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How I got started with Blender

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When you first look at Blender I feel as though you are totally forgiven for feeling intimidated by it. In fact that was exactly my experience, yet I decided to press on anyway. Really I was determined to cast my fears aside and enter a brave new world.  One that I have wanted to  be a part of since high school. Thanks to this wonderful website for being one of several sites to inspire me to do this.

Well, over a decade later I finally got a piece of the pie for I am at long last in a position to follow the dream and thankfully it would be no simple fantasy

Yet, at long last I was able to go ahead and make something. Since then I have done the tutorial several times and each time I changed some of the details of it.  I also did renders on my x201 laptop and even on my Fujitsu Lifebook 4215.  It did pretty well on the x201 but the Fujitsu was well, I’ll tell you later about that.

I guarantee it!!

Of course, I prefer using my PC with my 30 inch Apple Cinema Display connected to it to work on Blender as it has much more kick than either of my laptops

No way i was letting that nice monitor go to waste!!

Then I decided to do it again and this time change the thickness of the cup to 0.9 vs. 0.7 and I know I know you are like…….Big hairy deal. And that’s perfectly fine, because I was just going for a minor difference before I completely lose my mind and make more drastic changes.

Just to be clear this is #3 and changed the roughness to 2 instead of 1. Changed the color, but decided to keep the original thickness of the cloth. The material I chose was silk instead of the regular cloth so don’t start with the whole “but silk is cloth moron!”.

LOL!! Well….duhhhhh!!!

Lamp strength doubled to 4,000 and I think that is why the cup looks as if its textured. Believe me I was just as surprised to see that effect as you are. Speaking of surprises, I thought the rendering process was going to be 20 minutes. Frankly I’m just glad they didn’t go by like hours to be honest with you.

Well, it was 17 minutes so not that far off really

Well, there you have it. Another bad creation by yours truly. Be on the look out because more are coming soon. Also, I am strongly considering doing more videos on You-tube so I’ll talk more about that later. Now, if I could just convince the Linux Mint guys the next time that the letter “I” comes around to name the version “Iesha”, that would be just great.

It sure would!!

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Stupid me!

A very useful podcast aggregrator

A very useful podcast aggregrator

All this time I have been downloading content from Jupiter Broadcasting and it has never dawned on me to simply use their rss feed in gpodder.

Until today!

I really feel like a dummy.  I have been going to www.jupiterbroadcasting.com and one by one I would download the shows I want such as LinuxUnplugged, Scibyte and Linux Action Show.  Now I don’t have to worry about doing that again thanks to something I already had installed.

Goodness, I really do learn as I go along, just as my about me page spoke about.

 

 

 

My fist render In Blender

 

My first render

My first render

Have you ever….No, not that song. LOL!   But seriously, Have you ever meant to do something and for some reason or another you put it off over and over and over day after day week after week and month after month?

No doubt you have for that is what happened to me.  Quite literally in fact.  You see, there’s this program called Blender and ever since I found out about it and what it could do I have always wanted to do projects using it.  I didn’t realize that goal until just a few hours ago.  As it turned out today would be a very very very rainy day.

So smile for me, even if your name isn’t Sarah!

Why should you smile?  Well you should already know because that image at the top is indeed my very first render on Blender.  I thought it was gonna take forever to do, especcially with my intel 2000 integrated graphics.  Good thing that it used the CPU instead LOL!!

Now the hardware I was using was a cpu thats i5 2320 8 GB of RAM and as mentioned Intel 2000 integrated graphics which, while certainly not the best by a long shot would prove to work just fine here.

In order to make this cup with the cloth I followed this awesome tutorial on YouTube. Unlike others that I have tried to follow this one didn’t skip steps and also didn’t move too fast either.  I found it easy to understand and actually felt like I was learning something.  Then once I did this one, I just had to see what else the author had available, much to my surprise there was plenty more tutorials for me to follow.

I thought that while I would do the same one again the next time I would change the material of the cloth to denim, change its color and even change the thickness of the cups lip. So be on the watch because that render is coming your way soon.
Goodness I am so happy to finally start using Blender!

So happy that I feel like a room without a roof so clap along with me if you feel the same way.

Linux Mint is still my mate

Now that I have been using Linux Mint for over a year and a half I must say that I am very happy with it.

Previously, I was concerned about being stuck with a desktop that I just didn’t like. Goodness I would be so upset if I was limited to what the other operating systems are offering. Fortunately thanks to the power of Linux that would prove to be a fear deferred.

When I got started with Linux I was using Gnome 2 and fell in love with it.  I remember the time when we first met and I said to myself……..

What a wonderful world!!!

