Monday, June 28, 2010


I'm writing this quick post for those who read my last blog post in yellow letters and are still thinking how to do what I said.(If anyone actually read that post!)

Anyway the problem is solved. There are two solutions to this so far. I'm sure there are many more!I got the two answers from CG Society forums and Area Forums.

So don't panic if you can't find a way. Be calm and I'll make a detailed post tomorrow.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

HELP! Particle Flow 3Ds Max

This is what I wanted to do for past couple of days and I still don't see any way to solve this.So thought of asking for help.

What I want to do is create an object with particles and animate it so that particles appear from bottom to top.The particles shouldn't move from bottom to top.They must appear from bottom to top.

I've made the particle system with Particle Flow(PF Source) and given it materials but I don't know how to animate it.

I thought of doing this using a Gradient Ramp as the opacity map. But the problem is I can't put it in the particle
material's opacity slot as it already have another opacity map and even if I do it would animate opacity of each particle
not the opacity of the whole particle system.How do you assign an animated opacity map to the whole particle system?

How do I do this (or is there any other way of doing this without plugins) ?

I've asked more than half a dozen people already but no one seems to know!

So if anyone passing by the blog or this blog post

Other than worrying on this one thing and thinking a hundred impossible ways of doing this I've been taking some black and white photographs of my ever ready ever posing photogenic Kitty.

You can see the rest of the photos above in my flickr photo stream for now and in my flickr account if you want to have a look

Then in 3Ds Max I started rigging "Character Model" if you remember him. And so far drew some bones for his legs. In bone rigging it is very important to give names to bones. Actually in any kind of modelling it is good to give names other than "Sphere1" , "Sphere2" , "Omni1", ...

Still wondering how I'm going to do that particle system. I know I won't even sleep properly(thats only a figure of speech!) until I get it solved.

Here is another photo of Kitty.

My little sister brought kitty from our school , when one of the cats who lives at school had babies. She is about 1 year old but still acts like a kitten, or a dog perhaps if you consider how much she bites!

I didn't get any spare time to learn HTML as I used all that to read some new books. I've got one of Doctor Who books from the library but still couldn't read it yet. It has got really small letters and it doesn't have the library smell I like (If you've borrowed books from the public library or any other library you know what I mean).

If I haven't already mentioned this in any earlier blog posts Bernard Cornwell's Excalibur (the 3rd book of a series ) is simply magnificent and a must read in my opinion.

It is 3.26 am and I'd better get some sleep.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sopwith Pup Engine _ WIP

Got some time to work on this Sopwith Pup engine,which I started long ago.
I'm making this from an Area tutorial.Will finish as I get time.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Can't think about one :)

Thats true. I can't think about any title today.Nothing comes to my head.
Firstly I didn't get any time to learn more HTML but I'll dig up some tomorrow.And the head model is still unfinished without eyes and ears.But I found some time to follow a GIMP tutorial yesterday and created this from it.

GIMP stands for " GNU Image Manipulation Program" and it is a freely distributed software. You can download it from . It works a lot like Photoshop and the User Interface is a lot like it too. But I'm not yet familiar with it as I'm with Photoshop.

But learning GIMP and HTML is a good way to eat spare time if the universities are going to start in October as they said.

And about universities few of my friends have received their registration letters for their universities. And they are asked to register on 29th !!Few even have posted snapshots of them on FB! Well I'm really excited about this !!(Over excited would be much more accurate!!!!) Even if university studies are going to be started late I can play REAL Badminton if I get registered!! :D

I'm reading Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell at the moment and I've got History of the Middle Earth-The war of the Rings yet to start and 4 more books which I haven't thought of starting to read yet!!

Well gotta go now.I've to get some sleep!!
How I wish that there are 48 hours per a day instead of 24!!!
Good Night!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


That is what I started to learn today. Started to learn HTML :D

So far I know how to write a heading, how to start a paragraph, how to put in a line break. And a little bit about how to insert an image and a link.

Here is what I made so far.

Hope to learn more and improve.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Facts and Faces

Now the UGC site is not that slow. So found the exact z scores.

For Colombo
Medicine 1.9671

For Hambanthota
Medicine 1.9686

What my friend said is not all true. It is not 0.1 more than Colombo but 0.0015
Still it is more than Colombo
Not only medicine but there are several other courses with a
minimum z score higher than Colombo.
I'm posting the whole list here.


Year- 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010
Colombo- 1.9910, 1.9455, 1.9671
Galle- 1.9794, 1.9470, 1.9248
Jaffna- 1.8814, 1.8118, 1.7434
Hambanthota- 1.8813, 1.8744, 1.9686

Well these are facts and you can make your own conclusions by analyzing them.

