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My First Complex 3ds Max Model

I’ve been busy these past months learning 3ds Max – This is one of the very first models that I made using this software. I eventually want to make more complex shapes, but as the saying goes, one have to learn how to crawl before one can run…..Or something like that …. :)

My Activities During the Second Snowcalypse!

I stayed home yesterday during the Huge Snowstorm here in New York City ( we were lucky to miss the first one that hit here in the Northeast this past weekend, but this time, we weren’t so lucky.. ). Earlier yesterday I spent the morning trying to shovel my sidewalk ( I have a snowblower, which I’m going to definitely have to use later this morning ). I don’t have to go into work today , but I have to come in tonight to cover for someone who can’t make it – I hate to go in, but I’ll do it only for the overtime!!

What else did I do during the snow in….Oh, I decided, after thinking about it, to finally install an upgrade to Adobe Photoshop ,to CS3.
I still plan to use 7.0 though – since even after five years of having the software, I still have not really learned how to use it. That was the main reason why I never upgraded from 7.0 and Illustrator 9.0 – I thought, what is the point of getting new software upgrade, when one doesn’t know how to use the one you already have!
I received the Adobe Creative Suite ( CS3) Design Premium bundle for a Christmas present about three years ago, but I never installed it ( I would have liked that I would have gotten the Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) that was released around that very time,I would have liked to have had Adobe After Effects and Adobe Soundbooth, but hey, I think that CS3 bundle was on sale for that very reason! but I was happy nevertheless! ). I decided to install it today because I wanted to finally start working with the included Adobe Dreamweaver, so I can work on fixing my various websites and blogs ( including making a new custom template skin for this very journal! ). while installing, I decided, what the heck , I’ll install everything in the bundle, I might as well start learning to use the other stuff as well.
So I now not only have Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and Illustrator 9.0, but now I also have their CS3 equivalent upgrade.
Now, I have all these tools, I should really start to use them!
I have several 2D pictures in the WIP pipeline, and I plan to start doing some new 3D stuff soon as well!

Getting the Kinks out of the new place…

I finally managed to fix the remaining problems with this blog after moving to this new domain!!
Many of the plugins that worked in my old WordPress version 2.5 just do not work in this new updated wordpress. Alot of them just could not be updated, so I deactivated many of them. Before I loged out , I checked the blog. It was ok, I had to configure the K2 WordPress theme again after moviing the blog to it’s new home, but otherwise it was visible and functioning….
That was last Friday Night. The next day, I loged into the Blog, everything looked ok in the admin section , but it was only until I checked out the blog itself, that I saw that there was a big problem….
There was the dreaded wordpress White Screen of Death!
I spent the better part of two days and nights trying to fix the thing. I used my “Google – Foo to scour the internet for advice on fixing this common WordPress problem. I tried everything, from deleting and replacing my Plugin folder, Editing my wordpress configuration file ( with the added result that I also managed to increase the security Keys on it , as well as the configutration files of the other blogs ), editing the wordpress settings file to allocate more memory to the PHP code for the blog , deleting and replacing my wordpress theme folder ( the skins for the blog ), to finally replacing all the wordpress files with fresh new ones, ( with the exception of the database, the newly configured configuration file, and the setting file ).
After doing another wordpress update, a forced one, I thought I was in the clear.
Unfortunately, that was not the case….
In my researching of the problem, I read that sometimes the WSOD is caused by a faulty wordpress theme. So I then went to the “Apperances” section of my admin panel, and on that page, I noticed that my old K2 theme was not activated, instead, it was the default Kubrick WordPress theme. Before I chose the K2 theme again, I activated one or two of the other WordPress themes that I had on the page. The I went to see it they worked and I could see my blog.
For each one, I was able to see my blog again!
That left me to re – activate the K2 theme which I tried to do at first – I kept on getting a ” You do not have permission to configure this ” error message. Then I realised that I was clicking on the theme’s” “configure link, not the “activate” link…
Fortunately, the other four blogs that I recently installed three days ago at the Shadamachaeon domain were ok….. Now all I have to do is configure those as well…..That should take me awhile……. Then I will have to start putting some artwork up there as well!

BTW, Speaking of artwork, here are some of my latest stuff posted up over at my Deviantart Page:

I’ll try to post up more stuff soon!

Finally Moved teh Blog to!!

Yes, I managed to do it!
I finally managed to move this blog from my old domain to my new domain.
The old host was more or less a test domain that I’ve had and used for the past 10 years. I really didn’t do very much with it, except using it to host a few of my own personal picture website, etc. I wanted to have a more dedicated website domain where I could use more for my artworks and things, and to also use what I learned from the first website domain.

I not only managed to transfer this blog to the new domain, but I also finally updated it from WordPress 2.5 ( which was the version that I used when I first created this blog ) up to 2.9.1.
Not only that, I also installed four more blogs at this new domain, three webcomic type blogs ( One for random pictures, one for Comic -type artwork, and one for Manga-type artwork ), and one dedicated to this special world – building project that I’m starting to do.

So now I’m getting my new home here on the internet in order. Expect to see lots on great things here in the future!