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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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Here is a Christmas card for you all. I have so few readers now that I can send them personalised to their private email addresses. For those I have missed have a great Christmas. Have a great introverted or extrovert Christmas. You can always email me at: adrianwrd@gmail.com; I automatically get your email whatsit.
The forest isn't here I nicked that bit from Pixabay and it is uncannily similar. Definitely in the tropic of cancer. 
I see the ice on Greenland is melting. This is good news. We will find yet more evidence of Viking settlements that have laid under the ice that has now melted and can find that they didn't just rape and pillage but grew stuff and learn't to use sophisticated mathematical concepts. I suspect they grew grape vines there as well. Be a bugger picking grapes with hungry Polar bears about. I guess they survived else lots of us wouldn't be here.
I used to be a socialist but decided after a good slapping to make a point of asking politely for other peoples possessions whether they be their personal bits and pieces or financial.

Have a great Christmas.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

DON'T PANIC.

Blender 2.81 is out and has lots more stuff. I have come to expect things to just get better and better. Some things I regularly click on have moved or do something silly but this only adds to the experience but not my vocabulary or that of the dogs. Note to myself (learn to swear in Russian). 
I am trying to use scripts and Animation nodes are a way to cheat. I like the Open Shader Language as it works but there is no way of converting the result to a mesh. Makes sense as it is a shader language, it just paints on a surface. Python can be a bit picky with my inputs because I tend to guess. I am getting a little more used to it and a few lines of script with variables defined using Animation nodes will soon allow me to make a Mandelbulb. Soon is the height of optimism, I am conscious that I haven't got thirty years to piss about. I will try and get my arse in gear. Why bother? I haven't a clue. Having found that my computer can handle calculus including complex numbers all on it's own and I have read not to script square roots but fiddle about with integers.....I'm still mystified. A complex number includes the square root of -1. It must think it a bit funny but gets the job done. God knows how and I started all this malarkey to find out how my machine thinks. The further I delve the more stupid I get to feel.
Blender 2.81 is a stable release not like an Alpha one where lots of unexpected things happen, usually it just crashes.
Could I load Animation nodes into 2.81, could I f...k, I mean no I couldn't. I have come to accept that it isn't always my fault. The ones in GITHUB are not compiled and like all stuff they are OS intolerant. 
Animation nodes are still experimental so I rely on a couple of sites to compile them for me. If it doesn't work today then download a new Blender and a new Animation nodes compilation tomorrow and try again.  Be aware that just deleting the ADD-ON does not remove it from ones computer. Experimental stuff is best removed, along with porn and deleted completely. If anyone is interested I can do quick tutorials on finding odds and ends in directories. I will be doing a 'How I done it' on a simple sin/cos pattern as soon as I've got the job sorted.
Here they are after four days. Remember I am working in state employees time. It actually took about half an hour bookable time in the real world.
 I am away tomorrow to sort a CNC Mig Welder.  Five hours for Adrian the numpty to understand the machine and an hour teaching the lass that thought she could work it. Bookable time two hours and a beer. Plus the bonus of chatting to a fat arsed lass. She would be better employed on a PressBrake. Loading 8mm plate would, if not reduce her lower dimensions at least build the upper. Mathematicians enjoy symmetry.
Have fun, Christmas card is decided upon..............It's proving harder than I anticipated.


Monday, 2 December 2019

NO MATHS----HORSES, SUNRISE AND STUFF.

I have had a grand weekend away. Sunday morning I ventured out on slip-slidey roads to catch the dawn over Loch Leven. I love driving on skiddy surfaces it's like going back to a pre-Greta and Snowflake time. A time when one could enjoy life and being alive.
 I'm not a fan of dawn shots unless the snapper frames something in them. This is a minimalist dawn shot.
 I could hear the geese waiting to depart to ravage the vegans crops and got a quick snap.

We have a new horse, he's ten years old and has been re-christened Bramble. He is a bobby dazzler. He will fit in, all bar two of the current incumbents are nice to him though I had to give Talisker a warning slap, a little tinker is Talisker.

 He doesn't like the camera. He is also unfit and sweaty. Gentle exercise will sort him.
This is Darcy, he is an intelligent beast with not a malign bone in his body. He likes cameras and loves children.............He's most likely a Liberal but fair does I've not caught him at one.

