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About gishzida
Born a long time ago.

Worked in the Space Shuttle Program and Aerospace Industry during the 1980s and early 1990s. Got into IT / Network Administration in the Mid-90s. Downsized in 2011. Work occasionally as an IT consultant.

Write music and lyrics [I even have been paid!], Wrote music and did sound design for small theater {won a production design award from L.A. Weekly], Poetry, and sometimes short stories. Published some in Alt.Cyberpunk.Chasubo Anthology Vol 1 and Vol II

As far as CG goes, I putter about in Poser Pro 2014 and some times publish the work at deviantArt [Note that my gallery is mostly not suitable for work (NSFW) so I have removed the direct link. If you want to go there I'm sure you can find me... or send me a PM]. I have a tendency to focus on original character concepts and settings rather than playing in a sand box created and built by someone else. I have created several avatar / characters for others at dA.

Lately I've been trying to wrap my head around Hexagon. [It is totally unlike CATIA which I was trained on in the 1980's]. I recently found a Poser prop set [Andromeda Station @ Renderosity] that had "junk" that was built-into a landing pad which interfered with the image concept I was attempting. So I exported the offending obj file, edited / erased the junk from the mesh and managed to get it back into Poser, reapplied the textures and rendered the scene.

Eventually I'd like to get into building custom meshes / character sculpting.

Other things in my 3d 'tool chain": Carrara 8 Pro, DAZ Studio 4.6 [don't use it much, hate the interface], Reality 3.0 / Luxrender. Bryce 7 [don't use it much, hate the interface]

Audio Video Tool Chain:
Band in a Box 2014, Reason 6.5, Sony Acid Pro 7.0, Sony Sound Forge 10, Sony Vegas 9, Coming as soon as I install them: Sony Vegas 2012 Premium and Sony Sound Forge 11.

Render Boxen:
Main CG Render system
Dell T7500 Workstation
Dual (2 sockets) Xeon E5522 Quad Core 2.27 gHz with Hyperthreading turned on [8 cores, 16 threads]
MSI Nvidia GEForce GTX 650 Ti Boost [768 CUDA cores, factory overclocked] - Neither Poser nor DS use the GPU to render tho Poser2014 has a GPU driven preview window.
48 Gb RAM [12 x 4 GB ECC SDRAM]
Built on the cheap in 2013 with new and used components for about $1600

Secondary Render Box:
Dell Optiplex 960 Desktop
Intel Q9550 Quad Core 2.83 gHz
AMD ATI Radeon HD 4600
Built on the cheap in 2012 with new and used components for about $200

What is most surprising is:

I've lived this long.

Tag Line:
A strong house is built on a strong foundation. What are your beliefs built on?"
The Low Country, in the Colonies
General Specialist, Sr. semi-retired
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