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Blender 2.46 Released!

It’s out of the trunk, Blender has locked down the SVN, and we’re greeted with a stunning new version from the guys who brought you the most awesome 3D application in the world.

BLENDER

So, what are you waiting for? Get it now and check out the new features.

The two most stunning features I’ll be looking out for in The ThoughtScore project will be the new AAO (Ambient Approximate Occlusion) which will speed up render times when doing horrendously-difficult-to-be-lit scenes such as forests…and remove the trademark grainy-ness of normal AO. Another feature will be the strand shader and rewrite of the particles system. This allows me to do stunning grassworks without killing my computer…what could be better than that?

5 minutes into the program I made this just to test out the newGrass features…check it out: 10 second render time, 20000 particles, along with other effects. Click it to enlarge it. As with other news, I now have done 10 exam papers and I still have another 15 or so to do. I shall give you some previews of what’s new with my portfolio and little graphics work the next post. Also, completely unrelated to previous news, is that the 16th of June is coming up, so buckle your seat belts, and await the notifications.

For all those badgering around on the IRC channel just leave your messages and an email and I’ll get back to you if I’m not online.

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Microsoft and Blender – an open-source initiative?

Useful information stuff:
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Sometime on May 13th, 2008, Blendernation published an article on Microsoft emails Blender About File Format Support.

It’s time to give my oh-so-awesome comments on this subject. For those that don’t know, Blender is an open-source application used for 3D graphic work (modeling, animation, games, etc). Time to clear up some biased comments here: I use Blender for all my 3D work. I love Blender and therefore I want the best for it. However, a big part of the argument is that Microsoft is a huge commercial monopoly and Blender is a rapidly growing open-source (yes, that means free, and free beer too) application. I use Linux. I like Linux. However, this doesn’t mean that I do not like Microsoft. In fact, it doesn’t even mean I don’t like Windows. Heck, if it wasn’t for Windows, I’d not use a computer like I do today. I feel that Windows doesn’t allow me to have as much freedom on the computer (therefore I prefer Linux), but at the same time it has allowed so many people to easily get introduced to computing without having to learn bash first.

Ok, Let’s get back on topic here. Let’s take a look at Blender’s objectives and how whatever sort of deal with Microsoft might affect it. Number one: Blender wants users. It’s growing. Are you saying that weakening Blender’s power on the most popular operating system out there is going to help Blender? I quote ArtIsLight‘s comment on the Blendernation article:

Getting rid of the Windows port would be a crippling stroke to Blender, as there are so many users that use Windows, in the business world and for personal entertainment. Is giving support (for MS) causing bloated code or excessive work-arounds to get it to work properly on that OS?

I cannot lie that I used Blender on Windows before I made the switch to Linux. I believe that a lot of Blender users out there do use Windows, and Microsoft knocking at the Blender Institutes door asking to see how they can help support their project is going to help Blender. Let’s take a little step back and look at the original post sent to Ton (Blender big boss).

A good user experience of Blender on Windows is good for your project/community and good for Microsoft.

OK. I don’t care how much you hate Microsoft, that statement is true. Let’s take a look at the next lines:

What we are trying to understand is what file formats, which are not open or not fully open, are impeding the optimal experience with your community. If this is an important issue to your users then it also accrues to the experience in Windows.

I’m not a lawyer and nor am I psychic to know exactly what Microsoft is up to. However, the way I interpret that sentence and the rest of that rather short email is that Microsoft wants to help get that .blend format out there with the boys like .3ds. I do not think that all of a sudden Microsoft is going to turn the .blend into a .msblend and call it a not-open format.

