Archive for December, 2010

Clothing

Posted on Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Modeled a simple summer dress today, before the New Year’s Eve festivities begin.
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Holiday numbies

Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Feeling pretty worn thin from all the things going on in the last few weeks. Body aching, zero energy. This has been a physically challenging holiday.
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I must say that the second white chocolate cheesecake that was served here at Christmas dinner was even better than the one on my birthday. One of the best cheesecake experiences of my life, and there is one slice left in the fridge. It’s not easy resisting it, but I’m trying to hold out from devouring it on the spot, so that it’s not history too quickly.
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We played music on Christmas, though I wasn’t in on too much of it. There was plenty of talent without me, so I held back until the music wound down.
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Lots of delicious leftovers. The sea scallops as appetizers disappeared before dinner was served, as did the corn chowder. But dinner was excellent (the chipotle sweet potatoes were to die for), and the cheesecake topped it off superbly.
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Trying to tie down loose ends and get some chores done before the New Year’s party. That will be a big one, with lots of great music. There are at least twenty good musicians scheduled to show. It should be quite a weekend.
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Then everything dies down, and I get to replace the water heater here. Joy…..

Plates

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 am

Just an idea for a custom plate.
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Sappho

Posted on Saturday, December 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am

“To ancient Greece, where burning Sappho loved and sang and stroked the wine dark sea in the temple by the moonlight, wah dae doo dah.”

Firesign Theater – Nick Danger, Third Eye

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Sappho
(3D scan rendered in modo)


Chair

Posted on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

A chair that received an overhaul, C4D > modo via Riptide OBJ.  Original modeled in Max, converted to quad in modo.

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Sun & Moon & Stars

Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

As some may know, I have been webmaster for Vince Bell at http://www.vincebell.com/ for a decade.  I was coming home from the second day of the birthday party, and Lyle Lovett came on the radio and sang Sun & Moon & Stars, a version I’d never heard before.  I spent a few hours tracking it down for Vince.  Turns out, it was an E-town broadcast back in late July, first broadcast on September 12th.

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It’s an interesting rendition, in places as close to the original as I’ve heard yet.  I have a feeling that I’ll be placing it online in the near future.

The Big 0 (that’s a zero)

Posted on Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

My birthday today, one of those that end in zero.

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Waiting for a party to start here.  My birthday cake is a white chocolate cheesecake.  It hasn’t been cut yet.  But I’m being patient.

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There should be ample live music tonight, and I’m sure I’ll be playing aplenty.

Never get cocky……

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Irony is available in the world, and it will touch you, regardless.

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Parts for phase two of washing machine repair arrived this morning (Tuesday).  They arrived from an order placed late Sunday, online.  Amazingly fast, since it had to have shipped on Monday.  24 hour ground service, wow.

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I got the washer repaired the second time.  I should digress that the first time was the motor coupling (weak link technology), my successful diagnostic back on Thursday of last week when I returned here, fixed on Saturday after another 24 hour delivery.  The return of function to the drive revealed a bad case of abused dogs (primitive gears) that were minus their teeth on the agitator.  It was wobbling badly, so I replaced the two parts, both of which needed replacing, without having seen them before replacement.  It was a pain to remove the agitator casing, as pegs had been literally melted into place to hold it together.

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So the first load is in the washer, purring like it never had in my experience, when a tubing broke in the bathroom, under the sink.  It ran unnoticed for about 5 minutes.  As soon as I became aware of it, I ran to shut off flow to the house from the well.  Fortunately, there was no major damage.  But it took a lot of bending and wringing, and my back complained seriously.  But it was cleaned up thoroughly and no carpets were seriously soaked, just the bare edges.  A couple of rugs are out in the yard drying.  Both are durable rugs.  No furniture got soaked.  The floors are durable and seem to be holding up.

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The aneurysm that spew forth the water was in a shutoff to faucet, wire shielded, connector tubing.  It’s been removed for replacement shopping.

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As it goes with successful repairs, especially in a succession, don’t get cocky.

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All this after setting up Miki 3 for a rendering in modo.  I like the figure, much, much, much better than V4 when it comes to exporting.  So much easier, because it does what it’s supposed to be doing.

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Still some tweaking of the materials, subsurface scattering on the skin, the eyes, glossy hair, etc.

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