Written by: Nathan Salapat

     When I was looking online for reference images for the temple I realized that there were two temples yet we only planned to recreate one digitally, that didn't seem right to me so I thought it over and changed plans. We will be scrapping David's temple and be building the tabernacle first, then we'll move on to the first temple (David's/Solomon's) and finally build the second temple (Herod's) of course this will take longer as there will be three models to build, but I think it will be worth it.
     I have downloaded the SDK for Blend4web and hopefully will be able to start...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     So this morning I spent a little time looking around at our options for sharing a virtual temple, and I think Blend4web is the option I'm going to work with. I am already very familiar with Blender as I've been using it for years, and the Blend4web tools integrate directly into Blender which should result in a shorter learning curve for me.
     A basic model of the temple already exists from our The Life of Christ project where we did a rotation around the temple for a fact sheet. I plan on taking that model and using it as a base. I'll probably end up rebuilding most of it as...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     If you are new to torrents you might be wondering just exactly how do you download a torrent, or what you do with the torrent file once you download it. There are two parts to a torrent, there is the actual .torrent file, and then the files that the .torrent file relates to. You can download a .torrent file with your browser the exact same way you'd download anything else, but a .torrent file doesn't do you any good if you don't know what to do with it.
     You need a torrent client, qBittorrent, Tixati, Deluge, uTorrent are just a few of the hundreds that exist. (Personally I'...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     Things are rolling along smoothly with website updates. I just finished copying over the blog posts from our OLD blogger blog, didn't copy all the post over because some of them were just completely useless, I blame myself for that, what a kook I was back in the day, :) Anyway though, all the useful blog posts have been ported over, most all the projects are good, just need to upload six videos to copy.com for all the projects to be hosted on our site and a mirror. All existing subtitles have been added, if anybody is interested in creating subtitles for other videos or translating...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     I've added all our volunteers to the website, find more about them by visiting the About Us tab and clicking on their profiles. I should mention that most of the volunteers listed there haven't contributed in quite some time, in fact I just grabbed their information from our old site and copied it over.
     Profiles are listed in order of user points, so the more active a volunteer is on the site the higher on the list their name will be displayed. Volunteer profiles are coming along smoothly, still more stuff to change, I'd really like to have the profile picture display at...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     So yesterday I figured out some CSS stuff and got things working pretty nice, the header was looking good, search bar was where I wanted it, and then I go this morning and destroy everything. I spent around an hour just trying to get the website visible, it kept just pulling up a blank page. I can't figure out what I did wrong with the theme, I don't even know what change I made that wrecked things, it's crazy. This has convinced me of the dangers of working on a live site, so I'm going to set up an environment on a local machine so I can develop the css and theme without having to...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     So as it turns out I'm an idiot and made a super stupid mistake, Thankfully it didn't hurt anything at all and I've since rectified the error. I know everybody wants to know what I did so I'll tell you all. There I was, going along, minding my own business working on modifying the theme and the css on the website to make the header graphic a little larger so you could more easily see what is going on in the logo and I kept messing things up. I had the CSS in three files, a main css, 960 css and my override css file. The main css controls most of the style the 960 file controls the...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     So I'm throwing this at you guys hoping somebody might know what I'm doing wrong, with a specific problem, I'm sure I'm doing lots of things wrong in life ;)
     Here is the deal. We have projects on the site, and each project is it's own page, you should totally check some of them out. What I want to do is put a block on each project page, which I think I know how to do with some small changes to the URLs so that's not a big deal, my problem is I don't want to make a new block for every project. (Sorry for getting so technical guys that have no idea what I'm talking about) I'm...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     One of the things that I've always hated about making a website that has a login and users is the incredibly massive amount of spam/bot accounts that are created. In the past I've just required all acounts to be approved by an admin or volunteer. This keeps the spam down on the site, but does nothing to stop from their being hundreds of null user accounts created and messing up the database.
     I've removed the login buttons from most all the places, save the bottom bar, which makes posts look cleaner to people that aren't logged in, and I think it also keeps the bots from...

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Written by: Nathan Salapat

     This is just a test post to make sure that things are working out as they should. There is no reason for you to read beyond this point, but if you want to we sure won't stop you. I don't know if I actually still have any of our old blog posts that I can put back online. I know I exported them all from Blogger, but I don't know if I still have that file sitting on a harddrive anyplace.

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