ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 23 June 2019

SPARKY.

Animation nodes have been giving me a few more hours entertainment. I'm still following tutorials by Chris Penninger. This one is a bit more complicated but far from impossible. The render is a bit iffy it could do with a noise generator into the world texture to simulate the sparks lighting the environment. I'll have a go at polishing the job up whilst it's raining tomorrow.
 This node tree is a bit more complex.
Here is the video:
It needs more work but I'm happy to have got this far.
Have a good week.

Friday, 21 June 2019

SUMMAT REELY KOMPLICATED

This week has been a little tedious. The Conservatives brightened it up by finding a complete idiot and fantasist to stand for Prime Minister. He didn't last long, more is the pity. Great he was and the fragrant Beth Rigby dabbing her tears of woe at Rory's demise were a sight to behold. The Reeeing in the MSM was great.

I have found something new to learn. I am using or starting to use animation nodes in Blender 2.80. The problem is that the node add-on is in development and Blender is still in Beta. The chap who designed them is a real star. JACQUES LUCKE. They are great and save writing loads of script or hours of manual key framing. Unfortunately I couldn't make them work, I assume it is more my cack handedness and lack of nous rather than his programming. After a few hours frustration I found an Austrian chap called Chris Prenninger, he has had much more success than I have and now has his own build of Jacques script. If you click the link he explains it for idiots like me. Pity all teachers aren't in his league. It would help were I a bit more computer literate but I keep struggling on and learning.
This looks a mess cos it is a mess but even getting the render was a brain teaser. I had to use viewport render or Blender crashed. The joys of bumbling about in new software.
I've done a little video. I think it may help. There again it may not.
Have a good weekend.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

A BAD WORKMAN.

I am a bad workman, I blame the tools.
I have decided that fSpy needs much more work. The big problem is that I can't select wire frame in Blender 2.80 when modelling without losing the reference image.
I set up what I thought would be something simple to model and projection paint but it doesn't really work.
When imported into Blender it gets worse. I could run it through twice to camera match the table but is it worth the hassle? Not for me it isn't. It was worth a look but I now know why folk charge a fortune for laser mapping stuff.
Yesterday the car passed it's MOT. It needed a ball joint on the steering arm and cost rather a lot but far less then Renault would charge. Changing a ball joint is a thirty minute job. It's a grand garage. A proper car repair shop.

I like to use these places. The staff never vary and it doesn't cost a fortune to book the car in. Here there is a friendly one and a grumpy old man, both are fine as I'm a grumpy old man. Nice to find a kindred spirit and not get ripped off. It has a shop selling tobacco so they are doing their bit to keep nurses employed. Were the InterNational Health Service privatised then non would be forced to visit food banks. They would be on mega bucks or the dole.
This morning I was what photographers call.... Well out of my comfort zone. I am crap at taking pictures of moving things in bad light without using strobes. I love strobes. They freeze the moment... Perfeck, no calkulation rekwired, a bit of time setting up for the gizmo to trigger them. I love the mega bucks Pocket Wizard; it works a treat but apparently horses don't like strobes. There are lots of things horses object to. Some, even in Scotland, are spooked by umbrellas, IronBrew cans and helicopters. If I owned a horse I'd teach it to love everything.  Here are a few snaps taken of folk having fun.
Nice horse. Stunning lady. A bit dour but then many Scots are. 
 Young Children. Their mums do their hair. The horse is called Darcy Carole does Darcy's hair.
 A little bit older girl. She is good at this vaulting. I think the horse is a Bay. It is beautiful. I could be wrong but I seem to recall that Bays are any shade of brown but with black mane and tail. This is a belter of a horse.
Here it is again I liked this horse.
This is the same lass that I snapped first. I have an eye and a knack for spotting talent, very photogenic, no Photoshop curves adjustments required here.

Enjoy your week. 
If like me you struggle to post and keep getting ditched as unacceptable to the EU content directives. Press escape, Log in again and carry on. It's a pain but the EUSSR aren't the brightest. The twats just take money for doing nothing. Bastards and Twats they are.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

CAMERA MATCHING AND A FEW IMAGES.

