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The week that flew by


A visit to Weston Park Museum to attend the Teddy bear clinic, which is a really cool exercise where small children bring their soft toys in for 1st-year medical students to treat. The children get some experience of dealing with doctors/dentists/medical professionals - hopefully making them seem less scary in the process. The students get valuable experience with a lot of young children. Nice though it was, this year was massively oversubscribed, so the most durable lesson we learned was that going to see a doctor can involve a great deal of tedious waiting.

Poorly bears and bored children


Another visit to Medieval Mayhem - Sheffield's latest soft play venue. It's great, but I really hate how the two play areas are separated. I once again lost track of Leo. I spent many minutes trying to spot him climbing in either area, only to find him wander between. We miss the small soft play centre, in Hillsborough, which remains closed after getting water damage from a leaky roof.


Half-term Holiday for Noah. I book off Thursday with the idea of taking him on the train somewhere. Clara takes him swimming on Wednesday, so he doesn't want to go anywhere. He ends up watching far too much TV while sitting in his pajamas.

CG Project

I notice that it's 10 years since I did a rebuild of my degree show starship design project. Time for another try, I guess, this will be the first attempt in Blender.

1991 - First version was built in Microstation

2001, made in Caligari TrueSpace 5

2008, (partly) made in 3DS Max

Cobbled together yesterday afternoon, using Blender 2.74

I've so much outstanding 3D work that I'd need months or years to finish it. I still spend too much time on games.


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