In-Depth Post #6 (aka the final post)

Well, it’s already the last post for this year’s in-depth! I learned so much compared to when i just first started, and I am proud of all the new skills I learned. I must admit, I didn’t think 3D modeling would really be that difficult or complicated, but man, I was really wrong. There are so many things to consider when you are working on creating a 3D model, and it requires lots and lots of patience. Not to mention the time it takes to create something you’re happy with. Anyways, over the past while I’ve been working on a model of a robot, and it was a lot more difficult than I thought. I kept my patience, and now I am happy with what I have so far! I am not going to be posting any pictures of it though, so it’s more of a surprise when I show it on in-depth night.

 

Over the last month, I focused mainly on gathering and applying my skills into creating a 3D model of a robot. Although the robot looks fairly simple and not very advanced, I am still very proud of it. The most difficult part of designing the robot was bending the arms so they weren’t just sticking straight out of the body. It took so long to finally complete in a manner that looked aesthetically appealing. The arms alone took a few days, because I had to repeatedly adjust and tweak them over and over again. Often the curve would be too sharp, and often too subtle. There were also many times when the robot’s arm got twisted up while bending it, and I will admit the process was quite, no, very frustrating.

 

The second difficult component was creating the node setup for the lights on the robot. I have some light-up buttons on the robot’s chest, which took a long time to create. The reason they took a while to make is because I had to factor in the right amount of emission with the right amount of diffuse, and I also needed to add in constricting nodes to regulate the amount of light filtering through along with math nodes to control the light. In the end I am happy with the result I got and proud of my accomplishments with my 3D model. The robot definitely isn’t done yet, as I still need to polish it up and animate the camera to spin around it, so I can create a demo reel of the robot!

 

Speaking of which, for in-depth night I plan on doing a learning centre. I will showcase all my models and animations with a slideshow. I might also have printed pictures on a posterboard, and BIG writing and captions, making sure not to overwhelm the audience with lots of text. For this, I will be needing a power outlet, as my project is all digital and on digital devices. When people come around, I will show them my creations and tell them about my learning progress- including jokes and puns to add in some humour and interest. I am also thinking to add in a fun little activity, but I am not sure what to do for that yet.

 

My mentor and I have been meeting with each other, exchanging opinions on my robot model. We also talked about how far I’ve come in terms of my skills, and how new I was to 3D modeling when I started. I went from not knowing how to move a cube to being able to create 3D models of robots with light-up buttons! My mentor didn’t tell me exactly how to form some of the difficult parts of the robot, but instead dropped hints I would work with. The reason Devarshi didn’t straight up give me the answer is because I wouldn’t learn much that way, and instead I would learn a lot more from figuring things out by myself. Overall, Devarshi is proud of my progress, and how far I’ve come in my work. Even I’m proud of how far I’ve come!

 

All in all though, I am having so much fun learning 3D modeling. Although it is very tedious, when you accomplish a part of the model it feels really awesome, because you get to say you created it by yourself and problem-solved your way to success. More specifically, when you complete a tough or especially tedious segment of your project, that feeling of accomplishment and self-pride is even larger and more filling. Well, that’s it for my last in-depth post for In-Depth 2018, and I can’t wait to show off my learning and see you all at in-depth night! I would post pictures but I don’t want to spoil the robot just yet. If you want to see it, don’t forget to stop by my learning center on in-depth night!

 

Happy Blending!