About 3Ds Max work I made another head model. This time I put aside box modeling and did it with the polygon by polygon method. Still got ears and the inside of the mouth to finish.

btw Anyone know how to draw charts in blogger. I haven't downloaded MSoffice in my new computer.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cut offs are out!!!!!

Hey there!
I changed the blog header today,since I use this blog to write about almost everything that interests me.

The cut off marks for university entrance are out on the University Grants Commission's website. It takes time to load the page and I've only seen cut offs for Colombo District so far.

But I've got some funny news about this year's cut offs from a friend. As she told me the cut off marks for Medicine in Hambanthota district is 1.97 and 1.96 in Colombo. Funny isn't it. I mean usually the top districts are Colombo, Jaffana, Galle and Gampaha. So how come Hambanthota got such a high minimum z score value!?

I'm getting a LOT suspicious about the abrupt rising of results in Hambanthota district ,not only in Advanced Levels but O/L and Grade 5 Scholarship Exam too. It seems Hambanthota has some kind of brain plantation! or someone's major plot is underway! I can smell a LOT of Tuna fish in this!!

Anyway for Bio Science the minimum z value has gone down for Colombo. And I'm happy with that. And some of the people who were going to do second time are going to go to what they get, which I'm more happy about. For me doing what one gets is 10 000 times better than doing the wretched exam again( as long as one likes what one gets!)
The problem with the majority is they DON'T KNOW what they like. They only want to do Medicine or Engineering! Just because their parents say.
Anyway all the people on earth aren't engineers and doctors!

The worst news of the day.
Universities are going to start in OCTOBER!!!
Can you imagine October! I've to stay home for ANOTHER 4 MONTHS!!
How can they do this to us! I mean since last August we are utterly jobless for 9 whole months
and they are saying we have to wait 4 more. That is MORE THAN A WHOLE freaking year!!
What do they expect us to do huh? Learn cooking and wood works??
It was the Education Minister who said this not the UGC. So we are hoping against all hopes that UGC would decide differently.

Ah almost forgot the good news of the day. I got my new computer assembled. And I got a 21 inch LCD monitor!!, instead of the 18 inch one my father promised. It is up and working now. Transferring most of the files manually,since there is no way of connecting both computers.

Well thats is all so far.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I can't remember !!

Thats right I had something on my head to write on the blog in the afternoon. But now I can't remember which.
Anyway A/L cut-offs for University admission and the amount of students for each university are going to be out tomorrow.(Source_Radio News) Hope each of our wishes would come true!
Specially those who are in the margin!!

I've been working on 3Ds Max today too,but there are several problems that came up today. Have to think them out by tomorrow. Or perhaps in the morning.

Well thats it for now.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pair of Shoes

Ok a short quick post. I've to catch some sleep

Here is what I did today.

Hand sketched my little sister's pair of shoes and worked on it with Photoshop.
That is the pencil sketch below.



Thursday, June 3, 2010

Some good reading I did this week

Well I've been working on Max as always but this post is regarding what I did read and hope to read these days.

පිටස්තරයා-2 has posted this link to the beautiful, bitter and very truthful article "us vs them"
Anyone stopping by this blog, I suggest you visit this link and read it. I suggest because if you haven't already seen this truth or if you haven't questioned about this problem in society it is quite the time you ask it from yourself and find the answer.

I've found lots of unexpected books last month and this month too. Found J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit or There and Back Again" in the public library ( PUBLIC LIBRARY!!) some times back and Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" from the same place last week. Now reading J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of The Ring" for the 5th or so time.

From the British Council I was able to dig up two more books on the same topic. One of the books of the "History of Middle Earth" series and another about Tolkien and LOTR.The third one I borrowed is Excalibur, I'm sure you all know that this is King Arthur's Sword and so the book is around the same legend.(At least that is what the review on the cover says.I haven't started to read it yet.)

If any of you've read the whole history of Middle Earth can anyone tell me what the Dark Lord has to do with Mirkwood and what happened there? I just saw in Fellowship of The Ring and started wondering which part of history I've missed. I've a guess that this is something to do with The Silmarillion, which I haven't read or found yet.

So I've got lots of books to read next week,(when considering the British council,next month) and lots of work to do with Max too. Plus I'm hoping to finish our course end project which we've paused due to busyness of each of the members of our group.

I've finished making the shape of the logo,finally! and well started on texturing. This I will put when the whole thing is finished.

My father says that he'll buy the rest of my new computer tomorrow. I always expect the unexpected. You know parents and politicians have some common qualities regarding expensive stuff.(If you know what I mean)
Well see you around