Latest Projects, News and Random Comments from Curtis
New Blender Short is complete!
"Tears of Steel", the new open source movie project from the Blender Foundation is finished and can be viewed on
All of the CG and special effects were created in Blender and is the first Blender Foundation project to combine live action with CG.
Personally, I must say that the team did a fantastic job. The plot suffers a bit from lack of back-story and I had to watch it a few times to see completely how the scenes related to each other. However, considering the nature of short film the team pulled off a reasonable success in a very short amount of time.
You can get all of the details about how the movie was made at the "Tears of Steel" web site.
The Undiscovered National Park?
When mentioning Great Basin National Park to anyone I am usually answered with a perplexed look or the question, "There's a Great Basin National Park?" followed by, "Where the heck is that?".
In the summer of 2010, my family and I decided to make the trek to see Great Basin National Park on the return from the much more famous Zion National Park. I must mention that Great Basin is one of
those places that you likely would not visit while on the way to someplace else. This very removed but wonderful park is located in east central Nevada where snakes, lizards and turkey vultures vastly
outnumber the human population. If you wanted to live some place in total isolation, east central Nevada might be a good choice. But once you arrive at Great Basin you are greeted by impressive vistas
of the deserts below and snowcapped Wheeler Peak above.
Rather than ramble on about this national gem, I will let the images below speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Click an image to see the larger version.
More information on Great Basin National Park is available at http://www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm.
Is Professionalism important when publishing content on the web? Absolutely.
Dan Redding, writing for Smashing Magazine, makes some excellent points
saying, “Whether or not you strive to produce writing that you consider journalism is not all that important. What is important is
that no matter what writing genre you specialize in, you have a responsibility to your readers to publish high quality writing that is truthful, accurate, and readable.”
With the immense amount of information and commentary on the web today, it is refreshing to see well written and informative content no matter the subject. I could not agree more with the points Dan makes in his article and I feel it is a “good read” for those who want their online publishing taken seriously.