Written by: Nathan Salapat

Lego Picture
     It is with a heavy heart that I type this post. I have just learned of the passing of a fantastic person, and a great LEGO animator, Aaron. Aaron passed away recently, I don't know any of the details, only just seen about it on Facebook from his mother. His family and I know where his soul is now, and that brings a peace, but the loss of a loved one is always difficult especially for the immediate family. If you could keep Aaron's family in your...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     This evening I did some work on the website in addition to working on the Tabernacle model. A new version of Drupal was released which fixed some sort of bug that could allow a hacker to escalate their privileges, which of course is very bad. The update process was painless and only took a few minutes. You probably won't notice any difference at all, unless you are a hacker, and in that case good luck sucker. :P
     On to other news, I added...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     Ya, I know, this post is a day late, before you drag me out of town and tar and feather me let me take a moment to explain things, both why this is a day late and why there aren't any new updates to the tabernacle. So yesterday was super busy, and I know what you're thinking, excuses, all excuses, but honestly it was busy. I took the whole week off for my birthday and yesterday consisted of spending a few hours shopping for food for my birthday dinner, and then there was the preparing and cooking of the food. I've also been doing a lot of biking during my vacation, trying to get out...

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     I didn't really do a whole lot of anything this evening, just some material tweaks, most of which won't even be used for the final animation or the VR experience, as I was changing around materials and textures in Blender Internal, and when rendered out for animation I'll be using Cycles, and the VR version will be using Blend4Web's materials, so the materials I created are mostly pointless. I did however make a quick and dirty render with Blender Internal.
     Here is a still render from the scene.
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     I hopefully will be having many blog posts from this point on out, as I've been setting aside my Wednesday evening to work on TBA related things. This evening I thought I'd work on the actual model of the tabernacle, rather than keep trying to figure out how Blend4Web works. One of the difficulties I'm having is that there is no good reference works to go off of. Obviously the Bible is my first resource, and while it does have a great deal of information, it doesn't have illustrations. I imagine many aspects of this image below will be changed in future updates, but it does give me a...

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     Hey everybody, more updates, 'cause I'm on a roll right now. :) Actually like I mentioned in the previous post I'm trying to spend a little more time working on this site currently. Not sure how long this will last, so I'm really trying to pound out anything and everything I can right now. For example the forum got a HUGE makeover. I don't have a before picture, probably should have taken one of those before I went ahead and spent an hour or two messing with the CSS and PHP, which for the record, I shouldn't touch PHP. I have no idea what I'm doing there and cause more problems than...

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     Just thought I should put out a quick little update, I'm not dead, nor is this ministry. I've been focusing A LOT on my personal website and youtube channel, and that is starting to take off, and I couldn't be happier. Developing a website and creating the amount of content that I've been doing takes a LOT of time. The good news is that with it finally getting to a point where I just need to maintain it, and not be too worried about adding in new features and fixing things that are broken I can get back to working on this project.
     As I type this update I'm downloading the...

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     The other day I got an email from the guys that host and run Copy.com and they had some bad news. Copy.com and their related sites and services will be discontinued in May, I think it was. As you might recall we use their service to host many files, though they are all hosted on our site as well. At this time I have to ask myself, is it worth uploading all these files to some other file sharing site, that will close down in a few years, and require my uploading a bunch of files to another site, or do I just remove all the mirror links and leave our direct links and torrents for you to...

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     I just recently installed a new module on this website, the metadata module, which once again brings control into our hands, now when articles, projects, and blog posts are shared on social media the pictures we've defined will be shown, rather than no image, or worse, some image that Facebook just pulls out of thin air.
     For example this post, when shared on social media will have the picture in the upper corner here shown, or that...

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     Step right up, get your taste of VR! Okay, that's probably a lie at this point, as there isn't an immersive experience, but I do have the first version of the tabernacle on the WIP section of the site, super basic right now, just the rough models and no texturing at this point, I was just so excited about getting it working that I had to share my happiness with everybody.
     As you know from my previous blog post I'm using Blend4web to create WebGL models of the tabernacle and both of the temples. When finished you'll navigate through the models with the mouse and W,A,S,D much...

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