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Scratch Account – Update


Hi there,
It’s been a while…

Today I am setting up a brand new organization for my Scratch stuff. I have decided to split my account in order to manage four independent studios. The main reason for that is to keep it tidy and organized. Now you have 4 studios. One studio for Video Games (Pong and other basics) , another one for Animation (kind of cartoons if you wish), the third one is about Mathematics and last but not least for Simulators (Dashboards, Mechanics…). I will probably create more categories someday, but that’s enough for the moment as I haven’t shared that many projects yet.

Scratch Studios

I have decided to make these four “collections” in order to match my global strategy that consists of several centers of interests, different topics, that people would follow in particular, without having to read all my stuff if they don’t want to. This is already the case for this very blog where you can choose English or French content or search by categories and tags. Same principle for my Google Plus account which has up to 15 collections (including “3D Game Dev”, “Creative Content”, “Education”, “Inspirational”, “Shopping List”…) when my Instagram  is more about my travels, adventures and projects and my Twitter is related to more profound stuff (and some jokes when I am in the right mood). My future YouTube account will probably follow the same path, but no need to hurry for that one, as I have uploaded only one video so far.

Another reason why I needed several categories is for the “Animation” part. This one will have a specific role in the creation of my videos. I will use it either for scripting/editing, or for character animation, and maybe sound and musics as well.

That’s it for now. Please follow me on my networks, share, comment and like. (Any language will be fine for comments, but preferably English of French)

For direct access to my Scratch Account, click here.

Take Care,
Pascal

My Own Music Artists List


Hi There,

Not so much about technology today, but I have been asked many times about music, what I like, what I don’t.

Here is a list of artists I like, even if it is for a unique single song or an entire career. Bands and singers do not appear in a particular order, I just put names in it in a very random way. Most of it is very well known mainstream global music, yet I have chosen to add French music as well, and other bands that I like for particular reasons (Original Motion Picture Soundtracks for example). Some are heavy metal, other comes from ’70s Rock’n’roll, and I have included more romantic, or fun or entertaining style. Don’t expect to find a mood, or a style in there. Many artists will appear 2 or 3 times if they are part of several bands or had another career as a solo singer.
By the way, I did not try to count how many items you will retrieve here, it might not be a Top 100 as you can find many out there on the net. And I don’t pretend to be such a fine listener as the guys at Rolling Stone magazine…

Now enough talking, here it my list, enjoy !

Dire Straits, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, R.E.M, Scorpions

Mickael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Deep Purple, Was (Not Was)

Genesis, Guns n’Roses, Jean-Jacques Goldman

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Elton John, Bananarama, Lou Reed, The Supremes

The Who, Marvin Gaye, Van Halen, The Clash, Santana

Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Simple Minds, Eric Serra, Telephone

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Lenny Kravitz, Europe, Motörhead, Steve Miller Band, Ray Charles

Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, The Jackson 5, The Spice Girls

The Doors, U2, Queen, Sting, Metallica, Prince, Nirvana, AC/DC

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Bob Marley, David Bowie, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston

The Beatles, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, OMC, Peter Gabriel

Maxime Leforestier, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Bashung, Nino Ferrer

Trust, Dick Dale, Saez, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, ZAZ, Pearl Jam

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Led Zeppelin, Yann Tiersen, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, ZZ Top

Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Mariah Carey, Nina Simone

Alicia Keys, Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Mitchell, Stromae

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Jacques Higelin, Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine, Charlélie Couture

Ennio Morricone, Zouk Machine, Daft Punk, Serge Gainsbourg

James Brown, Renaud, Velvet Underground, Adele, Beyonce

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Daniel Balavoine, Georges Brassens, Michel Polnareff

Bruce Springsteen, Destiny’s Child, Robbie Williams

Jevetta Steele, Mecano, Aerosmith, Jay-Z, Murray Head

Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Trust, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley

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Les Rita Mitsouko, Les Négresses Vertes, Elmer Food Beat

Rihanna, Donna Summer, Francis Cabrel, Gérald De Palmas

Taylor Swift, Chuck Berry, The Sex Pistols, Black Eyed Peas

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Noir Désir, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  Jean-Sebastien Bach

Kanye West, Native, Bon Jovi, Jacques Brel, Eric Clapton

Tina Turner, Irene Cara, Françoise Hardy, Charles Aznavour

I for sure forgot hundreds of great artists, feel free to add yours in the comments below. And don’t hesitate to comment in English, Français, Thaï, Italiano, or any other language, Google Translate is my friend 🙂

Take Care
Pascal

Pressurized Stadium Roofs


Hi There,

Trying tonight to replicate the shape of inflated rooftops that you can find in the USA or Canada.

See original image
(This one is actually located in Tokyo – Japan)

Using Sketchup Make 2016, Soap Skin and Bubble Extension.

I have used the beginning of the tutorial below for getting inspired. (I will probably use this channel again, very easy tutorials there.)

This technology is not used much these days, but still looks good, that’s why I wanted to give it a try.