T9 Hamilton Big Ideas Post

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events:

“Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain
Well, the word got around, they said, this kid is insane, man
Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland”

Hamilton provides a new idea to the world, and this idea is a huge hit to everyone, to the point that they think he’s “insane” or really smart. They even collect money for him to get an education in the mainland, which shows how much the people are fascinated with Hamilton’s ideas.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationship between individuals and between societies:

“Scammin’ for every book he can get his hands on”

Due to the fact Hamilton is so poor and unprivileged, he has to scam people for books to read and get knowledge from. The difference in power between the people that are scammed and Hamilton is very different and large, which is why Hamilton has to result to “scamming”. Perhaps if Hamilton was in equal ranks, he could borrow or pay for the books he wanted to read and hold more friendly relationships, rather than scamming or cheating.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time:

“And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished,
In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”
When Hamilton is born, he is deemed as an illegitimate child that no one will look twice at. There isn’t anything special about him-or so they think. Soon, his reputation for writing is founded, and he is suddenly very popular, to the extent that people collect money for his education in the mainlands. Over time, many people looked up to Hamilton and idolized him- and he became an icon.

The Physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change:

“In New York you can be a new man”

After moving to New York, Hamilton was able to achieve his dreams and goals far more easily than he could before, in the Caribbean, where he was blocked from achieving anything due to his birth and poor past. In New York, which is far more different, Hamilton was granted far more privileges and able to eventually find success.

Independent Investigations 9


Inquiry Question:

What were the motivating factors behind the creation of New France?

 

A) Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.

 

For many years, France had plans to colonize the ‘New World’. Their actual first attempt to do this was when Jacques Cartier arrived in Chaleur Bay. After unboarding his ship, Cartier placed a 30-foot cross made of wood, and attached a shield to it. The shield bore the Fleur-de-lis, and upon this he carved the words, “Vive le Roy de France,”  and claimed the land for France. The phrase means “Long live the king of France” in English. After this, Cartier returned back to France really soon, only to return another two times to claim the St. Lawrence river and the present Maritimes area.

 

Then, in the early 1600’s, Samuel de Champlain was approved by the government to inhabit the new claimed area- which he believed had great potential. The first fort Champlain created was Port Royal, located in Acadia. Unfortunately for Champlain, this fort failed due to severe winter weather and people lacking sufficient survival and farming skills. Champlain’s next fort, which he named Québec, was established in the year 1608. The next winter though, fifteen of Champlain’s men died from scurvy- a horrific disease. Trust me, you don’t want to have it. The first nations helped Champlain throughout this winter, and in the following spring French ships arrived with supplies, securing the fate of Champlain and his men, and also securing the fate of New France.

 

The reason this is so interesting is because Samuel de Champlain sailed all the way from France, and founded Quebec City, which is still very successful to this day! If Champlain didn’t bother to come here in the first place, or if he didn’t survive that first winter, or even if his ship was wiped out from a storm-which is very likely-then there may not be a Quebec to this day!

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(The Fleur-de-lis)

  1. Cause and Consequence:

 

   The reason New France was founded was because France had plans to colonize the “new world”, which is what Canada was called at the time. Despite earlier attempts failing, Champlain was the one to truly begin the foundation of New France. Champlain endured a savage winter, and he also completed a treacherous voyage across the sea, all to create his establishment for France. The consequences to Champlain’s actions are the creation of New France, and the expansion of the French empire in the area. Samuel de Champlain himself also wanted to explore the area because he personally believed that it had great potential.

 

He received the government’s approval to do this, which is how he got the permission to embark on his quest in the first place. If the government officials were to deny him, then Champlain likely never would’ve never created New France. There were a lot of factors that contributed to New France actually getting founded- and even the slightest change would have resulted in a totally different outcome.

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(Champlain’s map of Eastern Canada/New France)

  1. Ethical Judgement:

 

What happened was right and fair by the values and standards of time, because Champlain had the permission and approval of the France government, and he wasn’t committing any crimes or misdeeds. Back when all of these events happened, Champlain’s actions were well-founded and reasonable, so yes they were right and fair by the values and standards back then. It was common to sail to new areas and claim them for your country, which is exactly what Champlain was doing, with the rest of his crew.

