Friday, September 01, 2006

Moving and Moving

It has been a pretty crazy couple of months for me. My dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the start of the year. We decided it would be best to move our family to my parent's hometown to help take care of dad for the last part of his life. We sold our house in North Carolina in July and moved to Cedar City, Utah where my parents live. Since we arrived we've been hard at work setting up a new place, getting settled in, and helping my parents.

I am now an independant contractor working remotely for Vicious Cycle Software - the company where I worked in North Carolina. They very graciously offered me the chance to continue working for them even though I now live more than 2000 miles away!

I'm also working on two personal projects that are very exciting and have to do with 3ds Max and shaders. I'll post more details on them when they're farther along.

My second move was my web site. When my site was at MonitorStudios, I got hosting for free because my friend owned the server. The site got a bit too popular, however, and my friend told me he could no longer pay for all the bandwidth and still give me the server space for free. I looked around for a good web site host, found a good deal, and moved the site. At the same time, I also got the domain name - bencloward.com - which I'm very happy about. It's a lot easier to remember than the old one.

Big thanks to all of the people that have sent me email to thank me for the textures on my site. I'm glad that they're useful. I don't always have time to answer every email, but I really appreciate hearing from people that use my textures.

9 Comments:

Blogger kim said...

Just another thank you for the textures.

I hope your dad is doing ok. My best thoughts to you and him.

September 24, 2006 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,
I am a brazilian student, and I did a shader which change the vertex coordinates ina a wave equation to improve a moviment.
But when I apply this shader in MAX 8 it keeps static. Do you know if its possible to apply a dinamic shader in 3D MAX 8 and see this movement?

thanks
Alex - alexsalgado1@gmail.com

September 30, 2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,
I am a brazilian student, and I did a shader which change the vertex coordinates ina a wave equation to improve a moviment.
But when I apply this shader in MAX 8 it keeps static. Do you know if its possible to apply a dinamic shader in 3D MAX 8 and see this movement?

thanks
Alex - alexsalgado1@gmail.com

September 30, 2006 10:51 PM  
Blogger Ben Cloward said...

Alex,

I've noticed that when you have animation in yuor shader sometimes it doesn't show up in the viewport unless you do something else to force the viewport to update. So, try this - add an omni light to the viewport and animate the omni moving just a little bit from frame 0 to frame 100. Then push play. You might see your animated verts moving now. Does it work? If not, try adding a camera and animate the camera just a little.

October 01, 2006 12:55 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Thankyou very much for the useful textures. Especially the metal textures.

October 01, 2006 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

superb texture collection....excellent resolution. You should be commended.

October 03, 2006 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice collection of textures, thank you!
Es

October 07, 2006 3:25 AM  
Anonymous Pilzekind said...

Thanks for the textures, youre great, dude!

May 12, 2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger hanif said...

Hey Ben,
i am using your textures for long now, it's been more than years now.
thanks a lot dude.

hanif

May 16, 2007 8:40 AM  

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