Finally got around to the door handle, and all the lights. All that's left on the body is the gas tank, and some re-working of the front fender. Started modeling the interior, and playing with some textures. Gonna have to tackle the wheels real soon too, those temps just aren't cutting it anymore.
DIY - HTPC
I've been running MVix boxes for a couple years now, and they've handled my basic media needs. About a year ago a friend of mine built a pretty sweet home theater setup and was using XBMC for his UI. Ever since then I slowly became more and more unsatisfied with the UI for the MVix box. So one day I downloaded XBMC (Camelot build), installed it, and started playing around. After getting all me media loaded into the database, customizing the skin, and changing my pants after my nerd-gasm I decided that it was time to figure out how I could utilize this awesome tool.
After some research I found that there was no way to add XBMC to my current MVix box. With that knowledge I began the undertaking of building a HTPC. A couple days later of research and I had decided on the parts that I wanted. I knew I wanted to buy components that'd be somewhat future proof, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so with some comparison shopping, and choosing parts more in the mid-range I came up with these.
- Case - NMediaPC HTPC 1000B RT
- Mobo - ASUS M4A78L-M 760G AM3 RT
- CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1G R
- PSU - Seasonic X650 GOLD 650W R
- GPU - BFG GTX 260 896M
- RAM - Crucial Ballistix 4GB, 2x2GB, DIMM 240-pin, 800 MHz
- HD - 500G WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD5000AAKS
- LCD Panel - NMediaPC PRO-LCD-B
- Remote - AVS Gear MG-IR01BK Windows Vista/Window7 MCE Infrared
1. CPU, 2. Programmable front-panel LCD for the case, 3. RAM, 4. Remote
A friend I've had for a long time now asked me to come up with a tattoo for him that looked like his arm was torn open and there were cybernetics beneath the skin, and also if I could incorporate a Lily and a Rose (the names of his daughters). At first I was like "uhh, errr, I dunno". But after some thought I came up with the idea that the flowers would be growing out of the torn hole. Makes sense when you think about it, his girls came from his blood, so the flowers are sprouting from inside of the machine.
I had him take measurements of the area on his arm where he wanted it. I then drew up that size on some paper and got to work. I scanned the line art in and painted it up. He has both the line-art and color.
There's no place I can be ... Since I found ...
I recently finished watching the first (and only) season of Firefly again and was curious as to what the cast was up to. One thing led to another and somehow I went from IMDB to Google to a site that had some Lightwave tutorials on how to build the Serenity. These tutorials are great reference on all the parts of the ship, but I use 3DS Max for my 3D work, and Max doesn't like Booleans too much. Frankly I don't either, they make for a messy mesh. I bring this up because the guy who made the tutorials tends to use Booleans for every other step.
So I'm gradually working my way through the tuts building one section at a time, but it's taking a while due to not taking the shortcuts of Boolean. And since I'm building this thing from the ground up I'm making a few modifications along the way. You diehard fans out there may be able to spot the differences, but I make the changes outta love and the belief that they make for a better ship.
Jan. 19 - 28 - Didn't work on it every day. The days I did work on it, the hours ranged from 2-6 hours of work.
Fuck You Can, I Am Man!
Ok, so I've been packing, trashing, and storage-ing(?) my shit for about a week now. I had everything fairly well planned out until today. The night before I finally got my whole kitchen packed. And I mean packed, it was like Tetris but with canned goods and kitchen wares.
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