The Mundane

Rogue One – a grim (and long) Star Wars Story

Our annual little ritual happened yesterday and so just like every year my brother and me went out to see “that big movie of the year” because it so happens the week between Christmas and New Year’s is about the only time we can actually coordinate things to fall in place. It also helps that […]

Toruk – the first Cirque

My relationship to the Avatar movie has always been somewhat ambiguous. I still occasionally watch the thing on DVD (no, the extended director’s cut hasn’t really salvaged this mess) as a guilty pleasure when I’m just in the mood for something really dumb, but other than that I’m probably one of the few people who’s […]

His last Christmas…

Excuse the cheap word play and the language, but this has been a fucking awful year for the world of music (among other, more serious things that went wrong on this planet, of course). Many “greats” like David Bowie and Prince have left us and now George Michael is bowing out at 53, on Christmas […]

The Thorn is gone…

Sad news reaches us today as the magical Ron Thornton now has passed away. Apparently his struggle with whatever health issues he had was a short one, which I, having experienced my father’s own demise recently, consider a lucky thing. You really don’t want to see your beloved ones going down that path further than […]

Render War Veterans

Times they are a-changing, are they not? Once, long ago, a free version of Renderman or Mental Ray would have had us drooling all day.¬†These days the only reason to write anything about them is ¬†when they are given away for free. NVidia are clearly playing for keeps with their Mental Ray for Maya effort […]

State of the Ra-CC-e

Here we are again, a week after the latest Creative Cloud versions of Adobe‘s products have been released and it’s pretty much like it has been for the last five years or so – a veritable mess. Time-warping the numbering scheme forward to 2017 hasn’t helped and as you would expect, you will find all […]

Everything dies

What a day! My father just passed away this morning with all the full bells and whistles – emergency ambulance, resuscitation attempts for 45 minutes and all that and my mum and I were there all the time. Not that we weren’t expecting it after his liver cancer diagnosis, but how fast things went downhill […]