Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blender is a community effort - I need that - What would a lunar base look like?

Let me begin with, I need help.  Too short of a span of attention.  

Ever since buying an Amiga computer back in 1983 I had thought I would become a wiss at computer graphics and just maybe take us to the Moon visually if not actually.  As it turned out too many distracting, interesting events and my graphics software soon would not work on newer computers.  Not to worry, buy newer graphics programs,  that I would again fail to spend enough time with to become proficient.

Now just a few years have gone by since starting to support NASA in 1983.(30yr) :-)

The Pioneer missions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 12 done, completed, finished.  A few programs written, many enjoyable diversions.  We sent Lunar Prospector to the Moon and I hijacked some data for a website, but no graphics, no movies, no Lunar Bases.

Now we have the Internet and many programmers that are interested in developing visual presentations in cooperation and developing graphic software that can be used by anyone who can stick with it long enough to progress through the learning curve.  Aaagh, there is that problem of attention span.

Once again I have been presented with a graphics program that shows promise. 
Sintel is not a video about the Moon nor is the game one about a lunar base, still it shows what can be done with the Blender software with dedication and a lot participation. [Watch the credits at the end of the movie - LRK -]
Uploaded on Sep 30, 2010
"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

It looks like the Blender software might be used to portray what it would be like to have a small lunar base.  All those articles and pictures about going back to the Moon that could be used to tell a story of what it would be like at a lunar base. How nice it would be to actually see what it might be like on the Moon using software that anyone could help with.
Which again presents a problem for this persons short attention span.  Where would I even start? Well, down load the software. Done. Now what? Find the software is being used to teach graphics in Central Dauphin School District and be shamed into reading the Blender Basics - Classroom Tutorial Book and view the YouTube videos that help you with the book..
Uploaded on Apr 3, 2011
These videos are designed to go with the Blender Basics Classroom Tutorial Book Available for free download at:

Now to test my attention span. Read the above and work the examples. Then refer as necessary to the Users Manual.

And then there is "An introduction to BLENDER" a book for beginners. (Which I certainly am.) (305 pages, 23.7 MB)

Then there is the task of actually collecting reference materials and examples.  Do I spend some time updating my WordPress blog site I started back in 2011? Attention span!!!

Where should we set up the lunar base? I think at the lunar south pole region but there are a number interesting places. We are getting more and more high resolution images. How about Copernicus crater?

Looks like I am going to need some help keeping me focused and on track.
Then again, maybe not a job for one person.
Please feel free to distract me.  :-)
- LRK -