One Finite Planet

Updates, The Web Tools Topic, and 2D Animation.

On the other hand, this page will server as an introduction to the web-tools topic within “tools”, and will build as the topic grows, but is a bit boring for now, and the main updates at this time have been:

The web-tools topic be mostly about reviews and deliberations on the software and tools used to make this website. Pages so far include:

2D Animation Diagram Tools and Techniques.

Why? What is the Problem?

On of the early animated gif diagrams on this site was a graph exported each day from an Excel spread sheet, and them combined to show how the data changed over time.

I have been working with Inkscape to create vector graphics, but the use to create animation is tedious, with the need to save each frame and them importing into gimp to create the animation.

When updating the page on confirmation bias and opportune arguments, and an animated diagram able to convey the steps as an animation would really help. I looked at it and thought, “there has to be a better way, than saving every single image, then importing and adding time”.

Blender vs Pencil2D vs Synfig.

There were my choices, after searching “2d animation” and 2d animation open source.

Blender is the the “goto” open source program for creating 3D modelling and animation. I have used Blender before, although for modelling not animation. Blender is extremely capable, but even having used Blender before, there is still going to be a steep learning curve to use blender for 2D diagrams. A huge plus is that blender is a highly successful and active project.

Pencil2D is the next choice, to consider. However, pencil2D(site) seems on animation where every frame is drawn, which is tedious for animated diagram. The project started in 2005, and releases seem to be slow now (Feb 2022), with the most recent two releases being 0.6.6 in 21 Feb 2021, and 0.6.5 in July 2020. Past month activity on the repository is just 2 commits, and 1 pull request. Pencil2d site states they participated in “hactoberfest” 2019 and 2020, but does not mention 2021.

Synfig is the other choice I have found. Synfig(site) crates “tweener” frames, automating the process of having an object move, and works well with Inkscape, which can save a project as a Synfig animation file. This project also started in 2005, but the most recent releases being 1.5.1 (October 2021), 1.5.0 (August 2021) and 1.4.2 July 2021 and the past month activity on the repository has 35 commits and 19 pull requests suggesting more activity right now than with pencil2d. Synfig states they will again participate in “google summer of code” 2022 in March.

Both Synfig 1.5.x releases are listed as “development” release, and all 1.4.x releases are listed as “stable” releases, so there may be an odd number = development thing in play.

My conclusion as this point is to try Synfig.


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The surprising reality of increased human life expectancy.

The surprising thing is, people throughout history, and before, lived longer than is often depicted.

From the 1500s till around 1800, life expectancy throughout Europe hovered between 30 and 40 years of age, then the 20th century, life expectancy rose from 49.2 to 80.3 years.

The surprise is, throughout history and as long as far back as we can know, a full lifespan has always been around 70 years or longer. The biggest change has not the length of a human lifespan, but instead, the dramatic increase in percentage of people who get to enjoy that lifespan.

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News In Brief.

It is now war until the end for Putin. If Putin is to win in Ukraine, he would simply have to start a new war elsewhere, as relations with Russia could never again return to ‘normal’ without charges of war crimes being held.

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BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: Affordable EV, not just a rich man’s toy.

There was time when mobile phones where just rich man’s toys. The BYD Atto 3 or Yuan Plus depending on the market, is not only BYDs first global car, but also what I would call the first mainstream, affordable EV for the west, ending the EV as rich man’s toy. It is being released in several countries in early 2022, mainly left traffic countries (wheel on the right) including Australia, but will go global. The Atto 3 competes on price, size and features with affordable gasoline/petrol compact SUVs. The Atto 3 is not a car priced as a BYD competitor for the regular Toyota Corolla, as that car, the Atto 2 will follow in Australia late 2022 or early 2023.

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Battle for No1 Carmaker: Tracking Tesla and BYD.

I have already have a page tracking the fall of current leaders Toyota, VW etc, and this page tracks the rise of the new contenders for the worlds number 1 carmaker: Tesla and BYD.

These two are the current EV market leaders, and as EVs gain market share, these two are on trajectories to become no #1 and no #2 car carmakers world wide. But will either of them ever reach true #1?

I have excluded Tesla and BYD from the ‘new kids on the block’, page tracking the rise of new EV companies as the race between these EV heavyweights warrants its own page.

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