The Hess Report


Monday, April 11, 2005

Like I Don't Have Enough To Do Already 

Things are crusing along here in Hessland. My web-based service business I'm working on is still moving ahead. I've finished the main technology engine for about 50% of the market. I still have to expand it, with an eye on another 20% of the overall blogging traffic. I'm currently working on the login system and user management issues. Once that's done, I'll do an alpha test (letting people create and download .pdfs of the blog for free). When I get the kinks from that ironed out, it'll be live beta and I'll maybe start making some $ and producing some pretty cool product. So that's using up almost all of my spare time.

BlenderPeople is still waiting for the Blender developers to update the character animation tools, which will probably happen by the end of summer. If that's the case, it'll be done, and people will start asking me when I'll be working on BlenderPeople about the time that my web service might be nearing completion.

Of course, there's still my Audition animation that I really want to finish. And now, I have a new project to put on the back-back-back-back burner. literature!Joy checks out a pile of books from the library for the girls every week or so. This week's best one to me: The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants by Priscilla Turner (ill. by Whitney Turner). It's about the elitest Vowels who look down on the rabble of Consonants, and the rough-and-tumble Consonants who see all Vowels as effete pansies. Insult turns to violence, and an uneasy truce is broken. Full scale war breaks out - cannon - masses of letter troops whose lines snake off into the distance - wounded letters receiving turn-of-the-century medical care - literary carnage. Eventually, they are brought together by a common enemy that destroys every single letter it encounters: the scribble of Chaos. It's a great book. And, with the help of some kind of, oh, I don't know, crowd simulation and combat animation software, would make a rocking animation short. Argh. I would just love to animate it. It would always be an incredible showcase for BlenderPeople when it's done.

By the way, if you're reading this and your name is Joy, you can stop shaking your head now.

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