English: Sintel posterNow I see why my previous attempts to model in Blender didn’t succeed – my reference images were not level and not the same scale. Whilst there was nothing mentioned on the tutorials at Blender Cookie (in those tutorials, the reference images came already prepared), the first step that Angela Guenette (modeller on the Sintel short – cover on the right) on the¬†Blenderella DVD immediately mentioned is to prepare the reference images in GIMP:¬†rotating, scaling, and adding horizontal reference lines to allow you to line up features across the various reference images.

Wish I’d known about this before spending time on my last modelling attempt. :/

Oh, well, you learn from mistakes.


Half Marathon Training – Day 5

First long run of the training. It was only 30 minutes, but it’ll go up next week. Interestingly, even though I managed to settle into a comfortable pace, my heart rate kept climbing. Then, just towards the end of the 20-minute Green Zone, my pacer beeped me, telling me to slow down. If my heart rate hits that limit in 20 minutes, then next Saturday, when the duration gets upped to 35 minutes with a 25-minute Green Zone, I’m going to end up hitting that border more often in the last 5 minutes.

Also, here’s an interesting fact. Today, I covered 5.26 KM at 00:06:52 min/KM. Yesterday, I covered 3.56 KM at 00:07:53 min/KM. So, I covered a longer distance at a shorter pace.

Oh, and if you’re interested, I also had Zombies, Run! running during this run. That run is available here (can’t embed it)

Long Run

Tomorrow is the first Long Run of my Half Marathon training. It’s a simple 30-minute Green Run. I should be able to get around 4 KMs out of this run, but considering my training is by Heart Rate, and not pace, I won’t be running very fast.

The Long Runs are on Saturday (I picked that day for them), and whilst this week’s run is 30 minutes, the Long Run time goes up, until on the last week of training (which will be in July if I can last it), the Long Run is 1h 40mins. I have done a run of 1h 30mins, but it wasn’t non-stop, so it will be interesting to see how well I last, and that’s assuming I can last the distance.



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I’ve spent the most part of today (writing this at 11:40pm) installing and setting up Fedora on my laptop, moving over from Ubuntu. It’s always a pain setting up a new OS, and even more frustrating copying files to the new OS. I had over 35GB to copy and these were just work files. No movies, music, or games.


Setting up BOINC was a headache too. Finally got it working, but it keeps coming up with an error at loading. But it works, and that’s the important thing. On the plus side, I’ve Bitbucketted the setup script I’ve used so if I have to rebuild, it won’t take me as long next time.

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