I met our Conservative candidate. Seemed a great bloke but a little wishywashy. I live in a Libdem area but it is currently SNP. They, like the Marxist/Islamic labour folk are beyond despicable.
I do wonder how long it will be before we end up prosecuting someone for voter fraud. My guess is never and that's why I don't vote. I decided forty years ago it was a waste of time. it just encourages the buggers.
I may be far right but this meme I enjoyed.

 I do wonder why Corbyn has not been discreetly disposed of. Most likely because he is an idiot. The Labour party are full of them but they also have the dangerous Trotskies like Seumas Milne. Nasty bit of work he is and bright.
Not to worry Lagarde a tasty but criminal banker is the future in the EU. 
Tomorrow is another day. Carry a Narwhale Tusk or buy one before they are decreed Islamophobic.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

FUN IN THE MODERN WORLD.

I don't have a television and for the last seven months I have been bereft of a functioning radio receiver. I did have a fag packet sized Sony machine that could get everything from SW through FM to LW. I lent it to a lady I took a shine to and haven't seen her or it since. It was a bugger to tune and had a fishing reel of aerial wire which had to be draped just so for SW and a nifty telescopic thing for crap like Jeremy Whine.. Good fun it was but a bit of a pain. I remember purchasing it for mega bucks in about 1990, never felt ripped off. It provided endless entertainment just getting it to receive Meteo Francais but receive it it could even mid Atlantic. I did have trouble understanding all but one of French weather girls but that is because I am crap at French and the other two had funny accents and all French and foreign folk generally speak too fast for me. I suspect the forecast is for French matelots not the English as they always had ladies and if the weather was horrendous the mademoiselles used to add stay safe at the end of their speal. Great they were one felt they were sympathetic. Bloody BBC didn't forecast beyond Finnesterre. A mercy imagine Jeremy Whine doing a forecast.

Last night I decided to invest in a new wireless. I looked up Comet on t'internet. Comet is now Curry's PCWorld, had a look at their DABs, baffled I was so took a trip down to Haldenbeith, parked and entered a world of wonder. They have televisions over a metre across, laptops with minimal capability. Washing machines and bread toasters. An amazing shop. I found a radio I liked the price and specification of, picked it up and all hell broke loose. Staff running, customers standing in shocked immobilisation. I felt like a muzzie or a Dindu with a machete would feel if such pond life were blessed with feelings.
 I was ignorant, totally out of order, fortunately a courageous and delightful young lassie with experience that belied her years came and explained to me that I am supposed to pick a box full of wireless from under the display not grab the one I had decided to purchase from on top of the shelf. Silly me. 
Off we went to the cash counter to pay. It gets better or worse, I asked if she had a Black Friday deal on it as whilst I was looking on t'internet I had twigged a 20% discount was applicable but being old I had been a little remiss in noting the actual numbers and letters on the code. The manager was called. He was called Stevie and looked a bit suspect, soul beard, skin tight jeans, silly hair cut.....Most likely a vegan. He tried scanning loads of bar codes in a ring folder. No luck no 20% for Adrian. He was lovely he knocked 10% off. I even have an email from them saying how pleased they were to have served me. I'll pop back. Lovely girl, why she plucks her eyebrows and then paints a slug over each eye I'll leave to someone capable of doing her justice to explain.
 Here it is, it works and the craic was well worth £22.and a bit. Great store, shop at Curry's Haldenbeath.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

THE BOY DONE GOOD.

For months I have wanted to be able to create proper fractals and have at last succeeded. Blender's EEVEE render engine does not support OSL (Open Shader Language) so you have to use Cycles and the CPU. These will animate but it is fiddly and very slow so here are a selection of still pictures. All this has been made possible by CGMATTER. Brilliant he is.
There are after all my struggles only seventeen lines of code and three of those are just closing the crochets or braces for the sub-programmes. I find it very easy to miss a bit and bits are important apparently.
Here are a few examples:


I am as happy as a dog with two tails and a T-Bone steak.
Now to work out Mandelbrots and a way of desensitising the script controls. I guess a couple of Math nodes will sort this.
Have fun, it never ceases to amaze me that Blender can do so much stuff from modelling through editing video and still images to this malarkey. Endless amusement.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

SNOWFLAKE.

I have just posted a quick video showing L-System nodes in Blender. I can nearly make it work. It is much easier creating fractals this way than any of the alternatives that I have found.


If anyone is interested in pursuing this then there are a couple of links in the video description.
Have fun.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

HEADLESS CHICKENS.

Happy Birthday to Carole.

Now this is a very simple utilisation of animation nodes. The Happy Birthday bit is just normal animation. I do wonder if my mind is incapable of much more than this. I can sort of work multi track video but lack the dedication to make it perfect.
This is what the computer shows.

