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An article of mine will appear in a new #StarTrek related anthology

Focusing upon Star Trek: the Next Generation, the book titled “Outside In Makes It So” is a collection of both serious and funny articles upon each episode of the iconic series. My particular article is a Shakespearean deconstruction of the episode “Next Phase” in which Geordi and Ensign Ro become invisible to their crew mates. Without giving too much away, I seek to convince the reader that the episode is based

My response to the Liebster Award

Jeni over at Skyscapes for the Soul, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. So this will be my response. Before I give these responses, however, let me encourage you to visit Jeni’s blog. Jeni produces these surreal paintings that are at once serene and intriguing. All are for sale. Jeni also runs art workshops. Anyway, here are my responses to the questions she asks as part of this Leibster

Catching up and a few laughs from the world of unemployment

As of the beginning of July I have been unemployed for 18 months. In more recent times I have temporarily abandoned social media and my art/writing projects so as to put even my leisure time into activities that will help me find a job. So this is just a check-in to let you all know that I am still alive and also to share a few funny stories. I will

A quick catch up on the past few weeks #SeekingWork #EuroPCR

As some of you may be aware, I’ve been unemployed since January 2016: the result of an unexpected downsizing and an equally unexpected eye-operation for my Keratoconus. In respect to the Keratoconus, I saw my eye specialist a week ago and he reckons I’m as good as it will now get, and so I don’t need to see him for another year. Yippee! Albeit, I still have fifty stitches in

Initial thoughts on a 3D Art Nouveau setting to be made in Blender

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Digital set number one

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Digital set number oneJust a short post. I did my initial brain dump of design specifications in PowerPoint. These are fairly simple. Here is a link to a Google image search on Art Nouveau. What do you see? Curved lines and natural shapes. So I had a go at using PowerPoint to create some basic outlines of wall shapes. This

Does an artificial world need to be geometric?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mapping Shade

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mapping ShadeSo I sit here with Scrivener open, contemplating writing (contemplating writing is always so much easier than actually writing) and my mind falls to my world of Shade and maps. Should I map my world? Then I remember that I had contemplated this three years ago and even written some posts in which I used Bryce and Photoshop to

Next modeling project - a setting #Blender

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital set number one

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital set number oneHi folks, Just a short one today. I’ve been pondering my next Blender graphics project for a week or so. I’ve decided upon a set. By this I mean a digital space for me to pose characters and make 3D images – much like a film set. I want a feature of the space to be ornamental doors and windows, probably

User Testing - finalising my model of an x-ray machine #Blender #EuroPCR

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectSo you may remember that we started this project with an overall plan that follows the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) approach to remodel a 3D likeness of an  x-ray machine that I first modeled a year ago for a presentation at EuroPCR 2016 – the official annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and

Plummeting towards the drawing board  #writing

So I am writing. Typing away furiously. I’ve just hit 180,000 words. And then it all comes crashing down with a  single realisation – I’ve stuffed a part of my world-building. So how did I do this? I’ll try to answer that in a spoiler-free manner,  just in case I ever finish this novel or you ever read it. I have a race of magic users (well, kind of). They

Restoring the WordPress Database - my journey #WordPress

This is a technical post. So a big sorry to those of you who like my reviews, travel posts or art posts. This post is born of the pain of a crashed site. There were actually multiple issues, but I will address each in it’s own post so that anyone searching for individual answers can find them without having to scroll through heaps of unrelated stuff.  If you do read

How did I make the x-ray machine model?  #Blender

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project(Sorry – this is a repost as my database corrupted and I had to do a restore. Annoying as I had been in a hurry and had not done my normal post-post backup. Lucky I had a copy of the text.) I’m a Blender noob, so let me show how I used my simple skills to make

The model of the monitor is complete  #Blender

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectWell, didn’t this go quickly? The project is almost complete; much faster than expected.  I threw together the medical monitor today. Here it is from a couple of different angles: As you can see it also has a ceiling mount. I have not placed any images on the monitor, but I have created a texture that would easily

Film review: My Name is Nobody (1973)

I try to watch a film every day. This is to help stir my story-telling instincts as I work on the never-ending novel. I’ve falling into a patch of westerns. The latest was a 1973 film called “My Name is Nobody”. I chose this film for several reasons: I never realised that Henry Fonda and Terrence Hill had been in a film together and was curious Terence Hill westerns mostly

Ceiling mount added   #Blender

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectWow! Today was amazing. It’s like suddenly something clicked and I found myself achieving more in less time. The ceiling mount took me about half-an-hour. Admittedly I did spend an additional hour beforehand studying a number of videos regarding bending stuff in Blender. The reason was that I decided to try using a Bend modifier. This is

The control panel for the x-ray     #Blender

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectI shall keep it brief because once again I am up late. I have made a simple control panel in Blender as per the plan. Just a panel with some buttons and a joystick. No great detail as not really needed. Here is how the entire thing is coming together (as rendered in DAZ Studio). As a

Progress with the C-arm mount interface    #Blender

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectHi folks, I have spent so much time on this little component! It’s because I’ve made several versions of the C-arm mount interface, each unsatisfactory, and then started again. And each attempt now takes me about an hour. Wow am I faster or what! So what made me so unhappy? Well, I guess that none of them

Textures for the C-arm model        #Blender #DAZStudio

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectThis is a really quick and easy process. First I will show you the end result: Nothing particularly special; mostly white. The Image Intensifier facing the x-ray tube has a black surface as per reference material. I’ve also placed a small blue line around its exterior. The x-Rray tube has a little blue sticker upon it. So

Lessons Learnt: Unwrapping and moving textures from #Blender to #DAZStudio

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectThis is another post where I demonstrate my mistakes and the lessons that I learnt. So yes, this post is mostly for noobs like myself who are learning Blender. The topic revolves around “unwrapping” a model, exporting it and then importing it into another application. Think of “Unwrapping” as the process where you peel the skin off

A little work on the C-Arm of the model  #Blender

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model projectSo today I started modeling the C-arm. Only spent an hour or so due to other responsibilities (i.e. housework and spending holiday time with my daughter). So no texturing or anything fancy. Just a few basic shapes that I thought that I would share so that you can see my progress. So a side view: A view from

29 years together - what made a good relationship

Today my wife and I celebrate 29 years of being a couple. Not married, mind you. That’s only been the last 19 years (as at 11 July). But we first started going out in 17 April 1988. To be honest, to this day I am still amazed that Nicole chose me. Twenty-three year old Greg was a bit of a mess. I was very much the geeky guy (I would