Archive for January 18th, 2010

Update syringe image… this has no antialiasing, radiosity is turned off, and it is a smaller-than-real-size render, all of which are designed to allow quick checking.  Not bad.  Let’s hope the emittance value isn’t set too high for the goo in the bottle and it doesn’t saturate the final render.


By the way, LC Aggie Sith from over at Hookers and Booze passed this link on when commenting at Soylent Green… bias, in Google?  Getoutofherenowayman.

Actually, their censorship here in the free world is as insidious as the Chinese censorship.  At least they are up front about it in China.

Time to start using Bing, people.


I know… “the cost of living is dying – everybody pays”.  The founder of Taco Bell, Glen W. Bell Jr, died.

It’s hardly authentic, but I love Taco Bell.  I grew up in the NW and I know and love authentic mexican food.  I even make it.

But Taco Bell is comfort food.

When I had my wisdom teeth out I asked to stop by TB and got a burrito.  Took it home and put it in a blender.

We drove from Tillamook to Eugene one evening and dad refused to stop until we got to Eugene.  We then went to a Taco Bell.  I was so hungry I opened up my taco and while my folks happened to both look over at the same instant, I literally drooled all over my food.  Still can’t live that one down.


Nipple biting.  Talk about getting too close to your work.

Some situations are nail-biters. This one’s a nipple-biter.

An off-duty cop was allegedly bitten in the chest outside a Gold Coast bar Sunday night, police said.

At about 9:30 p.m., Fernando Cooper, 31, and an off-duty officer got into a physical confrontation outside Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, the Sun-Times reports.

Police who witnessed the event say the officer identified himself, but the other man didn’t back down and continued to assault the cop.



What IS it with people anyway?  Why do people assume an invasion, as in “to occupy for gain” when it costs us far more than any monetary gain?

France accuses US of Haitian Invasion.

Our military serves two purposes, neither of which I approve of… disaster relief for other countries and security detail for other countries.

I’m not saying that I don’t think Haiti needs aid – I’m just saying I don’t think our military should be providing it.

Chavez… the simpleton.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of using the earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the devastated Caribbean country and offered to send fuel from his OPEC nation.

This is like saying “My neighbor covets the living space in my septic tank.”  What POSSIBLE use could we put Haiti to besides a tourist resort?

Note:  I am not likening Haiti to a septic tank.  I’m illustrating the idiocy of Chavez.

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Listening to NPR this morning BBC News Hour.  Owen Bennett-(Jones?) asking questions… He asks of one interviewee if the whole shebang in Haiti is being controlled the the US Military.  No, the person replies – it is the UN overseeing and directing with the military helping out.

He asks another interviewee immediately after if the US Military is controlling the effort.  Again he is told no, it’s the UN controlling and directing the military as needs be.

He then asks that second person if all the dignitaries arriving to survey the scene are causing bottlenecks in a 6-plane capacity airport.  She said no, because they come on planes that area also carrying aid workers but that the airport is terribly cramped and it desperately needs better handling.  Good ol’ Owen, always ready to jump on the US, says something like “Isn’t it true that the US Military controls the airport there…?”

Nah, NPR isn’t biased.  They just carry a lot of biased shows and interview leftist people to the exclusion of everyone else with softball-pitched interviews.  No bias.

Related news

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines faced a difficult decision over whether to dock as per itinerary at Labadee Beach, Haiti after last week’s tragic quake.

But, in the end they decided to go with the money, regardless.

The Florida cruise company leases a picturesque wooded peninsula and its five pristine beaches from the government for passengers to “cut loose” with watersports, barbecues, and shopping for trinkets at a craft market before returning on board before dusk. Safety is guaranteed by armed guards at the gate.

The decision to go ahead with the visit has divided passengers. The ships carry some food aid, and the cruise line has pledged to donate all proceeds from the visit to help stricken Haitians. But many passengers will stay aboard when they dock; one said he was “sickened”.

“I just can’t see myself sunning on the beach, playing in the water, eating a barbecue, and enjoying a cocktail while [in Port-au-Prince] there are tens of thousands of dead people being piled up on the streets, with the survivors stunned and looking for food and water,” one passenger wrote on the Cruise Critic internet forum.

At least some people have some morals.


Gee, Democrats would cheat to win?  Politicians would cheat to win?

Yes.  Yes they would.

Don’t you think that by now, the stakes have been raised way too high to explain self-governing needs?  Most of us need to be left alone, which doesn’t cost as much as these battles in our governments.  The price tag – and hence the richness of the food at the trough – is so high that it’s not even about self-determination of the people anymore.  It’s about amassing stuff for yourself.



As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama‘s rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley’s now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person — George W. Bush.

Ok, so if it is his fault, then Coakley ought to look golden by comparison.

But no, people are looking at Brown, instead.

I wonder if the Dems are ever going to figure out that just like in car racing, sometimes you have to go slower to go faster.  They’ve been far too ham-handed.


Trying to make a vial for that Soylent poison hypodermic.   I’m so out of touch with Blender that it hurts.  Here’s the label I want to put on the clear vial.

And here’s the crappy test rendering of the vial, no idea why the image is not glomming onto the UV-mapping on that bottle face.  Driving me nuts.  Used to know my spit when it came to 3d raytracing.  GRRRACKKKK!   GRRRR.


One commenter had this to say:

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Wow.  Hear that guys?  I’m stunning, lucid, and an expert in the field of “Utter Bullsh*t.”  My chest swells with pride.

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