Articles by Steven


Steven has written 425 articles, Page 16.
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

Avoiding Index
One thing that always bugged me with using scripts is that you tend to see the script name. For example, this site has always had an index.cgi and most PHP sites have index.php in the links. I find it tacky and many commercial sites don't do this…
Posted Nov 21, 2009 2 min read

Looking Forward
It has been almost three years now running on my current web site design. Sure I've changed elements here and there, mostly due to changing underlying software, yet it is starting to feel a bit old to me. The problem to me is where to start. Is it color? Is it it form…
Posted Nov 15, 2009 1 min read

So Long GeoCities, Thanks For The Memories
Well, as of today my GeoCities site of the last 12 years is no more. I'm a bit saddened as it has been a place of comfort, seeing me through different ISP's and such. It is because of GeoCities that I use Yahoo! mail, even if Yahoo! then turned around and removed the best features of GeoCities…
Posted Oct 27, 2009 1 min read

LEGO and ZX81 Geocities Content Moved
Yahoo! will be shutting down Geocities tomorrow, 10/26/09, which means an end to my old LEGO and ZX81 website. Although I hadn't updated those sites much since Yahoo! turned off ftp access, Geocities had remained my presence on the web for almost 12 years. Sad to say, it will be sad to see it go. Fo…
Posted Oct 25, 2009 1 min read

Power Station
I was playing around with World Machine and thought Iíd add the height field to my Power Station image. I think it really conveys the overall scale of the scene. I also added a better star field that shows up under anti-aliasing (best seen in large version)…
Posted Oct 04, 2009 1 min read

Getting Comfortable With iTunes Home
I had read a bit about the new iTunes 9's home feature. Unfortunately, trying to use it is a different matter. First off, using it requires you to log into your iTunes account. I'm assuming this is so you can transfer your old non-iTunes plus DRM laden music…
Posted Sep 24, 2009 2 min read

Spammers Unwanted Again
Well, seems a few resourceful folks are still getting by my spam filter. Not sure if they are real people solving the Captcha or something automated. My guess is that it is real people. I'm seeing only a couple of posts on random articles causing me to go hunt down and delete the offending stuff…
Posted Sep 11, 2009 1 min read

21005 Fallingwater
I've finished rendering 21005 Fallingwater in POV-Ray. Only 3 new bricks needed to be modeled so most of the time was spent inputing brick positions. I like this angle as it really shows off the waterfall. 21005 Fallingwater by Steven Reid, on Flickr At the moment Iím rendering a large widescreen ve…
Posted Aug 04, 2009 1 min read

21005 WIP
I donít normally post Ēwork in progressĒ but this one is pretty large and I wanted to show off what I had so far. It may not look like much yet, but I've finished my favorite part of the 21005 Fallingwater model: the waterfall. 21005 Fallingwater WIP by Steven Reid, on Flickr Because this is a newe…
Posted Aug 01, 2009 1 min read

21004 Guggenheim Museum
LEGO has launched a new Architecture line and I have to note that they are pretty impressive. So impressive, that I spent some time on vacation modeling the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in POV-ray. 21004 Guggenheim Museum by Steven Reid, on Flickr This model is a great example of the effort the LEGO…
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1 min read

Fun In The Rain?
Well, seems my vacation has run into a tiny bit of a wet spree? While where I left roasts in 100+ degree weather, I'm enjoying a balmy high 60ish rainy day. I can take comfort in knowing that at least I'm not at work. Below is a quick snap of the corn rows we were zipping by this morning.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 1 min read

Road Trip!
Well, it is summer and the family decided to ďtake it on the roadĒ so to speak. Our day started late as I still had to work, but we were able to get on the road around 1PM. I thought Iíd snap a picture while driving through Utah and share it with everyone. I still need to get the full size version …
Posted Jul 18, 2009 1 min read

Structure Synth Fun
Ran across some interesting images built using Structure Synth and rendered in POV-Ray. Thought itíd be cool to try some myself. I was playing some of the demo scenes, exporting them to POV-Ray for a high quality render. The image looked like hair and made me think LEGO minifig…
Posted Jul 09, 2009 1 min read

Nearing the End of an Era
Needless to say, one of the many reasons I started Reid's For Fun was because of Yahoo!'s neutering of GeoCities: removal of ftp and a paltry 4.2MB hourly limit. It was, however, my friend in the hey day of Internet growth and I am saddened at its (un)timely demise. Although not my first web site, G…
Posted Jul 08, 2009 2 min read

Ivy Lizard
Seems my lizard has been covered by some minor growth. I ran across this great ivy macro by hobBIT while hanging around the pov-ray.org forums and had to give it a try. Check it out yourself at this thread. 7804 Lizard Ivy by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Jul 06, 2009 1 min read

Weather Service Userbar
Between blogging about digital TV (itís all over) and playing Halo 2 (finished campaign on legendary) Iíve been working on a new dynamic userbar. This time, Iím generating a weather userbar showing the current conditions and temperature. Iíve been wanting to pull weather data for awhile and was fi…
Posted Jun 13, 2009 1 min read

Almost DTV Time
Well, less than a day left and the old NTSC-M broadcast signal will almost be gone. I say almost because a few low power stations can still broadcast and I'm sure a few places will get by. But, by and large, it's all over for our old analog receivers. Like I said in my last post, I'm ready for the c…
Posted Jun 11, 2009 1 min read