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SketchUp Plug-ins

Thea for SketchUp 3.0

Altair has recently released my connection between Thea Engine and Trimble SketchUp:

Thea for Sketchup v3

It is a big challenge for a classic “offline” render engine to compete with real-time “online” engines, but I believe we are getting very close now. The interactive denoising combined with continuous hardware improvements will soon lead to convergence of Thea with real-time performance. We still have some important tasks to do to close the gap close or almost close. The good thing is that the superior quality is on our side, while online engines may struggle to deliver the precision of the desired output, especially in more complex scenes.

I have a lot ideas for the future. Thanks to Altair and plugin users, I am constantly challenged to meet their expectations. It is not always easy, but I always put myself in user’s skin and try thinking their way. I also use from time to time Thea to visualize my own and my wife’s concepts. With the help of Thea it makes conveying the ideas to our clients and audience much easier.

I highly recommend checking the newest version. Interactive denoising combined with improved interactive updates made a lot of difference, not to mention other features like Relight or Adaptive Tracing which sets GPU output quality even higher then before.

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Spirituality

Love and marriage

There is no relationship between a man and a woman without Love.

At the heart of marriage is the gift of self. A gift in the same way that Love gives itself to us, so that we may truly live and love. Just as She offers herself unconditionally, fully, completely, in trust, so also we will not be one without being immersed in Her.

The meeting of the spouses, in any form, is, or should rather be, a celebration, a celebration of the presence between them the One that animates and unites them. Marriage is then not a compulsion, not an institution, not a commandment. “Love!” it is the basis of any coexistence.

“Love!” it is Life itself.

Why are we satisfied with what is shallow, superficial, even “epidermal”?! Why can couples say to Life: “No!” ?!!! Why there is so little respect in us for what we only participate in and are not independent perpetrators?!! Wake up !!!

“Without me you can do nothing!”

“Without me, you will not create anything permanent. Without me, you will not be fully united. Without me, you will not be able to face all adversities. Without me, it makes no sense. Without me, there is no “You”.”

Let us have the courage to love! Marriage is the womb of unity. The main reason and driving force behind the spouses’ meeting should be Love they participate in, which will last, not like the other reasons. It is in everyday meetings that we mature to be fully a gift and support for our spouse. A support that can tenderly point out a mistake, give you encouragement, rejoice together and suffer with pain.

Is there a better and fuller school of Love? How many subtle adversities must be faced in order to allow this one born of the Source itself to see! Let the Holy Spirit, in his perfect sensitivity, lead us towards its fullness. Amen.

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Spirituality

Final transfiguration

Mary is the first to be brought back to life by Love, right after her Son. According to tradition, Mary died in a dream to be resurrected and passed away in flesh to this reality that we call Heaven. This is also the way for us.

“Whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
(Luke 24:9)

Let us open ourselves to the Holy Spirit so that he can ultimately transform us, like Mary, into children of light, resurrected sons and daughters. It doesn’t have to mean that we will have to leave, but maybe we will.

The Risen One left us so that we would receive the Holy Spirit, that He might make the final transformation in us.

“The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:19, 29)

Mary, let victory come to us in your way, as some people persistently expect it.

Who among us, Christians is looking for a resurrection, a rebirth by the Spirit? Who wants to be transformed like Christ on Mount Tabor? Are our eyes focused on what is high or with our heads down, we can barely drag our feet?

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Ideas

Christmas ornament

I created a following Christmas ornament. It is full SketchUp model, .stl files for individual components for 3D printout, layout and pdf file of assembly instruction. A gift box is included, if you would like to share it with others.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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SketchUp Plug-ins

Bring My View Back

I created this SketchUp extension long time ago. It draws a plane perpendicular to the camera direction, which fills whole current view.

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Spirituality

Our Father

Those two words are the essence of Christianity. Those two words said, sung or even screamed in depth of our hearts are an essence of our existence and its primarily rule.

So far, I have described my experience of Love and written conclusions that I have gathered. It is time for something practical.

With Father, we want to take you for a journey into your inner world. We want to meet you. Find a right moment, in silence, peace and loneliness, if it is possible, to say those two words on a deepest level of your inner space, where He lives.

Most probably, you already realize what we are inviting you to. Sub-consciously you know well the infinite depth of this invitation.

“Father!”

Put you whole heart in this word, as much as you are able to. If the heart and the word is empty, do not worry. Very few of use have experienced deep and mature love from our own, earthly father.

“Father!”, the One who is. “Daddy!”, the one who give me life, who bring me to life again from the Spirit. You, who fill and penetrate whole Universe. “Daddy….!!!”.

Do you feel at lest a very subtle reverb in your heart? If so, follow it as you are able to. He will guide you. If not, the lets continue together.

“Daddy…”, the One who constantly create our World, so I can mature to a fullness of my own existence.

“Daddy…”. Take a deep breath and when exhaling the air, “include” this word in your breath. Listen to the echo of the word in your soul and follow it. Father, through his Spirit, who lives in you, may lead you in this prayer further… maybe you do not need this text anymore. Let your spirit follow the echos, reflections of Love.

