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More and more companies are adopting the free and open-source software.

A screenshot of a scene and the user interface in modern Blender versions. It’s a scene of a beach with a lot of rocks and dune grass and an ocean with a sunset. The userface is dark gray and you can see a node editor at the bottom.
A simple scene in the newest Blender version that can easily compete with other 3D programs, image by author.

3D modeling and VFX software is incredibly expensive. Licenses for Maya, Cinema 4D, or 3DS Max cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. This makes it very difficult for beginners to learn and too expensive for most independent artists and developers.

For a long time, there were no…


What is a good admin panel design and is it worth your time?

An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.
The updated admin panel of my personal website, image by author.

They live in the deepest and darkest corners of the internet. Always in the background. Never seen by the majority of normal users.

No, I’m not talking about porn or the dark web.

I’m talking about admin panels and dashboards.

These days, almost every website has some type of configuration…


A 1,500-year-old game is now conquering the internet

Inspired by the recent Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, millions of people are getting into chess. Chess websites, content creation, and esport events are booming. …


How to use the Twitter API to track your follows and unfollows

Twitter bird
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay.

Are you posting regularly on Twitter? Do you get the occasional follower here and there? Are they unfollowing a few days later because you didn’t follow them back? Enough with that!

Let’s find out who is unfollowing so we can burn voodoo dolls with their names… oh, sorry, I’m getting…


The Netflix drama series shows the struggles of an orphan on her way to become the best chess player in the world

The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.
Image from imdb.com.

As I was scrolling through Netflix, a new thumbnail caught my eye: A beautiful woman sitting behind a chessboard. This had me intrigued. I love chess and as it so happens beautiful women. I started watching and got immediately hooked.

The Queen’s Gambit follows the life and career of Beth…


Creating a game completely from scratch in 48 hours

The title image for the game. You can see a nice looking marine coral reef ecosystem in pixel art style with corals, plants, and fish swimming around. On the right side is a user interface where you can select between 10 different items that you can use to build up the ecosystem to fight the pollution.
Volatile Waters: My submission to Ludum Dare 49. It was created from scratch in 48 hours. Image by author.

This last weekend saw the 49th installment of Ludum Dare, the game development competition where you have 48 hours to create a game for a given theme completely from scratch. …


I never appreciated font designers until I tried it myself

An image of a Lorem Ipsum text in a good looking font on the left and my slightly less good looking self-designed font on the right.
A professional font on the left vs my very simple self-designed font on the right. Image by author.

From early cave painting and hieroglyphs to caligraphers and computer fonts, writing has been one of the most impactful human inventions. Whether you are studying for an exam, reading the news, or doom scrolling through social media, everywhere you look and everywhere you go, there’s a font.

Yet most of…


After the close election result without any clear winners, complicated coalition negotiations are about to start

The German Federal Election results (preliminary). Image from Bundeswahlleiter.

As expected, the German federal election had a very close result. The social democratic party (SPD) won the election with 25.7% of the votes slightly in front of the Christian democratic party (CDU/CSU) with 24.1%, but some of the previously smaller parties got significant shares of the votes as well…


The upcoming German election is a very close race between three parties with complicated coalitions

An image of the German Bundestag building with a German flag in front of it.
Photo by Maheshkumar Painam on Unsplash

In less than two weeks, on September 26, the German federal election will happen. Unlike the United States where only two parties compete for the votes, the German Bundestag is made up of multiple parties. Historically, there were also just two parties that got the majority of the votes. …


Is this what the clickbait culture on the internet could lead to?

The series poster of the show where you can see a phone with the viral video on it. The video shows Nick Brewer holding a sign that reads “At 5 Million Views I Die”.
Clickbait series poster, image from imdb.com.

When college volleyball coach and family man Nick Brewer is abducted, a viral video appears on the internet where he is holding a sign that says “At 5 Million Views I Die” and a race against time begins. …

Christian Behler

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