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Mon, Jun. 20th, 2005, 03:51 pm
Is this the end?

I think it could be! I just had my last piece of assessment... EVER! Hopefully. My exam went fine and dandy, nothing too stumping, just a lot of writing (nearly got a cramp in my wrist by the end :)). I'm glad it's all over. No more assignments, no more exams. All done!


Of course, if I do well enough.... should I do post-grad? :D

Thu, Jun. 9th, 2005, 09:53 pm
Burn baby burn!

Well, it's that time again, burning DVDs and CDs for my assessment. One DVD is burnt, one to go, and one CD to go. Menus and all, wheeeee! Should be easy to hand in, bung on some cover sheets and drop in the box, and it's all good.

I'll be really glad to have it all handed in, because the more I look at my work now, the more I hate it and want to tweak it. It's bizarre, but I get that way after a while. Once I hit the 80% mark of a project, I progressively start to hate it more than like it, but oh well!

I'll be glad to have it all handed in though... Design Project A and 3D Animation 3, done! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Mon, Jun. 6th, 2005, 12:53 pm
And so we enter, the end game....

Crunch time for Design Project A / 3D Animation 3... I think I've got a reasonable timetable, and I think the work is already at a level that is considered passable (though obviously, I want to do better than just a pass).

So, today - Crunch on the animation, tweak it all up, get it written off as complete, or near complete.
Tonight/Tomorrow/Wednesay - Rendering - first pass colour, second pass shadows
Thursday - Package it up. Make it pretty, put it on a DVD, add menus and sounds and stuff
Friday - Hand it in!

It's my biggest piece, it's essentially the entire assessment for 3d3, and something like 60% for DPA. I think I should do okay.... but it's a lot of work.

And the worst part? During the render time, my machine's essentially useless, and I sit around and do essentially nothing!

Thu, May. 26th, 2005, 04:03 pm
Hello world!

My group says HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We're incredibly bored, waiting for a tutorial.

Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 03:15 am
Star Wars Episode 3

Well, I was planning to see it sometime, and I found out that Indro had a few cinemas open showing it at 12:01 AM. Just past midnight. It was worth seeing, went with a brother and his friend. Pretty good night, actually, though bummed that BSG had it's season finale!

I think it fits in *really* nicely, provides a nice join between the two distinct series. Unlike others, I actually do like all the movies. Some of it was humorous at times I don't think it meant to, and some of the dialog... good god, cheese factor plus! But really, it is a good flick, I'll be picking it up on DVD when it comes out, and it was certainly worth seeing.

Especially as I have a 10 AM tute, and it's now 3:15 AM. Hooray.

Sleepy time... and then to my animation class! (See people, I was studying when I went to see SWE3! Or at least, that's what I'm telling my lecturer :D )

Mon, May. 16th, 2005, 06:47 pm
Really bizarre dream

Last night's dream was really bizarre, to say the least. I had a dream where I was travelling around at floor level, sliding around. I didn't realise at first why, but after a while, I noticed that my hips were broken. Smashed. Crushed. Pulverised. And they actually hurt. Don't know why this dream happened, it was weird being chased around by people as I slithered across the floor (hmmm, am I putting myself in the role of the snake in the Adam & Eve fic I wrote for Uni?). But it was really bizarre.

On my continuing quest of hating A Current Affair, the last few days have been awful. First of all, there was the XBox 360 launch. Which they advertised on radio and TV all day. And got it wrong. They managed to call it XBox 3, a game, and something else I can't remember. Couldn't be more wrong if they tried, so sad.

And yet, if they can't even get *that* right... how can they possibly get *real* news right? I mean geez, all of the info they spouted they could have gotten from a press release. And tonight we see an even worse story... Stranger Danger And Forgetful Kids!

In tonight's tale of woe, they get a few parents together to... yup, that's right, journalism at it's finest... ENTRAP their children. Send in a fictional stranger to bang on the door, and see how kids react.

Oh yeah, those kids will trust their parents now. But I have two issues with this:

1) How could parents want to entrap their children that way? Even if just to prove a point.
2) Why are children less than 10 years of age being left by themselves at home, for potentially extended periods of time?

