Monthly Archives: February 2018

Home Again

Home Again

We’re back home again.  It is becoming increasingly more difficult to update my blog while on the road.  But, I’m home again and here’s a re-capture of the last two weeks.

Software Issues

I’ve been dealing with software issues with a program by Smith Micro called Poser 11.  The software does what it does quite well — that is 3D rendering and animation.  What it doesn’t do well is file and data management.  I’d give them an A+ on the 3D stuff, but an F in file and data management.

With my expertise in the Windows file structure and data handling, for me to have issues with a software package does not speak very highly of that software package.  Again, they do the 3D stuff well, but their programmers could use some schooling on Software Quality Assurance, file handling, and data structures.

A summary of the issue is this…

You cannot create a Poser scene on computer A, save it to a USB drive, and then take it to computer B and open it.  The only way it will work is of Computer B looks just like Computer A in every aspect.

I’ve spent days on getting their software to find these files.

Utah Trip

We went to Utah for Rebecca’s wedding.  We got there on Friday, and spent most of the day helping her and Stephen pack the moving van.  We spent the evening with Amber and Jason and their friends.  I treated everyone to a huge ice cream feast after dinner.

Wedding Day

The wedding was at the Provo City Center Temple. It is quite beautiful.  I remember the night the Provo Tabernacle burned down.  Now, it is a lovely temple in the center of the city.

We had a bit of a break between the wedding and reception.  When we got to the reception we were all a bit surprised at the decorations.  Rebecca wanted to keep it very simple.  At least there wasn’t any drama during the wedding or reception.

Sunday

We attended church with Amber and Jason.  After church we went to Sarah’s house and had a BBQ.  Natalie and Amber and their husbands and kids got to meet Sarah, Becky, and some of the nieces and nephews who live in Utah.

Monday

Monday was Amber’s day to do stuff with us.  Natalie joined us and we went to the Church History Museum and saw the interactive display I provided images for.  I thought it was going to be one on the Hill Cumorah.  Instead, they used pictures from Fayette and did a virtual tour of the log home there.

Tuesday

Amber was off for her IVF treatment, and Natalie and boys joined us for breakfast at Becky and Glenn’s.  After breakfast, Natalie, Brad and Mike and I went and got In and Out Burgers.

In the evening, we had dinner at Amber’s and celebrated Bethe’s birthday.  Jennifer arrived just a few minutes before we had to leave for the airport.

Summary

We had a wonderful trip and got to see all 5 of my daughters and their children!!!

Valentine Day 2018

Valentine Day 2018

It’s Valentine Day 2018.  Elizabethe and I were going to go to dinner, and then I learned there’s a Brazilian BBQ in Rochester.  I went online and they require reservations.

So, I looked for reservations and they said the first open slot was tomorrow NIGHT.  So, I booked a table for Friday afternoon.  I guess that will be our big Valentine date.

Instead, we went to Subway, and Wendy’s for dessert.  On the way home I stopped and picked up some hardware for the corner doll room I’m building.

It needs trim, so, I’m trimming it out…

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Door Trim for the Front Door

Next Steps

The next steps on this project is to build the front door, mount the hinges, hang the door. I am also going to build a tiny threshold.  The outside wall will be painted like the outside of a house.

The interior window will be held on by magnets.  That way, I can change it out depending on the decor.  The interior walls may also be papered from time to time.  It’s starting to come together.

When it is all done, I will pose on of the dolls and post a few pictures.

Riggs Leaving

Riggs Leaving

Elder and Sister Riggs are leaving.  They are returning home.  I’ll be sad to see them go.  With the Riggs leaving, I was assigned to assist him on one of the sessions at the temple tonight.

The night passed quickly, and by the end of the night I was feeling pretty worn down.  I hope I can sleep in tomorrow.

Have You Ever Noticed

I’ve noticed on social media there are certain people who simply can’t accept someone else’s point of view.  These people can’t support their argument, so when they see you aren’t buying it, they then resort to insults or other methods of making it personal.

For example, you say the sky is blue, and they say it’s green.  When you attempt to show them the sky is blue, and they don’t have anything to support their point, they’ll say something like, “Well, you’re just color blind.”  Or worse, they’ll say something like, “You’re just an idiot.”