Let’s take a look at Ton’s reaction:

I recently was contacted by Microsoft Development, they’ve assigned one of their people with the job to support open source projects better. Yep, I’ve immediately asked for free MSVC Pro licenses! :)

If a single person knows best whats going on with Blender, it’s Ton. The bit that speaks to me most in that quote above is that smiley face at the end. Especially the straightforward quote of “they’ve assigned one of their people with the job to support open source projects better” leaps out at me. I think Microsoft knows that open-source applications are definitely rising to take their place, and they also know that sticking themselves in a tiny circle labeled “this is commercial land” is not going to help. A comment made on the Blendernation article also mentioned that this isn’t Microsoft’s next evil plan to take over some awesome project but simply some good, well thought-out public relations heist. I agree with that.

I personally think anything that will help Blender receive more (good) publicity that doesn’t ruin its strong bases in open-source attitudes, and multi-OS support is good news.

As a final note, Microsoft managed to spur up 238 (no longer counting because comments are closed) comments filled with some seriously nasty flames and bloodthirsty comments about what is meant to represent a truly open community. Let’s set a better example at looking at this issue from Blender’s point of view, and not from which OS is crappier.

The cake is a lie.

Comments? (If you want to flame, send me an email! It’s private and I train GMail’s spam filter! dionmoult[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Should I use Linux?

A bit of an introduction.

If you just want the summaries, just read the bold text, and scroll down to “IS LINUX FOR YOU”

One day my 10 year old desktop crawling on Windows had broken down and so I was stuck with my 3 year old 256 megabyte RAM 30gb hard drive space laptop, and an afternoon full of nothing to do. So, why not try Linux out? The following is a written evaluation of how I found it.

Step 1: start easy. I borrowed a friends laptop and created a Ubuntu live CD to play with. I chose Ubuntu because it’s reputed to be the most user friendly, which meant it would be easy to work my way up to what Linux is capable of. Ubuntu is a Linux distro, or distribution, which you might call a version or flavour of Linux. It was pretty easy to start: plug and play. I inserted the CD into my friend’s computer (whose hardware was more recent) and booted up. The default wallpaper was trendy, and the icons definitely more visually appealing than windows.

Summary: Ubuntu provides me with a full working system just with a plug and play! It’s awesome!

My first objective was to find out how to start and use the Linux equivalent of Microsoft’s Notepad. There were three clear menus labeled Applications, Places and System. Clicking on Applications gave me a wonderfully categorized menu – categorised by application type, which is a lot more useful than Windows “group by brand”. This division also made it easier to quickly navigate to folders, apps or settings. This made it easy to find the app I needed – GEdit. It was not the notepad I remember. It started up pretty fast, and also featured tabs, and as I soon found out, code syntax highlighting, which is very useful for a programmer like me. File browsing was easy, though the filesystem took a bit of getting used to (what stuff shouldn’t i touch, and where my files are.) and the icons were definitely more attractive. I could easily connect online, as all I had to do was connect my LAN cable and open up Firefox.

Applications are categorised by type on Gnome and KDE, not brand name. This is very useful.

I then decided that it was too much like Windows, so I wanted to try something new. I also wanted to comment more on the system itself more than the GUI, because in Linux it is pretty easy to change between different GUIs. I therefore searched for another Linux distro and found Gentoo, which boasted fast speed and freedom. This is something I value in an operating system. I decided to try out the Gentoo live CD, but it failed to run. The blokes in the Gentoo IRC channel recommended me to use the minimal install live CD and follow the Gentoo handbook. Having not much prior Linux experience and command line usage, my first time configuring and compiling a kernel was filled with errors and humiliating moments in the IRC channel. However, without those helpful people in that channel, I would’ve failed horribly. Therefore, this is a rather negative image on Linux. However I cannot blame Linux as it all depends on the distro. Gentoo’s aims were not user friendliness, and hence targeted more experienced users. Ubuntu was meant for user friendliness, and was pretty much plug and play. However, I recently reinstalled Gentoo on another computer and it was a breeze, hardly any problems at all.

Gentoo took a long (quite difficult too for a newbie) time to install.

