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

    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 4:11 am on May 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , school,   

    What the heck?

    I don’t have time for a long rant, because I have school work (using and for technologies our president apparently doesn’t understand) but I’m gonna make time for a short rant:

    As someone who’s grown up with, lived and breathed high technology, and as someone who spends his entire life processing information, both with my technology and in my own mind (brainz: the original supercomputers) I would like to respectfully tell the president that he’s full of shit.

    Further, to the idea that the only way to truly “master” (my word, not his) this dangerous menace (again, my words) is to spend 12 years in school and then 4 years in a $25+ grand/year college and then perhaps a graduate program or two I say: bull-fucking-shit. Far from needing more idiots with Ivy League degrees to help us “shape” how we use information technology, we need the kids who know how to work an iPod, iPad and Xbox AND WHO DON’T ever aspire to have a college degree helping us shape the future. That sir, is truly the way of “emancipation” (his word, not mine).

    The idea that the only way to change the world is to not let our technology “control” us, and the idea that the only way to not let that happen is to “do good in our studies” are both bullshit. Some of the smartest people I know bomb their classes (me included). Some of the most awesome people I know have never even considered college. Some of the leaders of tomorrow will never set foot into a college classroom, mark my words.

    Not only should we be wary of “an education” (as most people narrowly define it: 12 grades as a child, 4 years in college, etc.) “freeing” us from the oppressive grips of information technology, we should be doing the exact opposite: using information tech to free us from the oppressive grips of an abusive education system that is a century behind on technology and ideas.

    Seriously, what kind of western democratically-elected political leader even comes CLOSE to saying that information is bad. What?

    Am I overreacting? This just seemed really weird coming from anybody, let alone Obama.


  • jimmy 12:26 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , school   

    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.

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