September, 2019

Annual Letter

Halifax, NS Canada
Preceded by: Annual Address, 2018.09.01

A silence before the storm.

OAFA — The initial term of investment – through the financial year end of 2019 – has closed with a net zero valuation, and a renewed term of investment – through the financial year end of 2029 – was secured with a plan for future projects. The plan for future projects has an approved finance and site proposal for the official series of publications at Animat Habitat. The renewed term of investment has ensured that the non-profit organization has access to non-solicited funding for the next ten years. [1] The finances of the first four years at the studio was accounted at ~CA$40,000 (seven percent over the previous year), and studio expenses were limited to ~CA$2,500 in the 2019 financial year. These expenses are managed in four categories: hardware, software, fees and development.

  • Computer Art Hardware: CA$2,406;
  • Computer Art Software: CA$55;
  • Expenses and Fees: CA$70;
  • Research and Development: CA$74;
  • Total Investment (Year): CA$2,605.

The sum total investment was accumulated in each category, then adjusted for any capital loss and short-term expense and so on.

  • Computer Art Hardware: CA$12,113 [89 pct. – CA$10,819];
  • Computer Art Software: CA$9,218 [54 pct. – CA$4,982];
  • Expenses and Fees: CA$12,466 [5 pct. – CA$624];
  • Research and Development: CA$6,388 [33 pct. – CA$2,133];
  • Sum Total Investment: CA$40,185. [46 pct. – CA$18,558].

Sum total investment at the studio has a net valuation at ~CA$18,500. This is a reflection of the current state of the computer art studio suite and the current market value of its net assets. The studio also manages stock of published studio artwork with an added valuation at ~CA$5,000. The published coporate identity of the studio has a valuation that is yet to be determined. The studio has a sum total valuation that is defaulted to net zero.

A notable expense at the studio this year was a result of a hardware failure that shut down production in October through November of 2018: a five-year-old Quadro K4000 workstation video card turned into an expensive bookend, and was replaced by the – nicer named – Quadro P4000 workstation video card. (Maxwell was out of the equation.) A power supply unit (PSU) and an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) was also replaced in the event that a surge, or decline, in power supply was a root cause of the hardware failure. The root cause for the unresponsive video card was just as likely a result of prolonged production use. Computer systems will degrade with use, and can devalue with the advancement of techonology and time and so on. The computer was reevaluated and equiped with the new video card by December, 2019. The studio suite was not only ready for production use, the impoved specifications for the Windows 7 system were now at the maximum Windows Index Score in all categories (7.9). A positive note.

Notable studio expenses are listed below.

Computer Art Hardware [of 13 items]:
  • 1. PNY NVIDIA® Quadro® P4000 Workstation Video Card: CA$1,143 2019
  • 3. APC BX1350M 810W UPS: CA$221 2018
  • 4. Corsair RMx Series (2018) RM750x: CA$144 2018
Computer Art Software [of 1 item]:
  • 1. Serif® Affinity® Publisher (Windows®): CA$55 2019
Expenses and Fees [of 3 items]:
  • 2. 6PK Emzone Air Duster: CA$36 2019
Research and Development [of 4 items]:
  • 3. Cloudflare Domain Register (.blue): CA$15 2019
  • 4. Cloudflare Domain Register (.com): CA$11 2019

OAFA WEBSITE — The official website of the organization was cached on Cloudfare to improve access for members around the world now and in future. The animathabitat.com and periwinkle.blue domains of the organization were also moved to Cloudflare as part of a transition to the fair pricing registry service.

OAFA CANON — A first revision of the corporate canon was approved for publication with Serif Affinity Publisher upon the anticipated release of the publishing software in 2019. This computer art software has completed a trinity of the Affinity suite: Design, Photo and Publisher. This was part of a continued measure taken at the studio – and in general – in response to a subscription paradigm.

OAFA SCENE ONE — The first publication has a revised color script and script and so on, and has a long, long-awaited animated-short journey ahead — with an elephant across a sea of sand. Art of White Elephant means to share a perspective of beauty in nature at a distance — at a price of attention, and with a call for contribution, to the conservation of the natural world. The art is meant to promote: to preserve and protect the wild places and the animals that live in them, and that this is equally in the interest of people, and of the planet. We the people need to consider our interest in the context of the health of our planet. This bigger picture holds many big challenges: current (climate) challenges and future (worse-climate) challenges and so on — and by choice, or by chance, we are lost and found somewhere in the middle of that long, long-abjured journey together.

The focus of the first publication at Animat Habitat has become increasingly resolved to help protect the Kavango-Zambezi area. This holds a water system that comes from highlands in Angola, passes through abandoned fields of remnant landmines left over from a war-torn Angola, passes through Namibia along the Caprivi Strip and so on, before the flood spills into an invaluable basin in Botswana. The studio has allocated the option for a third and fourth revenue stream from the art of White Elephant to conservation projects on the ground: one in Namibia and one in Botswana. Two candidate projects have been identified: Elephant - Human Relations Aid in Namibia and Save the Elephants based in Botswana. Both projects are worth consideration for the support. To be continued.

OTHER PROJECTS — Last of the Big Tuskers (2018) has continued to enter film festivals in 2019. The documentary about Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa was an official selection for Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York, Nature Track Film Festival in California, and Elements International Environmental Film Festival in Vancouver and so on. The film has received a few awards and has saved the best for last, for a screening in October in Durban, South Africa.

1 A renewed ten-year CA$100,000 capital investment is amortized through 2029.

The public availability of financial records is reserved to members of Animat Habitat with the explicit purpose of maintaining a responsible and transparent practice of investment in computer art technology at the studio.