The actual mother of one family we visited works as a nurse.
She has limited interest in computer nonsense. She has no time for tinkering
around with computer images. She does use email, on her wireless, keitai-denwa,
The kids like to make interesting things to show their
friends at school. They enjoy computer games as well.
The actual father of
the family is primarily a design draftsman. He likes mechanical things and in
particular he likes cars. Before being a draftsman he had been a race car
driver. He augments the family income as a glass artist. To that extent that
they can be described as TITK, triple income three kids. The story about the
various vocations and avocations of the mother and the father would be
interesting in itself, but let us not be distracted. He does contract design
work for a large motor car company. He got his first computer about six or
eight years ago. Until that time he had been utilizing the standard drafting
equipment to produce his drawings by hand. He had been chosen as one of a
select number of excellent designers to continue after the company
restructured. He had been informed at that time that in order to continue to
recieve contracts for his design drafting he would have to convert to
computerized design. He was required to purchase a particular type of computer
system and components which would be compatible with the systems in use by the
large motor car company. They provided a loan and training. As a result he was
able to make the changeover to CAD or computer aided design very smoothly
He knew zero about computers when he first started. The Unix
computer system was not cheap. The cost was about $70,000 dollars. It is a real
powerhouse CAD workstation. The printer was huge. Can you imagine being told
that to continue your employment you would have to spend that kind of money for
a computer about which you knew nothing at all? This fellow is always very
optimistic. He said, "I'm interested in computers, let's go for it."
The family has purchased three additional computers since
that time. The children use the older computers for school work. The family has
a free family website to tinker with. They communicate with friends and
relatives by computer. They also use computers for games and for creating
various forms of computer imaging, CG. We took our computer to their house to
see what kind of fun we could have together exchanging ideas about computer CG.
Old dad was moderately interested at first but after a beer or two he nodded
off and fell fast asleep. Zzzzz.
The kids showed us some family photography which they had
posted to the web and had also exchanged with friends and relatives. They have
had some experience working with graphics applications such as PhotoShop which
they also use in school. They have several applications in Japanese for making
asobi CG. They were quite familiar with basic web formats such as gif, gif
animation, jpg, bmp, avi, mov and wav. But they weren't quite sure about Xara3D
or XaraX or Flash or vector graphics.
We made a few things and they showed lots of photos they had
taken with a digital camera.
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