Monday, March 2, 2015

Animation System Roadmap

To compliment my earlier post on the Grease Pencil roadmap, Ton's official BF list, and the Action Management roadmap, here's a selection of the most pressing "big ticket" animation-related issues on my todo list. Do note that this is not an exhaustive list (for which there are many many more!), but it does contain at least all the main things I can remember off the top of my head.

Action Management Roadmap - 2015 Version

In response to the concerns of users in the community (yes, we year you! Loud and clear :), I have ended up prioritizing looking into this, even at the expense of other even bigger issues that also need addressing.

Here is a quick overview of some of the efforts in motion now to address this matter.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A few tips for working with Word 2013

Over the past few weeks, I've been bunkering down to write up a big chunk of work I've been doing for my thesis studies. To make it a bit easier for dealing with some of the journals that this will eventually get published in, I've been doing this work in Word again, having previous stuck to Latex for 3-4 years (with brief stints with LibreOffice).

While I do still prefer to do large docs in Latex (large docs being more manageable when you can just split them up into a collection of small files which can be accessed quite easily, not to mention the nicer reference management, and safe in the knowledge that your images won't disappear or become randomly detached from their captions after a single keypress), and waver between liking LibreOffice and then dropping it again a few weeks later after running into yet more clunkiness/incompatibilities,  it has to be said that there are some nice things about Word.

This post will cover a few things that you may/may not know about working with Word. Some of these I only really figured out recently, and found that they do improve things quite a bit.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

4th Anniversary of Christchurch Feb 22 Quake

Lo and behold, it's been four years since the devastating Feb 22 quake struck Christchurch, killing 185 people, flattening a large number of buildings (including the majority of those in the CBD), and terrorising the rest of us to no end. How time flies!

Here is a recording I made yesterday afternoon while having a bit of a thump around on the piano. (As usual, this is non-rehearsed, unplanned, and unedited - it is what it is). Listening to it again, I think it's quite fitting for today and the events that we are commemorating. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Horrid Day - First World Problems? ;)

Today is turning out to be quite a bad day. Having held off for several weeks, the contractors responsible for digging up the pavements outside houses here in Christchurch finally got around to digging up our side of the street this week (having done the opposite side about 3 months ago, and the street behind us over the last 2 weeks). Why it had to be this week, and actually today that they got to this point it's hard to say...

Monday, February 9, 2015

Looking Back - Childhood Trip to Hamner Springs + Its Links to Blender...

This post was originally going to be a side note tacked on to the end of the previous post. But then it grew and grew until it got big enough to be it's own thing. So, here it is: The story of my 1997 trip to Hamner Springs, and its important links to Blender history...

EDIT: While looking up the maps, I found that I had been mispelling the name of the place. It should really be "Hanmer" not "Hamner". Still, truth be told, I like my spelling more... it sounds more... "tasty" ;)

Spooky Springs, Glitchy Locks, and Broken Lamps

This has been a weekend of mysteriously malfunctioning/misbehaving locks and springs...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

DevArt - Graphics Glitches can be Pretty...

One of the things I love about doing graphics development is that sometimes, your code stuff-ups can have some very pretty results that you wouldn't have imagined... Today, I ran into one of these, and decided to capture it for all to see! Enjoy :)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Classical Sparks - Fireworks Display

Drat! For the 4th year in a row, I've been thwarted trying to get some up-close, in venue, drive-in-and-park-on-the-public-park-grass shots of the fireworks display at the annual Classical Sparks in North Hagley Park. This year, the weather was just really awkward - warm and very unseasonably humid, but heavily overcast (except for the rare moments when I start stepping outside, when the sky seems to briefly clear until I'm fully outside, and it takes that as a signal to start with a light spray mist, ramping up to something more major).

Sigh... looks like I'll have to live with the New Years pics and the shots above till next year again :(

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kite Day 2015

The annual kite day was held at New Brighton beach this afternoon here in Christchurch. I had a great time trekking along the beach capturing shots of these colourful creations. While in previous years, I've mainly watched from the (relatively sand-free) vantage points around the beach, getting in and amongst these flying giants proved to be a much more enjoyable experience, allowing for a lot more interesting shots :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

RIP Bubu - One Year Anniversary

Lo and behold, a year has passed since the day when Bubu tragically left us.

It's still hard to believe that just a year ago, I had the pleasure of having this delightful little orange ball to keep me company, wriggling around and tirelessly playing out his idiosyncratically endearing antics throughout the day and long into the night. Oh, and getting to watch the sheer joy and enthusiasm with which the daily feeding ritual was received - it had to be at the right time too, or else, a mini fishy temper could sometimes break out!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sleeping on the Job - Bumblebee Close Ups

Yesterday, I caught sight of this bumblebee passed out on a flower in our garden, presenting a perfect opportunity to take some close up shots of it :)

Soo fuzzy!