In Which Work Eats My Entire Brain

And spits out the gristly parts.

I've been truly and deeply ensconced in a project which I have five weeks to complete. It's complex, involved, and technically fussy (all things that I enjoy in a work challenge), plus I've been busy with re-assigning and re-arranging newly vacated space which resulted when a community-member left on May 1st.

My blogging is likely to be sporadic over the next weeks. I'm going to try to at least post some round-ups of stuff I've been reading/thinking about (I am at least trying to get to my blog-roll reading every day), so that you can go read and think about similar things if you want to, and in that way, we'll be connected in some cybernetic fashion.

So, if you haven't already, start at the Best of Portly links in the tab above for some reads of my own past fav posts, then go read the update on Jack at Waveflux (Philip Barron's blog) -- Phil posted about Jack (a stray they adopted) about a month ago, and if you're a sucker for a great stray-cat/dog story (like me), I think you'll find it heart-warming (extra-special video-goodness of the kitteh-kind!).

The project I've been working on is a video project (12 hours in length) and it's massive and complicated, and it takes MY ENTIRE BRAIN to work it. No kidding -- the whole brain -- and then some. There are parts of this project that simply cannot be done while I'm multi-tasking (commenting on blogs, reading blogs, surfing video, etc.). So, as deadline week approaches, I've taken to closing down my browser (horrors!) and my email program (triple horrors!).

Here's a snippet of what I was focused on today -- a "screen test", if you will, of the new planet textures I'm trying out -- it may not look like much to you, but let me tell you, constructing the Earth and putting it into an extremely rudimentary spin-cycle has given me new-found compassion for Mr. Deity:

Especially since what that really looks like is just this:
I'll try to be putting SOMETHING up every day (or few days) during this time, but NO PROMISES!

Posted byPortlyDyke at 10:33 PM  


pidomon said... May 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM  

You're building your own death star?

Anonymous said... May 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

Dude, that's Blender, isn't it? Hee!

The Cunning Runt said... May 16, 2008 at 5:28 PM  

Amazing, PD. You make me kind of genuflect when I visit here.

I'm likewise distracted, albeit by the hedonistic pursuit of my recently acquired passion for photography. Sorry to have been such a stranger, but I just can't help myself!

Good luck on this project, it looks really cool. ;)

PortlyDyke said... May 16, 2008 at 11:20 PM  

rivenwanderet -- it is, indeed Blender. I fucking love Blender. Free, open-source, so many dedicated and helpful people offering tutorials and discussion. The world I want to live in is 3D.

pidomon -- I prefer to call it a "Life Star" - lol -- and I'll invite all well-behaved readers to join me there once it is fully constructed. ;)

Bob said... May 17, 2008 at 10:27 AM  

/behaves well/ :)

Bob said... May 19, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

Hey, PD!

If you need a break from the "Life Star", I've tagged you!

Zuvoo said... May 21, 2008 at 5:40 PM  


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