Articles by Steven


Steven has written 447 articles, Page 18.
Nearing the End of an Era
Needless to say, one of the many reasons I started Reidís For Fun was because of Yahoo!ís 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. 7804 Lizard Ivy by Steven Reid, on Flickr Check it out yourself at this thread.
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 Iím sure a few places will get by. But, by and large, itís all over for our old analog receivers. Like I said in my last post, Iím ready for the c…
Posted Jun 11, 2009 1 min read

All Ready for Digital TV, Are you?
Well, two days left and Iím good to go for the digital TV conversion. I used my DTV coupon to get my oldest daughter a converter box a couple of weekends back and setting it went very smoothly. She picked up around 13 channels (mostly public TV) and things are working well…
Posted Jun 09, 2009 2 min read

Safari 4 Impressions and Disappointments
Okay, Safari 4 is out, showed up in my update today. I was a bit surprised as I thought I already had 4 installed, but it didnít take more than a quick peek at my existing Safari to realize it was the non-beta version…
Posted Jun 09, 2009 2 min read

LEGO Moon Plates at Last
Iím still playing around with recreating old LEGO models. I spent time today modeling more road plates with the intention of creating a large town image…
Posted Jun 06, 2009 2 min read

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 ďsort-ofĒ recreation of the original cow image with the ďMoo!Ē bubble. Unlike the original, this is a true brick cow and Iíve tried to make it more ďrealisticĒ then the original ďflatĒ 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 ďhadĒ to render it. I needed to model a few parts I didnít 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. First 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. Iím …
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! Iíve ordered another at https://www.dtv2009.gov/. Looks like I wasnít alone when mine expired. Of the 24 million originally issued, 17 million expired. Thatís over half…
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 Iíd 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
Iíve been updating my LEGO Renders in POV-Ray and one of the ones I recently ďfixedĒ 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 canít stand to see the default ďmissing album artĒ icon in your iTunes or iPod Cover Flow ó you know who you are ó 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
Iíve 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