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Category: art

01/09/17 01:15 - ID#60749

hallo welt

I was stuck on thinking of new things to program or try out today. So instead I fired up the open source blender on my laptop and ran a tutorial to make a 3d render of a mug.

(e:paul) helped me run through the basics of compositing and using blender. So I ended up making these purple velvety metaballs to go alongside the mug, cushioned on a field of stiff AstroTurf (and with the obligatory "hello world" text).

I watched him play with a trial of Cinema 4D and he made a model of a vase in about a minute.

The output here is dumb but it was ridiculously fun to do something new on the computer. Scripting something here with Python could be interesting. The interface in Blender is confusing but I also don't know the language of 3d compositing.

I'd like to try animating it, on Terry's mega Warcraft machine.

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Category: plants

01/04/17 12:46 - ID#60746

Botan Buffalo

We took (e:terry)'s mom down to the tropical temperatures of the botanical gardens last Monday. I have more pictures of the plants there than I'll ever need. Here are a few that I probably haven't posted before, besides the orchids.

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Category: new years

01/04/17 12:44 - ID#60745

Happy new year

Full of turkish coffee and the obligatory drunk dancing (e:mike) show.

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Category: bikes

01/04/17 12:38 - ID#60742

Bicycle heaven

It's an amazing museum in Pittsburgh, dedicated to classic bikes, mostly cruisers from the 1950's/60's. It's a little west of the Mexican War streets on the north shore, in an old industrial area. Ironically probably the least bike friendly section of Pittsburgh I've seen.



You can tell it's kind of like the basement at Rick's but somehow they found some money to arrange them very nicely.

The random rare bikes they had were insane. They had a 5 seated tandem from the Monkees, a mountain bike with a single sided fork, a bike someone rode literally around the world, and this street-legal fiberglass tricycle car that allegedly got 100mpg in the 1980's.

The weirdest part of the whole museum were the non sequitur jokes scattered around the building. For example. there was a baby doll in a cage with this sign attached.

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Or this dummy in a trunk.

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Or this neon hippie-bike-part-dance-party room. Which starts blasting this eurodance song "God is a woman" as soon as you walk in.

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Category: cookies

01/04/17 12:36 - ID#60741

Christmas cookies

We went over to the hotel my family was staying at for a festivus celebration and some Christmas cookie decorating.

The designs stayed pretty abstract.

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Category: family

01/04/17 12:35 - ID#60740

Emily's graduation

Congratulations to my sister Emily on graduating college magna cum laude from Duquense. It's almost impossible for me to believe that I only have one sibling left in school.

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Category: art

12/31/16 07:57 - ID#60737 pmobl

Paul Visco, collaborator


As seen on the wall in the Burchfield Penney.

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Category: buffalo

12/31/16 07:54 - ID#60736 pmobl

Top of city hall


I got (e:Paul) to go on a walk with me on one of our Fridays off. I was hoping to see a wall of lake effect snow over the southtowns like you see in the super dramatic pictures, but it was more like a distant band of grey.

In order to get into city Hall now you have to through airport style security and take everything out of your backpack for a scanner.

Later Paul and I walked over to lunch at Casa Azul on Genesee. it's in the same fake shipping container building where Dog E Style was before. The one vegetarian okay was taco and way overpriced, but they also served this amazing hot drink that tastes like vanilla pudding.

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Category: snow

12/17/16 05:26 - ID#60734 pmobl

Snowstorm inside


On the other hand, snow is not so good inside. During the whiteout storm, the side parlor blew open and all this snow came in. (e:Paul) discovered it when it was so cold in the hall. so I shop vacced it and swept a bunch outside, since it was too cold for him.

Luckily I close the pocket door and shut the furnace vent in that room, so it didn't have a chance to melt and ruin the floor.

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Category: snow

12/12/16 03:42 - ID#60733 pmobl

Snow is magical

Snow is magical, especially the first snow. After we got back from a happy rave time with (e:uchina) and (e:yesthatcasey), I walked up and down Linwood for about an hour. I love when it's silent and the cars are slowed and silenced by the snow! Especially at night.

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