Articles by Steven


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Fly Me To The Moon Soundtrack
I uploaded a slightly longer version of the ďFly Me To the MoonĒ song to ACIDplanet.com. It isnít 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. Note that with t…
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. Iím 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 LEGOģ 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 couldnít 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 didnít bother to add any text…
Posted Dec 18, 2009 1 min read

Reflective Fun
Iíve 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 Iíve gotten used to it. In …
Posted Dec 02, 2009 2 min read

Fixing Code
I really havenít 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 Iím 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 donít 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. Iím a bit saddened as it has been a place of comfort, seeing me through different ISPís 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 hadnít 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 9ís home feature. Unfortunately, trying to use it is a different matter. First off, using it requires you to log into your iTunes account. Iím 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
Iíve 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 ďwork 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 Iíve finished my favorite part of the 21005 Fallingwater model: the waterfall. 21005 Fallingwater WIP by Steven Reid, on Flickr Because this is a newer…
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, Iím enjoying a balmy high 60ish rainy day. I can take comfort in knowing that at least Iím 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