Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Blender Development Goodies 2

I've been having a go at the transform code again the past days, unifying the code, simplifying, fixing some bugs, fun stuff.

Part of the unifying busines is merging options for the manipulator into normal transform. I also sneaked in View space constraint and user defined (through objects) spaces.


User defined spaces are saved as part of the scene, they are linked to the object, so if you rotate the object used, the constraint space follows. The system also support spaces not linked to objects (like a user specified edge or whatnot), but it's not currently accessible in the UI.

The code to deal with the space switching depending on the option is a bit yuck since it is part of the manipulator code and does some handling that normal transform doesn't need, so I'll have to clean that eventually.

Anyhow, 'til next time,

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Blender Development Goodies

I've been toying around in the past days with some small user options in navigating 3D scenes in Blender. I Thought people might appreciate a preview (flash video done with Wink).


I'll try to commit to tuhopuu when I get the time.

Words of the day: Math is much better on paper.

Quaternions are fun!

After those words of wisdom (cough), best regards,

Monday, June 20, 2005

IBDMIM : The Informal Blender Developers Meeting in Melbourne

Last saturday, we met up with Matt Ebb (fellow Blender developer) in Melbourne, had a nice walk around the town, some food and then ended up in a pub to finish the evening.
We had a very good time, talked about loads of stuff, lot of it Blender related.
It was good to have that kind of talks in person and I'm really looking forward to BConf after that (assuming I can finally go this year).

Obviously, some pictures were taken, so here they are in all their glory (cough):
Melbourne's Spencer Street Station (the ceiling looks like the inner of a 3D model, all made of triangles), Keep Clear, some nice grafiti, Federation Square from the outside and from the inside, night lights: shaky, blurry, better, posing on a lamp post: Cam and India, along with Matt and myself, Victoria University (with the big neon signs and the rainbow colored spots, very "progressive") and at the pub (and with a little less flash)

'Till next time!


Sunday, June 12, 2005

Australian Wildlife Preserve and Beach Walk

Last sunday, we visited a wildlife preserve, so here's some quick pictures.

The hunchbird of Notre-Dames
, a cockatoo, a punk, pink parrot, another bird, a white peacock, a normal peacock trying to court the females (who were more interested in the white one, who was snobbing everyone), a wombat, another wombat, sleeping wombat, shy wombat, wallabies, out of focus parrot (thought it was a neat photo), sleeping koala, another sleeping koala, koala's life activites board, koala's fact board, sleeping koalas, a koloa awake!, a fox, a lizard (it's head, rather), silly fluo beck duckish bird, dingos, in the reptile section: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, black swans again: 1, 2, 3, sea birds en vrac: 1, 2, 3, bats, bats again, and again, mousey thing, an howl, bird of prey, an emu, closer shot of an emu, side shot of an emu, some birds again: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Kangaroo's: 1, 2, 3, Echidna fact sheet (the echidnas were hiding), stupid play on words.

Walking down the beach later in the afternoon: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

And that's it for now. Hope you enjoy the pictures!


Saturday, June 04, 2005

Australian Sports

Today, you will be introduced to the marvelous world of australian sports.


Netball is a really weird game where opposing teams try to shoot a ball through the hoop on the other team's side. That's the easy part, the rest of the rules are rather obfuscated. For example, each player is assigned a position, which restricts where he can go on the field. It is a "no contact" sport geared more toward girls, the game I watched was mixed gender.
I won't try explaining the rules further, since I don't know half of them.

Picture time
And a video

Australian Football:

The only thing Australian Football has in common with North American Football is that both sports use a non-round ball, but the american one is a bit small and more pointy. The game is rather simple: Each team battles to kick the ball through the opposing team's posts. Between the center posts is a goal (6 points) and between the side posts is a point (hitting a post is a point and kicking in your own goal is a point). Passes between players must be made by either punching the ball or kicking it. Running with the ball is permitted, but you must bounce it off the ground every 6 steps. Catching a ball 15 meters away from where it was kicked is a "mark", that means opposing players must leave you some space to kick the ball again. The game is played on an oval shaped field more than 130m long. Contact is permited and the players have very little protection (they often jump on one another, tackle and climb on top of each other for a mark).

Picture time: The players enter, the goals, the field, the players, a tackle, the umpire proudly wearing yellow socks, supporters, sunset on the game, sunset 2, sunset 3, setting sun behind the goals

And a video of the players entering the field.

And then a pot pourri of photos from around Geelong: funny cactus tree, sailboats, sailboats 2, docked boats

'Till next time,