This will be a short post:
Yesterday, Gabe said I looked “lost and disappointed,” which is a pretty accurate summary of where I am at my project right now. I think that this is just what research is like, and I just have to deal with being frustrated until I get another (minor) breakthrough. I’m doing shaders stuff for the deeper dive, which was probably a bad idea considering how little I know about materials/shaders. Still, at least I know that I’ll be learning something.
I’m most worried that the problems I’ve been having with this project can’t be solved by throwing more time at it, which is worrisome, since time is essentially the only resource we have. On a brighter note, the weather today (the 21st), is kind of wonderful.