This is easy and if anyone is interested CHRIS PENNINGER can sort you out. If you get stuck with him then ask. He sorts me out.
I have dropped my following Blogger to about zero. I like the few lefty hypocrites like BeefPudding. The bloke is a source of endless entertainment. Thick as a pudding mind you. I enjoy MidmarshJohn for his programming expertise but he does tend to forsake this for plants. Boring things are someone else's plants. 
I guess this will be the last post here.
I Like YouTube, I get response and I learn a lot from it. Such is life.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

IN A MUDDLE.

I have had an appalling week with Blender and Houdini. I have persevered and gone backwards. I got the sphere with coloured balls to perform but it kept crashing. Okay the machine was working hard and I expected to have to wait and wait I did. I recalled the days when HDR images took a kettle boiling time to chunder out stuff so put the kettle on. Came back and the result was hopeless. I couldn't edit anything. Bastard! I was an idiot and hadn't, until an hour ago, instructed Blender to utilise 90% of the machines RAM. Blender was making my machine look a fool.

Even the Gods of climate change don't look after idiots. This clip cheered me up.
Then I thought how serious the injuries could have been. We used to have training to use a high pressure fire hose and it took two of us to control the bugger with a proper fireman shouting.
 "Don't panic. Brace (We Braced). Half. (We staggered). Come on boys put your back into it. Full." 
 We almost took off but still had to hit the target dictated by our trainer. We had three goes to pass. The bloody things are heavy and built to last.
These folk think learning a skill is for the little people. Why they thought a vegan tree hugger with a big bum was going to hang on is beyond me. It is very funny. Cheered me up a treat. Perhaps she could have her own television series.....Be a blockbuster. Better than come dancing. First episode could be lifting a fire hose nozzle, thirtieth coping with Grenfell Towers. What is Dick of the Yard thinking? Why do government continue her contract? An untaxed truck can get into the middle of London. Set up and pump. The blasted thing could have been pumping soap and petrol*. Daft sods one and all. 
It gives me hope. I'll sort this Blender Malarkey but I won't ask any of those Muppets for help.

I got some horse pictures.

This is Mouse. He is still getting comfortable in his new home. A friendly beast and a tall lad at 17.3 hands....That's about six feet to his shoulder.
Old body but new truck. This one is state of the art with automatic transmission and auto exhauster brakes. It carried Mouse up from the borders. I hope he appreciates his new abode.

Finally just a bit of messing.
Quad and Stewart and pooper scooper.
Have fun.

* Soap and petrol is awful stuff. Napalm. It sticks and burns. Not a fun combination.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

DRESSING.

It's been a busy week. I am still getting nowhere with Houdini but try and give it half an hour a day hoping that something will click. The barley is being dressed and will soon be vodka or gin, possibly even whisky. The lights from the dressing will go to feed the pigs and with a bit of luck some pork chops and sausage will appear. The pigs roam about and are predominately Wild Boar/Black cross so a bit lean for bacon. They are also a bit big so a bath would be required to cure the belly in. 

Truck Mounted Grain Dresser.

A new horse has arrived, he's a big lad at 17.3 hands....that's about six feet high at his shoulder. He is a handsome chap and seems quite gentle, he answers to Mouse a very silly name. I was going to get a snap this morning but the vetenaress was in doing his teeth and he didn't look very prepossessing with a gob full of stainless steel and a dopey tranquillised glaze to his eyes.
I am working hard to create an interesting desktop image in Blender, it utilises about twenty percent of the tools in Blender which is an awful lot of stuff to get my head around. The original concept was created years ago in Cinema 4D. A Czech chap did a Blender version of it but that was years ago and Blender has changed dramatically since then. I'm about four hours away now but what with watching grain dressing and vets doing horses teeth I really don't have that much free time.
This is how it starts out give or take a dozen clicks. You can get the gist of it HERE. Most of the examples show packing spheres of equal size I am aiming for something like this.
As you can see the spheres vary in size and the colour changes from the centre to the circumference. It's not easy working out where the centre of varying volumes is. The background is added in the compositor which ought to be a simple job. I feel like adding some mist or smoke. I know how to do that. This will animate but it takes a while to bake as there is a lot going on. If I swapped the spheres for those AW intersections I showed before then it would make a video intro.
I also had my eyes tested and am the proud owner of new spectacles. These are only a bit stronger but crystal clear. The others suffered a bit over their six year life from angle grinder sparks and weld spatter, I did my best to keep them right and regularly gave them a polish with toothpaste. I can see for miles but was a bit miffed at having to pay VAT on a medical necessity. Good job I got these lenses now as they are Zeiss varifocal lenses and from what I hear will be unavailable after the end of the month. Total eyewash. If I have to pay 10% import duty it will still be a saving on the 20% VAT. What are the odds on our leaders forgetting that VAT was introduced to pay the ridiculous salaries and expenses incurred by the tossers in Brussels and Strasbourg; crazy paying to shift all that lot from one dump to a slightly better dump every few weeks.

