Yes, it’s that magic time again! Another round of Links of Interest, serving up the best of the web straight to you. I’m sorry things have been quite on the website. (I’ve been much busier than normal.) Let’s go over some highlights:
I’m not much of a 3D guy, but I’m extremely grateful for the good people who work so tirelessly on Blender. Blender Nation reports a new Candidate Release, which is basically a beta version of the bleeding-edge of Blender development. So if you don’t like to wait for the next version of Blender and don’t mind a few possible bugs, you can play with the latest candidate release. Some of the highlights include FreeStyle (which is a neat li’l renderer that renders your 3D art into a line drawing), subsurface scattering for Cycles, optimizations in the motion tracker, and the new 3D printing toolkit for those of you who have shelled out a couple thousand dollars for a 3D printer.
You can download Blender 2.67 RC1 Download right now!
More Blender-goodness off of Blender Nation. They report that Tamir Lousky has developed an add on or a script for Blender 3D that allows users to save individual render layers to image files for compositing in Gimp, PhotoShop, or Nuke. Here’s a video that demonstrates how the add on works:
You can download the add on from the the github repository.
This page is actually more for masturbation than anything else. I stumbled across this page from a MGID ad link. (They just happen to target boys between the ages of 15 to 35.) I’m a big fan of pin-up art. This page is a great collection of Cris Delara’s art. You can also see more art on Cris’s blogspot site.
I spent my May Day at Books-A-Million. Fortunately there weren’t any filthy communists mucking up the place. Books-A-Million finally made it to San Antonio, so I gave them a look. If you’ve ever been to a Borders Books before they closed down, that’s what Books-A-Million is like. But they had far fewer people than in a Borders. Mind you that was around 2:30 in the afternoon on a Wednesday, and most people haven’t gotten out of work yet. My experience may be much different from at around 7 pm. Otherwise Books-A-Million will be the next book chain to close. I maybe a cheap bastard, but I love wandering around book stores. (I usually buy at least a magazine.) And I have to go out of my way just to visit the Barns and Nobel, which is the closest to me.
While wandering, I found the art section, and spotted Christopher Hart’s anatomy book, Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy. Hart seems to pump out as many books as Glenn Beck. So I assume he has an entire staff putting his stuff together. I’m not a big fan of Harts books, but I just happen to be an habitual collector of anatomy books. I’ve yet to find an anatomy book that explains the subject clearly enough to the point where the reader can draw the human figure with some confidence. After flipping through the book, I decided to call Mr. Hart’s bluff and bought it. If I like it, I may write up a review.
You can pick up a copy of Christopher Hart’s Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy at Amazon.com today.