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Happy New Year!
nath: (aragorn sword animation)
I'd have written you a drabble, but the muse is still on holiday:-)

Happy 122!

Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:07 pm
nath: (Hobbit_Dwarves)
Time for a toast!

I won't actually be toasting until tonight, but I won't be near a computer to post at the time...
nath: (books)
Somehow* I ended up with two copies of Raising Steam (Pratchett) - will ship (preferably) in Europe & first interested reply 'wins' Problem solved!

*by buying it and coming home to find it in last week's Amazon pile...
nath: (Coffee)
Welcome in 2013 (Yes, I should have posted this about eight hours ago... but now I'm caffeinated enough to deal with the world and no longer have to reassure cats about the fireworks outside)

I don't do resolutions, but here's the state of the reading pile at the moment:

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Of course, I knew there was such a manuscript (and Amazon France had already betrayed the release date *g*), but it's good to see it announced 'officially'...

Tolkien's Arthurian poem, yay:-)
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I don't usually post this kind of thing, but here's a heads-up for downloading some nice software. Until the end of March three packages at DAZ can be downloaded free: Studio 4Pro, Hexagon, and Bryce.

Hexagon: 3D-modeller. Nice enough, and I do have it, but I'd recommend spending time in getting to grips with Blender, which is always free, but is actually undergoing development, unlike Hexagon.

Bryce: 3D-modelling and rendering package. Is imho showing its age and I've barely used it recently. I don't like the typical 'Bryce-look' of many renders, though I have also seen some absolutely stunning renders by others. I find the interface clunky and annoying (certainly when compared to Vue or even Carrara), but YMMV, and at the price, you can't go wrong *g*.

DAZ Studio Pro: for anyone looking to get into 3D rendering, or even merely wanting to look around, this is the 'must-have' of the three. I'm more used to Poser, but I do also use Studio a lot, and it has come a long way. Also, there is no arguing with the price. Careful though: rendering is a time-consuming hobby and this offer from DAZ is very much a gateway drug. Unless you are satisfied with the provided content and/or end up making your own (see 'Hexagon', 'Blender'), buying content can be an expensive hobby. There is a lot of free content to be found on the web as well, though quality of models may vary.
nath: (headdesk)
Originally posted by [ profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

nath: (foxglove partying)
Time for a toast!
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nath: (narsilion)
For everyone who uses the Hiswelókë Sindarin dictionary, there's work going on on a Firefox plugin. Go here for a working beta version.
nath: (penguins)
To motivate me into not procrastinating: if you want a paper Christmas card from me this year and you're reasonably certain I don't have your current address, please post your address in the (screened) comments - I'll delete them as soon as I get them.

Also, anyone who wants to send me a card: keep in mind I moved this year *g*
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For anyone who doesn't have one yet, I have a few Dreamwidth codes available. First come, first serve.


Apr. 21st, 2011 12:20 pm
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My journal now also lives at Dreamwidth. I'll keep posting here first, and use Dreamwidth mainly as a backup (at least for now), but anyone who wants to friend over there is of course more than welcome:)
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