That came right in time to have a nice and soothing musical transition into the weekend...

Ennio Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission
by Akademia Filmu i Telewizji on YouTube
The new episode of Pepper&Carrot by David Revoy is out smiling cat face with open mouth

Episode 23: Take a chance


Official homepage of Pepper&Carrot, a free/libre and open-source webcomic about Pepper, a young witch and her cat, Carrot. They live in a fantasy universe of potions, magic, and creatures.
Old New Energy

I catched this in May 2016 on a relaxing spring walk. It was nice to have the old windmill together with the modern ones in the background as well as the solar panels on the roof in one image. The air was not the best for long distance photography that day but I still like the outcome.

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something from last year... didn't had much time to go through a lot of photos but I may catch up and post a few more soon

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Finally more cat content - this lovely one was very pleased by my visit today... smiling cat face with open mouth


Also available as legless hovercat version smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes

Nice article on Hubzilla's nomadic identity feature by Andrew Manning:

Nomadic identity, brought to you by Hubzilla – Andrew Manning – Medium


If you haven’t heard of Hubzilla yet, it is an advanced platform for online communications and content publishing powered by a…
If the Smart Birthdays feature is working correctly it should now be the right time to congratulate @Mike Macgirvin grinning face

So - Happy Birthday, Mike! birthday cake
Enjoy some :homebrew :homebrew :homebrew
And thanks for all the work and thoughts you're constantly sharing!
That tweet from Nicole Britz pretty much made my morning... grinning face
I'm both relieved and surprised that this didn't happen to me yet.

"Art stumbles", coffee on wall paint, unknown artist, Munich, 2017

Nicole Britz on Twitter


“"Kunst stolpert", Kaffee auf Wandfarbe, unbekannter Künstler, München, 2017”
As a little side note to my previous post - this project made me write my very first little Python addon for Blender.

When it comes to composing a scene with many instances of bricks in it they are tedious to move around exactly. Grid snapping doesn't work because it only allows equal distance values on all axes. The horizontal and vertical raster steps of the bricks are different and they have no common denominator. So you have to enter math into the shifting operation fields to move them manually, which is possible but takes way too much time.

So I got my hands dirty and wrote a little addon that provides buttons in the toolbar to quickly move around selected objects in predefined steps. The steps are multiplied by the base raster values which can be set individually per axis.

It's rough. It's ugly. But it works as intended and makes moving bricks around so much quicker. Plus I learned a lot while creating it.

A more advanced way to solve the problem would be to hook into the snapping system and provide an additional incremental snapping mode based on different fixed (configurable) values per axis. I don't know if that's even possible via Blender's Python API. If so, I have yet to find out how.

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One of the first test render images with some bricks from the FORMO system element library I'm building in Blender. Materials are still pretty basic and there are much more brick types yet to model. The focus is on accurate measurements and details of all the different elements.
FORMO is a plastic brick building system developed in the former GDR under socialist-economic standardization aspects. The 3d library will have some nostalgic value (I built with this as a child) but also be a visualization aid for new reference models since the system is kept alive today thanks to private engagement (F. Schmidt).


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Thanks, @Andrew Manning ! The materials have to be refined with some impurities (subtle scratches and rough spots) later on to make them look more real - they're too clean if you look closely now. I'll try to keep them fully procedural (no image textures involved).
But for now I'm concentrating on getting most of the available brick types modeled as accurately as possible. I think I'll keep posting some test renders as I progress with that.
  last edited: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:07:40 +0200's not a photo..?Image/photo

Wow.... :-D
Just plain old CG smiling face with open mouth
Only 24 hours left for the tex—lock @kickstarter. Tex—lock is an innovative textile-based bikelock, composed of high-tech materials, making it secure, flexible and lightweight.
It is time to put something new to the heavy and unwieldy bikelocks!
tex—lock : the bike lock made of high-tech textiles


It is flexible, secure and extremely lightweight. Tex—lock has a completely new look & feel.
There's the new episode of David Revoy's open-source webcomic "Pepper & Carrot" (number 20 already, time flies):

Episode 20: The Picnic


Official homepage of Pepper&Carrot, a free/libre and open-source webcomic about Pepper, a young witch and her cat, Carrot. They live in a fantasy universe of potions, magic, and creatures.
Interesting article on OWS/Signal that also touches open source development, decentralization and user experience:
English version:

Also - thematically fitting to that is the link to the following OWS blog entry in the comments:

Interessanter und sehr lesenswerter Artikel über OWS/Signal, der auch andere Themenfelder wie Dezentralisierung, Open-Source Entwicklung und Nutzerfreundichkeit mit anschneidet:
German version (Deutsche Version):
The photos of Marloeshi's guinea pig Mieps always look so adorable...

