Articles by Steven


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More POV-Ray and LEGO Fun
I have radiosity fever of late, converting or creating a number of new LEGO images utilizing POV-Ray 3.7 beta. Below are two new renders. The new model is 604 Shell Car that fit nicely with some of my old models…
Posted May 17, 2009 1 min read

Cow
This is a “sort-of” recreation of the original cow image with the “Moo!” bubble. Unlike the original, this is a true brick cow and I’ve tried to make it more “realistic” then the original “flat” and shiny version. I had added the bubble with Paint Shop Pro on the first version…
Posted May 12, 2009 1 min read

Iterative Imaging Code
I ran across some interesting Iterative Imaging Code that creates interesting fractal like graphics using POV-Ray. Basically, it creates the image and then uses that image to create the next one…
Posted Apr 26, 2009 1 min read

LEGO 7804 Lizard
Ran across this really interesting LEGO set and I just “had” to render it. I needed to model a few parts I didn’t have in my library. I also threw it into the same background I used on one of my Fire Truck renders. I might change the scene a bit to better show the texture on the front slope…
Posted Apr 13, 2009 1 min read

More Fun With Radiosity
Spent some time last weekend doing some additional renders using the latest 3.7 beta. Fist off, some cows: Cows (Radiosity) by Steven Reid, on Flickr And the 602 Fire Truck with a better background and slightly different table surface. 602 Fire Truck (Radiosity) by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Apr 12, 2009 1 min read

602 Fire Truck and Radiosity
I ran across this wonderful little macro by Jaime Vives Piquere to do Pseudo-HDRI lighting. I ran the macro with both POV-Ray 3.6 and 3.7 beta 31. I actually liked the 3.7 better. However, the image map I used is a bit lower resolution then I would like causing the pixilation in the background. I…
Posted Apr 03, 2009 1 min read

Second Chance Digital TV Coupon
Will wonders never cease! Looks like the coupons opened up again and those of us that let our coupons expire can try again! Yeah! I've ordered another at https://www.dtv2009.gov/. Looks like I wasn't alone when mine expired. Of the 24 million originally issued, 17 million expired…
Posted Mar 24, 2009 1 min read

Updated Analog to Digital TV Count Down Userbar
Well, the original date (Feb 17th) has come and gone and my Userbar is showing 33 days past. Since the conversion has been delayed till June 12, I thought I'd better update my application for those still brave enough to use it. I completely forgot to use my coupon for a converter box so it has exp…
Posted Mar 22, 2009 1 min read

LEGO Horse
I’ve been updating my LEGO Renders in POV-Ray and one of the ones I recently “fixed” is Horses. Horses by SafePit on DeviantArt My daughter modeled the original horse using real LEGO bricks and she and her sister had snapped a few photos of it back in 2001…
Posted Feb 07, 2009 1 min read

Album Covers for the Overly Obsessed
If you are like me and can't stand to see the default "missing album art" icon in your iTunes or iPod Cover Flow -- you know who you are -- then I have a place for you. This is for those albums and songs that iTunes has a hard time finding or, worse, pulls down the wrong or oddly formated cover…
Posted Jan 25, 2009 2 min read

More Lorenz Attractor Fun
I was looking over my Lorenz Attractor images and wondered how the spiral would look close-up. So, I created another version looking down on the spiral with the tendrils coming up from the it…
Posted Jan 03, 2009 1 min read

Getting a Little deviantART
I've been a lurker on deviantART for awhile now and decided to take the plunge and upload some of my ray traced images there. Since I tend to use the same alias at all my sites, you can now catch SafePit on deviantART…
Posted Dec 29, 2008 1 min read

SafePit 30,000gs, the Zeros Are So Pretty
It seemed to take me forever lately, but finally made it to 30K. I blame my Halo 3 addiction to the lack of improvement in my gamer score. It seems silly tracking this stuff, but it is fun tracking each of these 5K milestones…
Posted Dec 21, 2008 1 min read

ZX81 Emulation and PHOTON98
A few years back, I started to convert some of my old ZX81 programs so they could be use in various ZX81 emulators. That project was mostly my way of trying to preserve some printouts from my now faded programs. I was curious if I there was a way to emulate those programs in a web site…
Posted Nov 20, 2008 2 min read

BattlestaR Galactica Trading Card
Okay, let's see how old you really are. Anyone remember these trading cards from '78 back when the "original" Battlestar Galactica aired. I was cleaning out the attic and found this in a bag with some of my other childhood memories…
Posted Nov 16, 2008 1 min read

More Photosynth Fun
I’ve blogged about Photosynth before; however, that was when it was still a preview technology. Photosynth is now out for the general public to use. It is still pretty cool technology…
Posted Nov 01, 2008 1 min read

Computer Fun
So, I broke down and bought a new laptop last weekend. No, I didn't buy an Apple. I just couldn't see myself shelling out twice as much money for half the computing power. I purchased one on sale with similar specs, if not the same OS and "coolness" factor…
Posted Oct 28, 2008 3 min read

What's on DISH PPV Dynamic Userbar
This is probably one of the sillier experiments I’ve done. I’ve put together a dynamic userbar that displays the current Pay Per View (PPV) offerings on DISH Network: My daughter was interested in renting a movie and I thought I’d check out what was on PPV…
Posted Oct 17, 2008 1 min read

New MacBooks Out
Having never owned a Mac, mostly due to cost, the new MacBooks look pretty nice. All aluminum body, new graphics, new glass multi-touch trackpad, it all adds up to some nice looking notebook computers. Personally, I like the self loading DVD drives…
Posted Oct 14, 2008 1 min read