While moving, Manu unearthed a part of his dad’s portfolio of oil and watercolor paintings. Mo and him discuss his father’s art style, marvel at some contemporary art and ramble on about growing up with a painter.
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Nerd Rant 2.0 Ep. 21: New House, New Studio, New PC Case, New Everything
Manu moved houses, Mo helped rebuild the Nerd Rant studio in Manu’s attic, the guys ramble on about redecorating, WD40, luggable PC cases and portable displays for your travelling workstation needs. Sliger Cerberus X Uperfect Portable Monitors
Nerd Rant 2.0 Ep. 20: Midjourney, Dall-E & AI vs. Design
Manu and Mo ramble on about what the arrival of AI tools such as midjourney, Dall-E or Imagen mean for (not only) the field of visual design.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep. 19: Mo Was At OFFF, The Second Wave Of Houdini For Designers
Mo got to go to Barcelona to present at OFFF and is still on cloud number nine. The guys discuss what learning and teaching Houdini to a visually minded person means, how and why there is a resurgence in interest in Houdini and finally they […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.18: CG vs. Photography
Manu and Mo ramble on about what sets CG and photography apart and what might make them closer than they appear at first glance. Rethinking Photography (German): https://fotografieneudenken.de Chris Hoffmann / Ugly Stupid Honest: http://www.uglystupidhonest.com
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.17: Using Python Libraries In Houdini
Before leaving for easter holidays, Manu & Mo discuss the usefulness and pain involved in using Python libraries in Houdini’s SOP context to easily access higher level functionality like arcane file export or intricate math.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep. 16: Blatant Advertising, Premium Course Blender Geometry Nodes
New premium course out on April 14th: Generative Design Using Blender Geometry Nodes Mo is cranky he’s back in Germany, Manu isn’t cranky although he hasn’t been out of Germany. Manu discusses his soon to be released premium course on Blender’s Geometry Nodes.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.15: Learning Houdini With Vincent Schwenk pt. 3 – Grains
Part three of our special Nerd Rant with Vincent Schwenk is here! This time we focus on recreating a setup Mo once created for a project into which Vinz hired him. Vincent Schwenk is an incredibly talented Designer / Art Director based in Hamburg, Germany. […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.14: Learning Houdini With Vincent Schwenk pt. 2
TPart two of our special Nerd Rant with Vincent Schwenk is here! This time we spend time talking about getting geo into and out of Houdini, tweaking simulations and how to install MOPs for Houdini, which makes mograph tasks a good bit easier. Vincent Schwenk […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.13: Learning Houdini With Vincent Schwenk
This is a special nerd rant – just an excuse to upload well over an hour of Vinz and Mo struggling with understanding / teaching Houdini to an absolute beginner. So if you’re thinking of learning Houdini, this call where Mo introduces Vinz to the […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.12: Digital humans
While pondering what makes a decent digitally created human figure, Manu & Mo go almost toe-deep into the philosophical aspects of what believable digital humans would mean technologically and for society. Don’t expect mentions of elk meat, saunas or chimpanzees though.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.11: Game Design – Tools & Processes
In the second part of our nerd rant with guest Marcel Casasola Merkle we talk about the nitty gritty of what game development means. To Marcel. We talk tools, techniques, opinions on what to best use when creating a game.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.10: Working Remotely
Suffering through German autumn part two: Manu & Mo finally got the heaters running and aren’t freezing anymore. Fantasizing about working from some warm and sandy beach, they discuss the pitfalls of and solutions for working remotely.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.9: Game Design, Mobile Games & Free To Play
We’ve got a guest! One that shares the same last name with Manu! It’s Marcel Casasola Merkle, game designer extraordinaire and we’re rambling about the state of games, game design and free to play.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.7: Photogrammetry
Manu dons his finest T-shirt, Mo is going all lumberjack, the audio offset still hasn’t been fixed and the guys discuss their experience turning photos into 3D meshes.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.6: Houdini 19
Mo is back from holidays, Manu’s winter semester started and both guys are freezing through the German autumn. Yet a ray of hope shines on them in the form of SideFX’s new Houdini 19 release.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.5: THE BESTEST 3D App
In part two of their highly scientific and grown up debate about 3D DCCs, Manu and Mo go knee deep in apps to find out what’s THE BEST 3D APP (!!!) on the market.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.4: Our Software Biography
We still have offset audio, one camera is slightly out of focus and Mo starts requiring a haircut, but on the plus side we discuss our weird origin story in terms of apps and tools we used. To at some point in the future arrive […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.3: Understanding Scientific Papers
We still have laggy video and Manu is overexposed but we share our favorite tips, tricks and resources for getting a grip on scientific papers.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.2: Rendering in Houdini?
We finally fixed our streaming setup, Manu had a haircut and the guys discuss if it is a good idea to render your projects in Houdini or if you should rather export to other tools.
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.1: Blender Geometry Nodes
Yes we still have some black frames in there, yes the audio is still slightly offset, no we don’t have a proper intro yet… but… you get the idea. In our second (or first depending on how you count) episode of our new nerd rants, […]
Nerd Rant 2.0 – Ep.0: We redecorated, Manu is a professor, Mo struggles with livestreaming tech
Yes we’re aware there are some black frames in there, yes the audio is slightly offset, no we don’t have a proper intro yet… but… Took us some time, but we’re (a)live again. This episode should’ve ended up being a test, hidden away in some […]
Nerd Chat: Matthias Winckelmann – Unreal Engine, AI Influencers & Realtime
Watch Matthias’ Unreal Engine Quickstart here. Matthias Winckelmann talks Unreal Engine, his perspective on realtime in the commercial space, AI design influencers and what to expect (and what not) from real time engines in a design context. You might know Matthias from “Rachael is not […]
Nerd Rant: Blender Hype
You Asked for it – there you have it: Two hobgoblinish nerds rambling on about computer graphics in general and Blender and the recent hype in particular. EDIT: “That 3D Format” whose name we couldn’t remember turns out to be gltF – thanks Vasilis!
Nerd Rant: DOPs
Recorded back in October when Mo was cranky due to reasons, Manu decided to discuss his (then) favorite topic when it comes to Houdini: DOPs. Turns out it is not so much Mo’s favorite topic. Watch this nerd rant to see us being cranky and […]