After a month long hiatus from this blogorific exploit, I am back to give a status update on week 1 of ETC. I am taking 4 courses in the "Bootcamp" semester (Building Virtual Worlds, Fundamentals, Visual Story, and Improv 101), and over this LDW the class assignment was to build a 3D Lunchbox in a 3d platform, Maya. After the lunchbox, the assignment upgraded to a Dragon.
Hello, Maya. How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways...
So after many program crashes, learning on the go, and some helpful TA assistance, I was able to complete the assignment. Whether it cuts the proverbial mustard remains to be seen. Perhaps I shall update the post once I (hopefully) receive a passing grade. More importantly, I'm no longer completely incompetent in using this program. Only mostly incapable. But, I feel pretty good about 1 week's worth of progress, and my skills can only improve from 0. I'll mark that as a win.
In other thoughts...
After 4 years of cubicle life in corporate world, I entered graduate school. Complete with bushy tail and bright eyes, I soon learned that I had graduated from working on excel pivot tables in a cubicle, to working on 3d modeling in a cubicle. Still, it is hard not to laugh when the realization hits that instead of trying to track profit declines and financial stretch plans, I spent an entire weekend making a cartoon. Life's pretty good.
Pittsburgh-wise, I am still a newbie. I've done Chinese takeout 1x (eh), went to the Andy Warhol / Mattress Factory museums (two thumbs up!) and bought furniture from Ikea. So at this rate, maybe I'll take a walk around my neighborhood by March.
Signing off until the next project. -SB