Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fifth Season

So I really liked NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season.
I'd read one and a half books of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Maybe 2.5 books. But my feeling at the time was that not enough was happening and, although beautifully written, I wasn't having as much fun as I would with a nice noir or something so I dropped out.
But The Fifth Season kept me in the whole time.

You have to give the author some credit for coming up with some very interesting universes. The world in The Fifth Season is one of those sort of Medieval/Renaissance worlds which exists shortly after one of the many cataclysms that occur to the planet. But although there aren't internal-combustion engines, there is electricity (powered by geothermal and hydro). Which, you know, sorta makes sense. They even have telegraphs. So I guess it's like the 18th Century without steam engines?
Huh. Now that I write that I start thinking about Milton's take on... things... like canons... Huh. Anyway.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My life is doing what drummers tell me to do

Lou Clark wants me to watch Äkta Människor, the original version of Real Humans.

Letter to Landlord

I got to send this letter today to my landlord.

In the mid-day of 8/19/15 my Internet went out suddenly. I have a DSL line.
As there was contruction going on in the apartment below me, I asked the guys working there if they would have cut anything.
One guy, who I do not remember, said "Internet? No. Or do you mean phone?"
Not thinking of DSL being a "phone" line I said "No, just the Internet."

Later on that day I returned home to find that my power had been cut off (note that there is no work being done on my apartment.)
It was impossible to get a hold of anyone to turn my power on that evening so I had to leave.

On 8/25/15 at approximately 11:00am, one of your electricians accosted me while I was looking at the phone service in the basement.
I asked him if he shut of my power and he said yes and that he didn't care.
He yelled at me about something to do with ladders and to not touch anything "back there".
I asked him "What stuff am I not supposed to touch?"
He called me an asshole and he then told me that he'd shut of my power again and asked for my apartment number (which I did not give him).
His response was "That's okay, I know, you're on the 2nd floor."
He was extremely belligerant and threatening.

He was middle-aged, heavy-set, with missing teeth and thick glasses, about 5'5".

I do not feel safe in my apartment with the workers threatening me and messing with my phone, internet, and power.
I can't help but assume that all this damage is being done deliberately.

Andrew Bellware

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tile VST CPU

Tile sizes in Blender renders are a big deal.
For CPU rendering 16x16
For GPU rendering 256x256

I had to downgrade Windows back to 8.1. Samplitude hated looking for VST folders and Premiere hated the video drivers on my Mac-with-Windows on it.

I think Blender hates the AMD drivers on the powerful Mac and I can't really upgrade because it's a Bootcamp computer. Bleh. It's hard to be me. So at the studio I have to use CPU rendering. That said, it's now vastly faster because I've set the tile size to 16x16.

At home I have a PC with a Quadro 4000 card and we'll see what happens when I set that to 256x256. It'll generate a whole lot of heat, that's for sure.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bekhteev

I went to the Neue Gallerie last weekend. And I gotta say that it's a nice place to see some art. The most famous thing in their permanent collection is that Woman in Gold by Klimt. But they had this awesome Russian/German exhibit of Blaue Reiter and "Donkey's Tail" artists including this dude, Vladimir Georgievich Bekhteev.
The only painting of his at the exhibit (I think) was a painting of bathers, done in 1910. It blew my mind. After seeing it I didn't want to look at any more art. But this thing above, this Venus of Urbino through Olympia, is fantastic. I ain't seen it in real life though.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Image Dump

This is the one I keep coming back to. A balaclava with all the techno stuff on it is an idea. A thought. Somehow.

Hip, shoulder, and elbow joints are interesting, I don't know how practicable they are though. The face is pretty cool.

White armor. Hard to keep clean. Not a fan of the feet but I do like the "44". The elbows are interesting.