Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category

A Hello Kitty assault rifle, yes it is true.

January 18, 2008

I’m sorry, but I am compelled to share this. Over at digg there is a blurb about a Hello Kitty assault rifle. Here is the picture. Hilarious.

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Woo-whoo! It snowed! (again)

January 18, 2008

So I either wasn’t paying attention to the weather dudes, or they once again screwed up another forecast because I was definitely not expecting this at all. It didn’t seem cold enough for it. It was nice though. It was the fluffy, cotton ball type snow. The 1st pic is of the leftover damage caused by the ice storm. The 2nd, although it may look like a pond, is really just a low spot where water collects. And the others are pretty self explanatory. If your wondering why all the trees (because of my tunguska post), fortunately the lumber-asses didn’t touch the ones immediate next to where I live, though you can see the clearing through the trees in the last two pics.

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Again, feel free to ignore this link (finepix f50fd). Like I said, I’ll get around to posting something on this later. Of course, I think I said something to that effect the last time so technically this would be later. But, eh, time is suppose to be relative, right?

So you say you have a frog who rides a motorcycle, and picks winning lotto numbers?

January 14, 2008

Here is a short post. I saw this on the late night news, did a quick search, and turns out I’m only about 4 days late on this one (but you do have to admit, I am getting faster with the topical stories). So there’s this frog in Thailand who apparently likes to ride a toy motorcycle and, until recently, was picking winning lotto numbers. The numbers appear on her belly. However, for some reason, because she seems to have lost her ability to pick the winners, she has been grounded from her favorite activity. Eh? Punishing the amphibian because she ain’t producin’? That’s cold dude. She should give the finger to the man and speed off into the sunset. The story is actually pretty funny (which you can read by following the link [pist, look <– that way]).

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I am quite loathed in posting this, but…

January 13, 2008

Only because these pictures make mine look sooo bad. Sure, they most probably have professional SLRs (I assume of the digital variety) and it is quite clear that many, if not all, of them know their way around the ole Photoshop-o-graphicis, so I shouldn’t feel too sheepish about my stuff, right? Still, though, I can’t help but sit here at my idiot box (my computer), sighing the sighs that come with that green color on your face. But hey, some of my images are pretty good. Yes, only a handful out of the roughly 7k I’ve taken with my Fujifilm FinePix F10 (a compact digital). But still… right? I suppose none of us should feel too envious, it’s just a matter of working within the strengths of your camera. Have a camera that just takes bad pictures? Use the same excuse that “artists” with no talent use and call it “a study in abstract”. Try to incorporate that into your work. When someone asks, just say, “Of course that’s how I wanted it to look!”. I ramble too much. I actually stumbled across this site on, oddly enough, stumbleupon (the social bookmarking site). The site it called, outdoor-photos.com. Load it up, turn out the lights, and be mesmerized. Oh, ps – for some reason when I was getting these ready in the Photoshopper, they came out darker than they actually are (if you were wondering when looking at the site).

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Tunguska all over again

December 20, 2007

Right next to were I live is a somewhat densely wooded area and just beyond that is a prairie-like clearing. Thick brush, raspberry and blackberry bushes, and honeydew draping off of everything. The place is truly unworldly. Especially when you can get there early in the morning to watch the mist ebb and flow. Some of my best pictures came from that area. Well, awhile ago it pretty much all came to an end. In an effort to control the undergrowth, a lumber company was hired to clear it all out. I assume that part of the deal was that they got to take the trees as well. An absolute massacre. Almost all of the old-growth trees were removed and, from the looks of it, any of the younger trees that were in their way were just mowed down with a bulldozer. It was like standing at the battle of Gettysburg or Omaha beach during D-day. The bodies of the dead and wounded were strewn about everywhere. There is actually a slope down to the prairie so you didn’t get the full scope of it all until you reach the crest. Even the most anti-environment Rush Limbauh Dick Cheney love child would be taken back at the contrast, from Lord of the Rings to the face of the moon. I’m all for proper forest management, but this is just terrible. Unfortunately, the dimension constraints of this here blog really doesn’t allow a good show of it all. But here are a few pics. The before shots can be seen in my early hop through the prairie post. Again remember, I am a grasshopper.

