The Angel of Death came…

 

…and slew the Slaughterer that killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  …and slew the Slaughterer that killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat

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The Slaughterer came…

 

…and killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

 

Update: animation modified to show Shochet slicing from below. He’s still decapitating the poor beast, but it’s slightly more kosher for sticklers. Yes I know kosher slaughter involves slitting the animal’s throat, it just seems so grotesque that the cartoon shorthand of bloody decapitation expresses it best for me. But for those who consider slitting from below important, here ya go.

  …and killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt

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Transmission

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The Ox came…

 

…and drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  …and drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father

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just water

 

I made some improvements to the water animation cycle below. I’m quite pleased. Like waves, natural special effects don’t come intuitively to me. I didn’t know if I’d be able to figure this one out.

  I made some improvements to the water animation cycle below. I’m quite pleased. Like waves, natural special effects don’t come intuitively to me. I didn’t know if I’d

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The Water came…

 

…and extinguished the Fire, that burnt the Stick, that hit the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  …and extinguished the Fire, that burnt the Stick, that hit the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad

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The Fire came

…and burned the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

 

…and burned the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

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The Stick came…

 

and beat the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat, which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

  and beat the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat, which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad

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…and bit the Cat…

…that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya

…that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad

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The dog came….

What happens next isn’t going to be pretty. Chad Gadya

What happens next isn’t going to be pretty. Chad

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“The cat came, and ate the goat.”

Does it make sense? No. Chad Gadya.

Does it make sense? No. Chad

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Los Gatos

Working on a cat to eat the goat. No, cats don’t eat goats, but that’s what it says in the song.

Working on a cat to eat the goat. No, cats don’t eat goats, but that’s what it says in the

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Waves and Locomotion

Most natural movements – runs, walks, gallops – follow wave patterns. But it’s very difficult for me to analyze such movements so I can recreate them in animation.

For this experiment I worked backwards, first creating the simple wave movements (above) and then combining them into a gallop (below).

The legs are swinging back and forth as well as waving.

I struggle to animate even a simple wave; it does not come intuitively to me. I found a way to remember with the letters C-Z-D-S. The curves of those letters resemble the 4 keyframes of a wave loop. If I can remember those 4 keyframes, I can tween from one to another by hand or

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One Little Goat

A little work-in-progress from Seder-Masochism. Sing along to the animated gif!

A little work-in-progress from Seder-Masochism. Sing along to the animated

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Davis Vertical Feed restoration

 

I got this Davis Vertical Feed 2 on eBay for $30 (plus shipping). It arrived full of gunk and rust, barely moving, and smelling of smoke.

 

Getting a bath in the Parts Washer

Submerged in kerosene overnight

Soaked in kerosene and wiped but still full of gunk.

After cleaning what we could with kerosene and brass brushes, we soaked everything the following night in Evapo-Rust.

This morning we retrieved each piece, wiped it off, rinsed in water, wiped, rinsed in acetone, wiped, and revaled beautiful clean shiny parts.

Then we put everything back together, with liberal squirts of sewing machine oil.

Success! Here she is installed

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