I see middle England has suffered an inundation. Hope you are all okay in your wellies and coracles, try not to worry, as Michael Fish would say. "It will be all water over the bridge by Friday."
I have been playing with some free software called fSpy. It allows one to use a reference image and 3D model onto a grid corrected for perspective and scale. If anyone would like to know more than the following video shows then either Google fSpy Tutorials or ask. The basics are not difficult but one has to be careful.
The video is a little protracted as I was thinking whilst recording it, no problem; most of my videos are a bit amateur so nothing has changed.

Here are a few more images from the Classic Car Show at Errol.
 This breakdown lorry is interesting. It's powered by a Flathead Ford V8. It was built in 1933 and is designated Ford SV-V8, the SV standing for side valve. I looked it up and there are a couple of videos featuring it but they are from New Zealand. What it's doing in Perthshire I have no idea. Their loss is our gain.
 Here are a pair of Fordson Majors. The nearest is interesting as it has a Perkins six cylinder diesel. Someone must have offered this conversion as I have seen one or two other examples. Perkins Diesels are from Peterborough, a town that can claim notoriety for having 60% of votes cast being postal. Import the third world and become a banana republic or in this case caliphate.
Another Fordson, this time a Super Major.
That's all for today, try and stay above the water.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

BEAUTIFUL.

This morning I visited a classic car show at Errol. It's not far away but the journey is quite a drag either via Perth or Dundee. Pity there isn't a ferry across the Tay. I made the mistake of taking the dogs. They aren't bad but are a bit of a pain on the lead, it's not something they are accustomed to.
I'll show some nicely restored bikes today.
 197cc VILLIERS AMBASSADOR.
 AJS 18? 500cc SINGLE.
BSA B33? 500cc SINGLE.
I think these are all from around 1950 but there was very little information, Perhaps I ought to have purchased the programme. 
I do have some more images and as I have bitten off more than I understand in Blender you may get drip fed the rest. I am using a free programme called FSpy to convert 2D images into 3D scenes and trying to learn projection painting. It's a fascinating business and I bet you can hardly contain yourselves whilst awaiting the results.
Enjoy the week.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

TRUE COLOURS.

President Trump is here and I wish I had more time to savour the Socialist hypocrisy,  maybe lunacy but I suspect it's just cognitive dissidence, two words for ignorant. It is fine for the left to meet Xi Jinping but then they seem to hold tyrants in high regard and can only dream of having such power here. Even Obama was lauded by the left and worse still the harridan Hilary. I just fail to understand but then I must be thick or Hitler. Obama did far more damage to millions of South Americans at the border. He droned and bombed his way through the middle east. To the social Justice Warriors the lazy Obama and the crooked Hilary are heroes or maybe heroines. Never been sure what Obama is.
This bloke looks like a leader. He does what leaders do, he chats to folk. Our future king looks like a wazzock. He's never seen anyone stop and chat to a squaddie. Never too late late to learn you bumptious cuckold.

 I'm not intelligent like a skool master with an A-Level in Geography and another in art. For the record my A-levels were a great disappointment to my parents, to my science master and the head of mathematics, I was coerced into to taking four exams. Physics, Applied Maths, Pure Maths and chemistry but I ditched the latter voluntarily. I wanted to go to Loughborough because they had rugby and a posh engineering faculty, they wanted two Bs and a C I knew I wasn't clever enough for MIT. The Mankies wanted straight As and though offered a place at Aston the thought of three years or more in Birmingham appalled me. I was a little miffed to get two Cs and an F but then I did next to no work as things like girls, running, working and climbing were occupying me full time. Speschully the girls. I regarded the examination boards marking as fairish. These days I could claim speschul needs. I was Totty fixated but a virgin, even the noted easy ones declined my best fumbles. Don't regret anything but the rugby, I missed not experiencing that. 

