A doppelgänger is a copy or twin of you in other words a person that looks like you. Well my friend and colleague at Autodesk Guillermo Melantoni Cortabarria apparently found mine. So is this a photo of me? No it is not me, it is Gonzalo Frasca of Montevideo, Uruguay. On the right is me in Northern Kenya recently after a nice dip in a lake full of crocodiles and hippos and a cold Tusker beer. On the left is...
Recently while in Kenya I found out what a Hyrax is, and why they are evil and not to be slept near. A Hyrax is a small rodent looking thing that is actually related to the elephant with little small tusks. Now here is why I call these cute unique animals evil, they have a tendency to scream at about 160 decibels from 10pm to 5am sounding like someone is being murdered.
I recently spent a couple weeks in Kenya mostly working from sunup to sundown with Dr. Louise Leakey of the Turkana Basin Institute, Deming Yang of the National Museums of Kenya and my colleague Gonzalo Martinez.of Autodesk. I thought I might share a fun photo with you from the Giraffe Centre located just outside Nairobi Kenya before our research work in Northern Kenya began. So here is me taking a big wet kiss from a rare female Rothschild Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi.)
In the spirit of the 3.14 date being the same as the number of the mathematical constant of Pi I thought I would add my own spin of warped humor along with some cool 3D technology. All day I have been hearing about pies key lime pie, blueberry pie, cherry pie, pot pie, meat pie, banana cream pie, and apple pies which has done nothing but make me hungry. But how about a cow pie?
A fun Friday project to share and something you can do as well. I captured my own head in a 3D model using the free Autodesk 123D Catch software which takes a series of photos from a regular camera and generates a 3D mesh. It is quite simple as long as you read the instructions on how to take your photos. Since glasses are thin featured and also have transparent glass they should be removed. The most difficult part is sitting completely still for about 2 minutes as someone takes photos of your head from different angles.
There is a Bay Area person who has struck out predicating the end of the world or rapture. He has predicated that today October 21st, 2011 will be the real day after his last date did not result in the end of times. Apparently best I understand it, all pure saintly people are to ascend to the heavens leaving only those sinners on the earth to rot or just party until the beer is gone. Odd thing is here I was looking at the latest Sketchbook mobile creation by my daughter on the iPad along with my family and dogs, then POOF just me and the cat on the couch.
I had a great time in Seattle speaking at the AUGIO CAD Camp on Monday in Seattle. In addition to showing Project Photofly live and other great Autodesk Labs technologies I also showed a live demo of the new Project Geppetto in 3ds max 2012. Project Geppetto is an early technology preview available free from Autodesk Labs that allows you to create animated people in 3ds Max 2012 either following paths or idle and look different and have different actions. This technology answers the need for moving characters in your animations instead of just frozen people of the same character used over and over in a scene. The best part is that some of idle people appear to have zombie characteristics.
At Autodesk we had fun with several April Fools day pranks on Friday April 1st also known as April Fools Day, but one seems to continue to be fooling people. The Project ZP on Labs. It was a great prank but is not real. In fact some internal Autodesk employees were excited by the amazing compression algorithms.
Autodesk Labs releases Project ZP web-based compression and uncompression. Our thinking was simple: Can we make data smaller by adding compute cycles to the compression process? We could, but if we did this on a typical laptop, it would take forever. So why not turn to the cloud? We had our Project Twitch servers already in place, so why not use them as a massive compression/uncompression farm?
I had planned a good April Fools day joke but, there has been too many things going on this week and my laptop is trying to die on me. I will save my idea for next year as it is timeless yet CAD related. There is a good one out there from Google for a good laugh. Introducing Google Translate for Animals
I posted the video I had captured of Elvis singing the legal disclaimer at Autodesk University last week. What a creative and memorable way to present the legal disclaimer for a publicly traded company like Autodesk.
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