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3d Model of the US Constitutional Republic
NH House Representative Davenport ^ | 1/27/2012 | LiveFreeOrDieNH

Posted on 01/28/2012 3:00:08 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH

I've developed a 3D model of the US Constitution. The linked video is the first attempt to use the model in the defense of Ordered Liberty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMy0Z-RAu6g&feature=share

I'm looking for feedback. Thank you,

Representative Davenport NH General Court


TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: federalism; separationofpowers

1 posted on 01/28/2012 3:00:10 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Great job! Thanks.


2 posted on 01/28/2012 3:02:24 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Ping.


3 posted on 01/28/2012 3:05:37 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMy0Z-RAu6g&feature=share
4 posted on 01/28/2012 3:06:54 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Democracy=”gimmee”
Republic=”Protect my liberty”


5 posted on 01/28/2012 3:12:09 AM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

You did a great job. Thank you for posting.


6 posted on 01/28/2012 3:13:49 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Intriguing concept. I am going to look at it later when I am not tired, and get back to you. I already like the concept, and applaud the purpose.


7 posted on 01/28/2012 3:32:47 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

This was very well done and clearly presented. I wish all civics courses in our schools would utilize something simlilar. Well done, FRiend!


8 posted on 01/28/2012 3:48:06 AM PST by RobertClark ("Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Very impressive; I’m going to show that to my home schooled kids today since we’re studying government.


9 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:52 AM PST by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH
I think if you are trying to stimulate kids to think about the structure of government you should work on the audio portion. Your presentation has a monotone male which does not engage the listener. (I almost thought it was computer generated.)
Maybe change the speaker to represent the different branches. Alternate male and female voices and add inflection to instill passion. Passion should be instilled in celebrating the ideas of our forefathers! They created an amazing concept of governance!
Possibly music would help here too. in describing the monarchy some British royal songs and then American Patriotic chords as you consider the branches of the republic.
I felt the presentation lacked passion and that I was listening to an engineer or a chemist describe philosophy.
If you wish to energize the viewer you need to consider words other than, “tensor” to make the connection to, “We the people” How will a kid even know that word?
As an educated adult I learned nothing and from the viewpoint of someone being exposed for the first time, I felt nothing. Our “Great experiment” deserves an exaltation!
Please know that I appreciated the thought you put into this but you asked for feedback and mine would be to tell the story from your heart and soul rather than your left brain.
10 posted on 01/28/2012 5:09:24 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Blender to the rescue! I also use Blender for 3D visualization. You should post ths to Blendernation


11 posted on 01/28/2012 5:17:00 AM PST by Checkmate
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Excellent — what software did you use ?


12 posted on 01/28/2012 5:19:27 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Very good!


13 posted on 01/28/2012 5:26:59 AM PST by haywoodwebb (Keep your focus on the TRUTH and we will prevail . . . One Day at a Time, Mates!)
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To: outofsalt

Different learning styles, different teaching styles. So much negativity regarding peripheral, easily remedied matters and so little acknowledgment of an elegant new visualization tool. Your written presentation leaves much to be desired as well.

Teacher, teach thyself.


14 posted on 01/28/2012 5:30:10 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: outofsalt

good comments with the exception of the using of heart and soul and feelings... i understand the desire to make it passionate, but i think it would work and should work the way the founders intended, with a logical approach.

my ownly criticism would be to add a way that would show that the people were in charge rather than being on the bottom tier... sort of a lateral scale with a balance between the will of the people and the oppressive yolk of government...

all in all a good model, simplifying by spreading it out a little or minimizing the number of “feeders” would help to see the workings.

great job.

teeman


15 posted on 01/28/2012 5:40:09 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

The OP was looking for feedback, not praise. I think we all appreciate the effort, but it could be made better.


16 posted on 01/28/2012 5:45:51 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Fascinating and informative!
Thank you for the hard work.


17 posted on 01/28/2012 6:14:19 AM PST by conservativegeek (A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow - George S. Patton)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

In my exposure, constructive criticism is best delivered with enough praise to counterbalance any sting that might be experienced from having done so. A full fledged critique, bluntly stated, runs the risk of disheartening the recipient, and I don’t see that as warranted. So, blunt critique, meet blunt rejoinder.


18 posted on 01/28/2012 6:21:26 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
I knew my comment would be viewed as negative though it was not meant to deter. I feel passionately about what our founders gave us and Venn diagrams, even 3D ones, don't capture the courage, insight and grandeur of our Republic.
I applaud LiveFreeorDieNH for what he is trying to present and do encourage him to continue to look to share his talent and understanding in ways that will inspire others.
Best to you, FRiend
19 posted on 01/28/2012 6:22:28 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

OK, sorry to have come on strong myself then. I’m in a similar field, and know well how easily weeks or months of effort can be criticized without acknowledging the time, effort and thought that went into the good of it, so maybe I’m overly protective.


20 posted on 01/28/2012 6:37:33 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Very nice!


21 posted on 01/28/2012 6:42:05 AM PST by 2sheds
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Very Good, Posted on facebook.


22 posted on 01/28/2012 6:45:25 AM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

That is pretty darn cool.

It may be that it covers too much in one sitting, tho.


23 posted on 01/28/2012 6:57:09 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Hey, a fellow Blenderhead! Nice use of Constraints. Those things kill me sometimes.


24 posted on 01/28/2012 7:00:59 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Checkmate; LiveFreeOrDieNH
You should post ths to Blendernation

Agreed.

Here's the link: BlenderNation.

