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Here’s tonight’s installment on the Girl Genius slaver wasp… last night’s cut is here.

Keep in mind:

  • That up there takes serious effort
  • It is not rendered in Blender3D yet – what you see there is the renderer in My Favorite Modeling Software (MFMS) – it is nice but not the final product
  • The “white” gauge is not white per-se, it is saturated by the renderer’s light that is pretty much behind the scene camera.  I don’t care about it enough to change it at the moment
  • It is too shiny – I will add dirt and bump-maps to it
  • It has no lights yet – those require lamps and radiosity
  • It has no gauge decals yet – that might be tricky for me

So – thoughts?  I’m not fishing for compliments – I’m asking for input – there is a difference.

I will say this – this exercise has dramatically increased my respect for the Prof’s Foglio and Cheyenne in their work on GG.  It was high to begin with but this somehow amplifies it.

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Radiation Burns, Man.

I feared a great many things while living near Hanford years ago, but this was never one of them.

radiowasp

Nasty in all ways imaginable.

Six to twelve inches of topsoil in a 6 acre area are being dug up.   And where are they going to put this soil?  We’re talking 1614 cubic yards of “fairly highly contaminated” soil here folks.

I know!  You bury it.

Radioactive wasp nests at Hanford reservation

RICHLAND — Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation are going after radioactive wasp nests.

The Tri-City Herald reports 6 to 12 inches of top soil are being dug up this month from 6 acres near the H Reactor. And, workers will dig up more individual mud dauber wasp nests over about 75 acres of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

The contractor handling the clean-up, Washington Closure, says the nests were all built in 2003 when water was used to dampen dust during demolition of an H Reactor basin. That attracted the wasps that used the mud to make tube-shaped nests for eggs.

Spokesman Todd Nelson says the nests are “fairly highly contaminated.”

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The fact that I laughed hard enough to spew this morning’s coffee out my nose probably means I’m a sick bastard.

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So this co-worker has been giving me a hard time lately.  As we walk down the hallway I stop long enough to see her in the window of an office as she walks by.  I say “Holy cow, I was just checking, but you really do cast a reflection.”

So she comes back and hangs a seminar folder on my door.

tactWhat was her point?

She says it must have been intended for me and came to her by mistake.

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The US Postal Circus must die.  It’s for the planet.  It’s for the children.

How Global Temperatures are Driven by Postal Charges.

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If you gotta break some odds and go get hit by a 30,000 mph meteorite, you should follow this kid’s example and avoid getting hit in the head or someplace really precious.

1 in 100,000,000.  Go buy a lottery ticket.  Lucky dog.

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