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Blender.org  

Blender is a FREE open-sourced software program for making 3D digital animation

Blender.org is a community of artists and software engineers who use and develop one amazing software package. Whether you are interested in digital animation, games, or making 3D models, Blender can help you. It can be complicated to use, but that's because it is so versatile. I recommend the website, too because it is full of helpful tutorials and examples. There is another forum for helping with Blender use, http://wwww.blenderartists.org The p.rogram can be downloaded from Blender.org. Make certain that you get the newer version, 2.5 or greater. Blender is as powerful as similar software programs like Z-brush and Maya, but it is entirely free. It also runs on mac and PC. My biggest tip is to learn the keyboard shortcuts. I have made summary sheets of the keyboard and mouse shortcuts that you can download ShortCuts.pdf . Above is a mesh that I built from the ground up using Blender.

I also have some free blender lessons that introduce the the complicated program in small steps, suitable for teens or methodical adults.

Blender 2.5 Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted on 03/14/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin  

A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Ever notice that your dog has a knee and an "elbow" on his/her back leg? Curious about you have in common with segmented worms? This is a fantastic book that brings home the fact that we are connected in an integral way to all life on earth. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has ever looked at biological structures with amazement. The book is written for a non-scientific audience, but has plenty of insights and surprising facts for the scientist, too.

Posted on 03/13/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Brights  

Illuminating and elevating the naturalistic worldview

The Brights are an organization that promotes the idea that all truths are derived from a universe that follows natural principle. The Brights include folks like you and me, but also an impressive listing of brilliant and controversial individuals like Richard Dawkins, Penn & Teller, Leo Igwe and Daniel Dennett to name only a few. If you're having difficulties coming to terms with theology, you're not alone. Check out The Brights.

Posted on 03/13/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nonzero by Robert Wright  

The Logic of Human Destiny

Non Zero is one of my favorite reads over the past few years. It discusses the sustainable merits of positive interactions among social entities. The book has effectively shaped my approach of working with others and continues to provide insight into many social phenomena.

Posted on 03/13/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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