Bad things happen

Ok, this time I will be personal. Before getting back into the archviz business I spent a few years with volunteering in various projects. Although I managed some projects during this time (Skype rocks), but I focused mainly on some ‘testing’, related to the improving of the life quality of small communities. With the help of the friends of mine we were able to start some reward programs for talented students in Europe and so on. I spent the last part of this period in Africa, working on a ‘green’ and sustainable housing project (almost European quality level of living environments for cents).
I asked for the help of the leaders of the nearby NGOs, asking for an empty plot (they had a lot unused ground), resources for building some prototypes, etc.

The bad thing is not the fact that they said no.
The bad thing is that the reason of the ‘no’ was related to one member of the management of the NGO I worked for, who made some ‘bad’ marketing for this project.
And a few days ago I got the info that this guy stole money from the NGO we worked for and escaped from the country.
My instinct worked.
Never trust anyone who handles the property of an NGO as his own property (our first conflict was related to this attitude of him).

It also made me think again about priorities.
I’m running this blog, I’m good at my profession, but this ‘living environment’ project could change the life of millions in the Sub-Saharan region.
These things should work together. They could work together.
I just have to find the way.

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Readers from 35 countries

Since the blog started I wrote 60 posts in 2,5 months, I had readers from 35 countries.
The TOP3  countries of the visitors are Germany, the USA and France.

Some of the visitors just read a few posts, but what really makes me happy, some of them reads 10-20.
I would like to go in this way with the topics. Thank you, folks!

Most of the visitors comes from Vimeo, the Blender mail list and from the home of Blender CADTools.
For the last 2 I have to say thank you to Remigiusz Fiedler, developer of CADTools.

Since starting the blog I learned a lot about Blender, what became the most popular app on the blog for now.
Any time I start this app, I feel how good the fact is that there are dedicated people in the world who share their knowledge with others for free, giving opportunities for everyone to learn 3D.
Keep it going and thanks!

I have several post waiting for me to finish.
Some of you will feel that it is not so close to the topic of 3D.
Maybe you are right.
But in my opinion any knowledge worth nothing without sharing or using it.
Now I start heavily focus on finding a job I can do with joy and what fits my future plans to make some art schools (music, video, photo, CGI) for talented kids in the undeveloped countries.
I have to say that it is not easy at all; I was far more flexible employer than the most of the studios.
So be patient, I will continue with tech-stuff soon.:)

Not funny…

‘… anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”.
(Isaac Asimov)

Ok, it will be a weird post now, just after having a really terrible conversation with someone (on the other hand I respect him for his altruistic attitude in other things).

In the last few years I had a feeling that the world started to become a place where the most of the population thinks that being an idiot has an extreme coolness factor.
People are proud for their poor results in science studies like math, chemistry or physics or on the fact that they cannot add numbers without a calculator.
I think it is really sad.

I don’t expect outstanding knowledge from average people, but come on!
I’m loosing my patience when people with a degree agitate against vaccinations in a way like ‘There is Mercury in the vaccinations and Mercury is poisonous!!!).
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CVs, portfolios, jobs and the dead ends of casual thinking… 1. Forewords

I didn’t write too many CVs in my life; clients recommended me and that was enough to have jobs.
In the most of my life I was freelancer, ‘independent’ advisor/project manager, volunteer, whatever. That offered me freedom with my critics and ideas.
I never wanted to build a so-called career, I never went for big salaries as a motive.
I wanted interesting tasks and enough money for my definitely not luxury lifestyle.
I never imagined that I will be responsible for others, I never thought that I have to organize projects.
It just happened somehow as a task.
I always tried to go for the ‘flow‘.
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About bandwidth…

Ok, it is a quite old story and I have to explain some stuff, because the mentioned devices are not in use anymore.

In the middle of the 90’s the local networks had a theoretical maximum speed about 10 megabits.
In our studio we had a server for data sharing and backup tasks (and networked Doom parties, of course).
The printing of the renders requested special gear, so we had a partner to that task for us.
In these times we had no internet, no USB sticks or memory cards; for transferring data we used floppy disks and a product called ‘SyQuest‘, what offered 270 megabytes storage space on a 3.5″ disk (and it was also legendary about its unreliability).
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The price doesn’t matter…

”The price doesn’t matter!’

Have you ever heard this from a client?

First time I heard this I was on a meeting with the local management of a huge and well-known international company, and we were talking about a specific design task and its financial relations.
It was a must to know the budget (not because we decided to become rich from one single job; the task included working with subcontractors and using some special stuff what was available in different quality as a final result – of course with different pricing.
We asked multiple times if they are sure they want the best (and most pricey) or we should come up with some cheaper alternatives, too.
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