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Funeral For a Friend
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Best Suggestions for a New Cintiq User?
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Please Explain to Me: Why DAZ|Studio?
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3D in 3D - Cut! Print!
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Can't tell an iPad from a Galaxy? Yeah, right ...
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Funeral For a Friend
Richard Conner Johnson - 1958-2015 - R.I.P. I lost a dear long-time friend this week. We had known each other for nearly 40 years - all of our adult lives, if you start being an adult at 16 years old. Richard was a genius. There was never any doubt about this. He was artistically talented - a natural with a pencil, with a pen, and later with the computer and Lightwave, he tackled 3D modeling. He did the primary modeling of the Star Trek chair that I offer for Poser, in fact. He inspired me when I was a teen - I was into comic art from about 9th grade, and his line work was beautiful. Later, he and I were roommates, and we set up a studio to
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Best Suggestions for a New Cintiq User?
(Had to change the title - I was probably scaring off people with my strange sense of humor :D. This one is just boring enough ...) Yup, I won the lottery! Well, at least, I feel like I have. If you've seen my latest post, you know I got extremely - one might say undeservedly - lucky this year for my birthday, when I received the biggest honkin' pen display I've ever seen, just because I put it on my wishlist; of course, I wanted it, but that's the sort of thing you put on your wishlist to be funny, mostly, even if it's true, and to make all the other stuff on the list seem pretty reasonable in comparison. I'm pretty well set, now, for the n
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Please Explain to Me: Why DAZ|Studio?
Okay, I am just about as pissed as I'm ever likely to get at software - I can't think of any other reason why I would be sitting here, typing this on a crappy tablet, when I should be in bed ... I just spent something like 5 long, frustrating hours trying to accomplish something with DAZ|Studio, only to have it all wiped out for nothing. All over fucking semantics! First off, this is D|S 4.5 (to borrow a term from a friend, I now think of it as "DIP/Shidiot"). I've heard many D|S users comment on it being a troubling interface, but coming from Poser, I find it downright arcane. Nothing about it is intuitive to me, nothing about it contains
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3D in 3D - Cut! Print!
The future is here! Captain Picard could walk over to a replicator and ask for something - usually tea, Earl Grey, hot - and computers and fabrication systems would assemble it from base components and deliver it in a window roughly the size of a small microwave oven. And now we can do it. And, hopefully soon, I will be able to do it, too. With a Replicator! A few weeks ago, Makerbot (www.makerbot.com) announced their new 3D printer, the Replicator 2 - it's a far cry from the original Replicator, which was pretty much a kit, where the 'Deuce' is a fully-assembled and rather stylish box with a high-tech frame and components, capable of turni
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Can't tell an iPad from a Galaxy? Yeah, right ...
Well, here we are again, attempting to skirt the marketplace via the courtroom. Hey, if Samsung stole Apple's actual technology, I'd be happy to throw the book at them, but the patent industry - and that's what it is, now - has gotten completely out of hand. When it comes to denying the consumer a choice on the thinnest of excuses - "Their tablet and phone look like our tablet and phone, Your Honor; please ban them from selling their product so we have an uncontested market" is complete and utter bullshit. I'm sorry, but Apple is so strong a brand that anyone who wants an iPad is going to buy an Apple iPad, not a Samsung Galaxy Tab! The pric
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