I revamped my normalization CSS stylesheet and I cleaned out all the specialized classes that I had implemented in an effort to make this more universally acceptable. This version is far more streamlined and deals only with the core HTML elements. There is still a lot of opinionated stuff in there, so this probably won’t be for everyone, or anyone other than me for that matter. 🤷♂️
I also moved the my specialized functions that I created over to CodePen. Breaking them up into individual projects makes them easier to work with and understand.
Today is 3/20/2020 and the namesake for this website, which is named for my birthday 🎂. Otherwise, I wish I had more to offer on this day. 🤷🏼♂️
I went ahead and redid my site for the millionth time, mainly because the original header (hero) was too data heavy, and also not very interesting. Also, I wanted to clean up the look of the site, and improve its mobile presentation as well.
I got a picture that I took of a small bunny from my folks backyard printed in the Weather Photo of the day section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 📰 today. Pretty neat!
Link to the article: jsonline.com
I just completed the High-Definition re-rendering of The Mischievous Bears short animated movie. The process went smoother than I expected it to, considering the assets I was using were 15 years old, and plus, I haven’t really worked with 3ds Max in 10 years or so. It goes to show how little 3ds Max has changed after all of these years.
This is a list of changes made to the original 2003 movie:
- Rendered in full 16:9 1080p.
- The bear’s fur is now modeled with 3ds Max’s built in hair and fur plugin.
- Changes to a few background objects.
- Improvements to some of the camera motion.
- Adjustments to some of character animation.
- Sound effects are slightly altered and new ones included.
- Inclusion of music, created with GarageBand.
- Inclusion of the animated M20 logo at the beginning of the movie.
- Altered camera movement in the opening shot.
I recently began playing with 3ds Max again, mainly to see if I can load up some of my old renderings. To my amazement very little has changed with that software in the last 12-ish years since I last worked with it. Suffice to say, I was able to re-render a few of my old favorites and I even made 8×10 prints from them. This whole process has reinvigorated my desire to remaster Mischievous Bears in 4K and fix a few lingering issues I had with the original movie that I made 15 years ago. With computers being significantly better than they were back then, I hope I can get this movie rendered sometime this year.
You can see these final renderings on my Google Photos album.
And on YouTube as well.
Last Spring, when I rebuilt this website, I used a Raspberry Pi on my home network as an internal web server to host the site development. Setting it up for that purpose was fairly easy once I got php/mysql and WordPress installed on it. However, there were a couple of config files that had to be manually modified that required a little research on my part to configure correctly.
Since that project is now completed, and now that I’m currently between projects that would utilize the Pi as a development server, I need to find a good use for it. It’s running Ubuntu Mate and it’s also hooked up to my TV as a display, however, I already have an Apple TV hooked up to the TV for my usual TV-type watching purposes. I may try and set it up as an arcade or console system, similar to the RetroPi.
Overall, the Pi really is a neat little computer.
I spent the last year working on redesigning MarchTwenty and it’s respective logo. I figured the ‘m20’ logo with the title ‘Marchtwenty’ seemed a little redundant, so I went with something more dramatic, plus I wanted a logo that would fit nicely in a square.
The site itself is built around a WordPress template that I created from scratch. The template itself was made so that it would be flexible enough to be used with other websites that I could end up working on in the future.
Also, I’ve been dabbling with Xcode and I hope to have an iOS app of this site soon as well. 😗
It’s been 10 years since I registered MarchTwenty.com. The years before I registered this domain name, I had registered march-twenty.com and then later marchtwenty.net. As such, I redesigned the site… again. With luck, I will now try and focus on my next book(s).
I’ve been dabbling with SketchBook Pro on my iPhone and iPad for over a year now. These are some samples I made on my phone (with my finger).