It seems the left are put off by rain. Frightened of a wash I suspect. 
Lots of sticks and paper going to waste. I trust not into landfill.
 Despite her foul writing I would. I hear much the same when loading sheep or cattle. Bet a pound to a penny she is a poppet but isn't talking to the heifer that just kicked her or has ever seen one. Still suit me were she to play her cards right.
 Unlike this. Happen never done that much work or washing.
This is brilliant. I don't think she needed a placard. Happen it's to inform The Hope not Soap lot. I know folk that have married far worse looking lasses. I doubt they held a placard like this up, must be a vegan asexual thing with embarrassing smelly bits.
I hold no particular feelings about Donald Trump, I don't know the bloke. The left have to have things to hate. It justifies their own inadequacy and helps them sleep at night.
 It will be interesting to see if the MSM changes with the rise of The Brexit Party. I have voted for TBP and we'll see if they can control Globalism. I doubt it, Farage is what he is a populist a bit like Corbyn but without the urge to stand next to murderers to get a stiffy on. Populist has to be better than the same old three party system. The danger is the Liberals will win, the Perverts and Paedo Party but it's not exclusive they have the most but all politicians are suspect.  A clean sweep of the Aegean Stables that is Westminster is required then I will attack the new lot.
It's just fun.
All images were borrowed.

Friday, 31 May 2019

RAINY DAYS.

The weather is warm and very wet.
I passed an hour or two playing with a skull and lights. I have no idea why.
Have a good weekend.
Forgot to say the inspiration came from HERE

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

MARK KNOPFLER.

What a weekend, it was brilliant. 
I went to see Mark Knopfler at the SEC on Sunday night. He will always be a favourite of mine. The band were superb all eleven of them, no synthetic or tracked backing and a really good set comprising old favourites and some new or old folky stuff. He did the Robert Plant and Alison Krause song Sailing to Philadelphia. I didn't expect that, nor did I expect to be one of the youngest there, the average age looked to be about seventy, I may be wrong, I'm sixty nine. The downside was sitting on hard seats for a couple of hours and the lack of nubile totty. Glamorous young ladies always provide the icing on the cake at such events. At any events where I to be honest. (I was a tad disappointed not to see any at a laser cutter demo a couple of weeks ago, only hairy arsed welders doing their best to assimilate G-Code). There were a few lovelies but they were the carers (Carers for the punters not for Mark Knopfler). I wonder what they made of it? It could be improved by being unplugged but then I very much doubt I could afford to go. The SEC venue is excellent, it's big but not so big that giant TV screens have to be erected so that one can see.
Now then, now then, the EUSSR election business. What a result. I know that I and all the folk voting for the Brexit party are total ignoramuses, quite possibly Fascist and racist. I have also realised that if you add all the remain contingent together then the Brexit party didn't win at all. I fear that the only way Socialists will win is by adopting good old Socialist policies. Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao had the right idea.....Kill decedent dissenters and pop moderates to work on the land to feed the less than committed folk slaving in the tractor factories. Nasty silly buggers are Socialists. Their constant refrain being that we need proper socialism. I've seen it and no thank you. Globalism is possibly worse but the two are brother and sister. They argue as siblings do but defend each other when confronted.
At long last the Hawthorne is in bloom. Here is a composite in white.
White Pony, White Blossom.
I'm not an artist, more an anarchist but if anyone wants a quick way of separating fine hairs then I can do a quick HOWTO using the background eraser in PShop. This took five minutes and could be perfect but that would take an hour. Not worth the bother for an artistic, autistic imbecile like me.
Have fun.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Cria y el Jefe.

It's the start of a new week. Last week was pretty good, our PM resigned but she hasn't gone yet. She is a pitiful creature, no ability whatsoever but then the rest of Westminster are cast from much the same cloth. Impossible as it is to believe many are far worse.
Yesterday I decided to get some snaps of the baby Alpacas. Cria they are called and they live in a mixed menagerie consisting of sheep, goats and a couple of Shetland Ponies.
Strange but attractive little creatures.

 The brown and white one is the boss or thinks he is. He tries his best to intimidate folk but doesn't spit or kick, not yet anyway. He contents himself with stamping his feet and edging closer to you. He then stops at about six feet and hopes you will run. Silly Alpaca. EL Jefe indeed.
It is difficult to take anything that looks so ridiculous seriously. I suspect that was half May's problem, I have a sneaking feeling that the Alpaca could have done a better job.
Have a good week, I'm going to see Mark Knopfler this evening and have a camera shutter to investigate sometime today. I'll hit it with some new firmware and hope that does the trick. If not I'll resort to a small hammer.