 

With our present day values, there still wasn’t anything wrong with Champlain’s actions, but we still would have mixed feelings. One thing we would one hundred percent think about is first nations. The fact that Champlain moved into First Nations territory would be  very large issue nowadays, even though the First Nations helped Champlain and his men through the harsh winter. The deaths of all his men would also be far more tragic and impactful to us, and our emotional feelings would’ve been drastically different.

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(Champlain trading with the first nations)

 

B) What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

 

   Champlain went through incomparable hardships and problems. The journey and weather he endured in the conditions he was forced to live in were extremely tough, and even we can’t compare. The main reasons that New France was created was because France wanted to expand their control and to colonize the new land. This is why explorers (Champlain) were sent to explore the land.

 

If Champlain never came to Canada, there may not even be a Quebec, and even bigger- French may not even be our second language. Just imagine that, if French weren’t our second language. This is why it’s so important that Champlain founded New France, and that we shouldn’t just disregard the fact- because many of us don’t realize how important this was- and still is.

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(A sketch of Champlain-not made by me)

Sources:

(Primary Source) http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6594

(Secondary Source) http://www.lookbackward.com/perrault/perr1/newfrance/

(Secondary Source) http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/eras/new%20france/Champlain.html

(Secondary Source) Crossroads- A Meeting of Nations (Second Edition)

(Grade 10 investigation consulted) http://phia.talons43.ca/2018/04/01/canada-independent-investigation-the-filles-du-roi/

 

In-Depth Post #5

Week eleven. Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun. Blender has been a blast, and I really enjoy learning more and more about 3D modeling. Originally, my plan was to focus on both 3D modeling AND animation, but after diving in I realized that animating a model wasn’t as easy as I figured. Even after you manage all the rigging and weight painting, you still have to keyframe it and make sure those keyframes are smooth. Besides, modeling alone has so many different aspects to it and is way more complicated than I thought. I don’t want to rush through the whole modeling part just to get to animation, because I won’t learn much. I think it’s best if I focus on modeling this year, then if I am still interested next year I can do animation! Anyways, here are the questions for this blog post:

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

 

    My mentor provides me with learning opportunities like not telling me the direct answer to some of my questions, because that way I’m forced to do research on my own to solve the problem. I am given some guidance, but not the exact answer to my question so I learn to figure things out on my own. The reason Devarshi does this is because he doesn’t want me to become too reliant or dependant on him and to use my own methods of finding the answer. Another learning opportunity I’m provided with is when Devarshi gives me suggestions to create models  of things I am less confident about, because it will hone my skills and help me learn new skills I may not have thought I would learn.

 

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

 

    Opportunities such as mentorships and technology exist to reinforce new learning. Mentorships reinforce learning because mentors are there for you to answer your questions and guide your way. They can answer your questions in person and provide you with valuable expert advice that you probably can’t get anywhere else. Technology reinforces new learning because you can look up anything, and there are lots and lots of tutorials that can help you during your learning experience. You can use the internet for lots of help, and you can receive lots of answers if you know where to look.

 

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

 

    Opportunities that may accelerate learning involve programs within the community that relate to the in-depth chosen field of study. An example is a coding camp. If you’d chosen coding for your in-depth, then you would benefit by joining the camp because you would learn faster than before. Another opportunity is watching tutorials, because this way you learn from both your mentor and tutorials, accelerating the growth of your knowledge. Additionally, a mentor definitely accelerates learning, because they help you in person and face to face, which enables you to ask questions and receive feedback- something that’s hard to do on the internet.

 

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

 

    When we get together we talk about what new skills I learned and what I’m working on at the moment. I show my mentor what I’ve done and then Devarshi gives me feedback as to what he thinks about my work. Sometimes just to lighten up the mood we make a joke, but that’s only sometimes because it can take away from the essence of the meeting. Overall we just discuss my progress and what new skills I’m learning, and then move to what I have to improve on and work on. I show my mentor all my new work, so nothing is left out.

