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Okay. At last, I’m in.


ZBrush. Man, I’ve lusted after this program for years. It’s a 3D modeling package, but one aimed at people more accustomed to traditional modeling tools. Artards, in other words. Sadly, it’s like $800.

Naw, don’t worry, I’m not hitting you guys up for money. They offer a 45 day trial. The plan is, I download it, I make as many models as I can in 45 days, I upload them to TurboSquid (sort of like Zazzle for 3D models), and if that account ever reaches a high enough total to buy, I buy. If it never reaches $800, then I’m probably not all that good at it anyway.

So, here I go. I think I can remember a dim and distant time when learning new stuff was fun. Can you?

Oh, yeah. ExpressoBold takes the dick for René Angélil, Celine Dion’s husband. I hemmed and hawed about that pick, since I didn’t really know René Angélil from Adam. But then it occurred to me I don’t really know Celine Dion from Eve, so what’s the diff? Congrats, ExpressoBold — is that a second win? So, up Friday Dead Pool ROUND 80.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 18, 2016, 9:51 pm

Autodesk — maker of 3D Studio — has continued to buy up its competition, including Maya. And now they’ve moved to the EGREGIOUS, HORRIBLE monthly subscription model. And — get this — it’s upwards of £1,000 a year to subscribe!

Does anyone doubt that’s where we’re headed with Windows 10?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 18, 2016, 10:09 pm

Yup. If Microsoft does that I will defect straight to Apple – and I can’t even begin to think of an analogy for how unlikely that has always seemed.

Of course, if Apple does it, too then it will have to be Linux. I can’t pretend I am looking forward to either ‘adventure’.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 18, 2016, 10:43 pm

I have nothing but admiration for people who can do artistic stuff. I stand in awe, and marvel.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 18, 2016, 10:43 pm

Holy shit, they designed those fuggly Avatar blue guys using ZBrush.

Also, the cat has just curled ’round thrice and settled on my Wacom tablet, so I’m stuffed.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 18, 2016, 10:58 pm

And now you people killed Glen Fry.

Comment from Brother Cavil, Nie Mój Cyrk, Nie Moje Małpy
Time: January 19, 2016, 2:32 am

Seriously, as many stars are dropping like flies I’m amazed the round lasted this long.

Comment from Jasonius
Time: January 19, 2016, 3:19 am

Oooo, I’m kinda digging the feral chick stoaty. She yours? If not, fake up something like it, maybe ditch the over-the-top silly firework strapped to the handguard & I’ll see about raiding the whisky fund.

Err, how much were we talkin here?

Comment from Jasonius
Time: January 19, 2016, 3:24 am

Apple will go subscription first. Microsoft will float the idea and everyone will freak, then a year or two later Apple will roll it out and all the Jobs nobbers (no offense to any Apple fans here, just keeping the bloodfeud spicy) will gush over how it is the only proper way to fund an OS.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 19, 2016, 10:56 am

What Stoaty & U-Badger said. This “Subscription Model” trend for Operating Systems is going to send me to Linux or one of the other Open-Source derivatives. I dread learning STILL ANOTHER script/language/OpSys (my near-63-yr old think-noodle ain’t so agile and limber anymore – and I became dog-tired of coding 20 years ago), but a number of friends have said that its worth the effort.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 19, 2016, 11:23 am

Oh c’mon. Celine Dion’s husband? That’s stretching “famous” to the breaking point. I’d go for Celine, but her faceless hubby?

Comment from lizardbrain
Time: January 19, 2016, 11:24 am

McGoo, I finally cut the proprietary cord in 2007 and jumped to Gentoo Linux (admittedly when my brain was a spry 62), and I haven’t looked back. Except for an old XP box I had to scrounge for programming my ham radios (proprietary drivers, doncha know).

Most Linux distros these days are less than a half-hour to install and pretty maintenance-free. Hard drives are cheep, just swap one out to try it.

And if it’s cold enuf for a fur hat, why’s her boobs hanging out? And what is that abortion in place of the magazine?

Comment from mojo
Time: January 19, 2016, 11:24 am

I use Linux Mint, a nice ubuntu variant.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 19, 2016, 11:39 am

I keep hearing good things about Mint, Mojo. How hard was it to get working? Any pitfalls you’ve found?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2016, 2:41 pm

Jasonius: nah, the artwork isn’t mine. It’s a standard advertising image for ZBrush. Actually, where ZBrush really shines is wrinkly, porous textures. Orcs and ents and shit.

Comment from Poindexter
Time: January 19, 2016, 7:31 pm

Stoaty: throw up a PayPal link for a ‘Help me buy ZBrush’ donation pot. Bet you’ll get there quickly. ..pointy..

Comment from mojo
Time: January 19, 2016, 8:20 pm

Unka: Smooth as silk, no problems at all. It even detected and configured the little USB network interface I use for setups. Very nice.

There’s another, called elementaryOS, looks a lot like the Mac desktop.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 19, 2016, 8:28 pm

PS: if you’re a debian fan, Mint has a variant that uses that kernel as well.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: January 20, 2016, 12:57 am

“Oh c’mon. Celine Dion’s husband? That’s stretching “famous” to the breaking point. I’d go for Celine, but her faceless hubby?”

Well, I heard on the radio that Canadian flags are going half-mast for the guy so that’s good enough for me.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: January 20, 2016, 1:11 am

I will go with Celine Dion’s husband as being valid. First, before now, when it was picked, no one challenged it. Second, from what I understand the reason that she stayed in Vegas instead of touring was to care for him. That level of dedication to spouse in show business is itself noteworthy.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 20, 2016, 10:54 am

What Poindexter said!

Stoaty-toys are a good entertainment investment!

Comment from mojo
Time: January 20, 2016, 8:42 pm

No prob, bob.

Unk: fresh Mint install (new ssd)

Using username “mojo”.
mojo@‘s password:
Welcome to Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa (GNU/Linux 3.19.0-32-generic x86_64)

Welcome to Linux Mint
* Documentation: http://www.linuxmint.com
Last login: Wed Jan 20 12:16:15 2016 from area51.hsd1.ca.comcast.net

mojo@PIT ~ $ uname -a
Linux PIT 3.19.0-32-generic #37~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 22 09:41:40 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
mojo@PIT ~ $ mount
/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/cgroup type tmpfs (rw)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/user type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=104857600,mode=0755)
none on /sys/fs/pstore type pstore (rw)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
systemd on /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd type cgroup (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,none,name=systemd)
gvfsd-fuse on /run/user/1000/gvfs type fuse.gvfsd-fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=mojo)
/dev/sdh1 on /media/mojo/My Book type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)
/dev/sdb1 on /media/mojo/8d3f9506-251b-4518-a14f-e6b0a5230bc8 type ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)
mojo@PIT ~ $ su –
PIT ~ # who
mojo tty8 2016-01-20 10:50 (:0)
mojo pts/2 2016-01-20 12:16 (area51.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
mojo pts/3 2016-01-20 12:20 (area51.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
PIT ~ # id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)

speedy little booger on an ssd…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 20, 2016, 9:26 pm

Aw, McGoo and Poindexter, that’s sweet. The truth is, I need the external discipline of a goal and a deadline to kick my butt into gear.

Man, this ZBrush interface is a bitch.

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