A moderator from GIMPforums.com and I had the following exchange:
I hope you do not take offence, but this forum tries to be religion neutral.
So by all means have a sig but not one pointing to a religious organisation.
To which I replied:
The fact that it seems my signature has been disabled without giving me the opportunity to change it demonstrates a level of intolerance rather than neutrality.
Please link me to the forum rules which point to this policy, restore my signature, or delete my account.
Here was my signature:
You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Considering the quote didn’t even reference religion at all and that it linked to YouTube and not LDS.org makes this conversation even more preposterous.
So, is the forum moderator overreacting or am I in the bad? Let me know what you think–I’m interested to hear in both sides of the argument.
Update: Your forum account is currently banned. Ban Reason: requested account removed
Ban will be lifted: Never.
[Please read the comments below for instructions on how to install Wine on your Mac using WineBottler.]
[For folks in the Military, this method will also enable you to run Lotus Forms Viewer on your Mac OSX.]
I have used Notepad++ over the past two years or so for playing with HTML, Python, and recently Java when using my Windows desktop or Bootcamp partition. I enjoy that Notepad++ colors the tags and contents according to their type and function. You can select which programming language format for Notepad++ to track from an extensive list accessible from a drop-down menu.
When I use Mac OSX, though, I was using TextEdit, the bundled application that ships with OSX similar to Window’s Wordpad. It finally dawned on me that I can use WINE to run the Notepad++ .exe file in MacOSX–sure enough, the Notepad++ v6.1.2 Installer worked like a charm and I now have a fully-functional Notepad++ on OSX.
For those not familiar with WINE, it is a free program that allows Window’s software to run on Linux and OSX. Not all programs will run, and not all will work 100%–however most programs I have, including Microsoft Office 2003 running on Linux, work without problems. I highly recommend installing WINE on your Linux or OSX systems if you don’t have it installed already.
The reason I didn’t use a similar program from the App Store is because I am comfortable with Notepad++ and wanted to test it on WINE.
Oh, and in other news I have returned from overseas, and am happy to be back home in the United States! I haven’t touched Blender since December–and so much development has happened with Blender in 2.6x that it will take me a long time to catch up! So I may not have any Blender-related postings this year. 😦
The above video contains most of my Blender and GIMP work from March 2010 until May 2011. I am not looking for employment, so this showreel is less resume and more showing-off. Special thanks to all the folks at BlenderNewbies, BlenderCookie, BlenderArchitect, and countless other Blender tutors out there. Of course, thanks also goes to the Blender and GIMP developers for making these programs available. Music is called “They’ll Remember You” by John Ottman, copyright 2008 by Varèse Sarabande.
In the below Velvet setting example, you can see that both Sigma and Fresnel have a similar effect:
Glossy Setting example:
How to adjust the bump-map strength:
The bump map in Cycles is listed under the displacement tab.
As of right now (early May ’11) it doesn’t look like you can load an image as the displacement map, but you can use the standard Blender procedural materials (clouds, marble, ect).
You can adjust the map size using the “size” setting in the image above just as you would under normal Blender Internal, or using the nodes:
So on to the meat of this tip, how to adjust the strength.
Since there doesn’t seem to be a setting for strength, we’ll use a mix node with the displacement material on one noodle-entry and an empty slot on the other:
The ‘mix’ node can be found under the ‘add > color > mix’ option (shift+A). By moving the factor (“fac:”) we can set the strength of the bump map.
Simple and easy! :thumbup:
(click for full size)
Mix factor set to 0.2:
(click for full size)
[Update: These settings were written for and earlier version of Cycles and are no longer relevant for 2.6x builds.]
Glass Roughness and Fresnel Settings
In all tests the glass was colored pure white (255/255/255).
I wanted to show off my final Blender work. I was tasked by the Officer-in-charge of the Base Honor Guard to make a short 30-second video for use in briefings and commander calls. I went four times over the requested time length, but 30 seconds is a short time period to try to sell something.*
I went out and, holding a camera and tripod upside down to help steady it, recorded about 4GB worth of HD footage of them practicing. I combined that with an additional 4GB of SD footage from previous performances and three low-res YouTube screen-grabs of other base honor guards (the last three shots).
Here is the non Blender version:
*30 seconds: Okay, I know commercials are only 30 seconds long, there are lots of them, and they sell lots of stuff. I’m not good at making commercials. 😦
Thank you for taking a look! 🙂