 

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

 

What’s going particularly well is our communication, because we are able to talk with each other without difficulty, and I can take feedback from Devarshi without feeling bad about myself. This is because I am used to having conversations with my mentor, and I’m not shy to express my opinion. In the same way, Devarshi isn’t afraid to express his opinion either. We say what we have to say without withholding information, because that isn’t going to help me develop new skills and progress with my project. I am able to take feedback without being defensive, and instead accepting what my mentor says.

 

  1. What are you learning about one another?

 

    We are learning more about each other’s personalities than we knew before, because although we’ve talked to each other before, the conversations weren’t very in-depth- more just casual. Now, we are learning about one another’s hobbies and what they are interested in. For example, my mentor telling me his favourite kinds of models. Additionally, we tend to understand one another’s way of thinking and how we come to the reasoning that we do. This is because we’ve gotten used to meeting with one another and judging from the decisions that we make, we get an idea of how the other thinks.

 

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During the time between the last post and this post, I’ve done a lot of new learning with Blender. As my project of the post I’m going to share with you a scene I made. It consists of a low-poly mountain scene, which I’m quite proud of except for the snow on the mountains, which I feel could’ve been improved. Low-poly means the scene has a low number of polygons, which gives it that blocky look. Low-poly scenes are also great because they don’t take too long to render, which is great in my case, as my computer isn’t the best in terms of rendering. Additionally, I’ve been working on a 3D model of a robot, to challenge my new skills. I want it to be my way of showcasing everything I’ve learned, and I am really looking forward to presenting it when I finish. Without further ado, here’s the low poly mountain scene!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nwh4w38bccXcDZ4RfCbMerS-GfbToIyv/view?usp=sharing (The file was too big to upload so instead I uploaded it on Google Drive)

That’s all for now, happy blending!

Socials 17th Century Letter Blog Post

My dear brother Clifford,

I have been very busy the past few days, and I barely managed to scraped up the time to write

this. The farms are currently very busy, and my landlord is pushing me to my limits. Us lower class

folks get all the dirt. We live off of bread and beer, rarely getting our hands on a good piece of

meat or a delicious block of cheese. Just the thought makes my tongue water. My back and arms

are so sore from all the plowing in the fields, but my landlord has no mercy at all. If he sees me

right now writing this letter, he’ll… let’s just not go there. Witch hunts are happening everywhere,

and I honestly feel bad for some of the poor women condemned for something nobody can prove.

That’s just my opinion, I’m too scared to announce it in public as I’ll most likely be hanged along

with the “witches”. Poor ol’ Rebecca was hanged for being a witch the other day, she was a kind

woman who had treated my injuries after a group of merchants thrashed me for no reason. There

was also the time when she treated me for a disease I’d caught, and in my opinion she was no

witch. Whatever, not like I can do anything about it. I can hear faint music coming from the wealthy

town in the lowlands; it looks so pretty compared to these poor highlands I live in, along with the

other low-class people. The poor children here are beginning to follow the life of crime, robbing

houses and places for goods. I don’t blame them, despite the fact the middle and higher-class feel

otherwise. We don’t have any chance of getting back up, getting to middle-class at least, our

dreams are crushed every day. We get punished for choosing to live like this, poor, miserable,

unable to afford many meals. As if. Do they seriously think we want to live like this? Amazing, the

conclusions those ungrateful, snobby, rich folks come up with. Uh-oh, I can hear my landlord

returning, I must go now or I’m done for. I hope we meet soon,

Austin

T9 Socials Wheels of Revolution Post

1.

wheels-of-revolution

Specific Examples:

 

Social- After discovering that there was no vengeance from god, the people throughout the country began to lose their belief in the Divine Right of Kings.

 

Technological- Parliament developed a strategy and created their own cavalry of their own, instructed to stick together after a charge against the Royal troops so they could quickly turn and strike back.

 

Economical- Farmers began to own more of the land they worked for, which created capitalist farms.

 

Political- Rump Parliament chose to remove monarchy and the house of lords.

