And that was August

So, nothing much to report. Nothing really concrete, anyway.

I’ve been messing with Acid Pro, which was originally was produced was Sony Software but is now published by Magix. Not all that enamored with Magix, honestly. I upgraded both Acid Pro (and Vegas Post, also once by Sony and also now by Magix) earlier this year (March or so). But now there are new upgrades to both, and you’d think, “You upgraded only a couple of months ago? Here’s an upgrade for FREE or at least very cheap!”

Nope. Around $150 for Acid (and $300 for Vegas). Sorry, no. There used to be (and really ought to still be) some kind of loyalty benefit for those who have upgraded within a certain time period, but I guess I’m a victim of old thinking.

As for Acid itself, I’m trying to get it to cooperate with what I want to do. However, like almost every software I’ve ever used, it’s a struggle between what you want and what it will permit you to do. VST instruments appear or don’t based on…something I cannot discern. Data is clearly written, but no sound comes out.

I use Acid because I paid for it (see above) so I hesitate to jump to a different platform, even a free one. (In fairness to Vegas, it’s mostly okay.) But sometimes you have to take the plunge.

I also went against my instincts and signed up for the Adobe “Photography” bundle, where it’s a monthly charge. I’m not really happy with that decision, to be honest. It seems much harder to find the simplest things.

Here are some works, which I could have done with CS6 (I’m pretty sure). Maybe I’ll find some hidden gems. There is a “Sky Replacement” feature which seems to work really well, so there is that.

These were both mostly hand drawn.

Robert the Cat (TM) cameos in the second one as you can see.

In other Robert the Cat (TM) news: well, he’s still here. He loves receiving affection and attention, and while he he doesn’t know how to dispense the same, he’s…learning, slowly. The other day, rather than napping in his cat tree, he lay near to me. He reached out his paw and touched my leg. Mind, he had his claws out, so it wasn’t comfortable for me, but still I guess that counts for something. Doesn’t really tally against the constant biting and slashing, but then one can’t have everything I suppose.

No real ideas for any animation projects. Things occur to me, and I’ll work on them a bit, but then they flitter off.

Speaking of which, thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you again next month.

May 2022

So, May is nearly done. It was a month where a number of things happened. Got a raise, had to trade in my car, almost finished an animation (just have to work on the sound)…

I’m trying to think if anything else of significance happened, but 1) the above is probably enough, and 2) there doesn’t seem to be anything that comes to mind. Robert the Cat(TM) is getting into a really bitey mood.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone. And we’ll see you again, soon, when the animation is posted.

April 2022

Well, work proceeds apace on two projects, both short little nothing-much’s, but at least it’s work.

Speaking of work, I got a promotion at (paid) work. Should mean more money and perhaps responsibilities, which is great.

So to balance this news, naturally, my brakes semi-fail on the way home. Managed to get home without killing myself or anyone else, but it was scary.

Another day just like all the rest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Late December, 2021

So here we are the end of another year. What’s happened this month?

Got a toothache which I thought would lead to another tooth pulled. Fortunately not, the oral surgeon had some different ideas which seem to be working.

Finished the animation project. Link is below.

I feel completely drained of any creative ideas. “The Path” took so damn long that it took all the ideas with it.

I’ve been messing around with Blender, and am kind of slightly getting to know my way around.

Other than that, a typical month. And we will see you next year.

Early November

Wow, looks I’ve been neglectful…I try to have at least a post per month, but that hasn’t happened since August.

Well, nothing really new to report. The new animation project ran into a snag and had to be re-imagined, but I think it’s improved and more focused. (Still isn’t done, of course.)

And speaking of that, I guess I should get back to work.

Late July

Whoops. Looks like I didn’t do an entry for July before the month ran out on me. Oh well, at least there was a good reason, as I’ve been going full ahead on the latest animation. Maybe some stills forthcoming.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next–uh, later this–month.

June 2021

So, another month gone. I’m still working on the latest animation project, which is taking longer than I thought it would. Like all of them, it keeps suggesting things to try and I keep trying them.

Oh, well, see you next month, if not sooner.

May 2021

Well, May is almost over, and what do I have to show for it? Eh, hard to say. I’ve been working on several projects, none of which is anywhere close to completion, so there’s that.

WordPress continues to deteriorate. The new “simpler” post editor is absolutely terrible.

Other than that, see you next month.

May (and April)

So, it looks like I missed posting anything in April.  I guess I didn’t have a lot to say, what with things being shut down and all.

Not much happening in May, either.  I continue to work on upcoming projects, and, predictably, start to find the work tedious and wonder what else I can do.

Oh, well.  Here are some stills from an upcoming project.

It’s a fairly simple thing, no real story, just images, but of course it has to be stubborn and refuse any easy egress.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and we will see you in June!