PYTHON: How to Get Sliding Text in Blender

This is Bob.

This is Bob. Bob is a gelatinous organism from outer space. He’s also a bit of a diva, so he requires that he be announced by text that drifts upwards in a graceful and organized fashion.

So that’s how I spent the first chunk of my long weekend—figuring out text objects in Blender. For the sliding script, just scroll to the bottom. For more description, keep reading below.

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Python: How to Loop through Every Vertex in a Mesh

The Spiral

Sometimes I get embarrassingly excited about being able to do things in Python that I will probably never need to do again. This is one of those times.

I had a mesh—a plane that I had turned into an a spiral walk-way. And I had the thought, this thing can’t have walls. Eventually I want the walk-way to be the center of a large arena that’s coated in fog. And the only way you’d really be able to see that it’s a spiral is if it’s semi-transparent and lined in lights.

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VBA: How to Auto-Generate Personalized Emails in Excel

An Outlook VBA Tutorial

I work one of those weird jobs where the company still uses Outlook. I’m a big fan of Gmail and Google Docs, but I really like having the option of VBAing my emails.

Say, for instance, I want to send the same email to multiple people. I don’t want to put them all in a single email thread though—inevitably someone will hit Reply All, then someone else will hit Reply All, then someone else will get curmudgeonly over having a huge email chain clogging their feed.

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Python: How to Randomize Rotation in Blender

The Confetti Function

A couple weeks back, I posted a confetti function that was wildly fun to play with, but frustrating because all the confetti was oriented in the same direction.

In the end, I started selecting the individual planes at random to rotate the manually, but well, let’s face it. There were over 200 planes. That was just stupid. Two new lines of Python. That’s all it took. I actually wasn’t even the Python that threw me in the first place—it was the rotation operator.

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VBA: How to Condense Two Columns into a List

VBA Column Condenser

You know what I’ve wanted all my life? A way to condense columns into comma separated lists. I’ve been in multiple jobs where this would’ve been handy because it’d be so much easier to see all the things in a few rows.

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Python: How to List Polygon Intersections in QGIS

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You know what I love about programming? Once you know a little bit, you can Frankenstein your way out of a lot of problems.

Recently, I wanted to have a way to check two shapefiles in QGIS to see if their features overlap. I know what you’re thinking—there’s an intersect tool for that. But it just creates a new layer of the intersected areas. I wanted a list of which specific features were intersecting which other specific features in two separate layers.

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PYTHON: How to Code Materials in Blender Cycles

What's Going On Here?

There are times when I feel the need to take a step back and re-evaluate all my life decisions. Those moments tend to be preceded by questions like how the crap did I end up in this field of kudzu, and where the hell did that snake go? Or how hard could it be to script random materials in Blender with Python—an hour tops?

That last one led me to three days of HELL. This was, by far, the most difficult Blender script I’ve tackled because the API doesn’t have much on how to create materials.

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