The install took a long time for my first time. Mainly because I was inexperienced, but also because I had to download all the files from the internet. In a way this was bad because you are helpless without your internet when installing, but it was good that you always get the latest files. Gentoo’s style and prmise of complete configuation was proved by the fact that I had to compile everything from source. This was bad because it took a long time to install things, but it allowed you to edit everything you wanted in the code. After the install, it seemed pretty dissapointing as all I was left with was something that looked like MS-DOS. If you are used to Windows,you’d probably wonder what can you do now. There are no windows, toolbars, no visible way to multitask, and no applications to work with. However, I soon learnt how to browse through files effectively, install my favourite programming editor (Vim) to edit text files with, and even start browsing the web.

Managing installed applications is easier with Linux.

One thing I noticed during the install of Vim was that all applications (well, most that I was going to be using) was part of a packaging system. This meant no broken downloads or unreliable links, and only one place to go to whe updating, installing, uninstalling or reinstalling any apps. However, yet again, everything had to be compiled so it took a long time to install programs. A very clever and useful feature of this packaging system was that before installing, it checked whether or not all dependencies for the program were installed. Whereas on windows you just have to have you have all the dlls and libraries.

I don’t know what “rm -rf /” means, but luckily I have the manual to work it out!

Another useful feature i noticed was that almost every coomand and application had a manual page describing its uses and functions in a uniform way. This made it exceptionally informative and efficient at teaching what is going on with those funny commands.

The people in the linux IRC channels are newbie friendly.

The online Gentoo handbook and tutorials were surprisingly newbie friendly for such a “thou shalt not hide anything from the user” system. The IRC fellows were also very kind and understanding, definitely not like the people in th #windows channel, who banned me for asking how to uninstall windows. Whenever I had errors whilst compiling they knew exactly how to fix it, and now I can say that i am decent at Gentoo and can overcome most of the problems i encounter.

It’s pretty difficult to run some Windows programs.

Some of the programs I used in Windows didn’t work, such as Macromedia Flash MX 2004, but that is probably because it’s a pretty old version.

How does one evaluate an OS for themselves? Simple, list out their needs and see how well it matches it. This is what i have done below, and ive also given a rating out of ten.

It’s easy to access and setup all the power tools i need for programming.

On Linux I could easily use vim, apache, ftp, php, mysql, perl, python, gtk and qt tools, ftp, ssh, svn, all following the same style of usage. Perfect. Windows has notepad but it is pretty useless for what I like to do.

Wow. The internets is fast. I get to choose whatever browser I want. I’m not forced upon one.

The internet was faster when running linux. I don’t know why, but it was. firefox was well supported, it had a console browser, and also allowed a list of other browsers that came with the guis gnome and kde such as epiphany and konqueror. I’ve never really found a use for them though. Luckily WINE didn’t come with IE. I hate IE so much. It’s slow, unsecure, no tabs, horrible at rendering pages…and is forced upon users.

File browsing for Linux and Windows are equal. The autocomplete for CLI is awesome, but I sometimes get lost between all my /opt /proc /bin, etc.

KDE came with konqueror. I didn’t like the fact that i needed to open such a huge program just to browse files. However, KDE 4 improved this by introducing dolphin. With gnome, the file browser was excellent, however the eog (eye of gnome) image viewer had problems viewing most of my images, and was a pain to fix. however, i found the name completion when in cli and the open with settings so much easier than windows. Another really useful feature i noticed in gnome was that when hovering over media files, it gave a preview without me even havo open the file. The thumbnail previews worked for videos too!

I can choose exactly how I want to use my computer. I have total customisation. I don’t have to learn something else

No complaints here. Super fast. My computer isn’t a total powerbox, but if I want to have a lot of eyecandy, Compiz-Fusion can make my computer look sexier than ever. Since I’m not the eyecandy type of person, I don’t need to use Gnome or KDE, I can try some of the minimalist GUIs like Fluxbox. It’s still a bit ugly, but I see why some people like it. It’s _fast_. Right now I’m using Ratpoison. It’s amazingly minimalist, but I love it.

