The Hess Report

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Google Yourself

I've been Googling myself for a while now. It's something that's a little (okay, maybe a lot) vain, and kind of embarassing to admit, but I'll bet that you've done it too. And if you haven't, you'll probably do it after you read this, just to see if you're mentioned or anything you've done pops up, etc. So, yeah, I've been doing it, but not a lot, and it's not interfered with my family life or made me late for work or anything, so what's the harm?

Where your name comes up on Google is subject to a bunch of different factors, including (but not limited to) name competition (if you share names with Dennis Rodman, you'll probably have to go waaaay back in the page store to find a personal reference), and how much exposure/participation you have regarding the Internet. When I tried it a month ago, I didn't hit anything referring to me personally until five pages back in the results, due to the fact that some German canoe company makes both Roland and Hess varieties of paddles that seem to be popular or something. I tried it last week, and Lo! and Behold! I had moved up to the front page.

In case I drop back down, I cached the page here, and yes, this is more than a little bit sad.

Anyway, what got me there was some artwork I had done using the Open Source 3D graphics package Blender. I'm a non-coding contributor to the project, which provides an Open Source, completely free, cross-platform 3d graphics and animation application which is not quite up to the Big Boys yet (Maya, Lightwave, XSI), but is getting better by leaps and bounds as a small army of eager volunteer programmers/enthusiasts from around the world work on it.

I've been using the package for a couple of years and my work with it is viewed in the community as quite good. If you're interested, you can see some of it at my art website. A couple of months ago, I received an email from the founder of the Blender Foundation asking to use one of my images on the official Blender website for promotional purposes. Of course, I agreed. And the credit line on that site bounced me up to the front page of the Google search results for my name.

So, hooray for me! Which, as stated before, is kind of pathetic.

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