Tiger's Junkyard - Items filtered by date: October 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013 04:26

Train Squash

The other day on the train, a woman who was easily twice the size of a single seat squeezed herself, without hesitation, into the open space next to me, immediately crushing me into the bar and half shoving me out the other side. With my arms squashed up against my face, I turned as best as I could and said "Really? Are you actually serious?" She laughed awkwardly, replied "Yep" and then immediately stood up and moved away. I still don't understand the point of the whole incident.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:04

Genesis and the Parting of the Ways

All right, I've tried. I really have. When DAZ first announced its newest generation, Genesis - a bold new concept that would allow users to mold a single figure to fit their needs - I was on the edge of my seat with everyone else. What a concept! A single figure that could be fashioned into male or female, adult or child. A figure that all clothing would fit, regardless of the gender or body shape of each character. How amazing would that be??

Unfortunately, the reality wasn't all that many of us had hoped for. Apparently, DAZ has finally decided to go at it alone and forsake their tradition of cross-program compatibility. Personally, I was happy with the status quo. DAZ makes the best characters - hands down, nothing from Smith Micro comes close to Michael and Victoria - and a lot of amazing hair, clothing, sets and other products as well. All of those great figures are then imported by people like me into Poser Pro.

With the release of Genesis, however, DAZ seems to have made a break from this long-time formula with the intention of going rogue and creating a major divide in the 3D community. They're promoting the hell out of their own program (DAZ Studio), currently being offered for free, and the Genesis figure is not compatible with any program outside of it! Sure, after ages, they created an "importer," to load Genesis content into Poser but it doesn't work properly. It's nearly impossible to effectively load or create a single character, let alone a bunch of characters in a whole scene. It's a half-assed, totally unviable solution that ultimately boils down to this: if you want to use Genesis in all its glory, you need to use DAZ and nothing else.

Unfortunately, I've tried DAZ. I've attempted to use it on multiple occasions, tutorials and all, and find it to be an absolute mess of a program. The interface is a disaster and, aside from preloading figures and sets, I can't figure out how to do a damn thing with it. Perhaps it would be easier if I had no experience with a different program, but having poured years into learning the ins and outs of Poser, I find DAZ to be really counterintuitive and have no desire to deal with it. Not even for the plethora of gorgeous Genesis products that I'm seeing.

In addition, there are a large number of great products still being made for Poser-compatible Gen4, whereas Genesis seems to be evolving every year and lacking backwards compatibility. Since I have no urge to spend money out the wazoo on rebuilding my 3D library every few months, I'm happy to forgo this latest craze for now and stick with the classics.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:34

Cats Stealing Dog Beds

For anyone in need of a laugh, any time, anywhere, this never fails!

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 04:23

Say No to Manspreading

Dear big dude on the train: when I politely made some extra room for you to sit down, it was not an invitation to throw yourself into the seat and sprawl out your legs so wide that I'm shocked you didn't pull your groin.

I sincerely doubt that you have anything down there that warrants that kind of crotch space, so in the future, please don't look all put out when I "accidentally" use my knee to shove yours back together. Thank you.

Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:18

Collapsing Stars

This is so amazing, fascinating and terrifying all at once. I love concepts like this so much. The sheer epicness of space and reality defies belief.

Collapsing 4D Star Could Have Spawned the Universe

It's been two years to the day since I started at Ronin Athletics. With time off due to injuries, surgeries, vacations, tattoos and whatever else along the way, I've been training about 19-20 months now, but I officially started at my gym on October 4th, 2011 and it's been a great second home ever since. When I stepped onto the mats that Tuesday night, I sure as hell never imagined it would become such a big part of my life, or that I'd still be there two years later.

When I first started training, I did almost entirely nogi grappling. Minimal kickboxing, no fancy outfits...I only picked up a cheap blue Fuji and began to grudgingly do one of the gi classes after a few months of being hassled into it. At the time, I vehemently insisted that gi "just wasn't my thing" and was therefore totally unconcerned with the whole concept of ranks and belts. HAH! The innocence of newbies. I don't know exactly when things changed, but somewhere along the way I became all about the gi (yes, Liz was super smug about it) and kicked up my efforts to really focus on the details, improve my technique and actively work towards my blue belt.



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