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Steven has written 442 articles.
Try to Be a Great Space Navigator Taking This Silly ZX81 Quiz
Having a healthy imagination and perchance for sci-fi, Spaceship is a bit of both. I assume I conjured up the idea as part of some playtime activity. Written in 1983, it was one of my earlier programs and lacked graphics. Yet, it was still a bit of fun. Navigating a spaceship is easy. As a navigat…
Posted Jun 29 5 min read

More May Fun With Blender And Lego Bricks
I’ve been having a lot of fun in May, rendering images and trying out some new techniques when I can. I’ve also been trying to learn Blender, work on decorations for old models, and try out new sites…
Posted May 25 4 min read

A Silly Little Code Hack For The ZX81
I have some sort of fascination with code breaking. A byproduct of all the spy movies I watched as a kid. A friend of my would make spy cases with Lego’s, and I had to build my own of course. I had a wallet with home made credentials and so on…
Posted May 25 5 min read

Planes, LEGO and Motion, What Could Be More Fun?
As May kicked off, I got to work finishing the decorations for set 6444 Outback Airstrip. Because I had a few different decorations to finish, I got distracted. That distraction was with a much older LEGO Airplane. Both renders gave me a chance to revisit motion blur in Blender. 320 Airplane The f…
Posted May 17 4 min read

Cheers To April and a Month of Great LEGOs
Shifting from POV-Ray back to Blender, I'm playing around with Mecabricks again. Taking a break from blogging about images, I decided to shift my focus. During the last week of April, I decided to clean up models and make new decorations…
Posted May 02 9 min read

A Good Start To Adventure Game That Never Was
When I was a child, I remember going over to a friends house and playing Wizardry on his Apple. Leaving his house, I was super excited about the game I saw. Although my lowly ZX81 was no match, I had visions of creating my own games like it…
Posted Apr 28 7 min read

A Flash to the Past, Here Is the Latest Render of My 588 Police Station
Following my Blender renders for 588, I started work on rendering the POV-Ray versions. Not quite the original versions, these renders use radiosity with an updated environment. Besides being a larger render, I turned on some of the features I usually donít…
Posted Apr 23 8 min read

Here Is the Refresh of My Favorite LEGO Fire Station
Last week, I shared my POV-Ray version of LEGO 590. Now, it seemed like a good time to build a Blender version. Starting in Mecabricks, I was fortunate to find that awesomo had recently built the model…
Posted Apr 20 8 min read

Here Are the Results of My LDraw and Blender Experiments
Not quite done trying things out, I spent time the futzing around with Blender the other night. Looking around for LEGO materials, I ran across a Blender importer for LDraw files. I didn’t know such a thing existed…
Posted Apr 16 4 min read

Learning New Tricks With LeoCAD and Blender
On Monday, I decided to hack around with Blender a bit. I’d been playing with POV-Ray and looking for a way to convert my LEGO scenes to Blender. I was unable to export SDL to a mesh. Loading up LeoCad, I discovered that I could export my models and import them into Blender…
Posted Apr 16 6 min read

Here Is a Police Set to Delight Your Inner Nine Year Old
Ah, canít you smell sweet nostalgia of this LEGO set from 1979? One of my larger town sets as a child, 588 Police Headquarters was also one of the first ones I built in POV-Ray. Looking for something else, I ended decided to check if 588 was in Mecabricks. To my surprise, it wasnít…
Posted Apr 10 5 min read

Featured Lego of the Day: 590 Engine Company No. 9
When I saw that the featured set of the day on Brickset was Engine Company No. 9, I was excited. LEGO set 590 is one of two large city sets I owned as a child, the other being the 588 Police Headquarters. Even better, I had built the set in POV-Ray some years back…
Posted Apr 08 7 min read

Now It Is the Time to Give My LEGO Renders Some Love
I canít believe how many LEGO sets I built and rendered using POV-Ray. Over the years, starting in 1996, Iíve built 125 different modelsóyes I counted them. To note, that doesnít include the variations or alternate scenes within each set. Around the same time, I started to share my models online…
Posted Apr 05 6 min read

Struck by Random Inspiration, Here Are the LEGO Renders From Last Month
Sometimes inspiration arrives from odd places. For years, I have subscribed to BrinkSet’s newsfeed which serves up a random set of the day. A recent airplane set got me interested in playing with Mecabricks again. Plus Scrubs had released an update for his Advanced Blender Script…
Posted Apr 03 6 min read

It’s Not Easy Surviving the Waters in This ZX81 Game
A bit cliche by 1985, but I was obviously still playing Frogger and the clones it spawned. With all its dodging and moving, the game is classic for good reason. Even in modern times, it has spawned the likes of Crossy Road and other in spirt games…
Posted Mar 29 5 min read

Resurrecting an Old Band Logo in This ZX81 Animation
The ZX81ís graphics be a lot of fun to program. Although I wasnít a big fan of the PLOT command, I do have some examples of its use. My taken on the TS logo for the rock band Twisted Sister is one one example. Like a primitive screen saver, it can be fun to watch. Not quite what it seems…
Posted Feb 27 4 min read

Play an Old Star Trek Game That Fails to Be Fun
Okay, I’ll admit that I was a Star Trek junky. As a kid, I remember eagerly waiting each week to watch reruns of the original series with my family. When 1983 rolled around, I’d watched both of the original movies and owned the comic books that bridged the two…
Posted Jan 25 4 min read

A New Pair of Images to Test out Mecabricks
Over the weekend, Mecabricks released an overhaul of its parts system. As noted in his announcement, it culminates over six months of research and development. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, I took the time to model and render a couple of images using the new system…
Posted Jan 22 2 min read

A New Year Dragon for the New Decade
Iíd taken a bit of hiatus from my LEGO rendering in the later half of last year. Life sometimes kick you in the teeth and some pleasures fall to the way side. Rendering was one of them. To my benefit, other interests flourished. But my heart was still yearning…
Posted Jan 14 4 min read