I just spent a crazy evening squeezing stuff into the black hole known as my brain. But before I get into that - High school Quest Update!
(Or, if this was WoW, you would be looking at ? ) He actually got back to me. That's kind of a first in years. Not sure what I'll do next year. Meh. (I mean "bah-duhm" level up.)
But back to the front. I just spent my whole evening learning stuff about Blender 3d. Which is more learning in my free time than I've done in a very,very long time.
Blender is a gnu public license 3d modeler/rendering animator. It's supposedly on the order of 3dMax or Lightwave, but free. It's certainly super powerful, and it is free. It also seems very stable, and has a TINY 8 Mb download. And it's free. I'm not used to thinking in an X shell format at home, but it sure is cool how easy it was to model simple stuff. Well, OK, nothing I would actually let see the light of day, but soon, maybe. Did I mention it was free?
Now if I could just distract the kids long enough to get some practice in...