Have fun.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

VARIETY.

I have had a good day today despite one or two challenges. Some were annoying, some amusing. Last night I made a curve rope for the clock but when I convert to a mesh it all but stops the computer. I have always tried to use Monsieur Bezier's curves when modelling stuff as they are really quick for curvy things, what I would do without he and Mr Boole I don't know. Fortunately I don't have to find out as their genius is embedded in the software I use. I just press buttons.
I had problems when I converted my rope to a mesh, it has a somewhat wonky lay, not to Bridport standards. As you can see if you enlarge the above the bake was taking silly time and ridiculous amounts of memory. I suspect Blender 2.80 Beta. This is the rope as a curve.
It's not too shabby and would be fine for video. The cutting in is normal as far as I can tell, it's caused by the original curve. I could try adding collision to the Bezier circles that I used to create the strands. Only just thought of that.

This government made my blood boil today, it is obviously not fit to run a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, nor could it afford to. The gurning, amoral spastic we have as PM is a national disgrace. They cock up everything they touch despite there being hundreds of thousands of them, millions if one adds in quangos. I dread to think how many folk it takes to teach incompetently, cure folk or kill them, add up rates, consider planning applications but I do know how many it takes to cut a grass verge. Five. One with a mower, a supervisor and three standing about doing lord knows what. I suspect the problem lies with the numbers and lack of accountability. OpenReach Just pull up in a van and do complicated things down a hole in the grass verge. Takes just the one man. I never saw the grass cutters van but a pound to a penny it has a driver and some bloke riding shotgun.

I am in charge of the campsite this week and had a couple of vans arriving. Could I get the computer to pop electric onto their pitches could I buggery. Maybe it isn't Blender. Happen I should ask for a consultant or ten. Hide my incompetence in numbers.

I went to see a lame cow first thing. She had a calf so I grabbed it, tied it to the front of the truck and then tied her and winched her to the back of the pickup, hobbled her with a bit of rope and gave her the baby back. What had I done but hobble the poorly foot. I went through the whole rigmarole again but visa versa with the hobbling, it took twice as long as she was wise to my subterfuge. I trimmed her hoof and she was so grateful I got a bash in the ribs for my surgical ministrations. Ungrateful beast. I'm getting too old for such shenanigans. I'll get some consultants in next time.

Last job before writing this was I had to go and pop the twenty tonne excavator on a low loader. That went like a dream as I wasn't driving either the low loader or the backhoe. God shines on righteous machines.
Have fun and if you can vote for Farage, he is far from perfect, in fact a bit of a twat but better than any alternative.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

WILL IT EVER GET DONE?

Blender is going through another lot of user interface changes and also many clean up jobs. How they keep track of what needs doing is beyond me. Brilliant they are; as I keep telling myself when yet another operation goes belly up.
Here is a bit of video showing reversing gears and my attempts at modelling a rope to drive the clock.


It is all good clean fun.

Friday, 17 May 2019

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME.

Well I can turn back time but have yet to work out how to make the gears run clockwise. I have spent an inordinate amount of time getting the job cracked to this stage. On the plus side I can now model involute gears in a few minutes. Any pedants who suggest that clock teeth are cycloidal can bugger right off. I also get distracted by images of Cher popping into my mind. I used to fancy Uma Thurman and still do but Cher's curly black tresses give her the edge in the fantasy stakes. Proper totty they are.
I love mastering something new. I tried everything to get these gears to work and what it came down to was me being thick. The virtual drive needed more oomph and the axis of the two gears sets had to be calculated and aligned accurately. The next step is to get rid of the virtual drive and replace it with a weight driven escapement and pendulum. The running backwards will be a minor setting I've got arse about face. I hope.
Here is where the power is, never noticed this little tinker before but not to worry I've learn't lots of stuff through missing it. This is a proper job or almost.
See:


Have a great weekend. I'm horsing tomorrow lots of young folk doing gymnastic things on horses so if I can get my anti-perv ticket renewed then I'll post some images. If I don't then dream on.
Have fun.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

REALLY STUPID.