I sometimes get errors and I’m totally stuck.

Yes, it happens. It’s happening less since I’m learning more, but I would recommend you get somebody who already knows Linux before you try Linux, (especially if you are using something like Gentoo). Ubuntu users should be fine.

For a newbie, I realise that what comes with linux is not what comes with Windows. On Gentoo, I don’t get sound, printer support, internet, etc just like that.

I’ve definitely had a bit of a problem when starting to use Gentoo to mount and unmount external devices. I had to setup sound, printing support, and configure my internet. This is something I’m not exactly used to, so I had to learn a bit to understand exactly what was going on.

Ok. I feel as though I’ve typed enough.

I’m not the person you should trust the most in the world, but I’ll give my honest opinion on whether or not you should use Linux.

IS LINUX FOR YOU?

I suck at computers: Don’t use it.

I suck at computers, but I have a friend who is awesome with them: Use Linux.

If you use the computer (on average) for about 15-30 minutes a day, and it’s because you have to, not because you want to, and you already use Windows or Mac: Do not use Linux. It’s probably not worth the learning curve.

If you are on a tight budget: Use Linux. It’s free.

You are a super hardcore gamer: Don’t use Linux. Unless you want to stop playing games as much as you do now.

You are a computer programmer: Definitely USE LINUX.

You like open source and are technologically-able and interested in stuff like IT Development: Yes, use Linux.

Your office wants you to use Windows: Don’t use it unless you use another computer pretty often at home for personal use.

All the programs I use are only for Windows: Then stick with Windows.

You already use Windows or Mac and only use your computer for web browsing and document editing: Probably not worth it to use Linux, but you should use Firefox as a web browser and you should try out OpenOffice.

I’m ready to use Linux, but I don’t know which distro to use:

You just want to use your computer. Try Ubuntu or Debian.

You are awesome at computers. You want to personalise it completely. Use Gentoo.

I don’t know. What’s a distro again? Join the linux IRC channel and ask all you want!

Which GUI should I choose? Try them all! You’ll find one that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and you’ll choose that one.

Wow! There are so many choices! You’ll thank me afterwards. Give it a go.

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Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Yes, that’s right! We’ve migrated (To change location periodically, especially by moving seasonally from one region to another) to WordPress! The installation was smooth, and we’ve got a sexy theme up doing some jazz for the the thinkMoult page!

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Learn how to make a basic website framework.

This will teach you how to setup one page for all pages! So it’ll be a lot easier when changing layouts!
Not only that, say GOODBYE to /index.php?page=contact…now you can just have /contact without actually making the directory!
This will ALSO teach you how to have a site which you can easily switch version (like when running parallel systems) when you are working on a new version and you don’t want others to know. It will have password protection which will allow only authorized users to test the version.
Say goodbye to “coming soon” pages!

Ok, first we want a layout…Let’s be simple (just forget validation temporarily, this just an example):

My title.<br />
<a href=”http://site.com”>Home</a><br />
<a href=”http://site.com/asdf”>asdf</a><br />
content will go here<br />
Copyright.

Let’s save that file as index.php. Save it in a directory called “versionname” (you can change this, but remember to change the rest of the code as well) Now, replace “content will go here” with this:

<?php
if($page == “”) {
include “/home/username/public_html/versionname/home.php”;
} elseif($page == “asdf”) {
include “/home/username/public_html/versionname/asdf.php”;
} else {
echo “error”;
}
?>

Basically, it will see what the value of the variable $page is and accordingly, it will display the correct page.
Create a new page called home.php (you can put whatever you want in it), and save it in the “versionname” directory. Then create a new page called asdf.php and put whatever you want in it and save it in the “versionname” directory.

Now try and go to yoursite.com/versionname. It will display your home page. Then go to yoursite.com/versionname/?page=asdf. It will display your asdf page. Let’s say in the future you decide to change your layout…you only need to change one page…the index.php page.