 

  1. A connection between the English Civil War and our current present era is when the Supreme Court rules out Donald Trump’s decision to ban all refugee programs in the United States, and decline muslim immigration. This is a connection because in the English Civil War, the Parliament rules out the king and makes their own decisions, which is what the Supreme Court did here after deciding that Trump’s actions were very racist and unacceptable. In this scenario, Trump would be King Charles I and the Supreme Court would be Parliament. For older events, the English Civil War is similar to both the French and American Revolutions because in all three, common people fought in the war, in all three a monarchy was overthrown. Additionally, in all three the military leader ended up leading the country afterwards. For example in the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell ended up leading, in the American Revolution it was George Washington, and in the French Revolution it was Napoléon Bonaparte.

 

  1. My wheel represents justice for the Parliament, whereas things don’t turn out as well for king Charles I. The majority of the country is served justice from the tyranny of Charles I, so for the Parliamentarians and many citizens, the war ends in justice. The conflict is resolved in the end, as Parliament beheads Charles I in the end, putting an end to Charles I’s tyranny. The consequences of the event were both positive and negative. On the positive side, the lower class people were happy as they got more power, farmers were happier as they got more control and power over their land, many people around the country were happy as they got more freedom and didn’t have to pay Charles I’s ridiculous taxes, and lastly Parliament was happy as they won the war and gained more power and control over England. On the negative side, Charles I’s supporters must’ve been sad they lost, and there were over 200,000 casualties that were the result of the conflict, so lots of people lost their loved ones during the English CIvil War.

In-Depth Post #4

The past 2 weeks have been going great, and I am still expanding my knowledge of Blender. Despite the fact we are already at week 7, I still have a lot to learn! I am currently in the middle of a Youtube Blender beginner tutorial series, taught by an expert in Blender that has been using the program for 14 years, believe it or not. His name is Andrew Price (a.k.a. Blender Guru), and you can check out his website here:

 

https://www.blenderguru.com/

 

He has created a 9-part tutorial series that teaches everyone the basics of Blender, starting with the bare basics and slowly progressing to more complicated subjects like rendering, compositing, and lighting. I have just finished part 4, and I am really enjoying the style the tutorials are taught at. They are easy to pick up on, and entertaining to watch because of the humour incorporated in. The reason I chose to watch this series is because it will boost my learning, as with Blender Guru’s tutorials and all of Devarshi’s help (my mentor), I will learn much more! Speaking of which, here are the questions for this blog post:

 

  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

 

    So far, my most difficult mentoring challenge has been formally talking to my mentor during our sessions. I know this sounds weird, as my answer to what’s working well is our effective communication with each other, but it can also be a downside as well. This is because it is hard for us to think of the setting at the meetings as mentor-student, since we are used to casually talking with each other. This makes it hard to formally focus on mentoring, and many times it feels awkward to think of my uncle as my mentor. This isn’t too bad though, as it doesn’t interfere with our productivity or how much work we get done, nor does it hinder the quality of our meetings, it’s just one difficult impediment I have faced.

 

  1. What is working well? Why?

 

So far, what’s working well is how Devarshi and I are able to communicate with each other very effectively. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the reason behind this is because he is my uncle, and we have communicated with each other a lot in the past. Although it may not seem like much, us being able to communicate effectively enables us to share ideas and give feedback much easier than with someone we didn’t really know. If I was working with a stranger, I am sure I would be a lot more self-conscious and nervous when it came to showing my work.

 

  1. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

 

    What could be working better is how we could improve our formality during each of our sessions, just like I mentioned in the first question. What I mean by improving formality is small changes such as refraining from making too many jokes, and thinking of the setting as more mentor-mentee rather than nephew-uncle. This is because although there is nothing wrong with an uncle-nephew setting, we can maximize learning in a mentor-mentee environment since that way we focus more on learning from one another and moving forwards, whereas a regular meeting wouldn’t be as educational since everything would be a lot more casual and we might get off-topic quite easily.