25 posted on 01/28/2012 7:05:04 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: teeman8r; RegulatorCountry
I was taught to know your audience and find ways to connect with them; logic, humor, passion, and yes, even emotional appeal will help. The more the better!
I agree that emphasizing, “the people” is the key but I like that LFoDNH explained why the senate was originally meant to represent the states and not just the folks.
One area we have lost sight of is remembering that our creator gives us, the folks, our rights (and responsibilities) and our government is there to protect and preserve His gift.
26 posted on 01/28/2012 7:07:41 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Very cool. Had you been visualing the govt this way for a while prior to capturing it with the computer model?


27 posted on 01/28/2012 7:42:15 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: outofsalt

CORRECT! people forget that governments are established to protect the rights of the people... individuals.

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28 posted on 01/28/2012 8:09:19 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Nicely done!


29 posted on 01/28/2012 9:08:30 AM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: Yardstick

Yes. Basically, since reading the federalist papers around 2004. I have a bit of a science background, and when I read the federalist papers, I recognized the mathematics behind it. My friend and I did a presentation using the model about a 2 years back, but it was only on a chalk board. You need new media to get enough exposure to make a difference.


30 posted on 01/28/2012 3:49:54 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: outofsalt

Thank you for the feedback. I agree with your critique. In this case I needed to get it out because I have legislation before the NH House which I’m doing follow-up videos to argue for.

It does deserve more passion. I’ll keep your points in mind in for the future.


31 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:08 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: Psalm 144

Looking forward to any input.


32 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:18 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: Patton@Bastogne

blender 3D. Open source. Great software.


33 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:22 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: patton

I think you’re correct. It really has multiple concepts in one introduction. I had no choice due to time constraints, because I’m about to post follow-ups for specific legislation I have before the House, and I needed a baseline.


34 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:29 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: Future Snake Eater

Wish I could claim credit. I couldn’t get my rig to work, so I paid a well known blender artist to rig it for me. I would give credit, but he is somewhat reluctant because the work is used for politics. Quality work he did. Very professional.


35 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:29 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: Yardstick

I think I answered this at another spot, so forgive the duplication. Yes, since around 2004, when I read the Federalist Papers, and recognized the underlying mathematics. A friend and I gave a presentation on a chalk-board, with a 3D handout about 2 years ago, but I had trouble rigging the model so that I could animate it. I hired a professional for the job in December, and have been scrambling to get something out in time for legislation I have before the NH House.


36 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:37 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: teeman8r

Yeah, thats the trick, to show the people are in charge. I have an idea, but the rig isn’t ready. Thanks for the input


37 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:37 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: Future Snake Eater

Just attempted a News submission. We’ll see if they accept. Thanks for the input.


38 posted on 01/28/2012 3:50:58 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

My wife said she would use it to teach her classes, but for the information density - and the word “tensor.”

“link” would work in this context.


39 posted on 01/29/2012 4:55:57 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Great job! I am using blender to create a 3D Model of the engine room of my ship 30 years ago. plan to be able to lite off the plant and get underway... complete with steam and water leaks and noise...

Good job!!


40 posted on 01/29/2012 5:11:08 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

my only question is how you made the video? I have tried setting a video camera in front of the screen, but it was not near the quality you have here, and other vids ive seen...


41 posted on 01/29/2012 5:14:18 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Andrew Price? Jonathan Williamson? David Ward? Greg Zaal? Porter Neilson?

Nah, I’m just kidding. I can understand the reluctance to be identified.


42 posted on 01/29/2012 7:07:47 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: sit-rep

I used screen capture software with built in video camera and built in audio. The one I’m using is called ScreenFlow. Commercial software, $100, on a MacBook Pro.

blender could render much nicer graphics, but I didn’t have the time to do the full render process. Basically, even though the production quality is low overall, by using the screen capture, I can create the animation, play the animation, and speak over the animation, and then edit in ScreenFlow.

Screen capture is the short answer to your question. It grabs the actual video buffer from the graphics card.


43 posted on 01/29/2012 9:09:14 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: patton

Thanks for that. Assuming I have the time after this scramble, I’ll try to redo a version oriented to kids. Currently its kind of mixed in its orientation, because it has to be.


44 posted on 01/29/2012 9:16:44 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDieNH
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

okay! good to know... I am afraid I may not be able to render because of the amount of texturing I have in my project. If you can imagine an engineroom with all its equipment and piping, and all of it applied with materials for real textured surfaces, instead of just unwrapping, I’m afraid i’ll crash, or have too heavy of an overhead to render the project. and I am afraid to start doing it expecting blender and my PC to handle it, and get 3/4 of the way into it and find out I cant! so, im just making it in game mode and using pictures of rusty paint to unwrap my equipment faces on... if you know what I mean...

Maybe you can answer this? I have asked on a couple different boards and ya get the same response... “Go watch tutorials and learn what you’re doing first” but what tutorial can tell, or is going to tell you, how much is too much in this area? as it is now, my XP tends to get a little jerky if I start adding too much on any givin session.


45 posted on 01/29/2012 12:53:41 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: LiveFreeOrDieNH

Interesting visualization concept. Your NH House districts are about the same size as election precincts in Texas. Texas House districts have about 150,000 voters. Our U.S. Reps and TX Senators have close to a million voters.

I’ll agree with others that the production techniques and audio track can be improved for a more polished marketing target but this is a great conceptual demonstration.


46 posted on 01/30/2012 9:41:25 PM PST by esarlls3
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