
The problem is the legs in motion - the solution is to create 4 legs for each socket that are not all visible as the animal walks.  This accomplished by sequencing the legs, much like a 2d animator would, but sequencing requires writing a piece of code that syncs with another piece of code.  And there is the bounce, the roll, sounds that applicable to steps taken, and sitting the rider.   It is a lesson I want to master with other horse types.   - Tedious but oddly gratifying to see the magic at work.  A revisionist's wonderland.  I dutifully believe in revision.  Thank Goodness.