2009 retrospective

loocas | miscellaneous | Friday, January 1st, 2010

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So it’s over again! Another year has passed through like thin air and we’re faced with new challenges, new projects and new goals. Again.

Here’s my retrospective on the goals I’d set for myself in the beginning of 2009:

  • continue to learn and broaden my knowledge in the field of computer graphics, especially on the 3D technical side

I think I’d definitely learnt tons of new stuff, be it broadening my knowledge and practice of Python, extending my VFX knowledge of stereoscopic filmmaking, or learning new VFX packages.


  • dive more into postproduction area, specifically regarding HD video

Absolutely! I’d learnt using new tools for postproduction purposes as well as tools more related to broadcast and color fidelity. I’ve learnt new formats and workflows, which is always good.


  • continue to bring the best possible, free of charge, education to duber.tv and try to attract more professionals to contribute their know-how, tips and tricks

This one is a bit on the edge. I haven’t had much time to spend on duber.tv, although I have some pretty cool material promised from some of the greatest VFX artists, we had’t been able to deliver in 2009, so, it’s still a thing of “to come”. I wouldn’t call this goal a failure, but it’s not a success as well.


  • expand my area of expertise and services with a few more exciting options I have lined up here on my desk

Totaly! I can’t disclose these “exciting options” in detail, yet, but you’ll see, hopefully, soon enough. ;)


  • broaden my financial portfolio

This is also a little problematic. By “broadening” I meant investing in some kind of an asset. I’ve invested heavily in bringing my company to life, but I haven’t invested in anything that’d generate the wanted passive income, so, in this regard it’s a failure, but, on the other hand, my company should generate enough income in the future that this investment will definitely pass as a success. Well, hopefully… :D


  • move to a new, bigger, flat

Well, I bought a house :) We should move in on the edge of January/February.


  • continue to learn and master Maya

This I have to check as a failure. I hadn’t had a single chance to dive into Maya more deeply than before. No single project undertaken in 2009 had needed me to work with Maya, unfortunately. But, on the other hand, I’d had more chances and time to spend on learning some other, very exciting, platforms.


  • start developing much larger, publicly availabe, projects using Python, .NET, PyQT, MAXScript and various other extensions

Yes and No. Again. Though I’d definitely spent a lot of time developing much more complex tools and programs in Python, .NET and MAXScript, I had’t been able to share any of this with the public. So, in that context, it’s a fail.


  • make a new, killer, showreel for 2009, possibly by this year’s Siggraph

Ah… another huge failure. I simply hadn’t had the time. But that should change soon.


  • no more than 3 coffees per day

I tried! I really did! Now I’m on no more than 2 coffees a day. Well, a regular day. But when the crunchtime comes, the number rises tremendously, as do the hours. ;)


  • lose at least 20 kilograms of fat

No there yet. I’d only managed to lose 7Kgs. I hope to lose the rest by the summer.

Overall, not that bad. But I could have done much better, I admit. I hope my 2010 resolution will bring many more successes than the 2009 one did. ;)

Anyways, I hope you had 2009 at least as successful as I did and wish you all the very best for 2010!


  1. Congrats man!

    All the best for a great 2010. And keep us posted ;)

    Comment by Carl — January 3, 2010 @ 12:27

  2. Thank you very much, Carl! :)

    Comment by loocas — January 3, 2010 @ 12:47

  3. All the BEST in a New 3D Year, man!

    Comment by Dmitry — January 7, 2010 @ 10:30

  4. Same to you, Dmitry, all the very best! ;)

    Comment by loocas — January 7, 2010 @ 15:55

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