I spent a lot of time thinking of ways to say I was not finishing Udacity’s Interactive 3D Graphics course without sounding like a quitter. I even wrote a post on the difference between failure and quitting. The funny thing is that I’m probably the only one that cares. It’s not like Udacity is going to send me threatening emails or tell me I can’t take any more courses until I finish this one. The real issue is that our culture closely associates quitting with failure and no one wants to be known as a quitter.
Even now I keep telling myself that someday I will go back and finish the course. Possible but doubtful, I’m just trying to convince myself that I’m not a loser by quitting.
I started taking the course in hopes it would help me with creating objects in Poser. The course explains the basics of 3D graphics but I had already acquired that knowledge while taking tutorials in Poser, Daz3D and Bryce.
A short evaluation of my situation went like this:
I stared a long time at the analysis but the answer was clear. Fortunately for me, when I explained to my wife why we would be selling the farm and going into hiding in Brazil, she objected. Understanding my priorities, she did it quite logically by reminding me about the South American ants that destroy electronics. Not my electronics, fire ants are bad enough. I didn’t really want to move anyway.
It was while I was avoiding my Udacity course work that I stumbled across a better answer at AbtruseGoose.com. You don’t have to be a programmer or mathematician to enjoy his comics but sometimes it helps. I have other favorites but this one nailed it for me.
AbtruseGoose.com, I don’t understand all of them but the ones I do are great.
Yep, my featured image had very little to do with the topic at hand except to say I still enjoy 3D graphics with Poser.
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I went back and reread this because the title got me – again. While I’m not taking difficult online courses or doing something incredibly difficult I have a VERY HARD time not finishing things. I will finish a book I don’t like because it just doesn’t feel right to stop in the middle. I’ve watched movies to the end because it just felt like I “should”. I’m getting better at walking away from a TV show I’m not enjoying but
that’s the except….and I usually don’t do that. Maybe this is from my childhood –
finish what you start. Next time I’m going to remind myself that Momma’s not
Personally I think you deserve big props for all the classes you are taking at this point in your life. So many people make no effort to learn anything new once they leave school.
Oh, and your Poser art just keeps getting better and better.