[Infotropique] Saying Hello, & notes on the Blender way
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to foster community. This poster to-most-veterans-of-any-sort likely shall be little more than an internet-learner, who'll be counted on for wildly imaginative (unrealistic) perspective and off-the-wall questions but not much else for a very-very likely long-while. Gamification, aside from fits of rage and frustration, is going to be the only way any prospective tutor can impart what-they-call-wisdom on this tail-chasing socialite and later expect it was internalized. Reputation systems become fascinating to this type of noob as part of game theory. Free culture decreases the work required for expression and therefore play, which inevitably adds meaning to the work of a noob. Culture runs deepest where least influenced by any economy, because the creator which hides their creation for monetary gain feels guilt proportional to the creation's greatness and the commissioner which issues their commission for monetary gain drowns other works proportionally to the commission's effectiveness. Like any savvy noob, this one seeks out all the deepest veins and cultural deposits, to always feel inspired. Our tools of play; our toys, need by greatly effectual with every input if they hope to occupy our attention. So I promised to note a few things about the Blender way. Take the most ambitious and deeply meaningful moral about a thing that should exist which makes many-many other meaningful endeavors possible by extension. Then continuously build that thing until systematically those other things become possible. Keep designing a space colony until humans live on mars. Write free software that makes game-development possible for anyone with the energy and a message. Blender has a finite goal which will be obviously apparent once finished. The writers of blender continue to remind themselves of this goal as they write, by frequently attempting that which their work is supposed to make possible. More important than any moral is the reminder of why it's important, for without that it's meaningless.