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Cimicomorpha. So that’s what you’re called.

December 1, 2007

Back in July I wrote two little blurbs about me hopping around (again, I’m a grasshopper) and running (or hopping) into a rather suspicious looking bug who recently moved into the neighborhood. We exchanged pleasantries, but never really made a connection. I had a feeling I should keep my distance and it turns out it was with good reason. Looks like this mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte of an insect is a member of a large family of predatory insects. Bugs such the: assassin bug, ambush bug, masked hunter, and kissing bug. They lay in wait, then attack by stabbing their victims with their proboscis injecting a toxic concoction that liquefies the inerts. Tasty. There are also members that go after warm-blooded animals (including humans) by stabbing soft areas of the body such as lips, eyes, and inside nose. Sleep tight. Oh, and some transmit disease such as Chagas by passing along a lovely little trypanosome. A little late to learn of this now, but the good thing is that about a week after my last post, I found the little bugger dead in the bushes. Didn’t have my trusty camera at the time. First post is here, there-goes-the-neighborhood and the second is here, hey-punk-get-off-my-lawn.

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More modo magic:

August 21, 2007

So here is another cool image. This one is called “Glas Dragon” by Brederock from Eden FX. Like the last one, this one is done in the 3D program called modo, and is entirely fake. Truly off the wall. You can find the original, and much bigger, version of it here. All I can say is, “Some day.” Oh, and stupid me, in my last post I made the “m” in modo capitalized, d’oh.

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Ya like this pic? Guess what? Its fake! Fake, fake, fake, all fake.

August 18, 2007

Yup, all of it. The bottle, the lights, the shadows, the liquid, even the background. None of it exists. All courtesy of the power of Modo! If you haven’t figured it out yet, Modo is a 3D computer graphics (CG) software. It also happens to be one of the premier polygon and subdivision modeling programs out there (oh, and the company actually listens to it’s users and continuously works to improve their product). I know, I know, I can already hear the 3D Studio Max (-ophiles) warming up their flamethrowers singing the praises of 3DS Max with the PolyBoost plug-in (which if you don’t know gives Max the same functionality as Modo [some zealots would argue more]). And I’m sure that a few Maya users might chime in with their NEX plug-in. So why Modo? Well, Modo: $895, 3DS Max: $3,495 (+ $124 for PolyBoost), Maya Complete: $1,999, Maya Unlimited: $6,999 (+ $148 for NEX). Hmmm. Also, Modo is a focused program for modeling, texturing, and painting and therefore the learning curve is nowhere near the dizzying level it is for Max or Maya (good for hobbyists). Although the next version, which I believe is due out later this month, will branch out into animation. Oh, and if any of you are into making stuff for Second Life? (including those little oddities called sculpties?) Can you say, “Hello Modo”? But with that said, a Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop, Maya, Photoshop workflow is pretty righteous. P.S. If you were wondering, unfortunately, no, I did not make this model. It came from a tutorial from Roger Harris. You can find the videos and download the model (in Modo format) here.

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A Lilly by any other name.

August 5, 2007

Would be called a dandelion, right?

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Early morning hop through the prairie

August 1, 2007

Recently I had an opportunity to hop (get it? I’m a grasshopper?) through a nearby prairie and enjoy the early morning dew. What made it even better was that first you have to walk a few hundred feet through woods. Along the way, an emerald canopy above, lush moss beneath, and a cool breeze lays a light mist upon your face (which can actually get a bit annoying if you are stuck wearing glasses) half expecting a hobbit to appear. Then, stepping through a small opening (briefly doing battle with a few, rather obnoxious, vines) you are forced to just stand there for a moment and take it all in. Like ocean waves, rolls of mist crash upon cranberry bush shores carrying with it the unmistakable scent of honeysuckle. A truly surreal place indeed.

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