Articles by Steven


Steven has written 423 articles, Page 14.
Polar Bear
Polar Bear is the January Mini Build. This is celebrated monthly at LEGO(R) Stores. First new render for 2011. Rendered with POV-Ray 3.7 R2. Polar Bear by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Jan 09, 2011 1 min read

Celebrating Thirty Years of ZX81
This years marks the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX81 home computer. To celebrate, over the next year I plan on updating my ZX81 site with site updates and monthly spotlights…
Posted Jan 01, 2011 1 min read

Celebrating Thirty Years of ZX81
This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the ZX81's debut. Hard to believe this little wonder is turning thirty and how much the world has changed. My goal is to celebrate the occasion by continuing to update the site with new content. Id like to do a monthly showcase of programs as well…
Posted Jan 01, 2011 1 min read

A Little Change of Color
I finally got around to updating the image and colors for my ZX81 site. I'm using a more muted pallet originated from the pages of the book in the logo. I've decided to keep the same basic layout of the parent site…
Posted Dec 29, 2010 1 min read

8029 Mini Snow Speeder
Thought this unreleased LEGO mini snow speeder would be fun to render. Not sure why this wan't released. It was probably due to the cockpit. Oddly, LEGO released the instructions, apparently in 2008. 8029 Mini Snow Speeder by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Dec 12, 2010 1 min read

Topography Troubles
I recently upgraded to Chrome 8 and ran into a minor problem. The "text-rendering: optimizeLegibility;" CSS option now causes "hyphenate.js" to display the hyphens in some words all the time. This, obviously, isn't the desired effect I was going for…
Posted Dec 05, 2010 2 min read

Pardon the Dust and Debris
Im in the process of updating the old flat design of this site into a more dynamic one. The original site was designed in the nineties for use on GeoCities and its various requirements and stipulations…
Posted Nov 21, 2010 1 min read

6803 Space Patrol
Ran across this 1983 Class Space set while pursuing Peeron. It is a pretty simple model so it was nice quick project to build and render. Unfortunately, I didn't have part 4360 (Black Minifig Accessory Camera with Side Sight) already…
Posted Nov 14, 2010 1 min read

Reliving Childhood: Macross
Much to my surprise, I finally figured out one of the other cartoons I used to watch when I was Italy. Along with Daitarn 3 I remembered watching another show with a ship that accidentally pulled a city with them. Sadly, searching for such a broad term was a bit harder than I thought…
Posted Nov 13, 2010 1 min read

Electronica and an X-Wing
I've been playing around the last few weeks with ACID Studio and finally got around to uploading some new songs. First up is a short song called Headlong. Although the genre is Electronica it is probably more Rock given the guitars and drums…
Posted Nov 13, 2010 1 min read

Fun with Fonts
I decided to play around a bit and try a different font for my site. My original goal was to use something with better kerning and ligatures, but most browsers don't seem ready for that yet. I settled on using Trebuchet MS as my new site font…
Posted Oct 23, 2010 1 min read

Halloween LEGO Fun
Ran across these great seasonal models perusing Brickset. They are simple yet effective, really showing how LEGO models can shine with such few bricks. The Jack'o'lantern is just perfect and I love the use of the cheese slopes as teeth. I liked the yellow eyes of the bat…
Posted Oct 10, 2010 1 min read

Sea Swallow
Beware of what lurks beneath the sea! I was having fun again with LDD and POV-Ray and thought this would make an interesting render after my first attempt. I also uploaded a slightly different version to LEGO's gallery with different eyes stalks. Sea Swallow by SafePit, on Flickr Overall, this is pr…
Posted Sep 27, 2010 1 min read

Waterfall v2 (Updated)
Okay, I went a bit overboard creating an updated version of my Waterfall with more accurate bricks and logo. I even randomly rotated the bricks to break up the monotony of the the logos. The first version with the LEGO logo was a bit too uniform. Waterfall v2 (Updated) by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Sep 16, 2010 1 min read

Topography and Hyphenation
I'm a sucker for topography, something I really enjoyed in college when using LaTeX to get really cool looking printouts. A lot of that fun was lost with I started using applications like Word that do a pretty good job of kerning and hyphenating text without you having to do anything…
Posted Sep 07, 2010 2 min read

Waterfall
This is the second version of my simple waterfall experiment. I limited myself to a 4x4 plate and the bricks and colors available in LDD. I added a bit more foliage and color variation to the cliff. Waterfall by SafePit, on Flickr This time, I used LDD to create the model…
Posted Sep 06, 2010 2 min read

Adventures in Lighting
Okay, I admit that lighting isn't my strong suit. I'm good with geometry and scripting. But I struggle making the images look as good as they should. These photos are my attempts to try to get better colors and realistic lighting from POV-Ray. Waterfall was me playing around with LeoCAD as alternati…
Posted Sep 04, 2010 2 min read

Cube Dudes and Seagull
I've been having a lot of fun lately creating LEGO POV-Ray models and I thought I'd share! Brink Link was nice enough to post instructions for the SDCC 2010 Cube Dudes which I had to model! I've finished R2-D2 and C-3PO and they look great…
Posted Aug 15, 2010 2 min read

Having a Few Words with Wordle
I ran across Wordle while pursuing other Flickr photos. I was intrigued and decided to give it a whirl. Id been avoiding installing Java on my machine due to my distaste for the poorly coded apps that tend to use it, but my desire to give Wordle a try overcame my desire to remain Java free…
Posted Aug 15, 2010 1 min read

Watermelon
Here is my take on LEGO Stores Watermelon Monthly Mini Model Build for July. This model screams Summer and one just didn't seem enough. Playing around with better lighting, fog to soften light and JPEG artifacts, and a bit of focal blur thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!
Posted Aug 06, 2010 1 min read