Politics and politicians have had a good week; at least one good laugh a day. The best is we are being threatened with a government of Wildebeest, bring it on, they couldn't do worse than this shower. I think they called them GNU as Wildebeest is a big word. I did notice that certain MPs were very upset by the word humbug and that's a shorter word by  four letters than Wildebeest. I guess that four letter words are their limit.
This is a Gnu. A handsome beast and possibly more intelligent than most of the current incumbents of Westminster.
Have fun.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

METABALLS.

This week I was going to make myself a set of sandwich boards and march up and down Low Road letting the good citizens of Auchtermuchty know the end of the world is nigh. I thought selling Indulgences would be a reasonable sideline. I realised the flaw almost straight away; global government beat me to it with all the enforced Green tax malarkey.

I then decided to have another poke about in Blender and found Metaballs. This link gives a rough explanation.
This is one of the things they do.
I don't know why I have never noticed them before. I'll have to think of something silly to use them for.
Have fun.

Friday, 20 September 2019

GOOD AND BAD.

I am happy to report that having a prorogued parliament is a blessing. Perhaps we can learn from this and lock the doors for eleven months a year. Or only elect folk like Jared O'Mara who does no harm at all and doesn't go to work. Better folk like him than your average MP.
The RNLI have been paying for birkinis in Bangladesh or some such shithole where we send our ships to be scrapped, we also send some of the waste we pop in recycle bins there. They chuck it in the sea for us. I cancelled my contribution over some RNLI poofy nonsense a year or so ago and now only donate to the Salvation Army. A pity as the RNLI do good work on balance but I won't have them virtue signalling on my coin.

Windmills are having serious problems with at least three issues. The first is that they are unsightly and kill birds. The second is that the blades are unable to withstand hail stones and salt crystals so are needing lots of patching up. Patching up the leading edge of an airfoil while swinging about in the air, I suspect, is a fruitless but well paid task. The third snag is that they are still allowed to use Sulphur hexafluoride as an insulating gas and fire supresent. Fluorides have been banned for years as they are a serious greenhouse gas, 25000 times worse than CO² and the dirty beggars are releasing tonnes of it every year. Not to worry our green taxes pay for it.

I started a year ago with this coding malarkey as I wanted to understand how image software works. It just keeps getting more complicated and confusing. I have found that there are a couple of windows one can open in Blender that show the Python code for what you have just done. The more I read it the more sense it makes and the less lines I find confusing. It's a viscous circle.I found this site but can't get an account it uses Captchur......Who uses Captchur these days?
I can't work captchur, funny cos I'm bright enough to get a superscript number after Captchur² using HTML.
I thought it would help me get to grips with the ins and outs of how the 3D stuff works as folk do amazing things with Shadertoy. 
This animates, I think it is written in Java but until I get my head round these languages it could be summat else like Hottentot. I then realised that the Hottentots would still be pondering how to sharpen a stick were it not for slavery so I can discount Hottentot, maybe Arabic as they were quite bright at one time. I naively thought if one got a grasp of C++ one was away. No chance it's not like learning Spanish, Italian or French it's like learning bloody Russian with lots more letters. Admittedly the Russians don't have as many letters as normal folk but they compensate by writing them funny. Much Like coding instructions.
 Naughty haughty coders.
Have fun.

Friday, 13 September 2019

WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT.

I have never had much time for politicians. The country has survived three years since the referendum which shows how little effect they have on anything of importance. We never asked them to get involved in a withdrawal agreement. Involved they decided they had to be and here we are. 
I've made a little video.
It's got a bit foggy. 
I can't help feeling that we would be better off if the parents of the six hundred and fifty honorable members in Westminster had signed a withdrawal agreement.
Not to worry, life would be less interesting without their idiocy to laugh at.
Have a good weekend.

ADDENDUM.
Richard it works but not very well.

