Articles by Steven


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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 Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Sep 16, 2010 1 min read

Topography and Hyphenation
Iím 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 Steven Reid, 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 isnít my strong suit. Iím 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 alternat…
Posted Sep 04, 2010 2 min read

Cube Dudes and Seagull
Iíve been having a lot of fun lately creating LEGO POV-Ray models and I thought Iíd share! Brink Link was nice enough to post instructions for the SDCC 2010 Cube Dudes which I had to model! Iíve 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. Iíd 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 didnít 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! Watermelon by Steven Reid, …
Posted Aug 06, 2010 1 min read

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
Iíve 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 canít seem to fix. Fed up with multiple uninstall, reinstall, replace and restore attempts over the last week, Iíve 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 Iím sure things arenít quite the same. I didnít finish the back yet, so donít 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, Iíve 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 ďPlanet FallĒ and ďZorkĒ when I was in high school on my C64…
Posted Jun 23, 2010 2 min read

Fun with iOS 4
Iíve been waiting patiently to upgrade my iPod Touch to iOS4 today. Now, as a long time network engineer, IOS has always been Ciscoís 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. Some common issues I had with the previous ver…
Posted Jun 21, 2010 1 min read

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

Making My Blog CO2 Neutral, and You Can Too
Hereís 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 grŁn'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
Iíve 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, mainly 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, Iím 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. Iíve 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 Iíd swap out the old one and, while I was at it, spin up a 64bit version of Windows 7 on it as well. Iím curious to see how things will work. I have the OS loaded, but …
Posted Jan 28, 2010 1 min read