Articles by Steven


Steven has written 423 articles, Page 15.
New and Old Models
I uploaded a couple of LEGO renders today, a new one and an old one. The new one is 377 Shell Station which required a few new pieces, including creating a better female hair piece…
Posted Aug 01, 2010 1 min read

Going Chrome, But not by Choice
I've been having a bit of a problem lately getting Safari to keep working! Seems it keeps crashing every few minutes with a library issue that I can't seem to fix. Fed up with multiple uninstall, reinstall, replace and restore attempts over the last week, I've decided to give Chrome another try. Fir…
Posted Jul 31, 2010 2 min read

21006 White House
This is the wonderful 21006 White House. I love the look and did my best to recreate it, but I’m sure things aren’t quite the same. I didn’t finish the back yet, so don’t turn it around. I need to find some better lighting though…
Posted Jul 24, 2010 1 min read

344 Bungalow
I found a number of old models from 1969 and rendered many last year, including this one. I finally got around to rendering larger a larger version with a better background (originally it has a seam in the back). If you search for this, you'll find that I fudged the trees and used something newer…
Posted Jun 27, 2010 1 min read

Fun with Z-Code (aka Inform)
Okay, I've been a fan of adventure games, and specifically Infocom games, for most of my life. I have fond memories of playing great games such as “Planet Fall” and “Zork” when I was in high school on my C64…
Posted Jun 23, 2010 2 min read

Fun with iOS 4
I’ve been waiting patiently to upgrade my iPod Touch to iOS4 today. Now, as a long time network engineer, IOS has always been Cisco’s CLI. So, it was a bit weird installing iOS on an Apple product. But in the end, it was worth the wait and the install…
Posted Jun 21, 2010 1 min read

357 Fire Station
I rendered this a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd share. This is LEGO(R) Model 357 Fire Station with Vehicles from 1973. I'd like to create a more "action oriented" version in the future, but it is pretty nice to begin with. I personally like the middle engine with the two yellow round…
Posted Jun 20, 2010 1 min read

Making My Blog CO2 Neutral, and You Can Too
Here’s an interesting idea, plant a tree and offset the carbon emissions produced by your blog. And, even better, you can make it happen for free! That is the premise behind Mach's grün's Carbon Neutral campaign…
Posted May 23, 2010 1 min read

Are You a Nerd or a Geek?
This funny article was tweeted by Major Nelson and it was too rich not to pass on…
Posted Apr 19, 2010 1 min read

CSS Fun and Standards
I've playing around with other CMS systems lately to get a feel for what is out there. I recently had the opportunity to hack around in WordPress and ran across a neat little utility in some of their docs. It is an external Online CSS Optimiser/Optimizer that does some CSS compression…
Posted Apr 10, 2010 1 min read

Flickr LEGO Fun
Flickr has become my new favorite place to share my LEGO creations. I tend to use Facebook for family and friends, manly because that is what my family and friends use. But I digress. It is pretty easy now to use available tools, mine being Windows Live Photo Gallary, that allow easy publishing…
Posted Mar 14, 2010 2 min read

All Is Well In 64bit Land
Well, I'm finding the 64bit version of Windows 7 works pretty well. I have most of my applications running again, using the 64bit versions if I could find them. The SSD drive is working great and I'm just using an external drive enclosure to get around the space limitations. I've been rendering some…
Posted Jan 30, 2010 1 min read

64bit and SSD Fun!
I was honored with a 128GB SSD drive today and I just had to give it a try. Since I can only have one drive in my laptop, I decided I'd swap out the old one and, while I was at it, spin up a 64bit version of Windows 7 on it as well. I'm curious to see how things will work. I have the OS loaded, but …
Posted Jan 28, 2010 1 min read

Fly Me To The Moon Soundtrack
I uploaded a slightly longer version of the "Fly Me To the Moon" song to ACIDplanet.com. It isn't much of a soundtrack since there is only one song. I created this version first but it was too long for the animation. The shorter version in the video was an edited remix of this one.
Posted Jan 22, 2010 1 min read

Fly Me To The Moon
Playing around with POV-Ray animation. This is LEGO model 367 Lunar Lander. Trying to be a bit more ambitious with camera sweeps, using easing functions and launching the lander into space! Since Flickr allows videos as well, I threw a copy there as well…
Posted Jan 21, 2010 1 min read

Promotional Windmill 1976
I finally got around to trying my hand again at animating some of my virtual LEGO creations. I decided to go simple and animate the vanes and a simple camera pan for the promotional Windmill circa 1976. And, to really get my geek on, I uploaded it to YouTube. This was fun and I already have some i…
Posted Jan 04, 2010 1 min read

5865 Mini Dumper
This is LEGO® model 5865 MiniDumper, part of the 2009 Creator series. I thought it looked really cool and was curious how close I could get to the original by building a virtual one. 5865 Mini Dumper by Steven Reid, on Flickr Fingers crossed that I come close with just the inventory list…
Posted Jan 01, 2010 1 min read

Halo Reach Music
Bungie just released the snippet of soundtrack for the premier trailer: Lone Wolf. The iTunes purest in me couldn't live with the default no album art found image, so I created one! Here is the Halo: Reach album art at 640x640. And no, I didn't bother to add any text…
Posted Dec 18, 2009 1 min read

Reflective Fun
I've been using Reflection.js for some time now to generate reflective category images. I did this mainly to avoid having to create the reflections by hand. However, it has always had a bit of a lag when generating the reflections. This can be a bit jarring at times, but I've gotten used to it. In m…
Posted Dec 02, 2009 2 min read

Fixing Code
I really haven't liked the way the code routine displays on my blog. It adds a lot of white space and generally looks bad. To make things a bit nicer, I removed the Code: message, set the overflow to auto instead of scroll, and I removed the extra breaks. Here is the CSS I'm using: …
Posted Nov 28, 2009 1 min read