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Of course, you can use email too. I am concentrating on that site and already migrated all the blog from this one, except this particular post!

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Thank you all for the support and hope to continue seen you! I will go and stalk you back from Daca Daguao Digital Design, LLC! 🙂

Logging off.


Daca Daguao Merchandise Shop

Here you can find merchandise for the production of Traces. One more way to finance the production. Enjoy.

The beginning of Financing efforts.

How can you help the production? – December 5, 2018

Recently, a campaign was started at Patreon to help with financing the production of the film. As you can imagine a 3d animated production requires both time, assets and the artists that are involved in producing them. I do not want to have non-paid interns, students or “friends” working on the film. My freelance career is not enough to back the production. That is where you can help!

Become a Patron!

With your patronage, not only will I eventually concentrate full time on the production, but I will be able to hire other artists. The company mission statement states:

Daca Daguao Digital Design is an Oregon limited-liability company formed for the development and production of socially-relevant themed films with a secondary objective of developing Hispanic-themed films as well as the employment of Hispanic and other minority actors in primary roles and with visual/audio artists that have been displaced by the industry.

Animation is a tough industry now days. Digital art has made it possible for unscrupulous companies to shortchange artists’ efforts and professional ethics in search for profit. Artists are discarded constantly from major studios because of silly reasons like marriage, family life or the want and dream of owning a home and setting down roots. Sounds silly, right? Well, it does not make it less real.

I want to change that or at least do my part to bring the arts back to the artists and both work for societies (not only English cultures but also Spanish and eventually other languages) justice and positive commentary.

How about it? Want to help? If so, just head to Patreon with the button above. At this time is just me, but hopefully with your help, I can say “we” are making a difference if just for a few people at a time, at this time.

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 23

“Blender 3D breaks the barrier of economic oppression without trying. Blender 3D was not created with the goal of giving the disadvantaged an opportunity to have a voice. Yet, inequality in the art field is being reduced by devoted developers who see the creation of solutions as the goal of their endeavor. Artists who are not part of the VFX or elite commercial studios now have access to tools of equal and sometimes higher quality without the burden of an unreachably high capital investment. A fine art artist equipped with open source hardware like Blender, Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus, and others has a fully functional production house literally at his fingertips. Not to mention the availability of open source office software for the business side of the studio, like LibreOffice, OpenOffice, TurboCASH, LedgerSMB and others.

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From the start to this state (Setup to current status), 13 hours and 20 minutes. THESIS EXCERPT 23 "Considering all the evidence of mutual cooperation documented above in the case of #DebianOS development, the #development of other #opensource software and #hardware; the current system of #monetary donations and sponsorships, and the wide community of resources and support in the form of developers and #corporate #sponsorships, the necessity of the proprietary profit model is questionable at best. How many solutions in other fields could be found if profit and the push for market dominance were abandoned? Read more at #b3d #blender #opensource #workflow #3dModeling #conceptvehicle #modeling #irregularforms

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Considering all the evidence of mutual cooperation documented above in the case of Debian OS development, the development of other open source software and hardware; the current system of monetary donations and sponsorships, and the wide community of resources and support in the form of developers and corporate sponsorships, the necessity of the proprietary profit model is questionable at best. How many solutions in other fields could be found if profit and the push for market dominance were abandoned?”

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 22

“Open source has been labeled communism and socialism.* It is called this by the same people who depend on commercial profit for their existence. Yet, in the 1960’s to 70’s when key systems of computers were developed in academic settings as much as in corporations it was commonplace for developers to share code and transmission protocols widely. Currently, commercial vendors provide the object or binary code only to the users. Software development companies release their source code to other firms, like peripheral manufacturers, only under strict licenses that restrict the use of that source code and maintain the original company’s ownership rights.**

When the internet was made available to academia and the public by the Department of Defense, the initial intent was for the internet to be a free access tool for information.*** The open network, and the open source movement that came about before the 1980’s created the opportunity for the commercial industries to develop. AT&T led the charge in creating proprietary software in a tumultuous fashion. Prior to the 1980’s there was little effort to control rights or place restrictions on software distribution and sharing. AT&T started enforcing what it considered intellectual property rights related to UNIX, an operating system (OS). The problem was that academia and other corporate researchers made significant contributions to the UNIX OS.**** It was like a child trying to kill her parent. Commercial industries in the computer world owe their existence to open source.