At about silly o'clock I decide to have another look at the clock. I found that importing Stl. files into Blender has limitations. Stl. files are triangulated and not quads. they even have NGONS what they oughtened to do. See this is one of the very end of thirty teeth. Okay I removed double vertices but Shirley she can't be responsible. Should remove this but not for thirty teeth. Can't be arsed, let Shirley do it.

It causes a massive problem for rigid body physics. If I generate a perfect gear profile which this tooth is then moving the vertex down to triangulate the mesh doesn't solve the problem. I wish I understood the maths better. Rigid body physics in Blender does not like blank spaces. It wants loads of horizontal lines and then it performs. It also seems to require  sensible thickness to diameter ratio. Pain in the arse it is. It is sortable but no point in worrying till the basics are sorted.


Not a massive headache Just loads of things to sort. I prefer getting the basic thing done in FreeCad and then the rest in Blender. Does anyone know how to find the centre of a hole in Blender? Better still align two or three body holes to an axis.
I could start reading FreeCad forums but then I would be special needs or at least close to the spectrumius. I probably am but no worries. Just realized that clock teeth are  Cycloid and not involute. Makes no difference to the computer.
Have fun Vote Brexit. Farage is a bit of a tosser but the alternatives in England seem far worse. If you are a globalist then feel free to ignore my recommendation. I just like being English.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

TEMPUS TANTRUM.

The weather is superb. Yesterday we had a wander down to Loch Leven, I lugged two cameras but failed miserably with the insects. Not to worry it was a grand morning.

The dogs had a paddle and I was almost tempted to join them.
I have just got a pendulum and the weight drum to finish modeling for the clock or so I thought. You will see that things didn't go to plan. I am going to have to re-think the workflow. Amusing as this clock is it is not what I intended.
I am enjoying the modelling and colouring in but have still some way to go for a satisfactory timepiece.
Take advantage of the global warming, it's set to become global cooling for the weekend.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

POSH MOTH MACRO AND NEW FreeCAD

After cursing like a trooper I eventually got lucky and got Unopenreach to upload the latest stable version of FreeCAD. In the meantime I also realized that the gear add-on is not what the clever folk are using. I had a look on GitHub and found a macro that adds a gear workbench. These can be a pain to load but what I do is unzip the file, cast my eye over the resulting gobbledegook then open up FreeCAD in my programmes file and look for mod. It may be hidden so click show hidden files. Then I guess you could just copy and paste the whole unzipped thingy into mod. There is quite a lot of rubbish in these files like readme and licence, all superfluous junk. I just grab the bits I hope are relevant copy and paste those in. If anyone would like a HOWTO then just ask. What I do seems to work but I am a bit of a Muppet when it comes to computers.**
Brand new FreeCAD. Now all I have to do is get my head round it and get back to my clock. The new start page is  challenge.
This is the Gear Workbench which gives much more flexibility. Whether or not I can make it perform remains to be seen.

This morning I had a trip out macroing. There was a dearth of subjects but things are looking better.
 A successful clock. I usually take a couple of shots of something inanimate as it helps me get my eye in and check exposure. This dandelion is way ahead of me on the clock business.


Two St. Marks's flies. These will enlarge to at least twice, maybe three times this size. Not the most prepossessing of insects but the first I've seen this year. They do have hairy eyes and attractive feet.
The star of the outing was this wonderful moth.


I think this may be a Gold Spot Moth but I'm far from sure. It made my morning whatever it is.

** PS. There must be a posh way of loading such applications. GitHub is a wonderful free repository for stuff but it can take a few goes to get them to install. They do have an instruction page but I've never been able to make head nor tail of it. (They are developed by super intelligent versions of me. Altruists. Being a thick tightwad has disadvantages.) When you succeed in loading them they are as good or better than paid for Apps. You can't do any harm as long as you virus scan the files. I usually forget and to be honest a firewall shouldn't interfere with their installation. 

The more you play and fail the more you learn.

Friday, 10 May 2019

FINGERS.

Fingers or hands? I think these are more hand sized.


