• Catching DAZ-3D In A Lie

    This is less about ray-tracing / 3D art and more about business politics. I previously mentioned that I have become disillusioned with how DAZ treats Carrara versus their precious baby DAZ-Studio.

    As of this posting, you can find the following chart on the DAZ-3D home page:


    It is bad enough that Carrara is left off of the comparisons…

    However; I got really annoyed at the lie concerning LightWave. No texturing in LightWave? Horseshit! LightWave actually has two texturing engines (layers-based and nodes-based).

    The chart also implies that DAZ-Studio’s rigging, morphing and rendering is on par with the likes of 3DS Max or Maya. What a joke!

    I posted about this on the DAZ Forums but the moderators didn’t like me calling out this falsehood. The post was deleted.

  • New Blog Theme

    Since starting this blog, I have used a WordPress theme called Rubix. You can still see – to a small extent – what this looked like on my home page…for now.

    Just thought I’d change things up a little bit. Just for grins.

  • Re-Thinking This Blog’s Purpose

    Moving forward, I want to post more about my 3D art hobby and rendering. This is something that I want to have as a bigger part of my life.

    I won’t be giving up on posting about politically progressive topics and I certainly won’t be giving up posting about religion and atheism. But 3D art will be my focus for the future.

    As much as I love Carrara, I cannot deny that LightWave has become my modeler of choice. I have become disenfranchised with how DAZ-3D treats Carrara. At best it is the red-headed step-child. DAZ Studio gets all the love and attention in spite of its inferiority in so many areas. My opinion is that DAZ-3D is slowly taking the best of Carrara and porting it into DAZ Studio.

    When this vampiric leeching is finished, so shall be Carrara’s usefulness. If that dystopian prediction is not true, DAZ-3D sure isn’t doing anything to dispel it.

  • Ending The Hiatus

    It has been more than six months. Geez!

    I wish I had a pithy excuse because I sure don’t have a good explanation. Even the posts before the last one were sporadic.

    Quite a lot has happened and I have spent some time thinking about what to write in this post. I can’t tell it all. Some must be saved.

    September was a big month for me. I turned 41 on the 8th. Near the end of the month, I travelled to Madison, Wisconsin for the FFRF Convention. I was elected the Texas state representative for FFRF. This role, more than anything else I expect, will keep me in Texas for at least two more years.

    While in Madison, I met two fellow 3D artists from the Carrara world! We had been communicating via the DAZ-3D forums and then through private emails for some time. Kevin “evilproducer” Wyeth and Daniel “Dartanbeck” Beck have become dear friends. We still talk about 3D and digital art. We inspire each other.

    I fell in and then out of love. Maybe more on that in a later post. Maybe not; I haven’t made up my mind about it

    Moving forward, I will try to dedicate this blog to more about my digital art exploration. I will try to post much more on my Flickr account. I’m sure the occasional post about secularism and atheism will appear too because that is important to me as well.

  • Happy Belated Birthday United States!

    It would hardly be fair to Canada if I wasn’t late writing this post too! Happy birthday 237th USA!

    Part of me is stunned that at 237 years old, this country still has so much growing up to do. Well, actually, vast swathes of the population have regressed its maturity (hello to the entire Bible Belt and North Dakota!). As spectacularly wonderful as the death of DOMA and Prop 8 were, the Supreme Court also gutted the Voting Rights Act!

    {sigh} Let’s see how Mississippi and the other in-breds react. What a shame that the “great American experiment” has to toy so blatantly with other’s basic human rights.

    I’m reading some quotes from past presidents on the separation of state and church. We need more leaders like these!

  • The United States Continues To Civilize

    I should have posted this two days ago when it happened! Just the same, it always pleases me when I see the USA inch forward to true equality for everybody. In spite of tired, old, white cretins like Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court has overturned the ludicrously-named Defense Of Marriage Act and thwarted California’s Proposition 8.

    Wow! Awesome!

    Excellent work Justices who understand and empathize with fellow human beings!

    My only regret is that SCOTUS did not go far enough and actually state in their ruling that all people, regardless of gender, have a right to marry. So there is still a fight ahead for my LGBTQ friends; this ruling does gain them ground though.

    Of course, tired, old, white cretins exist outside of the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court. This is most of the Republican Party at its very worst. I truly love how Neil Macdonald put it in that last link:

    But Boehner’s statement was no sooner in the hands of the press corps than out marched 11 of his caucus members, determined to change the party message.

    What followed was a spectacular display of intolerance from a fading era, as the hardline rump of the GOP emerged once again as its public brand.

    As wonderful as this news is, there was still some terrible stuff happening in the American courts and political halls (perhaps most notably what SCOTUS did to the Voting Rights Act) this week. Mark Morford captures this side of it with his indomitable style.

    What a rollercoaster ride!