|Cigarette Smokin’ Babies
Obviously, the particles need to be slowly wafting upwards, rising, as does real smoke coming off the emergency cigarette Vicki was so protective of. To do this, he needs to create another field object either to push or pull the particles up. He chooses to create a Radial Field, which he will position above the smoke to draw it in, as opposed to pushing it up. A Radial Field will either radiate particles away from or draw toward itself. This is achieved through the magnitude setting. A negative number will pull radially, while a positive number will push radially. A gravity field could also do the job of pulling the particles up (with a negative magnitude), but the radial field will also draw the particles toward it’s specific position, helping keep the particles in a nice fluid stream as opposed to making them merely lift up. [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Adhering to the same theory used in keyframing the magnitude of the turbulence, he sets keys for the radial’s magnitude thusly: -0.5 at frame 100, -0.3 at 145, -0.5 at 260, and –0.3 at 360. This again will help the smoke waft more realistically. Figure 5.
Hitting play, he notices that the particles do not respond to his new field, prompting him to check their connection. He clicks Window>Relationship Editors>Dynamic Relationship to open the Dynamic Relationships Window. Figure 6.
Noticing that his reference cigarette has finally burnt down to the filter, Koosh gets up in search of something to burn. He considers Vicki for a brief, but sweet second.
“I need to make fire and smoke!”
“Well, why don’t you burn the end of one of your fingers,” Vicki says to him as she watches a vet staple a dog back together on TV.
“I’ve had enough of you,” he declares, even though he knows he hasn’t and that he never will. “Tell me where your other emergency cigarettes are, or I’ll take the remote away and force you to watch CNN.” He snatches the remote from their hideous, toe-mangling-in-the-dark coffee table.
“What makes you so sure I have more? Now, wouldn’t having another emergency cigarette stash nullify the whole premise of having an emergency cigarette when one quits? Hmm? Wouldn’t I just be another smoker in denial as opposed to have actually quit, if I had another stash?”
“Yes, it would, Smokey Smokerton. Now give me the others or face Wolf Blitzer.” He had the remote in his hand, aimed and at the ready for CNN. She knew not to get between Koosh and his particles. “Need I remind you of the time you rolled up a nicotine patch and tried to smoke it?”
“Oh, all right,” she says reaching behind and under the sofa cushion on the right. They exchange a remote and a crumpled pack of Parliaments as if they were cold war secret agents. She turns back to the Emergency Vets show. “I want one,” she groans quietly, the smell of nicotine in the air driving her to angrily eat another carrot.
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