If you wanted to 3D print this I can see if flipping the 'P' horizontally improves things and can supply an Stl. file. It only works perfectly with symmetrical letters. 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

WHAT A KERFUFFLE.

I'm still playing in Houdini and failing to get my head round it. I always suspected my mathematics were a little on the weak side of competence but have now proved it.
This is what I'm aiming for, it's from a file I downloaded from GitHub. I am slowly following the excellent tutorials produced by a Japanese chap called Junichoro Horikawa.
I suspect he concentrated whilst in school. I suspect his tutorials will see me out. Mind boggling they are but watching someone write Python fast and explain at the same time is education in itself.

Yesterday I found a couple of pristine Butterflies.
 RED ADMIRAL.
PEACOCK.

I wonder what this week will bring? Whatever happens enjoy your week.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21...........BACK TO BASICS.

My thoughts and actions are getting far too boring for Blogger hence posts tend to get few comments; that's fine with me, the posts also get a bit spread out as I bamboozle myself  by taking ideas from the internet. Too much knowledge is available for me to learn or understand. It's doing my head in. I decided about this time last year, maybe a little later, to learn Python computer scripting. I never got that far as I found animation nodes, drivers in Blender and then discovered Houdini..........What a sack of spiders the latter is.
Not to worry the fungus I found was demolished by a Fox, Deer or Badger, I carried one home.
I am 90% sure it's a Parasol. It's a new one here, for me.

Back to Blender, you are able to write script into it and then transfer the script to animation nodes. It makes things easy if you understand a bit of basic programming. I found out that I don't comprehend the basic maths or the basic programming so thought I would go for something simple like the Fibonacci sequence in the title. Bollocks to complex numbers and trying to convert and then all the integrating of them into a script language I don't speak. I thought a simple bit of adding up would be easypeasy. How wrong can a special needs man be? It should work................
I just write under the blue writing these few lines and it ought to be recognised by the node above. The blue bit just pops an Icosphere into the 3D viewer. One doesn't need to write all that stuff it's a two click job. Blender is just saying how it did it.
I suspect my understanding is incomplete. I may be in the wrong window.
I use Wolfram for relearning stuff. Here is their Sunflower Head. They call them something posh but it is a Fibonacci spiral.
Not too shabby but they ought to have deleted their control sphere. Sunflowers never overlap their bits. Wolfram are an excellent source for formula and if one so desires you can download their free player. If you look at the image above you will see a little plus sign. Click it and it will run an animated sequence in Wolfram software.
All is good we have a Prime Minister who is half competent and there looks to be a brighter future. Have a good week unless you are a democrat who only believes democracy applies when you get the result you want. In which case you are a Marxist and can rot in hell.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

MUSHROOM.

It's getting to guessing time of year again. The harvest here is in full swing and the fungi are starting to appear.
I am going to guess these are Shaggy Scalycaps but have a niggling feeling that the stalk should also be scaly and these are smooth. I can't find my fungi book and don't remember lending it to anyone.
Not to worry, have a good week.


















Tuesday, 20 August 2019

SLICING.

I am still having trouble navigating my way round Houdini so have decided to get this simple procedure sorted in Blender then try and emulate it in Houdini. There are at least three ways of slicing objects in Blender; One can use Dynamic Paint, Boolean difference and this mathematical solution. 
I will keep plugging away.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

INFINITE LOOP.

This effect is created in Blender 2.80 using animation nodes. It isn't finished or properly sorted however I will be away again from mid afternoon tomorrow so thought I'd show how far I've got. I am giving Houdini a rest as I am not doing very well with it. More accurately everything I do turns to crap.
This looks horrendous but is logical and only a little difficult to construct following a tutorial by Chris Penninger. The link is in the following video.
I still have a few hours work to polish it and play with animated colours.
Not sure when I will have internet again so enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

A HARD WEEK.

I have achieved the sum total of zero this week.
I was advised by Microsoft to accept the big Windows 10 update and stupidly went ahead. I usually leave it a month or so to give them time to patch it and make it fit for purpose. This update is about average. I have to reload the drivers for the graphics card and also for the sound card. It's a pain as it will have to be done every time I start the machine until the dumb clucks get around to sorting it.
I have been trying to find my way around Houdini, I am still lost but will get there eventually. It is a beautifully slick bit of software though very expensive. I have the free Apprentice licence. As far as I can tell the only thing I will have to put up with is a watermark on the render and a maximum render size of 1K or 720 pixels. I think I can export .obj, collada and alembic file formats which Blender will accept. 
The reason for wanting to try it is mainly to use scripted maths functions as many of the posh fractals have been produced in it. It is also professional level VFX software.