Ok. now instead of ?page=asdf, lets turn it into just /asdf. Go into your public_html folder (or your equivalent of it) and search for .htaccess. Open it up. This is apache server scripting. Won’t go into much detail though. You’re probably annoyed because you want your homepage to be in yoursite.com and not yoursite.com/versionname. Simple, add this code in .htaccess:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /

ReWriteRule ^/$ versionname/index.php
ReWriteRule ^$ versionname/index.php

Now, try to go to yoursite.com. Amazing! The URL didn’t even change! Now to change into /asdf. add this:

ReWriteRule ^asdf/$ versionname/index.php?page=asdf
ReWriteRule ^asdf$ versionname/index.php?page=asdf

Now, go to yoursite.com/asdf. Amazing! It showed the ?page=asdf page!
Ok, now that you’ve done all that, let’s say you want a new version, but you don’t want to delete everything and setup a coming soon page. Create your new version in a directory called “versionname2”.
Now, you want people to be able to access your new version, but not all people. So here’s what you do. Add this to the top of your versionname (not 2) index.php:

<?php
session_start();
header(“Cache-control: private”);
if( $_POST[beta] ) {
if( $_POST[pass] == “yourpassword” ) {
$_SESSION[“beta”] = “1”;
}}
if( $_SESSION[beta] == 1 ) {
include “/home/username/public_html/versionname2/index.php”;
} else {
?>

And now, add the form below to wherever you want the verification to be:

<form method=”post” action=””><br />
<input name=”pass” type=”password” class=”input”>
<input name=”beta” type=”submit” value=”betatest”>
</form>

So now, when you type in the password “yourpassword” in the form, you will be browsing your new version, with no edited URLs! Of course, to make it fully compatible you need to add the if $page=”” statements to your versionname2 index.php, but that’s simple to do.
Ok, you’ve finished coding your new version. Simple, just go to your .htaccess, and replace all the /versionname to /versionname2. Done! You’ve succesfully upgraded your site.

Note: this is very basic but I hope it has helped some of you.

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How to choose a website host?

This is a much discussed subject when beginners start on website making. I myself have searched long for a good host. Well, let’s keep this straightforward and to the point.

First, you need to know what your website will offer. Will it only contain text? Will it have videos? Will users be able to submit items (articles, messages)? Will you need a domain? Those sorts of questions help you to identify the key features of a webhost that you require. If you will just need the ability to post text, any webhost will do. This is the simplest item. However, if you need to post a lot of pre-written text, with lots and lots of archives, you might consider getting a host that supports FTP access. If you require large videos and image files, you would probably look for the best bandwidth and file capacity in order for you to host and users to view these files. You will also require an FTP client, which will give more convenience to you when transferring these huge files.

If you need user-submitted content, you will definitely need some sort of database support. Unless you are confident you can work with just flatfiles. You will also probably need a good control panel to configure your statistics. For this, the webhost is up to you, but I find that I prefer using CPanelX which is available from most Linux servers.

Will you need a domain? Almost all paid hosts allow for this, though you will have to consider whether or not you want more than one domain or not. (see Addon Domains) However, more free hosts have been giving domain availbility as a feature, so I would be sure to check first.

Finally, is it worth to pay for your hosting? If you’ve just had a brainwave about making a website, I would say no. There is no guarantee that you will keep the website. (Trust me, not your brainwave, as you are deluded by excitement) Most free webhosts are sufficient for people, but if you are planning to have a huge website, don’t get a paid host right away. Start off free, but make sure that your host has the ability to upgrade your account to a paid service should the need arise.

I hope this quick guide helps you.

Want me to recommend a webhost? These guys are great.

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CM Updates

Some interesting things to talk about on this post. Firstly, sorry about the delay on posting, as I never really find the time for these things. Well, cobramilk.com now allows Guests to vote on all submissions on their sites! This is an awesome update, and means you don’t have to register to have all the fun! Well, if you want your vote to be worth more, or if you want to submit your own creations, you’ll have to register an account. So go check them out. I’ve made a forum thread about it on the CM forums. Next things up will be a nice design update to some of the forum pages, and a little treat I’m going to keep secret for now on CM.

