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Terry Hancock
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Got a little start on this today. Just learning how to use the Blender UI API.
 
Started writing some code for integrating Blender with TACTIC -- just a UI mock-up, but it's giving me a better idea of how to set it up, and it's running code, which is always a good place to start.

I've decided to call the Add-On package "KitCAT".
As I described in a video last month (A Virtual Studio for Anansi Spaceworks), I've decided to adopt the TACTIC project management suite. This will require me to develop a Blender-TACTIC integration Add-On, and today I spent some time learning more about the Blender UI scripting API, ...
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I've made significant progress on this over the last week. It's good to be moving again:

"This week, I have got the Rocket library loading and correctly displaying menus with localization. This involved a considerable amount of work to get character sets, fonts, and the internal representation for locales to work correctly. There's still quite a bit of polishing to do, but I think I've identified the trouble spots and worked around them."
This week, I have got the Rocket library loading and correctly displaying menus with localization. This involved a considerable amount of work to get character sets, fonts, and the internal representation for locales to work correctly. There's still quite a bit of polishing to do, but I think I've identified the trouble spots and worked around them. Obviously, we need Unicode fonts with very good coverage of character sets. For my test page, I u...
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Very much in agreement with the sentiment, though it's weird that they don't use the usual jargon. What they call "majority voting" is "first past the post" voting, and is primarily distinguished by the fact that you don't need a majority to win, but only a plurality.

What they call "majority judgement" is just one of several alternatives which ask voters to rank or rate the candidates. In fact, it's probably inferior to "instant runoff voting", which asks voters to rank the candidates, rather than rating them (it's superior, because it's a common problem with rating systems that voters will tend to the extremes for strategic reasons rather than voting honestly. Ranking requires them to make comparisons, allowing only one candidate at each rank.
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#FirstLight! The ESA Operations flight team switched on the ExoMars TGO camera to acquire the spacecraft's first image from deep interplanetary space.
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January 2016 Patron Newsletter available fro $3+/episode patrons on Patreon for  +Lunatics! (Animated Series)  Project.
 
Patron Newsletter for January 2016 (Free for $3+/episode patrons).

This is our first newsletter since we added epub format and opened newsletters to more Patreon patrons, so for their benefit, we're reprinting Chapters 1 & 2 of the serialization. Chapter 3 will appear in the next issue. The promised proposal on the "infrastructure project" has become the "Film Freedom" proposal, and we'll also look into how we use Inkscape, Synfig, Gimp and other tools to produce the many 2D graphics and animations we need.

Includes EPUB, MOBI, PDF, and zipped HTML formats (only the HTML archive incudes the desktop wallpapers).
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They ruled the safe-harbor clause still applies, even when the laws are State rather than Federal.
 
This one is good news.
Case questioned if DMCA gave immunity to ISPs for their users' infringement.
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You don't understand the issue. #agentorange
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First pay-off of going open source: the code will get reviewed and maybe those bugs will get fixed!
 
Uh oh :)
Recently the world got to know that Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy)
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What I've been working on this week.
 
Screencap from Kdenlive. What I've done is to create open-GL renders for the entirety of the scene from each of the cameras in my multicam setup. Kdenlive has a nice split-screen mode, so you can see them all playing in parallel. Then I can select cameras, apply effects and transitions, and assemble the scene the way I want.

This will then give us a good previsualization to show us which characters need to be fully animated and which shots actually need to be fully rendered to get the desired final edit.
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Patron Newsletter - January 2015 (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)
This has now been released to the public in ebook format. From now on, I hope to release the HTML & E-Book versions simultaneously for back issues from last year. 

The January 2016 newsletter will be coming out for $3+/episode Patrons this weekend (Yes, still running late -- planning to catch up with a February Newsletter next week, which we're already working on!).
This is the ebook version of the January 2015 (last year). We recently released the ZIP archiver version as well, which includes the wallpapers. This is just the newsletter in EPUB, MOBI (Early Kindle), and PDF formats, which should be suitable for most E-readers or mobile devices. The PDFs is probably the best if you want to print a hardcopy, and is formatted for "US Letter" paper.
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Free Software Magazine columnist and fledgling filmmaker
Introduction
I've been interested in space and technology from childhood and in art, writing, computer programming, movies, electronics, and animation for almost as long. 

I've worked as an astronomer, a software maintainer, tech support (never again!), and as a writer. I'm moving into film making (not entirely new -- I was a film student at one time) with a video project called "Lunatics".

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Wrote a book called "Achieving Impossible Things" about free software and free culture. Write a (semi-)regular column for Free Software Magazine. Married for 20+ years, 3 children, 2 cats.
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Writer, Filmmaker, Astronomer, Programmer, Artist
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    Co-owner, 2001 - present
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