Thursday, May 31, 2012

Git Tip - Attaching Local Branch to Remote

So, you've just pushed your local repository off to some external server for the first time, and now you'd like to grab some changes back off that server (just like when using SVN) that you'd made from some other machine.

Except now, when git pull chastises you for now having "No remote repository specified". Gah!

Today's tip is just a quick way around this without going in an messing with config files (I've done it once, but it was a bit hairy on some of the other repositories I tried repeating the feat on, hence the advice today).

From a posting on StackOverflow, I found the following gem:
git branch --set-upstream local_branch remote/remote_branch

In practice:
- local_branch = remote_branch  --> Unless for whatever reason you've given things strange names
- remote = the short name you gave the remote repository when you added it as a remote (NOTE: this is more convenient that trying to remember and lug around those great heaping SSH-URL's that are usually needed). For me, this is either "Bitbucket" or "Github" or "Gitorious"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flowers in Autumn


Strongly scented flowers. In autumn. 'Nuff said.

Exams Over

Yipee! Today marked the last of my exams for this semester's coursework. Finally, no more pressing deadlines for graded work for a while again... Yay!


Bunch of snaps taken when leaving after dark again a few weeks back...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Silvereyes in Flight


Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sneak Peek - Group Colours for Animation Channels

In response to some recent feedback I've been hearing about the difficulties of managing animation channels, especially for bones, I've been taking a look at restoring (at least partially) one of the features from 2.48.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bye bye Gnome/GTK

Over the past few months, I've been becoming increasingly incensed by Gnome and GTK: Gnome 3 for their style-over-substance antics which IMO are unusable for any serious (efficient and over sustained periods) work, and GTK for being a crappy-tastic crumbling dinosaur of a toolkit that breeds mediocrity.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Interesting Sunset

Here is a sunset from earlier this week, just before the weather started to change to cold, cloudy, and rain. These cloud formations were quite dramatic (and were even more dramatic from a few other vantage points on the way home).


Saturday, May 12, 2012

POLL - Should Up/Down Arrows be changed back to Jumping 10 Frames

Last week I posted a poll on Blenderartists, but it seems to have been somewhat forgotten. So, just to give it a little bump, a little link-dumping is in order today I think...

See the thread here:
http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?254152-POLL-Should-Up-Down-ArrowKeys-go-back-to-Jump-10-Frames(Poll-closes-18-May)

Friday, May 11, 2012

What a week!

It's Friday at last! What a week it's been!

The carpark outside the department after dark. Today was the second time in as many weeks that I've been busy working till after dark on a Friday. It's interesting how things that seem so familiar during daytime take on this whole other character after dark. Pity though that I've only had been carrying crappy-cam on the days that I happen to end up getting to see this stuff.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Blast from the past - Ludwig van Byteoven snippet


For a bit of Friday night entertainment, I dug up my first major/non-trivial programming project that I had started way back in 2005, and worked on for about a year before other projects took over most of my time. It was called "Ludwig" (after Ludwig van Beethoven) and was an attempt at creating a piece of software that could "compose" credible sounding pieces of music... or at least that was the goal ;)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Twilight Window Textures


Just playing around with a varying levels of focus and the windows in one room this evening. Some of these could make interesting textures...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Motion Paths GUI Cleanup

Over the past few months or so, it has come to my attention that the Motion Paths GUI had a number of issues which were confusing many people. For a few weeks, I've had a set of half-completed changes sitting around in my local repository for improving this situation, but had been stalled by a combination of the shorter release cycles and a heavy workload. However, last night I finally got around to finishing up this work (for a break/change), and committed it to SVN.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

VSE - Quick tip for importing videos

Last week I needed to do some audio/video transcription on a screen capture for an assignment. From prior experience doing lipsync for fun, I knew this was going to involve quite a bit of back and forth scrubbing, something which VLC (the only media player that was willing to play back the file) is notoriously bad at...