Yes, I had to get used to the idea of not installing programs that end in .exe, or having to go to various sites to get what I need.  But what I got used to quickly was the concept of being able to install everything that I want without having to go to a brick and mortar store, or spend money that I really just didn’t have at the time.

As a result you can probably understand why I love using Linux in general but to narrow it down even more I love using Linux Mint with  Mate.  I tried XFCE and wasn’t feeling it and Unity I feel was anything but.  I even tried cinnamon and I can’t quite figure it out but I just preferred Mate over all of those.

I digress.

Yes, I am aware that now there exists a Mate version of Ubuntu.  I am happy to hear that as I want to see Mate used more and more and Ubuntu is a wonderful vehicle to raise its popularity .  But to be honest when it comes to Ubuntu its a bit…..”Too late baby now its too late.”

Thanks Carole…..

Now I am on Linux Mint 17 and Mate continues to be great.  I look forward to continued use of it for the foreseeable future.

To the developers of Mate I say thanks…I wish you love

Update to how I got started in Linux

 

It’s amazing how much things change, even in a very short period of time. For instance, I go from only using Windows, to being exposed to Linux, and then to Mac. To be more specific, Windows XP, Ubuntu 9.10, and Snow Leopard.

Looking at 2010 while I wasn’t exactly seventeen it was nonetheless a “very good year”, for it was nnnnwhen I got started with Linux. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first put in that live CD. Who knew the fantastic voyage that awaited me.

I most certainly did not!

Some time the following summer perhaps on a Sunday or maybe not, I wrote this post. In fact, it was one of the first I would put on WordPress. I decided to revisit it nearly three years later simply because I hadn’t gotten around to doing so before.

I just so happen to read that post above after all this time and some things jumped out to me.

At the outset I stated that things change, sometimes quite a bit and that applies in this case as the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown, that I went to that wonderful evening is no more. In fact, it’s been a while since it was open. One of several in the DC area. Now, I look at the huge building that housed that wonderful bookstore and it now contains a Nike store instead. Frankly, it makes me feel very sad. Especially since I have such wonderful memories of hanging out there with my mom and sis, where we would spend countless hours reading books.

Oh, the places I can’t go!!!

Thankfully there are other options and I used one of them when I purchased Linux Format Magazine June 2013 edition. If features a review of fifty distros of Linux and has been quite interesting thus far. It even comes with a bonus DVD featuring one hundred games. I absolutely love it, for it means I can pop in the live DVD into my Mac or Windows box and play all the Linux games I want.

Now to take things back a bit, I recall a time when I would dedicate a single day to use of Linux. Now, I use it over 90% of the time, despite having several other PC platforms to choose from.

Yes, that includes Mac OS X Which coincidentally I am running LibreOffice on and making use of my 30” cinema display so here’s lookin’ at you…kid.

Its funny that when I got started with Linux, I only knew about Ubuntu. Now I am aware of the hundreds of flavors that are available. In fact, if I wanted to I could create my own.

Hmm….Venubuntu, Anthony OS, or perhaps Venable OS…..the list goes on and on and on.

Speaking of flavors, since 2010 I have tasted a bunch of them. OpenSuse, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu up until 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and Pinguy OS, to name a few. I do like the fact that I now have more powerful computers that allow me to compare them simultaneously in Virtualbox.

That’s a real plus!

Oh, and anybody that tells you that you have to be an expert or some kind of computer geek to use Linux. I’m gonna have to kick some flavor in ya ear, because nothing could be farther from the truth, especially with Ubuntu and others making some moves so that people from Mac or Windows are more comfortable. One of those moves being the Unity desktop, which is not my cup of tea. At the same time others like it and thats fine.

It is indeed their perogative after all.

the wonderful thing is that if you do not like the desktop or basically the way your screen looks like before you load up whatever programs you are about to use then you can change it quite easily unlike on Windows 8, or Mac OS with them you get what they choose to give you, don’t like it tough.

For me, I prefer the good, old-fashioned Gnome 2 interface, but alas……it’s days are over I’m afraid. True, we do have the Mate and Cinnamon projects and I like them both, but the truth is…I can’t go a day without my sunshine.  My sunshine just happens to be Mate.

How ironic!

Oh, and I still dual-boot, which means to run more than one operating system on the same hard drive. It can also mean to have one operating system on one hard drive and then another on different hard drive in the same computer. This is what I intend to do with my Mac Pro. Currently on one of my laptops I have Windows 7 that I barely use, and then Linux Mint 13, which I use pretty much all the time. On my Lenovo x201 that I recently purchased, I decided to just put Linux Mint 13 on it and that will remain until Linux Mint 17 is released.

Whew!! This has been a lot of fun but I must stop now. At least I kept my promise to update you guys. Thanks for your support and please by all means tell your friends and family about this blog.