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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Web Design Guidelines 

While perusing the Internet today, I found this useful site on research based webdesign & usability guidelines. I haven't had time to read all the sections, but the ones I did are ++ informative.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Creative Commons Moving Image deadline looms  

The Creative Commons Moving Image contest (which gets you a G5 or equally mind-blowing PC as grand prize for a two-minute film explaining Creative Commons) deadline of Dec 31 is fast approaching -- time to get started! (Link)

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Neal Thomas's Links O' Tha Week

Very adorable and well illustrated icons for your system.

Hoooolllyy geeeez is this ever a nice reel.
The Soviet Museum of Anti-Alcohol posters.

Latest from the SodaPlay guy, with the crazy pull-the-stuff-around-physics-type stuff.

Hacked Big Mouth Billy Bass, where you connect to the fish via netmeeting and videoconference with people, where when you speak the fish will be lipsynced to your audio.

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Monday, November 24, 2003

What's Happening in the Labs? 

Here are a couple of links to help you know when the labs are available.

This link gives the weekly schedules of each lab -

This link shows what's happening in the labs across campus at this
particular minute -

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Neal Thomas's Links O' Tha Week

Chicken stuffed turkey stuffed duck stuffed sausage mmmmmmmmmmm....
Repeat from last year, new films, E-Baby is an odd place to start.
Sometimes is also amazing.
Beautiful Flash site, very elegant pre-loader.
Crazy videos abound here.

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Monday, November 17, 2003

Saving Your Work at School From Home (and Vice-Versa) 

Get an Ftp program (like WS_FTP or if you don't like trial versions look for free one at

If you're too busy to download an FTP program then you can just use internet explorer. Connect to and then when it comes up with an error saying you need to have permission to access the drive, right click on the browser window and click "Login As ...". A new window will pop-up asking for your username and password. Type them in and then your w:/ drive (webdrive) will appear.

If instead of w:/ you want to access the s:/ (the classes shared drive) change the address bar to the following:

and then click on the class you want access to. It is substantially faster and more reliable if you type in as much information as you have, so if you know that you want to access your personal folder in your 3030a class, type the following in the address bar:

I found that the FTP programs listed above were far more reliable than Internet Explorer's built in FTP. Hope this helps.

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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Question: Max, Maya, Softimage, Lightwave 

James writes:

Here is a link to a review of the new version of Max: Max 6. It might be
of interest to those trying to assess the value of learning on Max over
the other competing 3D packages.

The bootlom line is really that what you are learning are common priniples
to all 3D applications. The shift from one to the next, if necessary is
relatively simple once you have the basics.

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Friday, November 14, 2003

Guest Lecturer Michael Conaway Baker  

Rolf Boon sent out an email to the New Media Faculty to let them know that Michael Conaway Baker has accepted our invitation to guest lecture. He is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Feb. 9 to Wednesday Feb. 11.

"To date his visit includes: a Composition Master Class with Arlan, a visit
with the MU2500 Tuesday night class for a discussion on the Industry, and
a open lecture demonstration for the Fine Arts community. Please let me
know if you would like him to speak to your class or group and provide
times and locations.

"Mr. Baker is a multi Genie, Actra, and Juno Award winning film and
contemporary music composer. I will provide more information once I begin
setting an intinery for him.

"If you have any questions, please call me.


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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Neal Thomas's Links O' Tha Week 

Here are Neal's LINKS 'O THE WEEK:


Interesting op-ed piece on the amount of information produced by humans.
Video games used in the service of health - Game Boy attachment for kids to
test blood sugar level.

The World Beard and Mustache Championships GALLERY!
Some beautiful hand block-printed illustrations from artists featured in
art-rag Juxtapoz.
Very cool audio-flash art pieces here."

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Monday, November 10, 2003

Disney making room for 3D 

Here's a great Slashdot article and discussion thread about Disney's abandonment of traditional, hand-drawn animation (which Disney has sworn, for years, it would never give up), in favor of 3D, computer-generated work.

Supposedly, all of their animators-- even staunch traditionalists such as Glenn Keane-- are being trained on 3D computer animation techniques. The last hand-drawn high-budget Disney feature scheduled for release is Home on the Range, which is due out next April. It appears that Disney is bowing to the supposed pressures of the market, even though the hand-drawn Lilo and Stitch was considered a success and the all-CG Dinosaur (done at Disney's now-defunct FX house The Secret Lab) was not. However, I believe there's another factor at work: Pixar's contract with Disney is set to expire soon, and the revered CG house has been making their own demands of Disney for the contract's renewal.


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