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  • jimmy 12:59 am on March 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3d, , digital media, life,   

    I’m working on making dynamically breaking glass in Maya this week for my digital media senior project. Here’s a still image two frames (1/12 second) after the little ball breaks through the glass:

    Next I’ll be pulling this “stand-alone” test into the main scene file and work out the details of making it work in the larger 3D animation, but I liked the look of this really simple and uncluttered view of it.

    As an aside, this took less time to model/animate than it’s taking to render (basically taking the raw modeling/animate file and turning it into something you can watch on your TV), but that’s mostly because I’m using more effects (mostly related to the lighting) than are strictly needed. But it’s fun nonetheless.

     
  • jimmy 9:53 pm on March 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: computers, life, networking   

    Although I probably should have, I never realized just how much my family uses the Internet until I made a few router tweaks yesterday and had to input new network passwords on all our wifi devices. That includes 5 laptops and 4 iPod Touches, all of which seem to have their own idea about how to behave in the face of a new network password (to be fair, the iPods seem to have handled the issue rather better than the MacBooks). I guess I should have known how much we use our network based on the fact that one consumer-grade router trembles in fear when asked to handle all the traffic, thus leading to my current two-router setup (my 6+ year old Linksys and my 2-year-old Time Capsule…neither of which can properly handle 9-10 concurrent wifi connections + multiple wired connections; the Linksys can do wired just fine, though, and the TC can do the wireless…so it all works out). I absolutely love managing all of this equipment, though, so I’m a happy camper. Errrr, IT guy. Whatever.

     
  • jimmy 9:34 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , life, lists, , ,   

    I…I have become someone with physical (as in, non-computer) to-do lists. They, oddly enough, mostly include things that I need to do on the computer, but I somehow find it easier to manage a list on a little white notecard rather than on the computer (even though I spend 9+ hours a day on my computer). This is strange for a couple of reasons:
    1) I have never, ever used a to-do list. I thought they were at best kinda useless for me and at worst a complete and utter abomination to be killed at all costs;
    2) I always assumed that should I find the need for a to-do list, I would naturally put it on the computer as I’m a big “tech guy” and love, love, love computers.

    Obviously my seeming hatred for to-do lists has waned a bit, and my desire to digitize them has similarly lessened. I have no idea how long this sudden ([deadpan]and slightly disturbing[/deadpan]) change in my character will last, but for now I’m enjoying my little daily notecard of tasks.

     
  • jimmy 9:35 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Just another typical weekend in America: someone tries to blow up Times Square, the biggest oil spill in history disrupts an entire region of the country and a huge severe weather outbreak causes flooding and tornadoes, killing several people. Oh wait, no, no this isn’t typical at all. #cry

     
  • jimmy 10:44 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , life,   

    I do very little designing and animating off of sketches or other reference…it’s all off the top of my head “on-the-fly”, so to speak. This has worked out pretty well for me, but at times when my mind is trying to wonder off in different directions or is otherwise NOT focusing on the part of my memory bank that’s holding those ideas…I’m dead in the water staring at a blank screen feeling like an idiot for my style of working.

    *sigh*

     
  • jimmy 12:26 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I realized today that my idea/experiment of “oh, I’ll just take a few college classes and see what happens” has gone on for nearly 10 semesters and over 4 years and I’m not about to graduate. During that time I’ve learned a lot (more outside the classroom than in, but there have been a few choice exceptions that shined) about myself and the world, but I’ve never actually stopped and wondered (REALLY wondered) what the heck I was doing. Recently I did and I realized that 4+ years of school, coming off of 16 years of unschooling, and with no immediate (<6 months) end in sight has completely burned me out. (In a lot of ways I feel like I’ve lost that awesome person who was so interested in learning on my own terms…and that really scares me.) This realization came when I figured out that I’m having an unnaturally strong stressed reaction to doing a fairly simple and low-key research and presentation project in one of my two classes this semester. Maybe it’s time to take a little (or a lot of) time off and reevaluate. I don’t know.

     
  • jimmy 5:37 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: life,   

    Took out the trash, did a load of laundry, played (and won) Arathi Basin, watched some figure skating, had a snack and now I’m gonna watch 30 Rock and try to be in bed not much after 1am. The catch? That’s all since 9pm, and I’m normally a huge nightowl (1am may be late for some people, but not me…). What’s happening to me?? :)

     
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