Stuff like this.
This is the default workspace. Next time I post I will hopefully have had some work through it. I am at the everything going tits up stage.......Very frustrating it is.
Enjoy the coming week.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

PIXELATED.

I have had a few days away. Pretty wet days they were but it was still an excellent weekend.
Blender 2.80 is now released and seems perfect. It has an installer so this saves all the messing with Beta versions. 
Here is a quick video to celebrate.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
PS. I forgot to say that I've started to play in Houdini, it's a node driven procedural VFX software package and is mind blowing. As if Blender isn't complex enough. The 'Apprentice' version is free. 
If anyone is interested in how to do the video here then I can do a five minute HOWTO. For once it is pretty simple.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

PAINTED LADY.

These are welcome immigrants. It is years since I have seen one and this morning there were dozens of them. These were feeding on Privet but I saw others eating Thistles.


 I hope that these are Painted Ladies. They are backlit by the early sun and whatever they are they are more than welcome.
A great find for me. Made my day.

PS. I missed one and don't want to waste it. Had to bin three blurry ones. After all these years I still think in film count.
I see the Greata Thunderbird is sailing to the climate symposium in America. Hows she coming home? That should be fun as it's a fast yacht made of Carbon and Kevlar, it relies on Satellites for navigation and communication; that with it's manufacture probably put slightly less obnoxious gas into the air than she does. Still never miss an opportunity to virtue signal, it's what leftards do. She looks a bit Special to me, a younger version of that nasty twat Jared O'Mara. Not to worry she gives the snowflakes and soy boys someone to drool over. I hope they don't find a hurricane. They can be a bit naughty for a greenhorn sailor. No problem if she's a vegan what comes up will be difficult to distinguish from what went down. Like my dogs she will just lap it up.
Have fun. 

Monday, 29 July 2019

SABRE AND LASER.

I found a dead wasp yesterday, today I have been looking for some living ones. No luck I'm afraid. 

This is a Sabre Wasp, a female. A very impressive insect.

I am still trying to grasp the skills required to use animation nodes in Blender this short video is my latest effort.




Works reasonably well.
Have a good week.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

3D MATHEMATICS.

This will be the last post on this subject until I can truly say I've mastered the job. I will continue to hone my ineptitude and try for some Mandelbrot stuff, I'll also try not to bore folk with it until I have it perfect.
Blender 2.80 is now into Release Candidate 2 and seems to be as stable as it should be. I bet even MAYA has minor idiosyncrasies and that costs armfuls of money. I know Photoshop still crashes from time to time.
Animation Nodes will now render without using the viewport renderer.
A check mark against lock viewport interface seems to do the job. Maybe it's a new thing, can't say I noticed it before. As you can see from this screen grab I use blender as a video editor for 90% of stuff. I still use Photoshop to produce GIF files as Blender doesn't support GIF extensions.
 This is a bit of the Wikipedia page for Lorenz Attractors. They are simple differential equations without any naughty imaginary numbers and can be integrated using  Euler integration. It's easy if one has a computer to do the heavy lifting. Bet it was a real sod using a quill pen and parchment. Not that either of them did as both are computer age mathematicians. Like all science, computers have made complicated stuff accessible to the masses and cutting edge pure mathematics provable, or not in minutes for clever folk. Bloody great are computers except when one hits Ins instead of Del. What fuckwit popped those buttons next door to each other? Buttons I want are a keyboard away from the one I last pressed and number lock always seems to be off if I type an Alt Code. I never switch it off....Must be the dogs.

Again the above is from Wikipedia there are just three constants: rho, sigma and beta. Beta is always 8/3. You can ask why but all I can say to you is ."Because Lorenz says so and they are his equations, if you want to make Beta something else then develop your own system." You could also query why a constant is not a constant. It's because we are animating stuff and that is what they do....So shut up.
In the video below I use a Bezier Curve and then animate it with the nodes. I have tried using a mesh primitive but I need more time to sort that sack of spiders. I keep getting muddled up. The reason it changes colour as it iterates is because I pop a material on the curve, it's an emission material node and then coupled up to a colour ramp. It could be all the same colour but most of the experts colour them in and I, for once, can exercise my colouring ins without feeling childish. 
Here is the video.
Have a good weekend and a great week.
I found a dead Sabre Wasp yesterday so will have a trip out to look for some living ones.