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Creation Date: 2002-01-28
This SUV was found in Scene 1 briefly. It's going to be a key element in Scene 5 and 6. I made the windows semi-transparent and I added bones to make the windows roll down. Pretty neat, huh? How did I do it? Today's lesson is a beginner-type lesson. MS3D is quite an odd program if you haven't used anything like it before. If you've used MS Paint or similar extensively, you're going to have fun with MS3D. If you've used a vector graphics program, you're one up on everyone else. But MS3D has a few functions that are seriously 3d. One of them is "Extrude". One can wonder, why would I extrude anything? I'm glad you asked because that's how the windows are transparent. Then you say, naw... And I say, yup. Extrude doesn't just extrude things, it can also make smaller duplicates of objects. What I did was select one side's car door and extrude it 10 outwards. Then I extruded the other side 10 outwards. Then I selected both extruded pieces and shrunk them to the size of the window. Then I "Moved" them both 10 units inward. I aligned the edged (by flipping them, but I'll save that for another lesson) and regrouped the windows and changed the material to a transparent material. Viola, you got yourself semi-tinted windows. If you want 100% tinted windows, there's no need to do what I just said, except if you want to roll down your windows. If you want to pull your uzi out and gun down a bunch of kids as you drive by in your SUV, that's your business, but the easiest way is to extrude like I've shown you here. Indeed extrude is useful. In fact, it's the fastest way to make a low-poly model. I don't do it for my better models (I do them vertex by vertex, face by face), but if you are strained for seconds, extrude will give you ugly in fewer seconds than by hand. It also can give you symmetry easier than vertex by vertex can, but I'll leave you to find that out.

I can honestly say that I love doing JF. Today was a day in which I wanted to punch the air but could not pick the will from my empty heart to do it. A bad day, certainly, but not bad enough to make my cry or put off what needs to be done. I went to all my classes. I did my homework. I did a slacker version of JF Making Of. I forced myself to admit that I love it. I called my grandma and wrote a letter to my Aunt's family. I did my laundry. If there is something I've left undone, I certainly know about it and am going to do it early tomorrow morning (rent and phone bills are due in a few days). But somedays I want to kill, other days I want to grieve, other days I want to feel sorry for myself, often I want to crawl up in a ball and forget what I ought to do. But the most often occurring day is the happiness day. I must not forget in my darkest hours that my darkest hours only occur as a break from the immense joy I feel everyday. I can't even say that right today.

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