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The Importance of Copyrights

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Copyrights. This is the issue. In today’s society, so quickly moving to the metaphysical sphere known as the Internet, we have to hold tight onto our pajamas and push our work out into a void previously unexplored by the eager practitioner of entrepreneurship. In order to survive in a volatile market where fame is greater than skill, there is one single key that protects your work from the thieves of heartless re-distributors, and that is copyrighting.

As much as your car or your house is your property, so should your work be yours (Lessig, Lawrence The Future of Ideas,) and just as a deed to your land or the title of your vehicle grants you that magical power of ownership, so the copyright empowers you to promote your work without the fear of others, less motivated than yourself, to steal, rehash, re-brand, and sell your hard work.

Artists, like myself, find it difficult to make it day-by-day, taking part in wild ventures of creation, such as illustrating a book on elves for free, or volunteering our time to help a random kid from California we just met promote his groundbreaking innovation in coding development. From our deep desire not only to create, but to be well-known, wealthy, and keep creating, artists deeply value copyrights. For as much as we love to create, we love to keep recreating, and in the spirit of this Richard A. Epstein writes “Some creators are motivated solely by the desire to create and would be happy to distribute their works under simple terms …requiring attribution only. But for most authors, compensation matters.” Because without compensation, we simply cannot survive.

And finally, there definitely is a place for free information: work to be shared by merely attribution and with no monetary reimbursement. Just like the book I’m working on illustrating, some projects are there just to help get our name out. But beyond that, artists, and everyone else across the globe, benefit from a moderation of free information and readily-available knowledge, as can be found on Wikipedia, however unreliable it may be. And as Lessig says, “The opportunity for learning is the Internet.” I agree with this, because I have found a great amount of help in online tutorials for learning 3D.

But what it all comes down to is the simple fact that artists cannot survive on their pencil stubs. They need money, and their work needs protection. And that, my friend, is why we have copyrights.

This is an essay I wrote as practice for the College Composition CLEP, but as it stands alone well, I am sharing it as my view on the issue of copyrighting.

Copyright © 2011 Benjamin Bailey

The victor ;)

Literally 6 More

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Yes, I have six more college credits.  This morning my sister and I went to Mountain State University testing center, and we both took the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP – a college-level exam.  I’m proud to say that I passed with a 78! (Scoring is from 20, being the lowest, to 80, being the highest.)

The victor ;)

I’m hoping to apply to a number of different colleges soon, as well for my passport.  And oh, there’s that package I need to send to the Sunshine state… anyway, please be in prayer for me concerning my life: finding the right college, the right career, et al.

Now time to write a BlenderNation.com post, work a lot on those illustrations for The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves, and watch more episodes of 24 and perhaps try and old movie like Dial M For Murder.

Peace!

Bugly Jumps! – Animation Test #2 with Blender

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So I’ve finished my second animation test with Blender!  After much trail and tribulation, it’s done, complete with a rigged character, shape keys, moving background (thanks to a great texture from CGTextures.com,) more-complex scene, eyes, UV-mapped body (texture painted with Gimp,) and, last but not least, sound effects from Freesound.org!

Here it is – enjoy and please comment!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0dhkoUMCyU

Bouncing Ball – Animation Test #1 in Blender

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Here is a short animation test using Blender 2.55.

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Humanity (and Six College Credits)

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Hello, all!  Just letting you know that I have passed my first CLEP – that is, College Level Examination Program test.  I took the Humanities exam.  This means I have six (6) credit hours to my name, completely transferable to whichever college I decide upon attending!

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Peeking Over The Results :)

Isn’t this just awesome?  It took me a few months of preparation to be ready for the test, most of which wasn’t really studying.  Alright, since I’ve confused you, let me give you the whole low-down on what I did:

  • First, my sister decided that she wanted to take the Humanities test next, since it was on her list of CLEPs she needed to take.  And since I didn’t end up taking Natural Sciences with her, I decided to have a go at this CLEP, too.  Thankfully, I ended up taking the exam this time.
  • Next, she bought a study guide, the official CLEP review book on Humanities. Man, was that book helpful.  It provided us with two practice examination tests.
  • Then we crammed.  We were expecting to take it back in April, but we didn’t feel prepared. So we waited.
  • Then it rolled around to last week, and my sister wanted to take the test.  Fair enough, but when it came time for it, I still wasn’t ready.  So we delayed till this week.  She took it on Wednesday, but once again, I did not feel ready.
  • So, I took it today. And passed!

