Articles by Steven


Steven has written 447 articles, Page 15.
Panda Puzzle from 1975
I was reading this article from Brickset about a scanned Bricks and Pieces No. 2 from Spring '75. It was an interesting read and a fun look into LEGO's past. I especially liked the "What is it?" article, a puzzle of instructions laid out in layers…
Posted Feb 03, 2011 1 min read

Quoting Quotes
Last night I happened to notice that my last blog post didnít look quite right when viewed in an RSS reader. Come to find out, it appears that the code that converts the UBBC tags wasnít undoing a quote conversion earlier in the code…
Posted Jan 31, 2011 1 min read

Major ZX81 Updates
A few things have changed over the list eight years. As I wind down the use of my ZX81 site, incorporating it my main one, much of below is invalid. That doesnít mean that changes werenít important at the time. Ideas come and go, and it is good to remember where we came from…
Posted Jan 26, 2011 1 min read

New ZX81 Programs Section
Iíve added a new ZX81 Programs section that lists all of my ZX81 programs available so far. The list includes the name, a brief synopsis, and options to list or run the program as available. I still need to add a more complete description option…
Posted Jan 23, 2011 1 min read

Januaryís Program: Water Bug II
I did it! After a lot of recording, cleaning, and tweaking I was finally able to get Water Bug II loaded! Hit the link, wait for it to load, then hit enter to give it a whirl. Then use the 5, 6, 7, and 8 keys to move (left, down, up, right) just as they are on the ZX81 keyboard. Water Bug II was a…
Posted Jan 22, 2011 2 min read

Slow Going
I really meant to have a number of my programs converted this month. I found a tape player and have been trying to load my ZX81 programs off the original tapes; however, I keep running into a problems. Iím not sure if it is my microphone, the recording software, or my emulator…
Posted Jan 21, 2011 1 min read

Polar Bears
A more interesting scene using the Polar Bear from January 2011 Monthly Mini Build. Polar Bears by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Jan 11, 2011 1 min read

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 Steven Reid, 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. Iíd 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 wanít 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, isnít the desired effect I was going for…
Posted Dec 05, 2010 2 min read

Pardon the Dust and Debris
Iím 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 perusing Peeron. It is a pretty simple model so it was nice quick project to build and render. Unfortunately, I didnít 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. Perseverance …
Posted Nov 13, 2010 1 min read

Electronica and an X-Wing
It shouldnít come as a surprise that I have multiple hobbies. I tend to want to try new things, which often means I donít stay focused. In the case below, I divided my time between two of my interests. Iíve been playing around the last few weeks with ACID Studio and finally got around to uploading …
Posted Nov 13, 2010 2 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 donít 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 Jackíoílantern 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
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 LEGOís gallery with different eyes stalks. Sea Swallow by SafePit, on Flickr Overall, this is probably the best of the dozen or so at…
Posted Sep 27, 2010 1 min read