Articles by Steven


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How to Use Myspace to Quickly Share Music
I got around to logging into Myspace again today. I never really used it in its original incarnation. Truth be told, I wanted to know what it was before when my daughter signed up for an account…
Posted Jul 17, 2017 4 min read

Enjoy This Cute Little Octopus That Floated By
I haven’t cranked out pictures as much lately. My intent was to work on my writing this month, but life and work intruded. Uninspired to write last night, I searched for something new to render. This cute little LEGO creature offered me a nice diversion. 40245 Octopus by Steven Reid, on Flickr…
Posted Jul 14, 2017 3 min read

Trying Not to Be Sad Today with My Love of LEGO
July 4th is bitter sweet for me. Iíve always enjoyed the holiday with its fireworks and celebration. Food, fair and patriotism mix for a usually fun day. Yet, my wifeís mother died on the 4th, making it a day of remembrance and sadness. Time to find something to take my mind off it. More sadness to…
Posted Jul 04, 2017 4 min read

My ZX81 Tic-Tac-Toe May Not Look Pretty, but You Can Win
As June winds down, I find myself reminiscing about writing monthís program. 34 years later, I still remember the glow of the TV as it lit the notebook in my lap. Although I have fond memories of Tic-tac-toe, time isnít as kind to it. Letís dig in. Would you like to play a game…
Posted Jun 25, 2017 6 min read

Enjoy This Simple and Elegant LEGO Dragonfly
Each month I check to see what the latest LEGO mini build is. Since I donít have a local LEGO Store, I often build and render them using virtual bricks. This month, I only needed to render it as as mathieub already built it. Yet, I decided to give it a little character. 40244 Dragonfly by Steven Re…
Posted Jun 23, 2017 2 min read

What Happens When You Mix Together Balloons, Boise and Bricks?
One of the first things I saw when I arrived in Idaho were colorful balloons floating across the brown desert and blue skies. A defining moment that Iíve carried with me for the almost 20 years Iíve lived here…
Posted Jun 18, 2017 4 min read

Ego the Living Planet and How to Make a Great Background
Last weeks, I ran across this build by changewing1 of the living planet. Mecabricks is a great community for such finds. Plus, I needed something to tax my old computer while trying out denoising feature in Blender. Stars alignedópun intended, and I was off to render my next image…
Posted Jun 11, 2017 5 min read

A Lonely Ostrich, Sometimes Simple Is Better
The lively colors in this Duplo ostrich caught my eye and inspired me to render it. My version of this lonely ostrich uses standard LEGO bricks, I was never a big fan of Duplo, nor do I have models of them. Yet, the simplicity of the model is quite effective. The render recreates that charm well. O…
Posted Jun 04, 2017 2 min read

Rub-A-Dub-Dub See My Little Boat in the Tub
I saw a great Pirate Ship render yesterday by saabfan. The water in it impressed me, and I had commented that I didnít know how to model it in Blender. Scrubs informed that it was easy, providing me the how. Off I went to try for myself. To my surprise, it was easy. Sort of…
Posted Jun 01, 2017 4 min read

6600 Police Patrol, a Fun Render of Old Lego
I spent part of the memorial weekend getting Blender working on my office computer, a 2011 Mac mini. Although not as fast as my laptop, I’d set up dual monitors a few months ago and was itching to use them. The result of my effort is this render of 6600 Police Patrol. 6600 Police Patrol by Ste…
Posted May 31, 2017 3 min read

Can You Get the High Score in the Worst ZX81 Dice Game
Okay, although not the worst ever, Dice Game is pretty dull. With only two dice, no strategy, and no replay value, you might think this an odd program of the month. But for the young teenager that wrote it, it was pretty cool in 1983. Letís dig in and see why. Itís all about the code…
Posted May 28, 2017 7 min read

10 Lego Renders to Enjoy Your Day By
Although itís been a month since my last LEGOģ post, I havenít been idle. With my current workflow, it only takes about 15 minutes to kick off a render, but I often donít have the time to blog them. Correcting that with a few spare minutes, here are my last ten Blender renders. #1 Ė A droidMy first…
Posted May 07, 2017 6 min read

Bringing an Old ZX81 Sketch to Life with BASIC Is Absolutely Crazy
Foreign to many developers today, I have a notepad and binder full of ideas from my ZX81 days. The notepad contains early program snippets. In contrast, I have sketches and designs crammed into a binder…
Posted Apr 30, 2017 6 min read

What do ugly april showers bring? Why, pretty lego renders!
Okay, the weather hasnít been that bad, but we did get a few showers. In either case, I found time to render a few more images: A remake, a new build, and someone elseís. Here are three pictures to round out your week. Letís start with the remake…
Posted Apr 09, 2017 2 min read

After Years, These Are My Latest Lego Brick Parts
I havenít built a new LEGO part for a number of years now. POV-Ray offered a very descriptive language, but the bricks were getting too complex. With the growth of the virtual LEGO community, I havenít needed to render new parts. Until now. Old is newóminifigs…
Posted Apr 05, 2017 2 min read

An Itty Bitty Songbird, a Delightful and Fun Build
Iíve been a long time fan of BioShock, with the first game still holding a special place in my collection. Without hesititation, I pinned Imagine Rigneyís Itty Bitty Songbird when I found it. Taking a break from writing, I got around to doing a virtual build of it. Itty Bitty Songbird by Imagine …
Posted Apr 03, 2017 3 min read

Time to find motivation with Camp NaNOWriMo
April is almost here and I have two goals for next month. The first goal, which happens next weekend, is to finish my first Marathon. Iím so excited. The second, is to finish the 2nd draft of my novel Steel Warrior. Started during Camp 2014, Steel Warrior was my first novel…
Posted Mar 31, 2017 2 min read