Reid's For Fun


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

What Happens When You Mix Together Balloons, Boise and Bricks?

Hot Air Balloon by Visionary Bricks, rendered by Steven Reid 2017

One of the first things I saw when I arrived in Idaho were colorful balloons floating across the brown desert and blue skies. A defining moment that Iíve carried with me for the almost 20 years Iíve lived here. So, when I came across Visionary Bricksí hot air ballon I had the perfect picture in mind.


Ego the Living Planet and How to Make a Great Background

Ego by changewing1, rendered by Steven Reid, 2017

Last weeks, I ran across this build by changewing1 of the living planet. Mecabricks is a great community for such finds. Plus, I needed something to tax my old computer while trying out denoising feature in Blender. Stars alignedópun intended, and I was off to render my next image. Keep reading to see how I did it.


A Lonely Ostrich, Sometimes Simple Is Better

Ostrich by Steven Reid

The lively colors in this Duplo ostrich caught my eye and inspired me to render it. My version of this lonely ostrich uses standard LEGO bricks, I was never a big fan of Duplo, nor do I have models of them. Yet, the simplicity of the model is quite effective. The render recreates that charm well.





10 Lego Renders to Enjoy Your Day By

CELEB2015 Tatooine Mini Build by Steven Reid

Although itís been a month since my last LEGOģ post, I havenít been idle. With my current workflow, it only takes about 15 minutes to kick off a render, but I often donít have the time to blog them. Correcting that with a few spare minutes, here are my last ten Blender renders.


Bringing an Old ZX81 Sketch to Life with BASIC Is Absolutely Crazy

ZX81 screen shot, Star Wars by Steven Reid, 2017Foreign to many developers today, I have a notepad and binder full of ideas from my ZX81 days. The notepad contains early program snippets. In contrast, I have sketches and designs crammed into a binder. Flipping through it, I landed on a Star Wars sketch that became the basis for this monthís program.