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Dec
28
2014

Agonisingly simple shaders

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Learning how to texture in Blender.  Here we have agonisingly basic skin, lip, eye and teeth shaders (the teeth were so basic that if I'd been using Lightwave I wouldn't have bothered with nodes but Blender seems to use nodes for anything more complicated than a colour it seems, which is cool).  Should hopefully be able to build on them on a per character basis.

Dec
26
2014

The Gold Box

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My mum and my sister are the kinds of people that like buying presents.  They like it when we come up as they go a bit nuts spoiling the grandkids rotten which makes for a nice full tree.  Every year they ask me what I want for Christmas and every year I've told them the same thing: get something from Oxfam Unwrapped or contribute some money to the bek's New Cintiq fund (my Old Faithful 12WX is getting a bit jittery in its old age, but I need a replacement sometime in the not-too-distant future).&nbsp

Dec
06
2014

Homeschooling stuff

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We're reaching the end of the year so it's been a bit slack on the socially accepted learning front as everyone is a bit tired and over it.  There's been a lot of playing going on and in our usual fashion the 2015 program has already been modified before we could even think about starting it.  Instead of doing bookwork every day, we're alternating with cooking where the kids will choose a recipe, check we have all of the ingredients before commencing (and write out shopping list to be able to do someth

Nov
26
2014

Setting up Wacom Cintiq 12WX on Ubuntu Studio 14.04

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And on goes the love/hate relationship with Linux.  Setting up my Cintiq is one of the things that makes me really loathe it and want to go jumping back onto my iMac and ignore the possibility of art on Linux forever.  My first attempt was an abysmal fail (I blew up Unity and had to spend a bit of time fixing it and it never completely recovered, and due to the nature of the child who owned that particular machine it ended up with Win7 on it).  If I didn't need a Linux server for web dev (which is why I got the laptop) I would have just bought a MacBook.

Nov
11
2014

Blender Adventures Part 5a - quickie expression test

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Base modedl frowning

At 8yo's request: "Make him frown!" (all the bases are gender neutral)

Base looking slightly puzzled

Seeing something mildly disturbing

Nov
09
2014

Blender notes - resetting shape key value to basis

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To get a point that was moved incorrectly for whatever reason in a shape key and needs to be reset to the "Basis" position, from Adhi on StackExchange:

Use Blend From Shape:

Nov
09
2014

Blender Adventures Part 5

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Still shape keying.  Base is partially amused.

Rubberlips can almost smile!

Oct
26
2014

Stuff the kids have said recently

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7yo (about one of 9yo's friends): He always chases me when I don't want to be chased and doesn't chased me when I do want to be chased! Boys are just like that!
me: It doesn't get any better as you get older.

9yo (watching the Speed Racer movie): It's really bad.
me: Why are you watching it then?
9yo: I'm just watching it so I can go "WHAT?!" at it.

Oct
23
2014

Drupal 7 notes - Apache config

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/etc/apache2/apache2.conf - find the <Directory> bits and make sure the /var/www one looks like:

<Directory /var/www/>
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
  AllowOverride All
  Require all granted
</Directory>

sudo a2enmod rewrite

sudo a2enmod headers

Oct
14
2014

Naffing with Freestyle

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Thought to do a quickie render rather than a screencap of the handstand splits, decided I couldn't be bothered fixing the lights at this stage so ticked the "Freestyle" box and left it at default everything.

It's pretty cool; I could almost pretend I know how to draw with this.

Vaguely related, grease pencil is the most useful thing ever put into a 3d app.

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