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About OdinsEye2k

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    To the Moon! (No, really, I mean it.)

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    Animation (Obviously),<br>Theatre, Writing, Space Engineering, Technology and Policy,<br>Fine Beer with Good Company
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    Abit Siluro GeForce 3 Abit mobo Athlon XP 1400 512 Kingston RAM WinXP

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    Bjorn Cole
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    Atlanta, GA
  1. Of course, the moment I speak up on this kind of thing, I get super busy. But anyways - with my sporadic availability, I'm kind of thinking of more of a show-and-tell type start for the group. I think just about every time in past few years I've had a big idea for animation, I got buried in my engineering life. My two bits anyways.
  2. Well, you have one in the range. I live in Glendale. Pencil me as a maybe and we'll see who else pops up. Bjorn
  3. Random technical addition: I was also going to be clever and add Coriolis effect to the motions of my players (since the station would be rotated for gravity). Problem is that my designed station is too small to generate any useful gravity. At the spin rates necessary to get any decent artificial gravity, all of my poor astronauts would get horribly sick (Coriolis effect in the inner ear is a human factor to worry about when design artificial gravity through spinning).
  4. So, thanks to the help of those on the forum in reminding me of a couple of old tricks, I cooked up something for my return to animating. My problem is that I have two teams of 7 that I would like to place and move about on the inner surface of a cylinder. So, to make my life a little easier, I did the following: -Made 14 "pointer" bones for the cylinder. -Made a Constrain to Surface constraint with a separate pointer bone assigned to each player. Now, I wanted to deal with laying people out on a flat version of the cylinder's surface (just easier to think that way), and so I made up 14 nulls to place on a control grid. This control grid related the location of the null relative to its surface to the pointer bones via two Expressions: (..|..|..|..|..|..|BlueTarget1.Transform.Translate.X-..|..|..|..|..|..|Shortcut to ControlBoard.Transform.Translate.X)/88*360/2.54-180 (..|..|..|..|..|..|Shortcut to ControlBoard.Transform.Translate.Z-..|..|..|..|..|..|BlueTarget1.Transform.Translate.Z)*10 So, the end result is that when I diagram the positions of players on my 2d grid, they appear at the appropriate part of the cylinder.
  5. Spacebar does the trick. I've got kind of a neat little rig I invented just before dashing into LA this morning. I'll try and show you what I have tomorrow.
  6. Hey all, So, I'm starting back up into AM and one of the first projects I'm tackling is trying to do some kind of a zero-g thing. I've got a number of characters (currently just stick figures while I experiment with motion) within a cylindrical can. I've used the "Constrain to Surface" type constraint to ensure that they are standing on the edges of the can. I plan to manipulate the level of enforcement in order to make them able to leave the surface of the can. Anyways, using all those pointer bones is a little bit cumbersome, so I thought of trying to use Nulls with "Aim At" constraints applied to the pointer bones to make things easier. Problem is that when I move the Nulls, the location of the people does not update. The pointer bones are certainly moving, but their control is not being represented. When I reload the file, all the new position information created by the Null is properly applied to both pointer bone and to model. Is there anything I need to do to get AM to update in real time?
  7. Hey Robcat, So, how did you finally get the value to stop changing? Did you actually manage to save it? Because if we're talking saved values (and can do the trick more than once), we're talking the possibility to run differential equations in Expressions. And then real damage can be done.
  8. Hey all, As a delinquent member, I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I haven't touched AM about since my last contest entry because life as a student is absolutely crazy. In addition, I am currently working at an aerospace software house in Berlin (Pacelab for the US website) for the summer. The job came as a real surprise, so I've been learning German as I go. Luckily my project manager speaks very good English, so I can simply try to learn at lunch when it's not so high-stakes. Anyways, I hope y'all are doing well and still smokin'! Bjorn
  9. Maybe it's the parka, but for some reason the latest Russian Batman pic looks like a shot from Robot Chicken. Or maybe it's the pose. It looks like something from real life, but at a small scale.
  10. Cookie cutter decals will give you flat patches of hair if you do the stamps on a plane.
  11. Dunno about kindergarten, but a couple of grades later it's easier. Defining a planet seems like defining the class bully. If it's big and aggressive, it's a planet.
  12. Yeah, clearing the neighborhood is going to be a kind of confusing definition for non-experts (and probably some dueling between them as well). The Trojans of Jupiter are a good point, although they orbit in Jupiter's gravitational Lagrange points, so you could argue that they are already "captured" by Jupiter (actually, looks like the Wiki article agrees with me). If any asteroid leaves those two zones, they are likely leaving that orbit as they encounter Jupiter's gravity. Neptune and Pluto don't really share an orbit, they just cross over each other once in a while, but Pluto is really out of the plane that the other eight planets roughly share. This is pretty wild below. The gas giants are actually weaker in clearing their brethren away than, say Earth or Venus. It probably has to do with how much bigger in space the outer orbits are. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_solar...ry_discriminant
  13. Hey guys, Been a while since I've had any A:M'ing time. I got inspired by one of the Bradburies (I think it was Matt) who had done the planets. There are some *huge* textures out there (also, Blue Marble Next Gen is awesome cuz it has a picture for every month on the year so you can see the snow advance and retreat) that can be put to good use. I still need a cloud map, and I'd like to have some kind of auroral "roadway" from the Eastern Washington, California and New Mexico areas to finish it off. But here it is in progress. It is actually the opening screen (no text) for my thesis proposal presentation. I'll be dry-running in about two weeks, and hopefully have the paper ready to go in a month and a half. And in case anyone wonders, the topic is technology evolution, or as one might say, "intelligent design." There's actually quite a few economists out there trying to generalize Darwinism in order to handle the inputs of directed rather than random innovation.
  14. Strange bit of trivia (and thus slightly OT) - you may have to take Pluto out or add a few more bodies. That trans-Neptune neighborhood is getting pretty strange: Pluto may still be a planet. Also, it may turn out that Charon is not really a moon of Pluto, but more like they are a "double planet." PS - Nice renders.
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