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Messages - cumesoftware

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I would like to participate as a contestant, but unfortunately I'm busy. If there is any space for an additional judge, I let you know that I'm available.

Good observation and argument, cumesoft.  And while I don't fully share your views, respect, acknowledgment, and appreciation for different insights and opinions is always a good thing.  Good discourse helps to expand and exercise the mind.
Indeed. Well said.

I must add that if all people had the same pattern of though, the world wouldn't evolve and all ideas would eventually fail at the same time. Because ideas are different, if one fails the other persists, and there is always space for adaptation and always new knowledge to cultivate the mind.

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but another good thing about PNG is that it supports invisible pixels. Instead of a texture having be be a texture in the middle with a white background it would be a texture in the middle and that would be it.
Never heard about that feature of PNG. Are you referring to invisible pixels as hidden pixels (an additional layer), or as transparent pixels (alpha channel)?

My goodness we're stubborn!  Then again, it's obvious you didn't look at the Wikipedia entry for dielectric.  So, I'll quote from there, again:

"Dielectrics ... are not a narrow class of so-called insulators, but the broad expanse of nonmetals considered from the standpoint of their interaction with electric, magnetic, of electromagnetic fields. Thus we are concerned with gases as well as with liquids and solids, and with the storage of electric and magnetic energy as well as its dissipation."  And by the way, light is in the magnetic spectrum.

I'm an electrical engineer, so I appreciate your comfort level with Webster's definition, "a nonconductor of direct electric current," but I prefer the broader, systems-level implications to which Wikipedia refers.
I do not always agree with wikipedia definitions, but that doesn't mean I'm stubborn. If you see the origin of the word "dielectric" it means "two electrical poles". By your classification metals are also dielectric, because they interact in a special way with light. Actually, photons loosen electrons from the metal atoms. When the electron falls back to a lower energy level, it sends a photons. That is why metals are so shiny. But they are unable to store different electrical charges because they are conductive.

Nice fracta! It was the most astonishing I saw so far.

About the shrooms, I thought I was trippin when I saw them. :D :D :D

I am in the need of a good tutorial on organic models and rigging around them (I'm an inorganic kind of guy), and I would like to see the tutorial done.

Good rigging so far!

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: WIP-Stone Court
« on: April 04, 2008, 08:58:52 am »
no, cumesoftware, those columns are *not* made of electrically-imbalanced atoms.


- colclough

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: my part-Anim8or comic strip
« on: April 04, 2008, 08:57:49 am »
Although the modeling isn't too much, the arguments are excellent. Once you learn the details of modeling you can make an excellent movie. Perhaps, you could make a team with other modelers and join efforts.

Great model, so far. I can't wait to see it finished and with reflexive textures.

Will you make it detachable? (that is, the doors can be open, etc.)

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Fireplace front
« on: April 04, 2008, 08:37:01 am »
Now the left and right pillars are 100% complete, and the respective columns have bases and capitals. The left and right pillars are separated meshes.

Below you can see the wireframe:

And the rendered image:

Wonderful work ! used the lathe tool for that little round bit at the base, right?

anyways, your dedication to your modelling work is quite impressive, i'm sure i wouldn't have the patience to build something like that!

- colclough
Thanks once more. I didn't used the lathe tool, due to my inability to convert a linear mesh to a path. I suggested that function to Steve, though. It was made using a copy/paste/rotate pattern.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: WIP-Stone Court
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:59:24 pm »
Nice columns. Ionic style, right? I think you should put bases on them.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Fireplace front
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:41:21 pm »
Today I've been busy and did not much. Nevertheless, the decorative column is 100% complete. The base is pretty much complete too. Here is the model:

Here is a detailed view of the wireframe:

Here's the table. The legs are made from different parts and the twisted section is a long cube.
Nice room! Thanks for sharing it with us.

I never use modifiers and warps for the twisting effects, due to lack of control. It is all made by hand.

Looks high poly, could you show a wireframe
I'm guessing you used the rope making technique
It is not quite a high poly. It is a medium poly actually. You can see the wireframe in the last image above. Hope it is sufficiently detailed.

Quote from Wikipedia entry for dielectric:

"Many phenomena in electronics, solid state and optical physics can be described using the underlying assumptions of the dielectric model"
They can be described, but a dielectric is a material that has the ability to store electrical charges. I think the word should not be applied here.

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: Fireplace front
« on: April 02, 2008, 08:20:49 pm »
i saw some of your other elements a while back, and i was already thinking that this is going to be an absolutely stunning scene when you've finished - this just confirms what i was thinking!  excellent work!

- colclough
Thanks. The building process is quite similar, actually.

Very, very nice.
Your column looks similar to the legs of the table I have in my museum.
If you'd like to compare I can post an image.
Thanks. I would like to take a look at that table, when possible.

I have just one though. I don't agree with the term "dielectric". A dielectric material is any material has the ability to store opposite electrical charges. Most insulators like glass or polyester are dielectric.

Shouldn't the materials be called refractive? I can't associate the term "dielectric" with light.

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