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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:

Only want to say your article is stunning. The lucidity in your post is simply striking and i can assume you are an expert on this field.

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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New Update:  To see the latest renderings, go to bottom of post…


To do a graphic that was spurred in part by cbullitt and part by McGoo – I tried to find a needle.  Not just any needle but a cool looking one.

Alas, unless you want to steal one, you have to use crappy pics as photo-fodder.  And I didn’t want to do that.  I wanted an antique needle (hypo).   So what is to be done?  Don’t got a time-travel device, obviously, since Hitler didn’t go away – that option is out.

So I’m modeling one.  Here’s the initial model.  Next put some knurling on it.  Then import it into blender and do a raytrace.  THEN pull it into gimp and post-process it.  Simple, no?

An example of Blender3D using YAFRAY as an output renderer.  The caustics in this one were turned way too high up but I can’t find the folder with all the final renders from before my computer switchover.

Gets bigger if you click it.

Here’s another where I was goofing around and seeing what-if-you-do-THIS kind of stuff…

Hypo first renderings… v0.2

obviously, there is a HUGE amount of work to do now, but the geometry looks ok.

Needs work on the Soylent Poison.

Last one for today – I think it looks better.

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Several otherwise “normal adjusted well-respected members of their respective communities” have commented that the cat below appears to be missing a rear paw and instead has paw-shaped genitalia.  I assure you that despite appearances that cat does not have paw-shaped genitals.  I didn’t even draw him up with genitals.

Note the clear lack of genitals and the hint of a right hindquarter complete with right hind paw.


As I just told The Dude in an e:mail, because I am like, so cool that it is intoxicating, I just had to share this.

Shapeways does that 3-d printing thing – send in your 2-manifold and get back cast 3d parts in plastic or metal.

I just figured out how to take SVG files from Inkscape (after making a logo) and import them into Blender3D and hopefully will try out making a cast part.  The next hurdle is the manifold (or in simplest terms possible “will the object hold water if you filled it up?”)

Yeah, most people will go “Huh” and then still not give a rat’s patoot even after explaining it to them, but this is so cool.

Use a free vector graphics program and export that to a free 3d render/raytrace/modeling program, take a screenshot using another free program, and blog about it using free program #4.  Inkscape —>  Blender3d —> Gimp2.0 —> WordPress.

I’ll let you know how this one goes.

I’m still wanting to do some electrochemical etching, but … but… but… that takes nasty chemicals and current which aren’t good around little kids.

Note:  I’m well aware that I in no way approach “intoxicatingly cool”.

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