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Eating My Own Open Source Dog Food With Blender

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I write about open source software all the time and generally am a big proponent of the open source model. So when I was faced with the task of creating my own video for a family project this weekend I turned to open source tools to help me get it done. The ordeal left me with a healthy respect for those who create video, but also more confident than ever that open source really does have the power to change the world. Not to mention, a reaffirmation that even at my advanced age I am still a geek Wink

The project was an insane idea I had to send out a save the date for my son's Bar Mitzvah coming up in about 6 months. We could have bought some pre-printed save the date annoucements. We could even have gone all net crazy and sent out email announcements or even evites to our family and friends. But no, that wouldn't do for Alan Shimel, open source blogger at Network World and geek. I thought it would be really cool to send out a little video that would be funny, cute and make all my non-tech friends envious. What's worse, is that both my son and wife loved the idea as much as me, so without really thinking it through we were off.

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