The economic impact open source has is curious. In Table 1, one can see the estimated cost of the Debian/Linux distribution.***** Growth by a factor of ten in ten years is rather significant. The scale of growth is the result of the fact that 110 thousand person-years of combined programming effort was put into the development of Debian. It is estimated that proprietary software companies would have had to pay well over $300 billion to support this development. This is where cooperation and open development of source code becomes relevant to the the struggle for equality. The open source model is evidence that cooperative solution development is viable. Moreover, open source renders racial, socio-economic, religious or any other labeling of differences among contributors irrelevant to the outcome by removing the price barrier to participation.


Chris Webb, “Of Pirates, Pixels, and Politics.” Canadian Dimension, (2009) : 42.

** Josh Lerner and Jean Tirole, “The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond,” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 19, no. 2 (2005) : 101.

*** Raphael Cohen-Almagor, “Internet History:” International Journal of Technoethics 2, no. 2 (32 2011) : 45–64. doi:10.4018/jte.2011040104.

**** Lerner, “The Economics of Technology,” 101.

***** Roberts. “Against the ‘Networked Economy,’” 389.

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 21

“Nevertheless, the open source community has a currency economy. Many of these projects, like Blender 3D, have systems of donations from consumers as well as corporate sponsorships that provide a minimum monetary incentive to  development. Sponsorships do not, however, entitle the donors to “own” any part of the code. Sponsorships also remove incentives for unethical behavior that competition encourages*, as they are not trying to dismantle the market by pushing out competing developers. In general, pride of contribution is the reward the developers pursue.

The article Against the ‘Networked Information Economy’: Rethinking Decentralization, Community, and Free Software Development contains a concise explanation of the two major forms of “free” software license parameters: the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) and the GNU Public License (or GPL).** Both ensure the openness of source code. The difference between FLOSS and GNU/GPL is philosophical as Richard Stallman, founder of GNU and the Free Software Foundation explains in the article mentioned above. “The free software movement is for justice to the user, and the open source movement refuses to see the justice part of it and concentrates only on the practical part of sharing the code.”***

Mr. Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation based on his social justice views. He argues that the source code of software should be free, shared and openly distributed. A contrary, but similar approach was taken by Eric Raymond who was interested mostly in the sharing of the source code. Raymond was pleasantly surprised by the development of Linux. In his words:

Linux overturned much of what I thought I knew. . . . [T]he Linux community seemed to resemble a great babbling bazaar of differing agendas and approaches. . . out of which a coherent and stable system could seemingly emerge only by a succession of miracles. The fact that this bazaar style seemed to work, and work well, came as a distinct shock. . . . [T]he Linux world not only didn’t fly apart in confusion but seemed to go from strength to strength at a speed barely imaginable to cathedral-builders [i.e. traditional software developers]****

Communication networks can democratize and eliminate oppressive barriers like the need to raise large amounts of start-up capital to access and contribute to projects, the necessity of being in a centralized location where work is being done, and the need to belong to a particular social group that dominates the market. Writers, such as David M. Berry, see in free software “a form of collective decision-making through a democratization of technology”**** and attribute to FLOSS the possible elimination of discrimination towards those without monetary means.”


* – Jordana Cepelewicz, “How Winning Leads to Cheating,” Scientific American, February 2, 2016,

** – Roberts. “Against the ‘Networked Economy,’ 386.

*** – Richard Stallman, “FLOSS and FOSS – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation,” Accessed April 25, 2016,

**** – Roberts. “Against the ‘Networked Economy,’ 390.

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 20

“Table 1 presents evidence that armies of developers around the world have dedicated more time and resources to open source software packages, Debian OS in this example, than any one company could afford to sustain in a comparable fashion on its own. 


‘Table 1: Debian GNU/Linux Distribution Source : Data Adapted from “Against the ‘Networked Information Economy’: Rethinking Decentralization, Community, and Free Software Development,” Criticism 53, no. 3 (2011) : 389.

Debian is one of the distributions of the open source operating system (OS) Linux. “Distribution,” is the name for an individual OS version in the industry, like OpenSuse, and the most popular Ubuntu. The exception to the free availability of open source is RedHat, a commercial variation of open source Linux, but built on cooperate culture. While RedHat is for enterprise development and deployment with monetary charges, the company also has the free version Fedora for entry level developers who want to someday work with RedHat. Later the difference between free/libre software and open source will be explained.”