This is a screenshot of a 1 second piece of animation I just finished. I’m using a Wacom tablet and a free (as in freedom) animation program called Pencil2D. It’s a bit buggy though. I currently can’t export movies but I was able to export a series of images. Now I just need to find a program that can turn this into an animated gif and I’ll post the crap out of it.
I just finished Austin Kleon’s wonderful Show your Work. It’s the inspiration for starting up this blog again. I plan to use his advice to show my work here. I also plan to use this blog to document my stealing, taking advice from his previous book Steal Like An Artist, which I also loved.
(Oy, me and plans).
It was a fair bet my new year’s resolutions wouldn’t last. I wasn’t going to eat sweets, or play video games, etc. I did ok for a couple of months and then my will broke. Then I started keeping them again. Then my will broke again. For the last few weeks I’ve been trying to be moderate, not to deny my urges to eat Corn Pops or play Plants vs. Zombies, but to only play a little. My belly has expanded and I’ve only had moderate success at controlling my gaming habit.
I know I’m going to fail again even as I resolve to do it, but I’m going to try some resolutions again. I’m going to eat more of what I should be eating more of: fruits and vegetables. I’m going to stop eating the things I eat too much of: cereal, milk, crackers, chips, and sweets. My one exception to the “no cereal” rule will be yogurt and granola in the mornings. Two reasons: it’s home-made by my love, and I don’t tend to abuse it. One more food resolution: in order to control how much I eat I’m going to stop having seconds. I will eat what’s on my plate, which is usually more than enough, and no more.
More resolutions: I’m going to exercise every day. I’ve been bike riding a couple times a week for a while, I want to ratchet that up. I also want to start stretching, doing push-ups, and sit-ups, and maybe even some light weight lifting, every day. I’ll keep the house clean! I’m bad at this and want to get better. I’ll sleep at least 7 hours a night. This should be easier now that I won’t be playing video games for a while. Also, I want to cook every night I can. I don’t think it’s possible for us to cook every single night but we’ve been eating too much restaurant food lately.
The rest of the time that I won’t be fulfilling my resolutions or spending time with my love, I will be working on whatever project I think is important at the time. For now it’s my final drawing for art class until our last meeting this Saturday, after that it’ll be my electronics projects for a while. After a while I’ll add Action Steve back onto my schedule. I miss writing Action Steve.
I think true success at improving my self discipline is probably not this kind of self denial, but I’m getting fatter and not getting things done that I want to and this sort of thing has worked before, albeit temporarily. Also, I may (emphasis on may) being going to school full time in the fall. If that happens I think it will be much easier for me to keep these resolutions. School might actually involve more challenging work, but I don’t think it will be nearly as stressful as my current job in customer service. I hope less stress will mean more willpower.
I drew this from this picture.
I like to come up with game ideas. This one was based on kingdom hearts but I wanted someone like the girl from Hairspray as the Sora type hero. I planned to have her sword take different shapes depending on what “software was installed” or some similar silliness.
Well Partly anyway. Wireless still doesn’t work but I’m pretty sure it’s an issue with the scanner, not my computer.
I do a lot of sketching and have a pretty big back log so I plan to post a sketch a week. Here is the first.
In Outlook Macros Part 3 I was looking into assigning recipients to BCC instead of CC or TO. Here’s how it’s done: (I’ve put in periods because for some reason wordpress isn’t allowing me to put in line breaks. )
Here we declare the variables for the guy we’re sending the bcc too and for his email address
Dim someGuy As Outlook.Recipient
someGuysEmailAddress = “Eleazar.Manalo@8×8.com”
Then attach the email address to someGuy
Set someGuy = msg.Recipients.Add(ellisEmailAddress)
Set someGuy to olBCC
elli.Type = olBCC
I assume ol stands for outlook.
Next is the signature. For some dumb reason, the default outlook signature that automatically appears in every email I send out doesn’t appear in the email my macro generates. I have done a lot of googling and trial and error and still haven’t got anywhere; The examples I’ve been looking at don’t make enough sense to me. I think I need to do a bit of basic studying in my book.
I’m starting in a chapter that talks about using the Word editor. I also want to have my macro read an email template from word rather than having to code it every time I want to make a change. It could turn out that I learn this before I learn the signature thing. I would have thought that would be more difficult than a silly signature.
This is part 3 of my adventure in outlook programming. If you didn’t know, you can write pretty sophisticated macros to automate tasks in outlook. Just go to tools->macros->visual-basic-editor and start coding.
In Outlook Macros Part 2 I had gotten as far as making a form (with buttons and text boxes and such) and was stumped by the drop down menu. I want a drop down menu with 3 choices. I did a little googling and it looks like I can add the choices in the code. I decided to set that part aside for now.
It took some time to figure out how to launch the form I had made but I finally found it.
UserForm1 is just a place name. My form has a different name. I’m hesitant to show the actual code I’ve written because it’s job related. I think what I’ll do is make another dummy form and show you the code for that. By the way, make sure your module name isn’t the same as the project name or you get a “sub or function undefined” error.
Next I wanted to generate an email when I hit the “generate email” button on my form but I got a weird error message.
“A dialog box is open. Please close it and try again.”
I thought that had solved it. Then I went on to make more changes to the code. I ran it again and got the same error. I found that if I changed the code to say.
Ran it, got the error, then changed the code again to
Then the code would work. Annoying.
I posted this to the forum and did some more coding. I wrote the email message I wanted to send out and added spots where I can dynamically change the names, email addresses, and whatnot.
I got more help from the outlook forum after clarifying my question. Remember kids, writing clearly is a skill we could all afford to improve on. I found I needed to change the “show modal” property to false. I clicked on my form, then I saw that option on the left hand side. Problem solved.
What I’ve learned so far, or perhaps I should say relearned, is that persistence pays off. You can make this work by using google, getting help from others, and not giving up when you hit a stumbling block.
Next up for me is to find out how to add more than one email address to the bcc (blind carbon copy) field. Off to google I go….