One final thing you should know: right before a test, I would cram, cram, cram, using Wikipedia primarily.  I searched up so many different authors, poets, playwrights, operas, movements – wow.  I can definitely say I learned a lot.  Thing is, I probably won’t remember a bit of it in a few months.  But at least I can say I can cram.

After all, that’s all colleges want us to do, right?  Get an A?

>Sigh<  Well, I really did learn a lot from this preparing for this test.  I’m glad for the learning, the college credit, and the personal macho-feeling it gives you.  Even if the educational system is off-kilter, one can still choose to learn.  Life is a journey, and no matter what, new adventures and places to discover will appear on the horizon.

Let us learn together!

P.S. And oh, BTW!  I got a great score on the test: 72!  You see, 20 points is the lowest you can get, and 80 points is the very highest, whereas 50 points is passing.  So I did well, and I’m thankful.   A great, big thanks to all my friends who thought of me, encouraged me, and prayed for me.  Praise God!

I passed!  Yes!

PASSED!

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Alright!  I passed my driving test!  Praise God!

I passed!  Yes!

I passed! Yes!

Me with my new, red license :)

I woke up early (for me,) and we got there at the DMV early, had to be put further back in the line do to forgetting the car registration in the vehicle, and then eventually I was all signed up for the test.  Then we just had to wait for the administrator to come in at 9am, and then?  Time for the test!

It went well, despite my being sleepy.  My test administrator was a very kind lady, and this time I had practice on those barrels, and made the parallel parking test on the first try.  Praise God for a father who has spent the time to teach me how to drive well.

And a little render to top off the ice-cream.  Any tips on how to improve my flame?

Flaming Suzanne from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

God bless!

A legion of flaming demon monkeys

Driving Test… Again!

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I”m off to take my driving test for the second time. Yes, I failed on my first go-around. During the parallel parking portion of the test, which the administrator had me do right away, I backed up into the rear barrel, scraping against the plastic-orange obstacle and getting an instant fail. Oh well, better luck next time, right?

So I get three tries at passing the driving test. A no brainer, right? “You’ll do fine!” all my friends say. “It’s not that hard.” Then after I fail, they reveal that “Actually, the police officer may fail you because he broke a toenail that morning.” Seriously, what a great thing to know.  Thanks. :)

Anyhow, tomorrow mornings the day for my second (and last,) shot at this endeavor, unless I want to renew my driving permit that expires on the 25 of May, which is Tuesday. So even though I am supposed to get three tries, I’ll only have two, due to the timing of things, having a to wait a week after each failure and all.

So toodles, I need some sleep. I’m uploading a flaming Suzanne mesh right now, off of the excellent fire tutorial by Miika. Check it out!

The flaming death... beware angry monkeys, my friend.

The flaming death... beware angry monkeys, my friend.

I sent in my messed-up .blend file to this teacher, and viola! I get an excellent, quick reply that fixes my issue. Thanks!

What I was doing wrong was resizing the domain cube in edit mode, causing the texture space to stay the same size. This caused the volume texture to repeat across the texture space.

A legion of flaming demon monkeys

A legion of flaming demon monkeys

And since that’s fixed now, I’m onto the start of fire making, and soon I’ll be a happy-go-lucky CG pyromaniac and proud of it.

Cheers! Off to beddy-bye. :)

P.S. I’m working on some other Blender stuff, but it’s Top Secret, so you’ll have to wait till I draw away the cloak an reveal some awesome upcoming classes with Kurv Studios!

Boids and Birds

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Check it out! My new video that previews my progress on using boid particles in Blender 2.5 to simulate a flock of birds!

Boids and Birds from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

I am going to teach how to use boid particles in a webinar with Kurv Studios sometime in the near future. No dates have been set yet, and I still have a lot more to learn with boids, but be prepared, a class is on the way!

Cheers on the journey!

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