 

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Normally, I would insert a mini project here that I completed in Blender, but unfortunately I don’t have anything like that to showcase. What I can do to make it up though, is show you screenshots of a bigger project I’m working on. This bigger project indeed is Blender Guru’s 9-part beginner tutorial series, and I’ve just recently finished part 4. Without further ado, enjoy the pictures!
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That’s all I have for now,

Happy Blending!

Significant Personal Object

  1. Inquiry Question: What is the story of my family’s old American dollar?

 

  1. Source: This is a primary source, because my family and I are the owner of the object, and I am also the one telling you about it. The object was created at the U.S. Mint, and as for the exact time it was printed I am not exactly sure. On the coin itself it says 1776 – 1976, but when I spent some time on Google, I realized the coin was a 1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Type 2, issued in 1975 and 1976, which implies the coin was made around that time.

 

  1. Context: An event going on around the time my dollar was created is the Cold War, which was a state of geopolitical tension after the events of World War II. Another event ongoing was the 1970’s energy crisis, which was when major industrial countries faced a significant petroleum shortage. Smaller things include Volkswagen introducing their first Golf model, and Microsoft becoming a registered trademark. I doubt these events affected the creation of my object, because along with all other money, the coin would have been made anyways.

 

  1. Description: What is important about this coin is how it’s being passed down all the way from my grandmother to me. It went from my grandma, to my father, then to me. Back when my grandma received the dollar, it probably wasn’t worth much, but that decision she made to hold on to the item and pass it down is the reason I even have it in the first place. What’s interesting about it is how there aren’t many of the coins out there anymore, and it’s quite old, which makes it seem even cooler! There are 3 types of the dollar, and after some close looking, I was able to deduce I possessed a type 2 coin. The only difference between type 1 and 2 is a slight change in the font, and I also found that interesting.

 

  1. Inferences about perspective: The creators of the coin were probably middle or high-middle class, because they had a job at the US Mint. Since the dollar was mass-produced at a factory with lots of people working there. The reason they made the source is because they had to supply money for the entire country, and were told to do so by the government. The audience was the entire country, as they are producing money for everyone inhabiting the country. I doubt the background/values of the workers influenced how the item was created, because the coin was bound to be made one way or the other.

 

  1. Inferences about inquiry question: From examining the source, I can learn exactly what type of coin I have(1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Type 2). I can also learn the years the coin was created, which was in 1975 and 1976. Although I learned the technicalities about the coin, I am still unable to answer why my grandma kept the coin with her and passed it down all the way to me. My current knowledge extends what I know, because before I had no idea what type of coin I had other than the fact it was old and passed down to me. A question I still have is why my grandma even bothered to set that one coin aside and decide to pass it down the line in the first place.

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Socials History Blog Post

Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?

 

Large and impactful events in history, positive or negative, were never inevitable. Many could have been avoided with just a simple decision, and they just wouldn’t have happened. At all. Think of it as the future; if you are feeling like eating a chocolate bar, it’s not inevitable that you will stand up and eat a chocolate bar, you can easily just resist the temptation and go eat a healthy apple instead. In the same way, many big events in history could’ve been prevented, although not as easily as reaching for an apple. If you want a real life example, the 2007 Minneapolis Bridge Collapse that killed thirteen people and injured at least one-hundred and forty-five is a great example. For the past two decades leading up to the disaster, officials at multiple government levels knew the bridge was “structurally deficient”. Did they do anything about it? Nope. This is one disaster that could have been prevented had the government taken the steps to strengthen the bridge, and it for sure wasn’t inevitable.