Also, the Blender 2.46 has been up on the BCon, so that’s just … wow, I still have a lot to play around with, but you can see a list of features here: clicky. Mr Bomb (well known character modeler) and I have taken up a 3D freelance project (my second 3D related commercial project!) but that should be over in 1 or 2 weeks. If I’m allowed, I will post the finished project here. Also, I’m back on IRC! I’ve finished my Duke of Edinburgh camp, which included a weekend of forest trekking 6-8 hours a day. You can again catch me on #e2-productions on the irc.freenode.net server.

Soon I’ll release “Bleeding Edge” updates for the POSE2 systems and the members module, which is nearing completion. This means that you can download it even if you don’t have access to the version control server (available on request when I’m online on IRC – so you can add your own updates to it!) Also, my art coursework is done and I’m full up to my neck in art work to complete for my final exam, so that means that some traditional artwork (sketches, paintings, etc) will be added to my never ending portfolio.

Also, take a look at the l-system which I’ll do some tests on in order to find out how to best make a forest scene.

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I promised you an update:

So, firstly, you can now visit http://e2-productions.com/ and see the awesome new work-in-progress. So far all that is up is a very simple website layout, a home page with some brief information, and a resources page. Upcoming soon in the world of Moult will be some awesome updates to Cobramilk.com, including a special edit in their voting system, a members module to allow you to register an e2-productions.com account, and a whole stack of documentation. I’m going to be going to Penang from tomorrow until Thursday, so I’ll be out of action. However, I’m showing you some pictures to keep you happy knowing that I’m actually doing stuff.Doesn’t he look cool, just like a grumpy, cranky, eccentric weird guy? (unfinished)
…and we’ve also got a little get-together with the Earth and my Space station:
Sorry for the small size, they’re only meant to be previews. When I feel like it I’ll post a much bigger update in the official ThoughtScore work-in-progress thread on BA.

Looking forward to your comments! Always remember you can catch me on the IRC server irc.freenode.net on the #e2-productions channel!

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almost…

I’ve been getting all my exam results back – and they seem to be pretty decent :)

Anyways, I’ve spent the last few days mainly configuring my computer, including switching over to Fluxbox as a window manager instead of Xfce, and configuring Fluxbox to all my needs, menus, shortcuts, desktops, toolbar, slit, etc. Of course, I also spent some time configuring my previous applications and adding some new ones.

I spent a full-day session with a buddy on Saturday discussing some cool “behind-the-scenes” work for the most secretive E2 project ever started (recently). So now I’m going to spoil all the fun. I’m working through some pretty darn ambitious personal projects right now, and they’re progressing pretty well…but what about in a team project? A friend and I got together and decided to do something about simulations, AI, that sort of thing. We got some motivation off ventrella.com (they’ve got some pretty cool stuff there) and went on towards designing our own project. At the moment all we’ve got is a huge amount of “oh, whoops, I just remembered that what we’re trying to do is classified as AI-COMPLETE, so…I guess we’ll just continue”. Won’t spoil it too much now, but I’ll give you some serious updates on the site soon.

The E2 website should be up within the next week. Together with that will be a POSE2 version, some POSE2 modules for download, some new 3D models, and a ThoughtScore update. I’m sorry if it seems as though I’m just saying “oh, we’re going to give all this stuff, but not yet”, but I really am going to give it really soon. I’ll update you when I do :)

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…back with a tux.

The thinkMoult blog is back! (with a purpose). Before anything, you might have noticed that e2-productions.com is down. That’s because I’m fully rewriting the whole site.

