Animation, April 2021

So, there’s a new animation from me, published on Saturday. And the good news is, it’s only 40 seconds long!

It’s nothing much, a mood more than anything else. But it was fun to do, and as always, a way to push my abilities further.

And here it is. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting.

Instruction 4

Well, I posted the 4th and final chapter of “Instruction” on Saturday, and I forgot to mention it here!

I think it’s because, overall, the story doesn’t really add up to anything. There are parts I like, scenes that I think really work, and some good designs. But taken as a whole, it doesn’t seem to be a single thing. It’s just a collection of parts that remain parts.

It’s also just over seven minutes long, so there’s that. That means that the whole story is almost 25 minutes long, which is too long for something that (to my mind) isn’t more than what it is. I know that last bit doesn’t make sense, but there it is.

Below is the link for the curious, and as always thanks for visiting.

Instruction – Part 4 – Conclusion.

The Construction of Light

These are all photos, made with my trusty Nikon D70. None of them have been altered in any way, other than reducing their size (they were all 3000 x 2000, I’ve made them 750 x 500).

As you’ve probably guessed, these were made by using long exposures at night, while a friend and I were driving around (don’t worry, I wasn’t the driver). (The very first one was not made at the same time, and no driving was involved, but the method was the same.)

I just found it interesting that you can get some really spectacular imagery by using random methods.

Instruction 3

So, “Instruction” is taking longer than I thought. Actually, it’s taking about as much time as I should have realized, it’s just starting to sink in.

Anyway, I thought Part Three would be the ending, but it turns out it’s going to need a few more minutes which would push it (probably) over the ten-minute mark. I really don’t want to post a video that long; my own viewing habits, particularly for certain subjects like animation, make me reluctant to watch anything that long. Therefore posting anything that long would seem counter to my own view as a consumer.

Plus, the work has been pretty all-consuming and at a certain point, I just get sick of it and don’t want to touch it. Which would mean a delay of several weeks, and posting something so long I probably wouldn’t watch it myself.

So, Part Three adds some more stuff, but doesn’t yet wrap things up. That will be the job for Part Four. There’s a lot of Part Four already animated, it just isn’t done yet.

But in the meantime, here’s Part Three.

Thanks for visiting, as always, and I hope to see everyone really soon.

November 2020

Well, there’s November. A great deal of work has been done on the new project, with which I hope to conclude “Instruction.”

At least the visual part; I haven’t done anything with the sound.

Will it be presentable before the end of the year? I kind of doubt that, but occasionally I am surprised.

See you next month, and thanks for stopping by.

October 2020

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Well, part three of “Instruction” continues to move along, though without a real strong framework…I’ve got scenes that could literally be placed anywhere. That’s not good, as far as I’m concerned–story points should be embedded in every scene so that they eventually add up.

But since this story is so nebulous, I guess I’m not surprised the story points are not evident. Oh well.

See you next month.

A Brave New World For Young Moderns

Well, that was fun.  Computer problems are always fun…depending on how you define the word “fun.”

My main computer is a desktop running Windows 7.  (I really dislike Windows 10.  I could go on, but won’t.)  A couple of Thursdays ago, the computer started giving me performance issues, and finally it booted into the Windows 7 Rescue interface, which is when I regretted not replacing my hard drive a while ago.

Just to be clear, all my data is regularly backed up.  Images, sound projects, animation, writings…all fine.

I just didn’t want to have to reinstall all the programs I’ve built up over the years.  I could (aside from the Giveaway of the Day ones), I just didn’t want to.  Yeah, pillory me for a whiner.

So, I let the “Startup Repair” option run.  I knew this could take hours.  It actually took days.  And of course, it usually has to run more than once, so…more days.  Once it completed, it seemed to boot fine, but I knew the clock was ticking.  Various messages about unreadable files were very convincing.

So I shut it down, pulled the drive and put it and another drive into my Kingwin dual SATA dock (which doesn’t seem to be available, or I’d link it), plugged that into my (Windows 10) laptop, and ran AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (one of those Giveaway of the Day products that has been invaluable over the years) to clone the old drive to the, uh “different” drive.

(Of course, since that different drive had stuff on it I wanted to keep, I first had to clone it to a spare drive–which I couldn’t have used to clone the PC drive, as one was MBR and the GPT, and I’m sure this is getting a lot duller than it needs to be.)

Anyway, having set everything up, I then fired up my largely dormant MacBook so I could continue to surf the web, check email and so on, and even work on some project files.  Naturally, since nothing works the way we want it to at first, the Windows 10 laptop first had to repair the PC drive before it could even mount it, and this took several more days, during which the progress bar actually seemed to recede.  Finally, though Windows 10 laptop was satisfied, AOMEI cloned away, and to my very great surprise the “different” drive booted back into Windows.  And now we’re back, as if the last couple of weeks hadn’t even existed.

Of course, they did exist, and I learned a valuable lesson–I need to start making disk images of the PC drive regularly.  Probably monthly, in fact.  I’ve got to be industrious if I want to be lazy.

Thanks for listening.  See you next month.

Finally…animation

So, the final sound mix was completed and the project uploaded to YouTube.  I can’t believe it took over six months to do, but sometimes things…just run away, and you have to catch them and bring them back.

Here is the link.  Four minutes and change.  Thank you for watching (if you watch), and see you again soon.