Reid's For Fun

My personal blog for what interests this computer guy. Web development, LEGO ray tracing, ZX81 retro computing, writing and photography.

LEGO 352 Windmill and Lorry – My First Mecabricks Model

352 Windmill and LorryUp until now, all my Mecabricks work has been from me importing models. Sure, I’d tweaked a few pieces here and there, as I noted in my last post. Yet, I was still designing them in LDD and exporting them to render in Blender. LEGO model 352 is my first attempt at building something only in Mecabricks.

40065 Blue Jay / Kingfisher Ė New Blender Render

40065 Blue Jay / KingfisherIím still messing around with Mecabricks. Originally modeled in LDD and rendered in POV-Ray, this is the Blender version. Itís shiny! I like the lighting, but would have preferred to put a nice sky like I did in the first version. Perhaps I should go hunt down some Blender tutorials and figure out how to do that. Maybe later. For now, the model looks great with its realistic bricks

Something New: Rendering LEGOís With Mecabricks & Blender

8029 Mini SnowspeederSince 1995, Iíve been rendering LEGO models using POV-Ray. For most of that time, Iíve used scripting to place and build those models. Itís been fun and Iíve learned a lot over the years, each model looking a bit better than the first. That said, Iím never quite happy and always looking for new ways to render my models and, below, are my recent attempts using Blender.

Experimenting with Mecabricksí Online LEGO Modeling

Picture of SafePit's Mini ZX81 LEGO Model off of, 2016Iíve been trying to get back into my LEGO ray tracing the last few weeks, but find myself distracted. Not with other activities, but with research and all the cool things others are doing. My journey led me to Mecabricks, where it provided the image you see to the right. Not yet at my destination, I thought Iíd share this stop along the way.

Up Is Down in Faller, Mayís ZX81 Program

Faller, Screen Shot, ZX81, Steven Reid 1984Walls and creatures always make for a nice game and Faller, our program of the month, has both. It takes a bit of imagination, but watch the icky spider climb up the wall towards you. Their goal, of course, is to knock you off and claim the wall for themselves. Like any good hero, you sit at the top and move over the spiders using Z and .. But be quick and knock them off using M to save the day. Just donít be a faller should you miss.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month.

POV-Ray Render of LEGO Model 353 Terrace House

353 Terrace HouseTrying to get back into my LEGO ray tracing yesterday, I begin looking for old instructions on the internet again. Itís been awhile since Iíd done that. Like coming home after being gone awhile, I enjoyed browsing through the old and new scans that are out there. I remembered liking the old house sets and, when I landed on 353 Terrace House, I thought it would be nice to render it. Yet, something made me think Iíd already done that.

April 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo is Over - Winner Time

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner 2016As we close out April, it is time to submit my official word count for Camp. Yep, I hit my final count and can enter the winner's circle, but itís bitter sweet. Although I penned some more scenes for my novel, Steel Strong, it wasnít as much as Iíd planned. In fact, Iíd already lowered my goal to 25,000 as I knew it would be a tough month with all the activities I'm doing.

Laser Blast is Aprilís ZX81 Program of the Month

Laser Blast, death screen, ZX81, Steven Reid 1984April is close to wrapping up and I was able to find time this weekend to type in another ZX81 game. Laser Blast, this monthís program, has you saving the world. Kind of clichť I know, but hey this was 1984. George Orwellís novel didnít come true, but at least we could blast alienís with lasers. Use the Z and . keys to move and M to shoot your ray of death. But beware. The alien has a guided missile and itís heading right for you.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month.

My 2016 Site Makeover

Cleanblog Theme for, 2016Finally making the leap, I released a new template for my primary website this weekend. As noted in the past, Iíve been fed up with my 2006 based theme and have been testing out new designs for a few months now. Transferring most, but not all, of the design ideas from my test site, I just couldnít wait any longer. Tweaking continues, but you can enjoy the new look now.

2016 Camp NaNoWriMo Kickoff

Camp NaNoWriMo Participant 2016As the rain falls on the last Sunday in March, I know that my website design will soon be put aside for a bit. It has been fun, yet other activities are looming. With spring comes Camp NaNoWriMo and I look forward to writing. That doesnít mean Iím planning to drop everything, but I do want to finish the story I started last year.