Author: thedude

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.   This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

San Francisco from Smoakland

The fires have caused our air to fall into the very unhealthy category. I can attest to that fact. Read More

Halloween, 2018

It’s been close to a year since I made an entry. I guess I’ve grown wary of all forms of social media. But, now that Google+ will be going away, I will try to find the motivation to post more frequently on my new Google+ inspired design. I have been setting up the photo booth Read More

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Happy New Year

We busted out the champagne and the photo booth to celebrate the beginning of a new year and a very special birthday! Read More

Halloween Photo Booth

Happy Halloween! We had a small celebration yesterday in the office, and the boof was there! It’s a good thing, too. I would not have wanted to be caught without a camera on this fun and colorful day! Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Read More

Mission Bio Tapestri

Another fine rendering with Cinema4d and V-Ray. The newest instrument from Mission Bio. Actually, there’s a bit more to the workflow. The original customer-provided SolidWorks file was opened in KeyShot, exported as an .obj file and imported into Cinema4D where V-Ray lighting and materials were applied for output in V-Ray. The resulting layered image was Read More

OK, That was fun!

No matter how small the job, I always learn a ton of stuff when I work in 3D! (I guess this is why I love it so much.) This time I learned that it’s possible to get really excellent results with a high-res displacement map in Cinema4D. In fact, a displacement map seems to be Read More

Xenophon 2017 Horse Show

For the tenth year in a row, I photographed the kids and the festivities at the annual Xenophon Horse Show. This year I had help from Kelly, who did a great job with my X100F. I used the Fuji XT-2 and the 90mm and 18mm lenses. Here are a few of our favorites. You can Read More

SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer

I’ll bet you don’t have one of these! A new instrument rendered with V-Ray. It also has this cartridge thingie. I made a little animation which was looped during the launch announcement. Yay! Learn more about the SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer. Read More

Seattle

This was our first visit. We saw most of the obligatory sites – the Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens and the awesome MoPop. We rode the monorail. We enjoyed beautiful weather during most of our brief stay. It was a bit smoky from the numerous forest fires, but we did manage to see Mt. Rainier once Read More

So Happy on a Horse

A dedicated Kelly and Trini ride despite the heat wave. Read More

Totality

Speechless. https://goo.gl/photos/4mmYCmRgfMyJuFzj6 Read More

Laney College Flea Market

I took a short walk today to check out the local flea market. I’ve been in the are for 30+ years and this was my first visit to this market. It was interesting. I made just one purchase – this cool spikey hat – perfect for my photo booth! The big piles of junk treasure Read More

Thedude Gets Wired, Squared

One of my renders made the Wired Magazine web site in an article titled “Fast, Precise Cancer Care is Coming to a Hospital Near You“. Nice! (Also, our amazing technology totally rocks!) That’s not the only cool place my work appeared recently. Here’s another: Read More

ION Inspector

Combining a bit of photography with 3D modeling and a PhotoShop pinch filter for this quick one. It kind of messes with my vision. That’s a good thing. Read More

Warriors Victory Parade

I joined about a million other fans today to celebrate the Warriors championship win in downtown Oakland today. The jostling crowds made it difficult to get much of a shot of anything, but I tried. There were many challenges. One problem is that I chose the wrong side of the street, lighting-wise. I should have Read More

Civil War Amputation Saw

My wife thinks I’m losing it, but I decided to create this Civil War era saw after seeing it on this web site. It’s sort of in line with the antique syringe, and easy to model. I know I’m missing some detail where the blade connects to its brass holder, but the decidedly low-res image Read More

Antique Syringe

More practice using another excellent tutorial from Nikolaus Schatz. This is easily the cleanest 3D model I ever made. It stands up to very close inspection. Read More

Nixie Tubes

I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube for this one. I have always loved the look of these things. I’ve been tempted on more than one occasion to purchase a Nixie tube clock, but really nice ones can be a bit extravagant. Despite the high cost, they are still very much in demand. If you Read More

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