business

Pigeon-holed in Employment Applications

Dilbert was a pretty lucky guy – he at least had a job to hate. Sometimes the most difficult part of looking for work – even temporary work – is getting past the choking questions at the door. It goes to show how many bigoted “human resource” people there are.

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anime and games, media, software, tech news and opinions, tv

Animation Production in 3D – Part 2

In my previous article, I spoke about the charm of 2D animation and gave an overview on how efforts using 3D technology have struggled to replicate it. In this post, I’m going to talk about current technology and the direction of technology that will allow for production of better animation, especially anime style.

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anime and games, media, software, tech news and opinions, tv

Animation Production in 3D – Part 1

Despite everything I said in my previous post, I am now going to write on a topic that would be of interest to people in Japan, and even more ironic, I’m going to type in on the computer because it’s one of those topics I can ramble on without being too picky about my words. See how that works? Alrighty, let’s get started.

The topic of today: The current and future technology that will be powering the production of animation as well as it’s effects on the overall quality of the said product. Since I am a technical kind of guy and this is my line of work, I’ll be giving you some fascinating insider details. (Hint, hint, that means a long blog post.)

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media, movies, tech news and opinions

Space Launch Day 1

Toon-style Satellite rendering

It’s been a long and busy day for me. I woke up a couple hours before the crack of dawn so I could watch the launching of the Space X CRS-15 mission live. It was pretty cool. You can watch Space X launches live on their website on the webcast page. The Dragon capsule sent to space on top of the Falcon 9 is set to rendezvous with the International Space Station Monday morning at 5:30 ETC (eastern time). You can watch the berthing of the Dragon streaming on NASA TV come Monday morning.

Before the sun came up, you could see the ISS fly overhead from where I was at. It was a cool moment. There was also some other glowing orange object. At first, I thought it might have been first or second stage falling back to earth given how bright it was in the sky (even penetrating the clouds where I was at)… except that it seemed to be in the wrong location in the sky and it wasn’t moving.

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architecture and interior design

Japanese firm designs lounge to accommodate smokers

This week, by accident, I discovered a Japanese architecture and interior design firm that has created a design for allowing smokers and non-smokers to lounge together in comfort. The firm is called “nonscale”. Their plan, which can be viewed here, uses pyramid-shaped vents for controlling airflow.

I’m not certain the idea will work in practice. Smoke tends to spread out, not just float up. I wonder if they plan on using quiet fans. Smoking isn’t good for your health, but the habit does spark some interesting design challenges, no?

今週、私はたまたま、喫煙者と非喫煙者が快適で一緒にいられるラウンジの設計を作った日本の建築の会社を見つけた。この会社は「nonscale」と言う。この会社の設計は、こちらで、四角錐の通気口がある。

この設計は実際に効くかと思わない。煙は上だけになく広かって漂う傾向する。この会社は静かな扇風機を使うつもりだかな。喫煙の癖は健康を害すけど、面白い設計の難関を導入するな。

blog milestones, this blog

Blog Changes 2018

It’s about that time again, everyone. Time for some changes! I started this blog just over 6 years ago in February. I had nothing to write about then. I just wanted a try writing a blog again after my first one felt like a flop. Now I have more to write about than I have time for, so my blog lay alone for other reasons. Now I’m adding more reasons to that, haha.

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global issues, media, psychology

National Symptoms, Invisible Causes

Suppose you have an nagging person in your life. They bug you, they irritate you, but they never hit you. Now and then they mock you. If you respond to them in anger, it may start a greater argument, and you might end up being the one criticized by others even though all you wanted to do was defend yourself. Still, if you do nothing, the problem within you only gets worse until you become very angry.

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art, comics and manga, media

ClipStudio Paint vs Krita

Some time ago, I made comparisons between different types of art software available. I compared Krita and Gimp, then I compared Krita and PaintToolSAI. Now it’s time to look at what the pros use. I’ll begin with procedure, explain the gaps in free software, and then discuss how ClipStudio Paint fills in those gaps. Finally, I’ll throw in alittle bit about what I think of Toon Boon Harmony.

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religion and spiritualism

Liturgical New Years

Happy New Years, everyone! Tis the year my seasonal articles seem all out of order, but at least there’s some rhyme and reason to it.

Today is the beginning of Advent, the time of waiting. In the Catholic Church, it is a new liturgical year. For most Catholics, that means changing of the liturgy books. For Protestants, it means nothing. For a long time, I hadn’t ever thought about this being the “new year”. It’s usually been “this is the start of the Christmas season”, which actually started the day after Thanksgiving. Talking with people and reflecting on the meaning of the birth of Christ has finally started to turn things around for some of my fellow Christians and me.

Today really is the beginning of the new year. The church celebrates the coming of Christ and, at the same time, as we read the prophecies of old and the foretelling by the Christ, we look forward to Him coming again. “Be vigilant” is the word of the year. Be ready for his coming.

This year, looking at today as a new year, it feels more like I’m launching into something new, and that my Christmas is the beginning of something exciting and invigorating rather than being the book-end to the old year, which I’d rather forget.

There’s plenty of time to make new year resolutions, but whether you pick today or the coming celebration in 28 days, don’t let it be merely for the sake of a “new year”.

And lastly, don’t bother checking this blog on “New Years Day”, ’cause I probably will not have written anything then… as if I write much now, haha.