And so it is out there in the world today.

Anymore I try to simply visit closed forums on Facebook.    I find myself getting distracted by things that popup in the timeline, but bit by bit I’m “unfollowing” people who post too much garbage.  (And, as I’ve said before I block trolls and idiots.)

3D Assets

3D Assets

I never thought I would get in to 3D modeling.  I never thought I would be using the term 3D assets.  Well, I now own a couple hundred dollars of 3D assets and I’m in to 3D modeling.

Most people use 3D modeling for video games and movies.  Not me, I’m using it for art.  It would cost me about $200 to hire a model for a day.  Now, for $200 I have several models, wardrobe, and more.

Granted, it is difficult to set a face for the right expression, but that’s part of the learning process.  I have to ask questions like, “What makes a person look surprised?”  Or, “What makes a person look like they adore someone?”

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Close-up of Expression

It’s pretty cool.  (I hope the above captured the expression of a shocked surprise.

Organization

Much of my day was spent organizing my 3D assets.  The way they install on the hard drive isn’t very intuitive when trying to find what you’re looking for.  Most of them are installed by the vendor’s name.  So, if I’m looking for a dress, seeing a folder named ADP, for example, doesn’t tell me it contains a dress.

As a result I have spent most of the day putting my assets in to folders that make sense to me.

Better But Weak

Better But Weak

I’m better but weak. By that I mean I’m over the flu, but I am so weak.  This virus really ravished my body.

We went to church today and made it through the entire 3 hour block.  I’m exhausted from it, but feel good that we went to church.

We’re also feeding the sister missionaries tonight, however, it’s all crock pot stuff with a few simple additions.

Current Projects

Now that I’m feeling better, it is time to work on my current projects.  This winter I will prepare my print competition paintings.  I’ve started working on a few.

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Based on the song by the police.  It is a scene of a school teacher being pressed against the wall by a student.  On the chalk board is written, “Reading Assignment – Nabokov, Lolita.
  • The Farmer’s Daughter – an old farm couple on the porch with their young daughter talking to a young man standing on the front lawn.
  • I Shoot RAW – a parody on the old question, do you shoot RAW or JPEG?
  • She Does Her Best Work After 5pm – an office scene with a guy being seduced by his secretary.
  • Are You Coming to Bed? – A young husband wrapped up in a video game while his wife stands in the doorway.
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Don’t Stand So Close To Me

There are some others, but I need to create at least 4 for this year.  Anything beyond 4 will be saved for next year’s IPC.

Digital Painting

More and more I’m enjoying digital painting as much, or perhaps more, than photography.  It seems everyone thinks if they own a digital camera they can be a professional photographer.  However, painting is something most people won’t take the time to learn and develop the talent.

Amazing Body

Amazing Body

The amazing body cannot be replicated by science.  I’ve learned during this flu that the body asks for what it needs.   I’m learning to listen to my body.

Usually I can’t sleep in.  My body says it is time to get up, and I get up.  However, since contracting this flu I can sleep until 9:30am (like I did today.)  It’s obvious my body needs the sleep.

I’ve also noticed the things I crave to eat, if we have it handy and I eat it, I feel physically better.  For example, I was craving maple syrup.  I had some and shortly after consuming it, I coughed up the gunk that was making me wheeze.   Again, the amazing body knew what it needed.

Getting Close

I feel like I’m getting close to being better.  I looked up how long the contagious period is for this flu, and I’m definitely past it now.  (The CDC said 5-7 days.)  It’s now dealing with the symptoms.

The worst symptom is the fatigue.  You think you’re up to going down to the basement to get a bottle of canned fruit.  So, you make the journey, and when you get back upstairs, that amazing body is saying, “You need to lie down.”

I dragged the laundry basked to the kitchen and felt like I had just ran the 440.  It’s the body’s way of saying, “Take it easy.”

Take It Easy

Speaking of Take It Easy, I watched a YouTube video of the Eagles singing Take It Easy.  The camera would swing to the audience and it was full of young ladies — groupies.  It was funny watching their reactions to the lyrics.

Okay, I’m going to take it easy today.  I want to be feeling up to attending my temple shift tomorrow.