“Father…”, “Father… !”

“Our Father…”

Daddy, who unties us, because we are all your children, sons and daughters of Love. “Our Father…”. Not only “mine”, but “our!”. Daddy, who invite me, that I, from the depth of my heart, the place where you dwell, forgive others all the evil, which I experienced from them and ask for a forgiveness of what was empty and selfish from my side.

“Our Father…”, there re so many, who have not met you yet. So many, who are still waiting to discover a full dignity of being your sons and daughters. “Our Father”, all of us, not just some bunch, but all of us, without an exception.

Father of all that lives and exists.

“Our Father…”

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Spirituality

An infinite void

We are like empty vases. Our void is infinite, because we were created to carry the everlasting love. If we wouldn’t be empty, then we couldn’t carry anything. The emptiness we discover in us, especially nowadays when facing a separation from our busy life, is nothing bad. It is related to our purpose.

The awareness of our own emptiness may be a starting point to seek something that could fill it. Those of us who were not afraid to face it, know well that nothing from this world is suited for this task.

Without the awareness, we are subconsciously trying to fill it with things, emotions, experiences, events and even with other people. It gives us only a brief, temporary relief of the inner pain of cold, silent, infinite void within us.

The void can be only entirely filled by a fluid, water of live – Love.

There are no things that could potentially achieve it. No matter how many goods we will own, how expensive and big they will be, how unique the experiences will be, how many social connections we will have, there will be always empty space left. No visit to the Moon nor Mars will help us here. There will be always a lot of space left.

Only Love is able to fill us entirely, because we were created to let her be alive within us. Only by carrying it and sharing with others, we may feel fulfilled and in the right place. At least, I know it is true in my case.

Thank you Father, for gradually filling my infinite void within me. There are so many things to be removed, until we, finally, be One.

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Spirituality

The Power of Humbleness

Christ is an example for us. He, who is God, considered being a human, didn’t take an advantage to be equal to God, but degraded himself and become a servant – the humble servant of Love.

We see this in his birth in so primitive conditions or in a necessity to migrate to a foreign country to escape from Herod, who will decide to kill all male newborn in Bethlehem.

His life was based on doing everything what Father told him to do. As he describes – it was his food.

He expressed this obedience to the full extent on the cross, which he embraced with the Passion, which has begun in Gethsemane.

Through the obedience he has been resurrected by Love, to show his victory through humbleness to his disciples and to promise them Paraclete – Defender. Holy Spirit is the one, who makes us capable of becoming Sons of God in the example of Christ. It is the Road for us, it is the Truth about us and it is the fullness of Life for us – become humble servant of Love, regardless of the hardship we will be invited to.

So then also we, who discover in our hearts the oneness with Love and express it in words, thoughts and actions, we have to remember, that we “cannot do anything alone’. We take all from Her. Her might reveals in us thanks to the humbleness and the trust.

It is the hardest to have this trust, when we are confronted with our own or our loved ones illness, or own deficiencies and failures, with unfriendly behavior of others. I want very often to rebel against everything that goes against by own will, but I learn more and more to humbly accept everything that I do not have an influence on. With time a place of negative emotions is taken by a peace.

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Spirituality

Where are we heading?

Our destiny is a unity in Love. Everything was created out of Love and everything leads to Love – “I am Alpha and Omega”. Love is the beginning and the end.

To everyone who have personally experienced it, Love has given “ a ministry of reconciliation”. It is not done trough enforcing, scarring, convincing by using wise words, but by relaying the mystical experience of meeting the Love. It usually happens through a gesture of laying of hand or hands on a head of a person, who wants to meet her. Sometimes Love touches hearts of those who are simply listening to the Good News being told. Same way as it is happening right now to you. Everything depends on how open our heart is. This experience is not based on reasoning, but it happens on a spiritual level.

It was happening this way in the beginning of Christianity, before the faith started to be enforced by rulers on their subjects. A role of the Spirit of Love has been gradually diminished. It is our call to awake the Spirit in us again. This hope of awakening of many almost always brings tears on my cheeks, when I watch movies like “Awakenings”, “The Notebook” or even „Matrix”.

“The unity from within” is possible and it will be the only true unity. Existing hierarchies we built, based on their nature, will be reacting slowly and gradually, but they will not be able to ignore what will be happening within us on the spiritual level. They will have to follow the transformation happening in us.

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14, 20

It would be beautiful, if Christians could give an example here, but I have a deep hope, that the transformation will be happening in parallel, because in each of three major monotheistic religions and also outside them, there are many people who simply believe in Love, although they have never experienced it in a mystic way. There will be one Love and one Community. In our hearts we will find an answer how to get there.

Oh Love – may your kingdom come to our hearts.

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SketchUp Plug-ins

Thea for SketchUp 2.1

Altair has just released a new version of my SketchUp extension:

Just to prevent possible confusion, I am the author of the connection between Thae Render and SketchUp, not the rendering engine itself.