This week’s episode talks about tutorials… well, specifically how we tend to treat tutorials. There seems to be an overarching trend toward replicating the process in a tutorial verbatim without actually learning how to apply those techniques elsewhere. People learn how to push a specific series of buttons in a specific way to produce a known result… and it’s lame. I take a bit of time during this episode to try to sort out whether the responsibility for fixing this lies with the tutorial maker or the person following the tutorial.
News things covered in the episode:
- Synfig Studio 0.64.2 is officially released
- Midoki Studios uses Blender for parts of their Plunder Pirates game
- Mozilla Creative blog – They’re designing a new logo and trying to conduct their rebranding initiative out in the open. You may also want to check out the blog of Sean Martell, Mozilla’s Art Director.
- Asimov essay on creativity – Very much well worth the read. It was previously unpublished, but even after 50 years or so, it’s still relevant
- Poppy – The open source 3D printed robot in Europe. A great application of open hardware and software
- Libre Calendar 2015 – A very cool printing project featuring 6 artists who use open source tools
- Remarkable – If I switch to a Markdown-based writing pipeline, this is likely to be my primary editor
And my little bit of personal news:
- I’ve relaunched the Lie of the Day (posted everyday to this very blog and on my social media pages)
- Farming Simulator Modding For Dummies – A little book I wrote earlier this year is being released on the 10th of November (the cover graphic on Amazon is in German, but I’ve been assured that’s the English version of the book)
Alright… enough with the shameless self-promotion.