Feel free to rate, comment (any language), like, share.

inflatable-roof_v1

Take Care,
Pascal

Database programming for my e-book


Hi there,

Here is a short message in order to let you know that I have decided to combine Microsoft Word 2016 and Microsoft Access 2016 in order to finish my first E-book.
The main reason for that is my book is made of 16 challenges that are similar in the content, description and presentation, and is supposed to be released in several foreign languages. On top of that, my goal is to produce 16 books of 16 challenges, all of them with the same shape as the first one.

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Maybe it will slow me down at first (can’t be worse than now actually), but on the long run, it is supposed to help me to stay organized and on tasks.
Feel free to let me know what you think about it in the comments below. I will reply asap and posts updates when I will be much further down this road.

Please Comment, Share, Rate, Like, Subscribe and don’t hesitate to visit my Google+ and my Twitter as well.
Take Care.
Pascal

 

Basic LEGO Roof with LDD (based on Youtube tutorial)


Hi There,
This post is about a tutorial that I have found on YouTube on how to build a roof with Lego. The author of this great tutorial is JAYSTEPHER. I highly recommend you to subscribe to his channel, as he is providing great advice on building amazing Lego stuff.

Lego Designer Roof Red Tiles from Jaystepher tutorial-5

His tutorial consist of showing us how to build a roof with actual (real) lego bricks, but the purpose of my post today is to suggest that you can build that roof with Lego Digital Designer instead. (LDD is available for free download here).
FYI, it seems that Lego will not provide any further updates for LDD, but the latest version (4.3) is still amazing.

The way I have proceeded is quite simple and there is nothing unusual here. I just ran both LDD and JAYSTEPHER YouTube Video Tutorial (Available here), and I followed his construction step by step, pausing his 17 mn video as often as needed in order not to forget any details. After an hour or two (took much longer that necessary because I took snapshots of my work in progress in order to make this very post, and I tried to compare his part list – available in his video comments –  to mine  – available down below and also with my own building instructions, ZIP file available for download here)

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If you’re interested to try to build it by yourself, I highly suggest to open both JAYSTEPHER Video, this very post, and my building instructions, so then you have multiple source of information to reach your goal. This might be particularly useful because the author of the tutorial had to move some pieces of the larger window, and as he did not record the video again just for that, my own building instruction might be helpful there. Or you might just be interested it the Parts List below:

For once I have provided a more intricate work here, combining a tutorial, many screenshots, and the building instructions available for download from my google drive, so I would be particularly glad if some of you guys comment this post. Would it be for questions, or to help me improve my writing (as you probably have noticed I am not native English), or even for other remarks, on how it has been useful to you or not, and if you are interested in some more content of that kind)

That’s all for not, I really wish you to enjoy this post as much as I did preparing it. Feel free to share, subscribe, like and comment, and for even more content about Lego, Game Design, 3D and other fun stuff, check my Google Plus account here)
Take Care!
Pascal

 

Rant of the Day: Youtube Loud Music Background


Rant of the Day:
Youtube Loud Music Background

Hi There,

Just a quick message here to all of you guys making Vlogs, YouTube Videos, Vine and stuff.
Please never forget that not 100% of your audience will be native speakers. Because of that, anyone making movies would keep in mind that the clearer the voice is, the better us foreigner will understand what you say.

So please avoid to set the background audio/music/surround too loud, it is pretty annoying if you ask me.

Thanks for your attention,
That’s all for now.
Take Care.
Pascal

Pong with SketchUp Make 2016


Hi there!

Another one around this “Pong” project that I am working on for a little while now.
My students using SketchUp 2016 rather than Blender, I thought it would have been a good idea to do the Pong pitch with this app as well. So here we are.

PongSketchup.jpg

Not much more to say about it. If you’d want to review the other ones though, here are the links:
With Lego Digital Designer
With Blender

And dont hesitate to rate, like, comment, share, and subscribe)
Take care!
Pascal

Pong with Lego Digital Designer


Hi there,

Another way to illustrate our work with Pong would be with Lego Digital Designer.
Here is what you can get with very little effort:
Pongillustration.pngThis was made with Lego Digital Designer 4.3 that you can get for free here.

I have used the Extended bricks library (The ones that are red), in order to be able to select the black color later on (for the larger plates).
The game is surrounded by an orange layer the same way that I did previously with Blender(You can check this out here).
Notice that I have chosen flat tiles for the pads, the ball and the orange rectangle.
By the way, this model cannot actually be built because nothing comes to stick the large black plates together. The purpose was only to make a png image out of it.

That’s all for now, please comment, like, subscribe, share…)
Take Care!

 

 

 

Tribute to Pong with Blender


Hi there,
Another short article about my work with Blender.
This time I have tried to do things on my own (without the help of any tutorial), and as expected the result is not as awesome as the two previous projects (here and there), but still, not to bad for a restart with the tool.

As I am working on several projects around Pong Original (with Lego Designer, SketchUp, Scratch..), I thought it would have been great to try to do something with Blender as well.
The plan was also to get my students inspired, so they can finish and deliver something by the end of spring holidays.

Regarding my own stuff, here is how it looks like:

Inside Blender:
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Render:
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The challenge was with the lights and materials here. I am not 100% happy with the outcome but I didn’t want to spend the whole day on it, so here it is.
As always, feel free to comment, subscribe, like, share…

Take Care.
Pascal