As many of you know, I am a health care provider in Real Life and we have entered that time of the year where all my little customers (I am in a Pediatric practice) have runny noses and hacking coughs. Most of it is viral and therefore beyond the ability of medical science to cure; we can palliate symptoms a bit but except for prevention of flu we mostly have to ride out viral upper respiratory disease. The youngest of my patients have no social graces to speak of and are covered with viral effluent as well as inclined to cough and sneeze right in my face while I am trying to examine them. This means that I get to sample the choicest of the various plagues that are moving through the community. My chest and tummy muscles ache from coughing at the moment. Dang.
Of course, the worst of it is I have to keep my distance from Princeling 2.0 as he has very little defense other than whatever antibodies he absorbs from the breast feedings by the Princess.
7 to 10 days... I reckon I am on day 5 or 6, so next week I should be clear. In the meantime, there is Instagram, Facebook and that old fashioned practice of chatting on the phone.
As for my art, I took a break from my stories to put together a simple, sexy kind of picture to render in both Firefly (the Poser rendering engine) and Luxrender. I'm getting better with Lux, but still have a way to go. I'll keep working with it because there are times when (as an artist
) I might want the slightly more realistic result Luxrender gives. I'll post the comparison picture later today so you can see how I am doing and will add a link to this journal entry.
<----- Here's what I came up with.
I am saving my money for another rendering engine, too. I follow
who is a very talented artist and content creator whose character, Alice, is instantly recognizable. He has started using a rendering engine called 'Octane' which looks lovely and is supposed to be incredibly fast as it uses the grapics processors instead of the central processor of the computer to make pictures. Here's a link to one of his pictures rendered with 'Octane':
Beautiful, isn't it? And if it renders as fast as rumored I must have it! Speed! More Speed, Scottie!!! *a groan from the engine room, followed by: "My wee bairnes canna take ennamore speed, captain!"*
There shall be more for my little Deviant muffins to look at and hopefully comment upon. The comments are very encouraging and sometimes VERY helpful for me to learn what works and what.... eh.... not so much.
Until next time *Cough! Cough! Hack! Sneeze!*
...and then there's this: