ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Marc Draco on December 30, 2009 at 2:17pm
Steve, if you want to learn computer science (at any level) you'll need a good grounding in mathematics - there's no getting around that. Computers do everything by manipulating numbers - modern operating systems protect the users from a lot of that with fancy graphics.

Even computer animation (and 3D animation in particular) requires a good understanding of the mathematics involved - which can often be quite difficult for a right-brained thinker which is what I suspect you are, being a creative.

Perhaps a better way would be to look at which areas you could excel at - when you say Disney, do you mean 2D or 3D work? 3D is a non-starter unless you have a very good appreciation of the maths involved but 2D is a distinct possibility: and Uncle Walt started with very simple 2D cell animation.

There are several 2D animation systems you might try which require differing degrees of expertise - if you're on Windows, you might try Swish - which is an Adobe Flash system for non-programmers. Then there are a multitude of 2D painting systems for anything from line art to cartoons and even fine art.
Comment by Steve Nelson on December 30, 2009 at 1:25pm
Hi Dr Meaden, Maybe you can tell me, is there any private groups that offer grants for education?
I tried the Government way last year. I got a pell grant and studied computers, but the Math Requirement is the main thing that killed me. I was doing really well in the computers getting 94% on every test. But my Gov. Grant was cancelled and a significant part of the problem was Math.
I would like to study computers again if I could do so with out a Math requirement. I want to learn Computer Animation. I am pretty good already with hand drawn art as everyone can see with my nice cover art for my book Tomorrow's World #1. I have been an asistant Draftsman at a sign company and in 1992 I painted dozens of billboards in the presidential campaign. Today as mentiond I am a maintenance man fixing and cleaning Toilets. I want something Better! I think I could do Disney Quality Animation and be an asset to any studio in the country. If I could just learn the computer techniques associated with Computer Animation. I could have a future again.
I can't go on cutting grass and fixing toilets indefinately. I don't want to beg anyone, I just want to be pointed in the right direction to get a grant from some private outfit and get the education necessary. Thank You Dr & Everyone. Steve Nelson

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 22, 2009 at 7:58am
Thank you Matthew for posting these video films.
To make them more prominent and easier for others to find, you may put them into a "discussion slot" ----
above, where it says +Start Discussion.
Comment by John Donaldson on December 21, 2009 at 2:12pm
For anyone interested, the full transcript of the trial is to be found at: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dover/day1am.html, and there is a book, written by a local reporter "The Devil in Dover:an Insider's Story of Dogma V. Darwin in Small Town America" by Lauri Lebo
Comment by John Secular Smith on December 2, 2009 at 10:51am
Larry doesn't do civility Sara, let it go.
Comment by Ogden Lafaye on December 2, 2009 at 8:29am
And then, maybe not.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on December 2, 2009 at 7:58am
Enough of the name calling...
Comment by Marc Draco on December 2, 2009 at 5:00am
Larry isn't a troll, he just has a different opinion.
Comment by David Miller on December 1, 2009 at 9:29pm
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on December 1, 2009 at 9:06pm
I posted it on the other site, Adrian. And for the record I don't actually disagree with either of you (Ogden and Adrian) or Larry. Read what I got there.
 

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