If you like PHP, simple webdesign, graphics, or are just interested in making a site, this is something you’d better look out for. E2-Productions is going to be built from scratch, featuring mainly a development system, user system, portfolio generator, resources etc…and will all be built using my lovely PHP framework, called POSE2. POSE2 is a very simple framework, and basically routes all the information in an intelligent way, allowing you to arrange your files also in an intelligent way. This way, you don’t get lost in all the clutter of a huge website. Not only that, everything is neatly ordered in Modules, which means you can cut out a certain section of your site, and give it to a friend, which will be completely compatible with their site. wow.

This blog will be updated ASAP, and even more on wednesday after my exams are finished. Coming soon will be the download of the POSE2 PHP Framework, and the release of the website’s current stage. (if you’re lucky, you can go to e2-productions.com right now and see if you can access my localhost – which will be available until i reset my modem or my computer.

Now, about my computer, I’m now no longer on my dying 10 year old ancient desktop which requires prayers to boot up. I’m now on a sexy, (only 3 years old) laptop with 240MB ram (might upgrade it later) running on Gentoo, linux. I’ve learnt so much about linux so far (something to blog about in the future), and now it has Firefox, aMSN, The GIMP, Blender, Audacity, Apache, OpenOffice, BitchX IRC, CLI ftp, Vim…etc. All the power tools needed for graphics, sound, servers, programming, chat, and work. What else do I need? Oh, yes, I added two games in case I get bored. (available on portage), such as “Chickens”, which involves blowing up chickens utilizing rocket launchers, shotguns, quick wit, intelligence, strategy, positioning…oh no, wait…yeah, you just blow up chickens mindlessly. Another, is XPilot (and XPilot-NG), so far, it’s been a pretty addictive game, especially because I lag all the european servers. You should try it out.

So, until Wednesday, then. Then you’ll have some pretty stuffez.

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Blender Extraordinaire.

Following a link found on the popular Blender newscast site BlenderNation.com, I came to a site which compared Blender3D – a FREE 3D program – to paid programs such as Maya, Lightwave, Autodesk, etc. The result? Sure, we have our ups and downs, but other than that, Blender is right up there with the big boys.

Given this information, I don’t see why Blender just doesn’t hop right up and declare immense popularity. I guess people don’t take Blender seriously enough compared to something they feel they “paid” for. Or maybe they look at its stunning 12MB filesize. Or maybe they’re just scared by its cluttered interface. (Yeah, but you get used to it)

What’s the purpose of this post? Nothing actually. This is another of the 99% of useless blog posts. However, just think about Blender for a while. If you’re thinking about starting 3D art/animation, why not use Blender?

Decide for yourself: http://www.tdt3d.com/articles_viewer.php?art_id=99

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I’m tired, but not enough to wake up.

Researchers now know that sleep is an active and dynamic state that greatly influences our waking hours, and they realize that we must understand sleep to fully understand the brain.

I am typing this now close to midnight. I ask myself, “why sleep?” Not because I’m staring at the computer with my brain shut off, not because I’m addicted to RSI, but because I am curious. Following a simple google search I came up with this: http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm – to be honest, I once read an article about some old lady who managed to run on 3 hours every 2 days. I think that’s pretty swash.

I also found this link: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chasleep.html – comparing us with animals, we can look at the brown bat, who clocks a stunning 19.9 hours a day sleeping. This isn’t surprising, as it’ll be hard to get up if you’re lying upside down. We’ve then got the other end of the spectrum, featuring the giraffe, clocking in a mere 1.9 hours of sleep.

In my opinion, sleeping is the equivalent to a pause button in a movie. Except that everything else doesn’t stop. So it’s a type of personal time warp system. In other words, it’s pretty cool. I’ve got an expedition the next day? I sleep early. I’ve got an interview? I (try) to sleep early. I’ve got an exam? I spend the whole night revising. I’m in the exam? I daydream (touch wood). Sleeping reminds me of a Dilbert joke I read quite a while ago: “We’re going to release our new product, it can bring people 1 hour into the future in only 60 minutes!”

G’night folks.