Category: Computing

OK – I’m Just Showing Off Now

Here’s the latest speed test from my home network. I know – ridonculous, eh? Read More

Oh, Yes I Did

I’ve really enjoyed my four-year-long love affair with the Nikon D3, and I have absolutely no regrets. She has served me well. I will always appreciate her superb build, her heft, her ability to see so much in so little light. I still love her and plan to keep her around – forever. But honestly, Read More

Having Fun With My TiddlyWiki

Billed as a “reusable non-linear personal web notebook“, a TiddlyWiki is an entire wiki in a single HTML file – one that easily fits on a USB key or other removable media. That alone is pretty cool, but when coupled with Dropbox, my TiddlyWiki is really wonderful. What this combination gives me is a multi-platform Read More

Hovercards are Cool

I know I’ve metioned Gravatars before and told you how cool they are. Having your own Globally Recognized Avatar is very cool. It puts a face to the commenter on numerous blogs and other social media sites. Avatars can be associated with e-mail addresses, so you can have a nice G-rated professional-looking shot for comments Read More

Buglady Logo

The original 2D artwork was created by Andrew, of course. I merely “pulled up a Z” and rendered it in Cinema4D. Read More

First Photo Event After PhotoShop World

I attended my first-ever PhotoShop World in Las Vegas last week, and all things considered, I would give the event a thumbs-up. After recovering from the shock of the most expensive martini ever, and a corny, but slick keynote, the classes turned out to be worth the price. I attended 7 or 8 classes, where Read More

thedude Meets The Man

I’m very lucky to be involved with the design and rendering of the 2012 Burning Man. I can’t show you the rest yet, but soon after this year’s Man burns, I’ll share more. Read More

Another PGM Rendering

Most of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot lately. The main reason for this is that I am so busy at work. When I’m not tending to IT tasks, I use every spare cycle rendering one thing or another. I really love doing this work, but it consumes a lot of Read More

The Lobby With Lighter Colors

I’ve actually started a blog for my neighbors to gather opinions about possible color schemes for our remodel. Here’s another of several examples. After I rendered this one, I realized that there is a light leak from the right. The small amount of light leaking in from the blue sky accounts for the green tint Read More

Pratt & Whitney Engine

Another Thea Render from a freely downloaded SketchUp model. Wow! Read More

World’s Largest Indoor Photo

Click on the image below to view the largest indoor image ever. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m on a search for the largest outdoor Photo. Read More

Resistance is Futile…

The brilliant marketing folks at Apple continue to suck me in with their amazing products. this time it’s the totally addictive App Store. This dangerous new icon snuck onto my dock a couple days ago, and I’ve already installed several free apps. I can’t help myself! It’s just so cool to see the app icon Read More

EXIF and GPS Info in Google Chrome

I hope by now you’re all using Google Chrome. It recently replaced Firefox as my browser of choice. I use it on my PC and my Mac because of its blazing fast speed, built-in Flash and PDF viewer and especially because of a couple of awesome plugins. One of my favorites is this excellent EXIF Read More

Busy Boy

Whew! What a month it’s been! The lack of blog activity only hints at how busy I’ve been. My new job is chewing up every free moment, and I love it. If you know me, you know that I’m happiest when I’m busy. The new job is a blast. I have control over lots of Read More

An Exciting New Direction

After ten great years at Affymetrix, thedude is moving on to what will hopefully prove to be greener pastures. Read More

The Largest Image Ever Opened at

By far. I have a new friend who is pushing the limits of image editing software. Here’s a glimpse into a 73,000 pixel wide image. Details to follow. Read More

30 Inch Monitor, 100 Year Old Photographs

One of the unfortunate aspects of owning a 30″ monitor is that, aside from, there are very few web sites that post images at a resolution any wear near full-screen size. And, if you’re like me, you bought that 30″ monitor because you like images, right? There’s nothing quite like a super sharp image Read More

Apple Design

The jury is still out about moving images on But there’s no debating the beauty of these renderings. The animation was done entirely using 3Ds Max and V-Ray render and took about 10 days to complete. Professionally done 3D visualization is the perfect tool to present concepts or new products in a beautiful, photoreal Read More

The Golden State Turns Green

It’s Windows wallpaper season in California. And that’s no bull. For those who don’t know, most of California looks more like this most of the year. You may be interested in learning more about the the Window “Bliss” wallpaper. Read More

Scanning — Again

Yes, Kelly found a stack of old negatives, and I’m back at it. These days, I basically have the scanner running whenever I’m at the computer. I load up the negative carrier, preview scan a bunch of images, and final scan the best ones. The process is time-consuming, but my new computer is fast enough Read More

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