Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I made it off to work with a bleeding toe again, not as bad as yesterday though, I really miss having 10 healthy toes... but at least nothing landed on my foot today, for a change. Getting through today was an exercise in exhaustion, my stomach wasn't very happy. I blame it on having 4 helpings of food last night but nothing to eat this morning :/. After getting home, I had a quick cookie to tide it over until dinner time.

Nearly twisted my left hand and fingers off getting the car loaded, had a bad slam into the car frame. I was able to send my arm into the motion to minimize the strain on the joints, but two of my fingers are still sore from it. They're not going to get any rest either, because while much of the illiterate-majority of computer users are largely mouse bound, I'll hang someone by their rats tail if I can't go keyboarding! I type with ten fingers at mental speed, so if I couldn't type, it would be like a normal person losing their voice lol. The trobbs are starting to subside somewhat, hopefully it won't be swollen by work tomorrow. Maybe I'll grab some server time tonight as a stress test.

Last night I took about an hours break from existing projects, to work on a rough prototype for part of an "SAS Realism" skin that I'm interested in making for SWAT 4. There are two different directions I can see it going in, so I started work on a mock up of one. In working on Cara's armour vest, I had to do a little removal operation on the textures in order to get the text just right; doing that is pretty trivial but left it rather unsightly. In order to make it look good, I had to learn something new, which created a very nice looking end result for the vest textures. To solve the problem, I just looked at it like a sketch and tried to adapt what I would have done to paper, to the laptop in front of me. I chose to take an hours break and work on the mockup so I could refine the technique a bit more, might come in very handy with the next phase in doing Caras skins.

When I was at work, I was thinking a bit more about starting to draw again. The more I learn about the computer side of things, the more it looks like the same concepts are used with a different set of tools. At every opportunity to prove other wise, my mother constantly manages to prove that I can say *nothing* around her without paying a price for anything she finds disagreeable 8=). So, I'm probably not going to return to using paper anytime soon; especially when computers are better creators of privacy around here. Doing graphics on computers has never been my strong point, but it consistently gets easier the more I have to work on images. Someday maybe I'll be able to do whatever I want through software like GIMP and Photoshop; and it is always nice to have something time consuming to work on, it can be very good therapy. I think I'm going to give it a go in the near future.

With my brain in a deeper level of thought from all of that, I also came up with some ideas needed for moving a program I would like to write into implementation phase. I'm always happier when I'm working on some code then when I'm not. The down side of course, is it usually means much less sleep! Since it was working on her custom skins that started this logic chain, I'll probably have to thank or curse at Cara later on lol.

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