Maybe it's just me, but kids are innocent. They don't really understand evil, or even bad impulses, not till they get older. Entrapping your children then scolding them doesn't help. Neither does leaving them home by themselves.

And what does A Current Affair suggest as a solution to all this? Download a less than one page poster from their website, and tack it on the door. OH YEAH, kids are really going to pay attention to that.

Idiots. And Ray Martin used to be a serious journalist.

Sat, May. 7th, 2005, 11:50 am
I found this interesting....

I'm actually tempted to repost some of my blogging for KCB295 in here, as some of it is interesting anyway. But aside from that...

The Dark Is Rising! I remember being exposed to this when I was young, around 12, when I'd moved to the US for 2 years. My Reading teacher (as compared to English, or Language Arts, all 3 were different subjects... ) put me on to it, I was her favourite pupil I think. But it seems that the film rights for the series has been bought. That's interesting, because I quite enjoyed the series, and I think it could be an interesting romp, depending on how it gets done. Sure, it's childreny, but it's something very fond to my heart, it was something I loved as a kid (and in fact, I bought the books I didn't have a couple of years ago).

Ahhhh, those were the nerdy days.... now I just need to find a book I was forced to read here early in high school, be buggered if I can remember the name. It was post-apocalyptic (there's a shocker!), with mutant kids that could be telepathic, and that was bad, mmkay? But be buggered if I can remember the rest, or it's title....

Which also reminds me, I need to get a hold of Space (space?) Demons, and Skymaze (same author). Another two books I loved when I was younger, and probably grimace at now ;)

Mon, May. 2nd, 2005, 11:15 pm
This rigging is driving me INSANE!

God this is driving me nuts, I've been at it for over an hour, and just when I solve one problem, another one crops up!

First of all, the native rigging of AniMan isn't working quite right. I get bizarre deformations and all sorts of other weird things, using the exact same methodology I have successfully used in the past. Very frustrating. So I thought... hang on, I'll get aniMan to do the hard work and make all my joints for me, and just manually rig from there... bright idea, right?

So I thought it was starting out okay, and it was looking good... but alas no, doesn't work. I can rig up the knee with a great IK solution, but... the knee bends *backwards*. Hmmm, I say... hmm indeed! So I figure out it has something to do with the pole vector of the IK solution. OK, not a problem, I can deal with that. So I fix the pole vector. And huzzah, the knee bends properly!

Of course, that wouldn't be that easy, right? The *foot* gets reversed. So I try and rotate the foot, and freeze the transforms... alas, the ankle bone doesn't rotate cleanly around the y axis. It's axis of orientation is not coincident with a world axis... *sighs*. I can kind of deal with it, if I rotate the heel joint. But it means the connection from top ankle to heel is just awful....


In a slight piece of good news, I was at a tutorial the other day, and QUT's done some good stuff with the new CI building. On each floor, they have some projection space where projectors show off works and what not. But I was shocked when I turned up to a tute, and saw some of my work on the wall! Over 2 metres high, bit wider, I was quite surprised. It's not *just* my work, it's the work I did for the fashion design stuff last year (15 comm des students came up with 45 second profiles for 15 fashion students). But I was very chuffed to see it.

Wed, Apr. 13th, 2005, 02:48 pm
And I thought we were open minded....

I saw this on ShackNews, under the auspicious title of "Hungary Hungary Hookahs". http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=8156956

Seems Hungary is extremely open minded about prostitution. And it looks like they'll be allowing prostitutes to set up shop, so to speak, at local shopping centres. The only catch is, they can't do it in the shopping centre. Which isn't all that bad, I would expect.

Truly fascinating.

Tue, Mar. 29th, 2005, 01:10 pm
Woot Woot! Season 2 baby!

I'm now in a *very* good mood!

LFN (La Femme Nikita) Season 2 just arrived. I ordered it 2 weeks ago through Amazon, and have been eagerly anticipating it.

Go Nikita! Gotta love Section One....

Oh happy day!

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