I decided first thing this morning to have a break from mechanical things and to spend an hour or so modelling the clock face again, the first one I did was crap, the numerals weren't indexed properly and the hands were a bit agricultural. As you can see I have spaced the numerals correctly. I made a bit of a meal of it as I couldn't think of a fast way of spacing Roman numerals around the circumference without doing it manually. It worked out fine selecting each group of letters rotating around 'Z' back to zero then rotating again by whatever 30° increment is appropriate, it took several dozens of key strokes. There must be a quick way of doing it. I then settled down to the hands or fingers. I was looking at images for inspiration when I thought why not just copy them.


I settled on the first set as the more elaborate ones were very scruffy and would have taken ages to clean up. These are JPEG images which are of little use to man or beast. I converted the first pair into a PNG file in Photoshop. This isn't really necessary but it is good practice to work with as much information as possible. JPEG and PNG images are Bitmap or Raster images and made up of hundreds of little dots or pixels, like photographs. This is no good at all for scaling up or manipulating in a 3D programme. What we need is a way of converting them to a Vector format and the only format I know that Blender will accept is SVG. To do this import the raster image into Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator if you are lucky enough to have it. I only have Inkscape, a (two decimal summat edition)*. It is fine and quick to use, watch that you click remove background when tracing the Bitmap; the default settings should be fine for a solid B&W image like this. When saving in Inkscape be careful to save as Plain SVG. Default is Inkscape SVG, which Blender refuses to accept. This made me use some very naughty Anglo Saxon words. Twice, nay three times, I ended up making the dogs blush. Once Imported into Blender, change the display colour to white or it will be hard to see, it will still be invisible but scale it up and all will be fine. Select it and go into Edit mode and convert from a curve to a mesh then extrude it to make a solid; whilst you are in Edit press (P) to separate by loose parts . Back into Object mode and the job is done, bar shuffling about to set the time. 
This looks fine. Wait a second either the face is too small or the hands are too big. It is a problem working alone, such details are easily missed. In a workshop there is usually some idle, nowt better to do, smart arse to suggest one has been a bit thick.

That is much more betterer. Good job I made the original cuckoo as when rectifying my mistake I noticed that the hands were hitting the numerals.
This is good enough, using an engineers reckoning it is near enough.


Have a great weekend. If anyone wants to know how to do this I can make a HOWTO video.

(* I have had lots of fun and games getting the latest Inkscape 4.9 or whatever to run. I downloaded a 7zip file unzipped it but could I find an exc. file could I buggery. I know from previous cuckoos that dll. files are not to be messed with. I have cracked it and now have a brand new Inkscape. I just clicked the Inkscape file with their logo, tried to duplicate as a desktop shortcut....That failed but the next identical one in the list worked a treat. I now have a brand spanking new Inkscape. 
If you don't have it then it's free and has installers built in for normal folk. You just need fast broadband not the zero to 60Kb/s I enjoy and how I love timeouts. I have my own language for them. "You fukin bastard twatting dogturd useless cunting Openreach cock gobblers...repeat until one gets hoarse. It often works with 502 errors as well. Bet they don't teach that at the Poly.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

COMPLEX.

No videos today, I am still trying to produce a clock in Blender and FreeCAD. I have had yet more setbacks. This morning I had a wonderful stroke of luck or fortuitous happenstance.
I found this drawing and it is just what I need. Unfortunately when I tried to use the construction lines FreeCAD kept crashing. I ended up guessing A LOT. and got this far.
I have not tried to animate it in Rigid Body Physics as I really didn't like it. I thought of tracing the drawing image in FreeCAD but was loathe to go to all the work of scaling it in Photoshop first. FreeCAD determines size by pixel count and having tried this before I end up with a really horrible fraction as a converter. Rounding it up doesn't produce anything much better than the above.
I then decide I had nothing to lose so imported the sketch into FreeCAD and what a beauty it is, it is full size so scales perfectly. Not often the Devil looks after his own.
I will start this again but the white lines are my tracing and you can see the 15mm Radius is a perfect match for the radius on the drawing. If this works I will credit Constantin whatever he's called for drawing it at 1:1 and scanning it at the same scale. It is available HERE.
This is much harder than I thought and I haven't got as far as the physics bit.