 

Another example farther back in time is the 1838 Pastry War. The war was caused because a French pastry artist in Mexico had his shop pillaged of goods, along with many other complaints from French nationalists. Due to this, France demanded a massive payment from Mexico, and when the payment wasn’t carried out France put a trade blockade on all Mexican ports, leading to a conflict that led to over 230 deaths. This war could have easily been prevented, had one thing happened differently. For example, if the shop hadn’t been looted in the first place, the entire war never would have happened. Even if the two countries had decided to have a nice conversation together and came to an agreement, the war would have been prevented. Think of it as a massive BEDMAS equation- if one of the numbers were to be switched, the outcome would be totally different. These examples and analogies prove how historical events were never inevitable, just like the future. There are thousands of possibilities that could have happened, and the one that did happen could have just as easily not happened.

 

   

In-Depth Post #3

So far in in-depth, a big problem I encountered for my last blog post was the fact that my mentor was busy and unable to meet, so I couldn’t talk about them for the post. Well… my mentor is still busy with work; they have a huge workload at the moment. This was definitely a problem, so I knew I had to do something about it. Before I found my mentor, I had a potential option in mind, which was my uncle. He has had experience with 3D modeling in the past, and knows how it works very well. Since Greg is busy (my original mentor that works at SONY), for the moment I am going to have my uncle as my mentor; his name is Devarshi. So far my progress is great, and I am currently learning more and more about Blender with every day that goes by, especially with Devarshi’s help and guidance.

 

Q: What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

 

    What went well during our mentoring sessions is how we were able to open up and talk with each other without any problem, and Devarshi was able to provide me with constructive criticism. This is because we know each other well, which enables effective communication skills between us. Devarshi showed me how some of my work would look nicer, and tips on how to improve my work. This consisted of even the slightest stuff, like just a little bit of colour correction to bigger things like adding or completely removing an object from a scene.

 

Q: What relationship challenges did you face?

 

    The relationship challenges that we faced was how we weren’t used to this type of environment. What I mean by this is that we aren’t used to the teacher-student environment, where he is trying to teach me something, but it definitely wasn’t that big of a problem, for sure not getting in the way of my learning. We were for sure communicating with each other effectively, and once in a while we even made a joke; this helped make everything seem a lot friendlier and comforting in general, adding to the positivity of the experience. We were very open in our communication, because we knew one another well and were used to talking with each other.

 

Many times we checked assumptions with each other, for example when I made sure that the H.264 default codec would work and result in a playable video, even though I assumed it would work fine. It turns out that yes, the H.264 codec was the correct one, but still better safe than sorry! Another example was while working on nodes, I checked with Devarshi to see if all the gloss node did was make the material shiny or not, rather than going with my assumption that yes, it did just go shiny. Although the answer was yes, I learned that the gloss node is mostly just used when replicating metallic material, and in other materials the gloss is mixed in with other shaders. We were actually listening to each other, because I followed all the tips I was provided with and edited my scenes according to my mentor. I also asked questions when I was given a suggestion, so I would know why I was being provided the suggestion in the first place. In other words, I checked out assumptions, just like the other question was asking. :)

 

Q:  What learning challenges emerged?

So far everything has been going very smoothly, but the only challenge I have faced is how long rendering time takes for an animation. In my planet collision animation (posted below), the render time was well over an hour, and the animation was only 8 seconds long, so a short film-type animation may take the whole night. This is probably because I am working on a laptop (MacBook), but it’s not like I have a powerful PC to use, I’ll just have to make-do. Besides, the program runs really smooth! To hold myself accountable for my learning, I show my mentor my latest work and don’t withhold information, because that will just harm me. To hold himself accountable for the learning, Devarshi gives me lots of advice and doesn’t hold back what he has to say, so the learning is all the more.

 

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As I mentioned above in the third question, here is my project of the post, and this is also my biggest project yet! Well it’s only 8 seconds but still… I’m really proud of it!

 

Enjoy:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9yfspPYvyuLRHBycURIU2RHSVRLU0Q0X3hPMDh2VEdFWnVV/view?usp=sharing

Well, that’s it for now! Happy Blending!