Here's her newest autumn-themed one on DevinartArt:

Autumn II


Mieps is looking up to check if there are any more leaves falling down.
In Sachen Netzneutralität gibt es für die EU wohl Positives zu vermelden:

Einsetzen lohnt sich! Netzneutralität in der EU gesichert – Überholspuren werden verboten! |


von Markus Beckedahl am 30. August 2016, 14:30
Die europäischen Regulierungsbehörden haben heute ihre endgültigen Leitlinien zur Netzneutralität vorgestellt. Und darin ganz klar Überholspuren im Netz verboten! Das ist ein großer Erfolg der europäischen Zivilgesellschaft, die sich mit der Kampagne „Save the...
Ganz so rosig bewertet das der Heise-Artikle unten nicht, Zitat daraus:

Nach langem Streit mit den Vertretern der Mitgliedsstaaten im EU-Rat und unter hohem Lobbydruck von allen Seiten konnten sich die Abgeordneten nur auf einen halbgaren Kompromiss einigen, der an Kernpunkten vage blieb und große Hintertüren für ein Zwei-Klassen-Netz mit kostenpflichtigen Mautstellen offenhielt.
Das Wort "Netzneutralität" taucht im Gesetzestext aber gar nicht mehr auf. ... Provider dürfen laut der Verordnung etwa die ominösen Spezialdienste jenseits des klassischen Internets gegen Zusatzentgelt anbieten. ... Das letzte Wort über die Zulässigkeit haben die nationalen Regulierungsbehörden.

Die Parlamentariern gestatteten den Zugangsanbietern auch ein "angemessenes Verkehrsmanagement". Sie dürfen Datenpakete ausbremsen oder ausfiltern,...

EU-Regulierer sichern die Netzneutralität stärker ab


Die europäischen Regulierungsbehörden haben ihre finalen Leitlinien für ein offenes Internet veröffentlicht. Sie wollen damit einen "diskriminierungsfreien Internetzugang" absichern, aber auch "Raum für innovative Dienste" lassen.
Es soll ja eh noch eine genauere Auswertung geben - mal abwarten.  Aber immerhin ist wohl der gröbere Unsinn, der vorher da war, erheblich eingedämmt worden.
Contempt Culture in programming

That was an interesting read...

Contempt Culture - The Particular Finest
The best advice we give programmers is to leave things better than how they started. We do it with code, why don’t we do it with communities? Why don’t we do it with people, colleagues, friends?
DigiKam 5 published

DigiKam 5 is out now and I'm looking forward to upgrade it on my systems. Here's the announcement on their blog:

Image by Caulier Gilles (, CC-BY

Among a lot of improvements they also got rid of the big KDE dependencies so all the quirks when using it on any other desktop should be gone.
I've used it for some years now - mainly to manage my huge photo and stock archive as well as for quick manipulations and batch operations to prepare photos for different purposes. For more intense work on specific photos I use RawTherapee and Gimp.
@phellmes Did you try darktable? If yes, what are the reasons you stick to DigiKam?
I come from a KDE background and when I started using DigiKam, Darktable wasn't in the picture yet. Then I stayed with it, and for what I use it it's suitable and there's no reason to migrate if development goes on. But I'll have an eye on Darktable from time to time...
Sitting pretty & The blue bridge

Just another cat for the weekend and a nice pedestrian bridge. Had these laying around on my harddrive for a while but forgot to post them.



#photography #cat #bridge
Refill if you wanna live. Now!

I had a strong feeling that she was waiting for something...


#cats #photography