A review written from a true beginner’s perspective
I recently got CorelCad, and it is my first exposure to 3D programs. I saw this book was available through Vine, so I ordered it. I was expecting a book that would teach me how 3D programs work in general, and this book didn’t help me.
The terminology and concepts are so new to me, I have to study the chapters several times to understand them.
Here’s an example of what you’ll read in this book:
Poles are vertices that have more or fewer than four polygon faces attached to them. Like triangles and n-gons, poles may cause the mesh to deform in a way that you don’t want when you pose the model. Though you can minimize their occurrence, poles are unavoidable when you are modeling anything with detail, most like human faces. There are two common types of poles that appear as you shape your model: the E(5) pole and the N(3) pole.
Bottom line: This isn’t a book to help you learn how 3D programs work. It won’t help you figure out your software. It’s more about 3D design principles and how software creates and renders 3D, particularly when building models for animation. Once you get some experience under your belt, this book has great information on how to properly design in 3D to avoid faulty models and time-consuming mistakes. The writing is straightforward and the author doesn’t waste your time. I look forward to the time when I can read this book, understand it, and say, “Aah, that’s how I should do it.”
Book Review: Mitakuye Oyasin: We Are All Related by Ehanamani (Allen Ross)
America Before Columbus: Based on the Oral History of 33 Tribes by Ehanamani (Dr. Allen Ross)
Fascinating compilation of Lakota beliefs, history and metaphysics
Ehanamani (Dr. A.C. Ross) grew up on reservations, attended a Christian high school and joined the military. While serving overseas he was embarrassed that a German knew more about his culture than he did, so he decided to learn more. He asked himself, “Why do we do certain things or believe certain stories? There must be a reason behind our traditional beliefs.” This book summarizes the findings of his research into Native American beliefs arrived at through a multitude of synchronistic events.
Ehanamani discusses Native American beliefs and ceremonies, Jungian psychology, energy, chakras, metaphysics, reincarnation, Edgar Cayce, Christianity, physics, spirituality and other esoteric topics, deftly tying them together into a holistic worldview.
Several chapters detail cultural, religious, and ceremonial similarities between the Native Americans on the North American continent and neighboring continents, which he believes confirms the Native American belief in islands called Mu (in the Pacific Ocean) and Atlantis (in the Atlantic) from which these peoples emigrated.
The message I got, which was perfectly timed, was how important it is for me to participate in more right-brained activities to find balance and improve my connection with That Which Gives Life.
This is an easy book to read, written in a conversational style of a friend just sharing what he’s learned over the years. I really enjoyed this book, and it will stay in my library to be read again.